Unions assure Bord na Móna workers that they are taking the poor treatment of staff very seriously

SIPTU’s Willie Noone say the unions have left Bord na Mona management in no doubt about how seriously they are viewing the Lanesborough job layoffs.

The unions have been meeting company management in Offaly today to express their concern about the announcement that almost 150 seasonal and full time employees are being laid off almost immediately.

SIPTU said in a statement yesterday that strike action may be one avenue open after the company appeared to ignore previous commitments to engage with unions prior to any job losses or layoffs.


Speaking this afternoon on the Lets Talk show during a break in the meeting with Bord na Mona, Willie Noone says all the unions involved are looking very closely at how Bord na Mona is dealing with the Mount Dillon workforce…


The union official says there is also concern that workers with long service may not get their proper entitlements if the company decides to let them go further down the line.

He says workers who have 30 and 40 years’ service could end up getting only statutory redundancy if they are laid off for several weeks.

Willie Noone says a lot of workers at the plant have enquired about redundancy in recent years but they haven’t had any response…