Eighty percent of workers at Bord na Mona balloted in favour of strike action on Monday over the company’s failure to give them a 3.5% pay increase, writes Paula Campbell.
A statement from the company read that it “views today’s ballot on industrial action as a serious distraction that will only delay the inevitable negotiated conclusion to the matter.
“In recent months, company representatives have had a series of meetings with the Bord na Mona Group of Unions to discuss the Labour Court ruling and clarification.
“The company has pointed out in these meetings that in the unprecedented economic crisis that to increase rates of pay by 3.5% would undermine employment in Bord na Mona at a very bleak time in the Irish economy.”
A spokesperson from the Group of Unions was as of yet unavailable for comment.