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Thursday, 9th November, 2017 9:29am

Irish Rail workers won't be the only ones striking next Tuesday.

SIPTU members served notice last week of industrial action involving five work stoppages at the AbbVie Ltd Plant in the IDA Industrial Estate in Carrigtwohill.

The industrial action involves three 36-hour work stoppages, the first of which will be held on Tuesday 14 November.

The next planned days of 36-hour work stoppages are due to take place on 22 and 29 November.

Also scheduled is a 33-hour work stoppage on 7 December, and a 48-hour work stoppage on 11 December.

Pickets will be placed on the plant for the duration of each work stoppage.

SIPTU Sector Organiser, Alan O’Leary, said that the union has over many years sought direct talks with the management in AbbVie to resolve our members’ issues.

He also said that there have also been a number of Labour Court recommendations in favour of the workers’ right to be represented by their union.

However, Mr O’Leary said that AbbVie management has to-date refused to implement any of these recommendations.

He said: “The workers in AbbVie have demonstrated extraordinary patience with the company over many years.

“The failure of management to implement Labour Court recommendations is completely unacceptable behaviour by a multi-national corporation and has left our members with no option but to pursue a campaign of industrial action.

“SIPTU representatives remain available to engage with the company on the issues in dispute,” Mr O'Leary added.

An AbbVie spokesperson said the company was not a position to comment at this time about its SIPTU members' planned industrial action.

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