Local employees and councillors react to Bord na Mona lay-offs

Bord na Mona have confirmed that almost one hundred and fifty employees will be laid off.

78 seasonal workers were told this morning their employment will cease immediately while the seventy permanent workers have been given a week’s notice before they enter into an indefinite unpaid leave.

On the fifth of July, the ESB confirmed that the peat fired power station at Lanesboro, Co Longford will remain off load for an indefinite period of time.

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The return to service of the power station relies on the review of the station’s environmental licence review by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Willy Noone spoke to the Joe Finnegan Show this morning and said that most employees heard news of the lay-offs from the media and not their employers.

Staff met with the companies in Mount Dillon at 10.30 this morning to officially hear the news.

Cllr. Gerard Farrell has said there has been a complete lack of communication between all parties:

Shop steward and Bord na Mona employee Thomas Murray says the company “jumped the gun”:

Meanwhile, Cllr. Mark Casey has said that this is part of broader trend where permanent contracts are discouraged:

A group of unions will meet tomorrow with Bord na Mona. Permanent employee, John Tynan said that it was agreed in June that unions would be informed prior to the change in employment and this has not taken place.