Union representatives are seeking urgent talks with a textiles recycling company in Northern Ireland which was temporarily closed down by health and safety inspectors.
One hundred and forty workers at All-Tex Recyclers near Ballymena were sent home without warning on 23 October after a visit by the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI). The plant reopened after the weekend.
HSENI told MRW: “Whilst we are unable to comment on individual cases, HSENI can confirm that enforcement action is only taken where there is imminent risk of serious personal injury. HSENI remains willing to provide advice to any organisation to ensure the health and safety of workers.”
Trade union SIPTU said it was seeking an urgent meeting with All-Tex to discuss the situation that led to the closure.
SIPTU organiser Niall McNally said: “In the coming days, SIPTU representatives will also meet local politicians to discuss the long-term future of the plant. Meetings have already been arranged with local representatives of the UUP, DUP, TUV and Sinn Féin.”
The All-Tex website describes the 30-year-old company as Ireland’s leading buyer, processor and worldwide exporter of used clothing, textiles and paired shoes with an £8m annual turnover.
MRW is awaiting comment from All-Tex Recyclers.