Case Number: ADJ-00002090. Workplace Relations Commission

Docket NumberADJ-00002090
Date21 September 2016
CourtWorkplace Relations Commission
PartiesAn Agricultural Worker V A Producer of agricultural products

Adjudication Decision Reference: ADJ-00002090

Complaint for Resolution:


Complaint Reference No.

Date of Receipt

Complaint seeking adjudication by the Workplace Relations Commission under Section 39 of the Redundancy Payments Act, 1967


25th February 2016

Date of Adjudication Hearing: 24th June 2016

Workplace Relations Commission Adjudication Officer: Kevin Baneham


On the 25th February 2016, the complainant referred a complaint to the Workplace Relations Commission pursuant to the Redundancy Payments Acts. The complainant is an agricultural worker and the respondent is a producer of agricultural products.

The complaint was scheduled for adjudication on the 24th June 2016. At the outset of the adjudication, it became apparent that there was no appearance by or on behalf of the respondent. I verified that the respondent was on notice of the adjudication and having been satisfied of this, I proceeded with the adjudication in the respondent’s absence. The complainant was in attendance and was represented by Rostra solicitors.

In accordance with section 39 of the Redundancy Payments Act following the referral of the complaint to me by the Director General, I inquired into the complaint and gave the parties an opportunity to be heard by me and to present to me any evidence relevant to the complaint.

Complainant’s Submission and Presentation:

The complainant worked as an agricultural worker with the respondent. He commenced employment on the 4th November 2004. He was paid €390 per week and worked 45 hours per week. The complainant received correspondence from the respondent dated the 11th November 2014 and the 15th June 2015 regarding changes to his hours of work.

On the 3rd September 2015, the respondent issued correspondence to the complainant stating that his employment would end on the 17th September 2015. The letters refer to a downturn in the respondent’s business. The letter also contains a paragraph that states "It is regrettable that you declined the opportunity to attend for interview with a local grower and avail of alternative employment which the company secured for you. The working terms and conditions of this employment were as explained, of a similar nature to your current employment." I enquired into this statement. The solicitor representing the complainant said that he wrote to the respondent to ask about the reference to “local grower” in the letter and to express the complainant's interest in the role. The letter drafted by the solicitor on the complainant’s behalf also states that the reference to "local grower" is not an associated company within the meaning of section 16 of the Redundancy Payment Act, 1967. There was no response from the respondent and no such interview or offer was made.

Respondent’s Submission and Presentation:

The respondent did not make submissions in advance of the adjudication and did not attend the hearing. The complainant submitted correspondence issued by the respondent, dated the 11th November 2014, the 15th June 2015 and the 3rd September...

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