Unions say Bord na Móna trying to paint “a very bad story” as good news

Unions says Bord na Móna is trying to paint a “very bad story” as a good news story.

Bord na Móna announced its pans for a just transition from peat harvesting on Tuesday, which will see it invest over 1.6 billion euro to diversifying into renewable energy development, waste recycling and resource recovery over next ten years.

According to the company, the two peat powered electricity plants in West Offaly in Shanonbridge and in Lanesborough on Lough Ree will continue to operate until the end of 2020, but unions fear it may not be operational for 6 months of next year.

Bord na Móna announced redeployment opportunities for up to 200 of its workers, but Willie Noone – who represents the group of unions involved – is raising the issue of a lack of clarity in regards to job losses.

Speaking to Shannonside FM, Mr Noone, says CEO Tom Donnellan hasn’t addressed the concerns of seasonal workers: