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Deadline to resolve bus dispute
SIPTU NEC appoints Gene Mealy as new union Vice President
Dunnes Stores attack on workers provokes escalation of dispute
Solidarity with Dunnes Stores Workers
Health Minister addresses health care assistants conference
SIPTU Health Care Assistants tell us why they are worth it
Health workers to rally for better services and jobs
Bord na Móna workers meet TDs to discuss dispute
Former Ulster Bank workers’ protest
Successful conference on future of Palestine
Dr Mona El Farra speaking to SIPTU Palestine Conference
Elaine Bradley gives eye witness account of life in Palestine
Government action needed to end home helps’ zero-hour contracts
Zero-hour contracts and low pay the norm for young workers
Aer Lingus assurances concerning proposed takeover are inadequate
Water: Public resource or private commodity?
Global Action Day
Belfast GAA club in Industrial Tribunal over failure to pay redundancy
Cuba and US presidents hold historic talks
Cuba Dublin Festival
Cuban Film Festival
Call for clinical review of new psychiatric unit on CUH campus
Support for re-opening of Lagan Brick production plant
May Day 2015
Irish Equity supports call for halt to cuts in Northern Ireland cultural sector
Retained fire-fighters commit to industrial action if unsafe changes imposed
Yes to Equality
Support for Pfizer decision not to close Little Island plant
Additional funding for patient care at University Hospital Galway
New Activists training in the Community Sector
Seminar for frontline services
Polish Cultural Night
Ecumenical service of remembrance for children killed in the Easter Rising, Dublin
Low pay must top political agenda
Reducing inequality will not happen on its own – explicit policies are needed
NERI Seminar: A Future Worth Working For
Young Workers Network
Seán Murray Marxist‐Leninist and Irish Socialist Republican by Seán Byers
Docklands Book Sale
SIPTU Members Home Insurance
SIPTU Travel Insurance
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SIPTU Basic English Scheme
Larkin Credit Union
Fair Hotel
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Support for Pfizer decision not to close Little Island plant

The decision of Pfizer to continue production at its Little Island plant, county Cork, and provide continued job security for up to 160 workers has been supported by SIPTU members.

Staff at the facility were informed during March that the pharmaceutical manufacturer had reversed its decision to close the plant. Its closure had initially been announced in May 2013, with production scheduled to cease in September 2014. This closure date had been extended to the autumn 2015 before the decision was finally reversed.

SIPTU Organiser Paul Depuis said: “Pfizer has determined that it is important to continue manufacturing the product, Atorvastatin, in Little Island. Management has acknowledged that staff at the Little Island site have continued to demonstrate the highest levels of performance, flexibility and commitment.

“Credit is due to the SIPTU members and shop stewards at the plant for the commitment they have shown over the past two years. They have built a reputation for the facility through consistent performance levels and this was a key factor in reversing the Pfizer decision to close the plant.”

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