Date Released: 08 July 2016
“SIPTU members in the rail and road transport division of Bord Na Mona (BNM) are preparing for strike action in response to the unilateral imposition of a 12% pay cut by the company this week.
“The company has effectively ignored a recent agreement at the Workplace Relations Commission to protect the pay of its employees. The agreement only allows for increases in wages if savings of €7.1 million are achieved. This is against a background where workers in BNM have not had a pay increase since 2008.
“The unilateral action by BNM to cut pay has further damaged the morale of BNM workers who see it as an abuse of power by management. We are calling on company chairman, John Horgan, a former member of the Labour Court, to restore pay levels and insist that management adheres to normal and acceptable industrial relations procedures.”