Date Released: 22 June 2016
SIPTU members in the Bord Na Mona (BNM) transport division have expressed outrage at the company’s plan to unilaterally impose pay cuts of at least 12% in the case of rail workers.
The company has also announced that it is in the process of outsourcing its road truck fleet to a private contractor to come into effect from 1st September, 2016.
SIPTU Industrial Organiser and Secretary of the Group of Unions, John Regan, said:
“Born Na Mona management has confirmed that it will be imposing the pay cuts from this week without exhausting normal industrial procedures. This is totally unacceptable as the company has only recently agreed a continuous improvement plan with trade union representatives that avoided a 30% pay cut on workers in the same business unit.
“The recent agreement includes written commitments from both unions and management to address industrial relations disputes through dialogue. The unilateral position to impose a pay cut on SIPTU members runs in the opposite direction to the commitments given by senior management in BNM.
“SIPTU has written to the company requesting it to pull back from the brink. Members in road and rail transport will commence a ballot for industrial/strike action in the event that the company refuses to enter into discussions on these unacceptable pay and outsourcing proposals.