SIPTU shop stewards representing staff at Kerry Group plants is calling on CEO Stan McCarthy to intervene in a dispute concerning redundancy payments for BCD Travel workers. BCD travel manages the corporate travel arrangements for Kerry Group. Last year BCD Travel decided to relocate its Tralee operation to Dublin, and staff were offered the option of relocating; there were also a number of positions working from home. But seven of the staff said moving to Dublin was never a realistic option and they claimed they were told they would have to reapply for their positions, a claim which BCD Travel denies. SIPTU is supporting former staff’s claim that BCD Travel has failed to adhere to Labour Court recommendations which included a two weeks per year of service redundancy payment. BCD Travel says it is not in a position to comply with the recommendations if it’s to continue operating. Kerry Group says the issue is between the women and their former employer BCD Travel, and is not one for them to address. SIPTU now says that it is unacceptable that a third party contractor used by Kerry Group is refusing to honor the terms of a Labour Court recommendation.
Chair of Kerry Pro-Life, Cllr John Joe Culloty FF spoke about the removal by the council of posters for pro-life meetings. http://media.radiokerry.ie/upload/radiokerry/audio/2018_02_16_kcc.mp3
David Buttimer, retired economist disagrees with Frank McDonald’s analysis. http://media.radiokerry.ie/upload/radiokerry/audio/2018_02_16_frankmac.mp3