22 June 2009

Bogmen still ready for Strike Action

Trade unions at Bord na Móna (Ireland's state-owned national peat company) have deferred plans for strike action after a meeting with the management this morning. All workers will now be balloted this Thursday on new proposals from the company.

A picket was placed on some of Bord na Móna's production sites early this morning, but the industrial action has now been lifted until the ballot is held on Thursday in Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

The workers at the Bord na Móna peat bogs in counties Offaly, Westmeath and Longford had already voted in favour of strike action three weeks ago.

The dispute concerns some proposed changes to the payment system for the company's staff who are mainly harvesting the peat that is burned in three ESB power stations in the Midlands.
Without regular supply from the nearby bogs, the Edenderry, Shannonbridge and Lanesborough power stations would run into difficulties and might have to shut down if the strike action lasts for a longer period of time.

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