Belfast Telegraph

Staff suspended at power station

Forty workers at Bord na Mona have been suspended over an unofficial dispute at a power station.

The company claimed workers refused to return to normal duties at the peat fired Lough Ree Power Station, Co Longford, when it reopened four weeks early after it was shut down for essential maintenance.

A Bord na Mona spokesman said that during the period of the overhaul, transport workers affected were deployed to alternative work.

"As the overhaul was completed, all transport workers were requested to return to normal work on standard pay and conditions," he said.

"The workers involved refused to return to normal work and the company was left with no alternative but to suspend the 40 workers involved in the unofficial industrial action."

It is understood the workers are refusing to bring peat in to the station over claims they are owed money for loss of earnings of about 100 euro a week while the power station was closed for 16 weeks.

The matter was already due to go to the Labour Relations Commission.

Bord na Mona said they failed to understand the rationale and logic behind this unofficial and needless industrial action and called on the workers to agree to return to normal work immediately.

Siptu's Greg Ennis said the union had been made aware of unofficial action taking place.

"Union officials will meet members in the morning to try and resolve the dispute," he added.

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