Saturday 20 January 2018

Siptu members in Edenderry power plant to conduct 24-hour work stoppage

Stock photo: Gerry Mooney
Stock photo: Gerry Mooney
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Siptu members in Edenderry Power Ltd, will begin a 24-hour work stoppage tomorrow (April 6th) in a dispute concerning collective bargaining rights at the power generation plant.

“This dispute is in relation to the Bord na Móna subsidiary refusing to accept that a collective bargaining agreement signed in November 2013 covers our members’ right to have their basic pay increases negotiated by Siptu representatives”, Siptu Organiser, John Regan, said.

The Siptu members involved will also place pickets on the entrance to the plant. For the duration of the industrial action the plant will not be supplying energy to the national electricity grid.

“Workers in EPL have not received a pay increase since 2007. This is remarkable when it is considered that they are working for a subsidiary of a semi-state company which has recorded profits of €85 million in the last three years,” Mr Regan said.

This is the second 24-hour work stoppage conducted at the plant in relation to this dispute. Workers at the plant also staged a strike in March of this year.

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