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BCD Travel Comments on Laid Off Implant Staff

BCD Travel Comments on Laid Off Implant Staff

BCD Travel has issued the following statement in response to the seven staff at BCD Travel’s Kerry Group implant in Tralee, Co Kerry, who are protesting about the way they have been treated since being laid off: BCD Logo

“As a private, family owned company, we take our social obligations to the communities in which we operate very seriously. However, we must never lose sight of our responsibilities to all our employees, and failing to adjust to market realities would ultimately bring hardship to even greater numbers of employees and their families.

“Tough business decisions cannot be made without some controversy, but we always endeavour to act in good faith. We also think it’s important when tensions run high that the facts not be misrepresented. Here are the facts of the current situation.

“BCD Travel confirms that, as a result of business restructuring, we have now concluded the consultation process with our colleagues in Tralee.

  • The company entered into negotiations with our colleagues, who were advised by SIPTU
  • BCD Travel met directly on a number of occasions with our colleagues in the presence of SIPTU
  • All employees based in Tralee were offered relocation to Dublin, our only other office in Ireland
  • A small number of home working positions were offered
  • The possibilities of home working to support BCD Travel’s operations in the UK and Europe were explored.

“When it became apparent that our colleagues were not prepared to accept relocation or the home working positions offered, we took further steps:

  • BCD Travel arranged for a third-party consultant to meet with affected staff and offer support with CV writing and interview techniques
  • The company extended their VHI cover beyond the transfer date to ensure our staff retained health insurance while they sought alternative employment
  • BCD Travel arranged a Pensions Advisor to meet with the team and offer guidance
  • The company arranged introductions to FÁS and the Department of Social Protection to ensure our colleagues were informed of their rights and opportunities

“It is regrettable that agreement could not be reached with these employees in relation to continuing their employment with our company.”

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  1. holly hanor

    March 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    You are only hearing one side of the story. Perhaps you should ring Karan O’Loughlin of SIPTU to get the other side. BCD Travel did not engage or recognise the Union.

    • Neil Steedman

      March 9, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Neil Steedman replies: SIPTU sector organiser Karan O’Loughlin said: “The workers have been trying to negotiate terms with the company, which includes the retention of two positions. However, the company has refused to fully engage or even attend a meeting at the Labour Relations Commission. The company is only prepared to pay the minimum statutory obligation to these employees despite being a very large global corporation.” But Holly, the “other side” is really that of the seven workers, who can speak for themselves and send ITTN their own comments, if they wish.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

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