Fianna Fáil TD for Offaly Barry Cowen has called on management at Bord na Móna to drop the threat of imposing compulsory staff redundancies.
Deputy Cowen made the call following a well-attended meeting with Bord na Móna workers in Ferbane. The meeting heard how workers are becoming increasingly worried that they may be made redundant by management despite ongoing negotiations.
“It is clear from meeting with Bord na Móna members in Ferbane that many of them feel threatened by the outstanding threat by management that compulsory redundancies may be carried out,” said Deputy Cowen.
“Workers have welcomed the fact that the company is engaging with the Labour Relations Commission to resolve the dispute over cost cutting. However they feel that the negotiations will be unable to progress further in a meaningful manner if management at the company continues to rely on the threat of compulsory redundancies.
“The use of compulsory redundancies is a great and grave change in policy at the company, and it would represent a new departure in the manner in which semi-state companies are run. Management should be able to arrive at a satisfactory outcome with workers without having to rely on this underhand threat.
“Workers want the board of Bord na Móna to be reconvened so that this threat can be withdrawn entirely. It’s clear that this needs to happen to allow the negotiations over cost cutting measures to proceed.
“I am calling for this compulsory redundancy threat to be withdrawn. I will seek a meeting in the coming days with Minister Alex White, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD, Chairman John Horgan and CEO Mike Quinn to highlight the need for this threat to be taken off the table,” said Deputy Cowen.