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Corrib project at the heart of a picket again... but this time it's the workers

The controversial Shell terminal in Co Mayo was once again at the heart of a picket today, but this time it was workers at the site themselves fronting the protest.

Security guards at the gas terminal took strike action in protest at the reduced hours and job losses for 10 members of staff.

The workers are employed by security firm the Senaca Group, which is contracted by Shell E&P Ireland to work at the Bellanaboy gas line.

Ed Kenny of SIPTU said further strike action would follow if the company did not liaise with the union to find agreement in the dispute.

"The key issue is the termination of our members without any agreement. We are dealing with 10 men who have had their contracts terminated without agreement," he said.

Mr Kenny said SIPTU believed there was still plenty of work at the site. He said that while some workers were having their contracts terminated others were being asked to work extra hours.

"These have been very loyal workers and we feel there should have been greater consultation from the company. We will be continuing our strike action in the very near future," he added.

A statement from Senaca last night read:  "Given that the construction phase of the Corrib gas project is nearing completion, the level of our company’s involvement was always set to be scaled back.

"In light of this, we have been engaging with staff since 2013 to manage this on a phased basis. This has involved extensive engagement with staff and their union representatives, and a series of meetings hosted by the Labour Relations Commission (LRC).

"At the outset, SIPTU signalled its proposed basis for any redundancies to be firstly voluntary and thereafter, ‘last-in, first-out’. In the absence of an agreement, the company has adopted this approach," it added.

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