MANDATE Trade Union calls on Musgraves, Government and banks to ensure safety of 2,800 Superquinn jobs
Tuesday 19 July 2011, 09am
The Mandate Trade Union has this morning called on the new owners of
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Superquinn – Musgraves – the Minister for Enterprise, the Government,
Bank of Ireland, AIB and National Irish Bank to ensure the safety and
security of the 2,800 jobs at Superquinn. In this regard, Gerry Light,
Mandate’s Assistant General Secretary, has said that the union is
seeking urging meetings with all of these parties and has confirmed
that the union will be meeting with Superquinn’s senior management
team at 8.00 am this morning.
“A number of months ago we expressed our concerns to the Government
that the banks might make a bid to change the ownership of this
company despite the fact that Superquinn is trading successfully and
has only recently signed off on a two-year business plan with its banks.
Now that this change of ownership has taken place, it’s vital that
nothing happens to interfere with the implementation of this plan –
which we in Mandate support – by the management team and workforce at
Superquinn. This is why we are seeking urgent meetings with the new
owners, Musgraves, the Minister for Enterprise, Richard Bruton TD and
other senior Government figures as well as the company’s banks,” Gerry
Mr Light also said that it is crucial that the terms and conditions of
the staff – who are making a vital contribution to Superquinn’s current
good trading position – are protected by the company’s management and
the new owners.
“We’re making it perfectly clear now that the Mandate Trade Union will
do everything in our power to protect the terms and conditions of
employment of the 2,800 staff at Superquinn. We have already negotiated
significant changes to assist the company’s trading position and it is
vital to the future success of the business that this contribution is
respected,” Gerry Light concluded.