Date Released: 02 February 2016
Workers in Bord na Mona will vote in the coming days on pay and conditions proposals that have emerged from negotiations between the Bord na Móna Group of Unions and management.
Bord na Móna Group of Unions Secretary and SIPTU Organiser, John Regan, said: “These proposals have emerged following a year of negotiations between union representatives and management. During this period the talks process has been assisted by the Workplace Relations Commission.
“The negotiations followed a management proposal to implement a 30% wage cut. The new proposals are based on an improved cost saving programme which was presented by the Group of Unions to management.”
Unite official, Ed Thompson, said: “The proposals include the payment of a once off lump sum to workers and a 3% pay increase if cost saving targets are achieved. The proposals protect current union members’ terms and conditions for a duration of 38 months until March 2019.
“In addition, the proposals give union members the option to extend their working life beyond their normal retirement age of 65.”
TEEU official, Darren Erangey, said: “For the benefits contained in the proposals to come into effect the cost savings programme put forward by the Group of Unions as an alternative to a 30% pay cut must achieve its target of €7.1 million in savings over the lifetime of the agreement. On this basis the Group of Unions are recommending the acceptance of these proposals to its members.”
The Bord na Móna Group of Unions represents workers in non-craft, craft, supervisory, administration and clerical grades in the company. The ballot on the proposals is scheduled to be completed on Monday, 15th February.