Industrial action at Bord Na Mona enters second day

Bord Na Mona workers at Lanesboro’s Mount Dillon plant are today holding the second of a two day strike aimed at securing agreement over a pay increase.

Bord Na Mona workers at Lanesboro’s Mount Dillon plant are today holding the second of a two day strike aimed at securing agreement over a pay increase.

Staff gathered outside the south Longford station as unions continue with attempts to secure a 3.5 per cent rise in accordance with the Towards 2016 transitional agreement.

The decision by members from Siptu, Unite and the TEEU yesterday (Wednesday) disrupted harvesting activities across the midlands despite leaving operations at ESB power stations untouched.

Management expressed their upset to longfordleader.ie, describing the two day stoppage as disappointing.

As both sides look for a resolution to the dispute, this website learned earlier today that a union leaders meeting has been mooted for Monday, fuelling hopes of a possible breakthrough.

Much will depend however on precisely what terms company bosses are willing to agree to after a 3.5 per cent pay rise was agreed between both parties earlier this year.

It’s believed the agreement was subsequently turned down by staff due to possible future pension entitlement claims.

Meanwhile, a statement from Bord Na Mona deflected any fears the dispute could lead to a breakdown in services.

“The contingency plans are designed by the company with a view to reducing the amount of interruption to its services,” the statement pointed out.

“Bord na Móna plc can confirm since the plans became operational, they have been implemented as planned and are working well to minimise the amount of disruption experienced by our customers.

“Regardless of the success of our plans we would like to thank our customers for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience today’s stoppage has caused them.”