Pay dispute at Bord na Mona plant near Kildare border

Bord na Mona

Pay dispute at Bord na Mona plant near Kildare border

SIPTU members in Edenderry Power Ltd (EPL), Edenderry, County Offaly, have voted by a five to one majority for industrial and strike action in a ballot counted on Thursday February 23 last.

SIPTU Organiser, John Regan, said the dispute was over a pay issue.

“Our members in Edenderry Power Ltd will now seek sanction from the union’s executive to issue a 14-day notice of industrial action on the company. This dispute is in relation to the Bord na Móna subsidiary refusing to accept that a collective bargaining agreement signed in November 2013 covers our members’ right to have their basic pay increases negotiated by SIPTU representatives.

“The company entered into talks on a pay increase of 3.5% in April 2014. In early 2016, it derailed the process at the Workplace Relations Commission by stating that a collective agreement between the union and management did not cover pay negotiations. This resulted in it claiming that SIPTU representatives did not have a right to represent its members in pay negotiations.”

He added: “Workers in EPL have not received a pay increase since 2007.

“This is remarkable when it is considered that they are working for a subsidiary of a semi-state company which has recorded profits of €85 million in the last three years.”

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