Fianna Fáil Senator, and Bye Election candidate, Lorraine Clifford-Lee has welcomed news that workers at SK Biotek, along with the company has accepted an invitation to attend a conciliation meeting at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).

The company in Swords employs up to 370 people at the plant, with over 140 of these workers laid-off in recent weeks.

Senator Clifford-Lee has called on the company to engage in constructive talks with workers in a bid to reach a resolution to this dispute.

Senator Clifford-Lee said: “I met with workers earlier this week who were picketing outside of their workplace. I am pleased to learn that the company has agreed to engage in talks with the company at the Work Relations Commission. SIPTU has confirmed both sides would attend a conciliation meeting, which is a move in the right direction.

SK Biotek bought the plant from Bristol-Meyers Squibb and signed an agreement protecting staff terms and conditions of employment.

“It’s very concerning for the families in the run up to Christmas. I am calling on the company to actively engage with these workers during the talks. I have written to the Minister to voice concerns which the workers raised with me during my meeting with them earlier this week,” concluded Senator Clifford-Lee.