Bord Na Mona row steps up a gear as workers mount strike

Bord na Móna has hit out at a decision by workers to stage a two day strike over an ongoing pay dispute.

Bord na Móna has hit out at a decision by workers to stage a two day strike over an ongoing pay dispute.

Management said today it had been left “disappointed” by union leaders to mount pickets at a series of plants across the midlands, including Longford.

Protests were held outside the county’s Lough Ree power station throughout the course of today, allied to similar moves at counties Westmeath, Roscommon, Laois, Offaly and Kildare.

It comes as unions push ahead with industrial action plans following an annoucement made earlier this month.

Unions agreed a deal with management over a 3.5 per cent pay increase, however this was later rejected by staff who voted in favour of industrial action.

Giving their reaction to the news, the company said in a statement: “On April 4 an agreement was arrived at after long and detailed negotiations addressing all the issues of contention. The company is satisfied that the agreement represents a fair and reasonable accommodation of the interests of all parties.”

Union representatives have since said the deal was refused by workers due to possible long term repercussions for pension entitlements.