Bord na Móna has rowed back on its decision to lay-off of permanent staff at its peat processing plant at Mount Dillon, but the Union representing workers remains unconvinced jobs at the plant are secured.
Last Thursday, Bord na Móna announced its decision to lay-off 72 permanent workers and a further 26 seasonal workers. The decision followed the ESB’s decision to suspend operations at their plant, Lough Ree Power, over licensing issues with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
SIPTU representative for Bord na Móna workers Willie Noone conceded that the company had suspended its decision to layoff permanent workers at the plant, but he remains fearful for the jobs of workers at the plant.
In a statement released on Monday Bord na Móna said that the current situation at Lough Ree Power “highlights the importance of the midlands power stations to communities and the entire regional economy. Bord na Móna and the Group of Unions agreed on Friday (July 12) to suspend issuing letters regarding lay-offs of permanent employees and to engage on redeployment opportunities for impacted employees.”