Brady accuses Rondo Foods of ‘cutting and running’ as 157 jobs face axe
Rondo Foods in Arklow are refusing to engage with the Workplace Relations Commission and are trying to ‘cut and run’, Sinn Féin TD John Brady has claimed.
Last month, the pet food company announced that potentially 157 jobs would be lost and Mr Brady is now calling on the Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation to instruct the firm take part in discussions and for an employment taskforce to be put in place.
“On the 8th November Rondo Foods announced that the 157 Arklow jobs were at serious risk and that they were entering a 30-day consultation process with staff representatives,”
Mr Brady said told the Dail today after meeting with Rondo Food workers last night.
“Unfortunately, it is very apparent that Rondo didn’t enter that process in good faith.
“They have dismissed any cost saving proposals that have been put forward and have ruled out the prospect of the business being sold as a going concern.
“In fact, at the same time proposals were being put forward to save the company Rondo had engineers over from Germany in Arklow measuring up machinery to be stripped out and moved to Germany.”
“I believe that Rondo never had any desire to stay in Ireland and I think their actions back that up.
“Its apparent that the only reason Rondo engaged in the 30-day consultation process is because they had to. It was their intention from the outset to cut and run back to Germany.”
“During the four meetings that have now taken place between senior management of Rondo and staff representatives there has been a disagreement on the terms of a fair redundancy package for the workers.
“They have referred it over to the Workplace Relations Commission. The WRC are the body tasked with dealing with any industrial disputes. Rondo unfortunately are refusing to engage with the WRC,” he added.