Two more strike days for Bord na Mona

workers at Bord na Mona headquarters in Newbridge have vowed to strike for a further two days on Wednesday June 27 and Thursday 28 over an ongoing pay dispute.

workers at Bord na Mona headquarters in Newbridge have vowed to strike for a further two days on Wednesday June 27 and Thursday 28 over an ongoing pay dispute.

Workers came out in force on Tuesday, June 6 for a one-day work stoppage over a long standing pay dispute between employees and management.

Strike action was deferred in April after the company offered to pay workers E1,000 each and a pay increase of 3.5 % which was outstanding since 2008.

However, in a statement released to the Leinster Leader from the company’s group of unions, other factors were claimed to be involved. These included a “total lack of trust in management” and a doubt expressed by the unions that workers will “ever get the second part of the proposed payment” and if they do “management will require something excessive in return”.

It also highlighted the workers in the semi-state body who are on an hourly rate of E10.77, and as a result “are forced to top up their income with Family Income Supplement”.

A statement from company management described the pay agreement as “the best available agreement at the time”.

“The company did not dimiss the union’s demands but sat down and negotiated in an effort to achieve the best available agreement at the time,” it said. The company also responded last week to the allegations by stating that they were “mystified” and added that “regarding the statement on pay, Bord na Mona and the unions both agreed to co-operate and consult in a reasonable manner on these issues. Bord na Mona agreed this in good faith”.