Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty has reiterated his call for management and workers of Rapid Action Packaging in Gweedore to negotiate a solution to avoid the upcoming strike.Members of the SIPTU union at the RAP packaging factory are to launch planned strike action for 16 hours on September 24th in relation to a dispute concerning recognition of the workers’ union for collective bargaining purposes.Sinn Fein Deputy Doherty said both sides should agree to come to the negotiating table: Deputy Doherty said: “The RAP packaging factory is of course a very important source of employment here in West Donegal and the Donegal Gaeltacht as a whole and the skills and expertise of its workers prove that companies can establish very successful bases in the region.“As I said last month, it’s unfortunate that this ongoing dispute has escalated to the point that workers represented by SIPTU voted overwhelming in favour of taking strike action which has been announced for 24th September as part of a 16 hour work stoppage with pickets to be staged at its premise on the day.“However, this decision was not one which was taken lightly by staff and clearly management’s refusal to recognize their right as workers to union representations for the purpose of collective bargaining is a major aggravating factor here.“This decision by management goes against a recent Labour Court recommendation, and is particularly difficult to comprehend when you consider that the company’s own handbook outlines that determinations made by the State’s industrial relations mechanism will be adhered to by the firm. “In official correspondence from SIPTU to management the Union has again outlined that it is prepared and willing to sit down with them to discuss the outstanding issues with a view to resolving same.“I therefore think it’s important for me, as a Public Representative and local T.D. to once again voice encouragement for both Union Reps and company management to come to the negotiating table and thrash out a mutually agreeable solution and which would be in the interest of both sides to accommodate.“Similarly, I again want to take this opportunity to press upon Údarás na Gaeltachta, as a body which has provided many supports to RAP over the years, to play a role and do its part to enable and encourage both sides to enter into negotiations.”Call for both sides in RAP dispute to come together to avoid industrial action was last modified: September 10th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
The Smoky Mountain High School Lady Mustangs raced to a 62 to 40 point win over the East Henderson High School Lady Eagles on Tuesday night. Taryn Ledford led the Lady Mustangs with 20 points including eight points from the field, six from the free throw line and six from three point range. Shea Sutton added twelve points including six from the free throw line. The Lady Eagles showed an improved defense close t the basket from their center and forward positions which slowed the Mustangs inside attack therefore Jimayah McCollum was limited to six points from the field and two from the free throw line. Taylor Douthitt and Reanna Lehman scored six each from their forward positions. Also scoring was Marissa Ellsworth with five, Andrea Floyd with three, and Shelby Banks with two. The Lady Mustangs improved to a 10 and one season record. The Mustangs next game will be a noon on December 29th when they host A.C.Reynolds.For the Mustangs boys varsity the third tight game in five days and back to back nights proved too much for the Mustang boys team. After going down to the wire to get a win at Franklin on Friday, then battling the entire game only to loose to Swain by four on Monday night, then running into an improved East Henderson team the lead changed teams like a pendulum all night with neither team getting a lead greater than five. At the end of one quarter the Mustangs trailed 18 to 17, it was the Mustangs up by two 37 to 35 at the half and went up 52 to 48 at the end of three and the final went to East Henderson 72 to 70. Tyler Waliezer who scored 13 against Franklin, 22 against Swain on Monday was held to five points on Tuesday. Tommy Brennan who had been getting between fifteen and 20 points per game led the offense with twenty points. Gage Kosnick had his better game of the season with a twelve point performance. Nate Coffee had a seven point night, Cole Lamb scored five . Scoring four points were Jared Hughes and Nate Crowe. Zeb Sink and Trey Hamilton chipped in with three points each and Andrew Cobaugh had two points. East Henderson was led by Daniel Parker with 20 points. The Mustangs will have a week to rest up before taking on A.C. Reynolds on December 29th.