Date Released: 10 January 2013
SIPTU has agreed to engage in intensive discussions with management at Tara Mines, Co. Meath, following an initial meeting on Wednesday (9th January) at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC).
At the LRC meeting union members were represented by SIPTU Organisers John Regan and Henry O’Shea, and company management by IBEC excutive Eamon McCoy.
Following the meeting a LRC statement said: “Both parties agreed to meaningfully engage in discussions under the auspices of the LRC during the remainder of January 2013. The Company has agreed to refrain from taking any further action whilst these discussions take place.”
John Regan said: “Five dates have been agreed over the next ten days for intensive discussions between the parties. A management decision to place workers at Tara Mines on protective notice on Thursday, 3rd January, was totally unacceptable.”
“Our members welcome the management agreement to refrain from taking any further unilateral actions while discussions are ongoing.”
He added: “The Tara Mines’ workers signed a two year agreement on pay and conditions with management in July 2012, which the company had attempted to tear up. We believe it now understands that such an action will not be accepted by our members.”
A section meeting of Tara Mines worker representatives will be held to discuss the company’s actions on Tuesday 15th January. A general meeting of all 400 SIPTU members at Tara Mines will be held on Thursday 17th January.
Pre-tax profits for the firm that operates Tara Mines were €28 million in the 12 months until December last year.