SIPTU is currently balloting its members about taking industrial action at the Rapid Action Packaging (RAP) factory in Gaoth Dobhair, according to Councllor Michael Cholm Mac Giollaeasbuig.

Cllr Mac Giollaeasbuig said the decision comes after the RAP company refused to recognise a Labour Court recommendation in relation to grievance procedures, health and safety issues, pay and workers’ terms and conditions

Cllr Mac Giollaeasbuig added: "It is worth reminding this company that it is in receipt of a generous contribution from the taxpaying  Irish public via Údarás na Gaeltachta.

"The Irish public, and in particular the people of Donegal are entitled, therefore, to demand that this company recognises that 19th-century sweatshop tactics will not be tolerated.

"It is entirely unacceptable that in 2018, workers and their representatives are treated with such contempt and I call upon the company to implement at once the recommendations made by the Labour Court in relation to these issues.

"Moreover, I would insist that Údarás na Gaeltachta (the body with responsibility for na Gaeltachta) does not abdicate its responsibility and intervenes immediately to rectify this injustice."

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