Bord na Mona workers on second day of strike in Newbridge

Bord na Móna workers are on the last leg of their two-day stoppage at company head quarters in Newbridge today, Thursday, June 28.

Bord na Móna workers are on the last leg of their two-day stoppage at company head quarters in Newbridge today, Thursday, June 28.

Workers who were joined by a number of employees from Laois and Westmeath are picketing Bord na Móna over a 3.5 per cent pay claim due under the towards 2016 transitional agreement.

Union official Brian Gormley vowed this morning that workers are in it for the long haul.

A Bord na Móna spokesman expressed disappointment at the strike and issued an apology to any customers inconvenienced by the stoppage. A Bord na Móna management meeting took place this morning during the strike.

Peat harvesting in Kildare, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath, Roscommon and Longford has been affected by the strike.

The two-day stoppage, which took place yesterday (Wednesday) and today is part of an escalating industrial action by union members who picketed during a day’s stoppage earlier this year.

- Paula Campbell