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INO Members At Clonturk House, Drumcondra, Locked Out As They Arrive To Attend Union Meeting. 26/01/09

PRESS RELEASE   

Five members of the Irish Nurses Organisation at Clonturk House, a home for visually impaired adult men in Drumcondra, were locked out of their place of work this morning when they attempted to meet an INO Official to discuss their rights and entitlements as they are facing redundancy when the facility closes at the end of May.

In an extraordinary act of disrespect to long serving employees, and their representative, management firstly refused entry to the building and then blocked the entrance to the grounds with a van which caused an entirely unsafe situation to develop.

The nurses, who have worked in this centre, some of them for up to 13 years, were simply seeking to discuss their futures with their trade union representative and the actions of management are extremely suspicious and utterly disappointing.

INO members are incensed and are considering balloting for industrial action in light of this most reprehensible act on the part of their employer.

According to Eddie Mathews, INO Industrial Relations Officer:

“Our members are committed, as they have been for many years, to meeting the needs of the clients at Clonturk House and this act of disrespect speaks volumes about the management, and their commitment.”

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