The siptua trade union is seeking to represent its members at a new workplace, after the siptues management sacked the union’s head and threatened to sack the union members.
The union’s national secretary, Lora O’Neill, said it was the first union in the country to be fired.
Siptues had been the subject of a bitter union dispute in 2013 and in January this year, it sacked its national secretary after the union voted to walk out.
The sippies management was seeking to get rid of the union in favour of the new company.
“It is the first time that a union has been dismissed in the sippie history and that is the beginning of a long process of change in the workplace,” she said.
Ms O’Connor said that if the union had not stood up, it would not have been able to hold the union leadership to account and that it was going to lose out on its bargaining rights.
“Our job is to keep on fighting for our members and for our job and to fight for the future of the industry as a whole,” she added.
Sippies said in a statement that it would continue to fight to protect its members’ rights, and said that it did not take a position on the union election process.
“We are pleased that the union has agreed to sit down with the employer and the Siptu Team to discuss the next steps,” the statement read.
“The Siptuees management has agreed that we will be in discussions over the next couple of days, with the aim of finding a solution that protects our members.”
Sippys statement said that its members were very concerned about the union losing its job and were ready to take a leadership position.
It added that the sipping experience of the sixtys staff and management was very positive.
“Sippies staff are excellent, their work ethic and professionalism is outstanding,” it said.
It said it would also take “every step possible” to protect the safety of its members.
Ms Tulloch said she was disappointed that the Sippes management did not put in place a system to ensure that workers had a safe workplace.
“They were so rude and didn’t respect the union,” she told the Irish Independent.
“This is not the way to run a business.”
The union has had to organise a protest at the company’s factory in Cork in March, after workers refused to work on the sips production line and were sacked.
Sipsters have also launched a petition calling for a boycott of Sippie products, in response to a union strike at a company in Drogheda, Co Wicklow.
Sipper boss says siptus workers ‘worry about their health’ article Siptus have been criticised for the number of sick days workers have had to work.
However, the company has insisted that the number was in line with the national average, saying it is not an issue for the company.
Sips health and safety manager, Paul Fitzgerald, said in December that workers have been sick for around half a year.
“I can’t see why it is a concern,” he told the Sunday Independent.
Mr Fitzgerald said the company had always been able do this because they had a good working relationship with the union.
“All the health and industrial safety issues that we have faced have come down to the fact that we are a safe business,” he said.
Sippers workers have taken to social media to voice their concerns.
“Workers have been coming back to work for almost six months and it’s only because of the Sipper’s response to their concerns,” one worker wrote on Facebook.
“No other company would tolerate a workplace situation like this.”
Another wrote: “Worker’s health is their business and they deserve to have their rights respected.
I will not be returning to work until Siptuses health is guaranteed.”
Ms O’thea, the union secretary, said she would be working with the company to try and make sure that she and her colleagues were treated fairly.
“If the union does not take the lead then they will lose their jobs,” she claimed.
“What this union is asking is that we should be treated with respect, but the Sippers have been very disrespectful and rude.”
She added: “We have been treated like we are an inconvenience.”