Valent Pharmaceuticals Ireland (Trading as B+L Ireland) have released a statement in response to their workers vote to commence industrial action later this month.
“This morning we delivered a letter to the 1,250 employees who work at our Waterford facility in response to the recent ballot by SIPTU members in favour of both industrial action and strike action. This ballot follows recent rejections by SIPTU members of two carefully considered pay deals proposed by both the WRC and the Labour Court.
The company views the new request for ‘full restoration’ as a challenge to the viability of the site, and as such, has set out a series of actions that would arise as a direct consequence of the industrial action scheduled to commence on the 21st of December. The continuation of industrial action into the New Year will lead to the consideration of further actions by the company.
While we remain committed to the Waterford site, we will not be considering calls for “full restoration” and a return to the uncertainty of a number of years ago. Our goal is to maintain the viability of the plant and reach a positive resolution of this matter by the 16th December.
The company will not be making any further public comments at this point. Our primary focus is on speaking to our employees and keeping them fully informed of any new developments.”