Bord na Mona Staff out on strike

Staff at Bord na Mona’s Headquarters in Newbridge are picketing today in unity with sites in Longford, Westmeath, Laois, Offaly and Roscommon over an on-going pay dispute, writes Paula Campbell.

Staff at Bord na Mona’s Headquarters in Newbridge are picketing today in unity with sites in Longford, Westmeath, Laois, Offaly and Roscommon over an on-going pay dispute, writes Paula Campbell.

Strike action was deferred in April after the company offered to pay workers €1,000 each and a pay increase of 3.5 per cent which was outstanding since 2008.

The offer from the company was that the increase would take the form of a 1.75 per cent increase in pay and 1.75 increase linked to productivity.

Despite a recommendation to accept from the Group of Unions, workers voted not to accept the offer by 57 per cent recently. A statement from the company said that they are once more “disappointed by this action”. There are almost 2,000 people employed by Bord na Móna in areas such as waste disposal and peat briquette production.