Tuesday 24 April 2018

Bord na Mona workers to ramp up strike action

Anne-Marie Walsh

MORE than 2,000 Bord na Mona staff are planning further strikes following a work stoppage last week over a 3.5pc pay rise.

Unions at the state-owned peat producer have decided to ramp up industrial action by holding two more days of strikes on June 27 and 28.

Bord na Mona said the Group of Unions had taken a decision to escalate the dispute at a meeting yesterday.

The unions SIPTU, UNITE and the TEEU struck a deal with management on the 3.5pc pay rise earlier this year.

However, the deal was rejected by staff, who balloted in favour of industrial action.

It is understood that the deal, agreed last April, would have meant staff got a lump sum payment of €1,000 upfront and a 1.75pc pay rise.

However, they were not guaranteed the final 1.75pc increase, as it depended on the company's performance. Based on the average yearly salary at the peat company of €44,800, the full 3.5pc increase would bring wages up to €46,368.

Bord na Mona said the latest plan of action was an "unhelpful escalation of action that will only damage the interests of the company and its employees".

Secretary of the Group of Unions Oliver McDonagh said the deal was rejected by members because there were implications for their pensions.

Irish Independent

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