Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Porn row pizza workers strike

Workers at a pizza-making plant in the Republic of Ireland are set to step up a strike after being sacked for allegedly viewing porn.





Staff at Green Isle Foods in Co Kildare have won cross-union support for their protest.



The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has granted their union, the Technical, Engineering and Electrical Union (TEEU), permission for an all-out picket at the factory in Naas.



The plant may face serious disruption today if other union members, including suppliers and An Post workers, refuse to pass the picket.



The company said three workers lost their jobs after viewing "adult material" and breaching the company's internet policy. But their union claims they are being scapegoated.



"One of our members received an email from outside the plant and was essentially dismissed for receiving an email," said TEEU general secretary designate, Eamon Devoy.



Over 40 workers went on strike last month after the workers lost their jobs.



The TEEU said the sackings were linked to a separate incident when the company sent a confidential file about seven redundancies to a worker by mistake.



It said workers who viewed the file were asked to sign a confidentiality agreement and faced suspension.



The union said it took action because the company would not negotiate a fair disciplinary process.

Source Irish Independent

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