Tralee factory to hold ballot on redundancy package

122 staff at the Goblin Plant in Tralee are to be balloted on a package for 43 redundancies later today. The company is offering one week on top of statutory redundancy to the staff on the basis that the job cuts are made on a last in first out principle. Staff are understood to be very disappointed with the offer and rejection seems likely.Union representatives and staff will meet ahead of the 3 o’ clock ballot to discuss the proposal from management. Considerable disappointment has been expressed at the offer which is barely above the statutory minimum. Goblin is owned by Glen Dimplex and staff say this is a profitable company which can afford a better package. They are also unhappy with the suggestion that last in should be first out.Management has told the staff that if the package is accepted they will be in a position to restore a five day working week. The 122 employees have been on a three day week since June. The company`s long term strategy is to focus on more value added products which are not as easy to reproduce cheaply in the Far East. A result from the ballot is expected at around five o clock this evening.

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