Bord na Móna transport workers to take action over pay cuts of 'up to €110 a week'

Union says workers' anger has been 'intensified' by company's recent profit announcement

Bord na Móna transport workers to take action over pay cuts of 'up to €110 a week'

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Bord na Móna (BNM) transport staff have backed industrial action in response to unilateral pay cuts imposed by the semi-state company, according to the union representing workers.

SIPTU said rail workers voted by 94% to 6% in favour of action, while their colleagues in the road section supported the move by 96% to 4%. 

According to the union, around 100 transport employees have seen wage cuts of up to 12% as part of productivity measures forced through by the company. Affected staff are said to have lost as much as €110 a week as a result.

SIPTU organiser John Regan said: “This vote for industrial action resulted from management unilaterally imposing a 12% pay cut on our members.

"This has resulted in workers’ weekly wages being reduced by up to €110 a week. This outrageous cut comes after a period of eight years in which these workers have not received any pay increases.

“The anger the workers feel concerning their cut in pay has been intensified by the announcement last week that the company’s end of the financial year net profit was more than €17 million and BNM board chairman John Horgan stating that it has paid the government €67 million in dividends since 2007.”

BNM previously told that the “relevant pay and reward provisions” were enacted in line with the terms of an agreement accepted by the group of unions at the company.

“Where clarification has been required, details are discussed in line with normal industrial relations procedures," it said. 

“Under the agreement, all existing lorry drivers will continue to be employed by the company with a number of people redeployed to other parts of the company.

BNM said it was “operating in line with established procedures and agreements”, adding that both sides had agreed that there would be “no industrial action” relating to matters covered in the deal,