SIPTU says it expects Bord na Mona to honour agreement with Lanesboro workers

SIPTU says it’s expecting Bord na Mona will honour an agreement reached three weeks ago in respect of its’ local workers who deliver peat to Lough Ree Power in Lanesboro.

The union had agreed what it calls a ‘foundation document for a just transition’ with the semi state, as the ESB moves from burning peat in Lanesboro to sustainable and renewable products.

It was expected that the terms agreed, in which workers would receive greater employment security in terms of work and hours – would not need to be enacted until January next, when the transition begins.

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However, with the ESB suspending operations at Lough Ree Power on foot of EPA investigations into its’ discharges into the Shannon’s so called hot stretch at Lanesboro, SIPTU’s Willie Noone says he expects workers will be protected by the agreement – albeit sooner than expected.