Workers at the Irish Cement production plants in Limerick and Platin are continuing strike action over a dispute surrounding the company’s failure to honour a Labour recommendation relating to the payment of outstanding monies to its employees.
Local press have reported that pickets were placed on the entrances of the two plants on Tuesday following a decision to take industrial action by the Irish Cement Group of Unions.
Speaking to Inside Ireland, Secretary of the Irish Cement Group of Unions, Karan O’Loughlin, said; “Earlier this year the Labour Court made a recommendation that the company must pay monies which are outstanding to its employees which amount to between €5500 to €9500 per worker.”
“The Labour Court has recommended that Irish Cement Ltd immediately pay the monies it owes the workers but the company is insisting that a pay cut of between 15% and 18% is implemented first.
“Acceptance of such a pay cut does not form part of the Labour Court recommendation. The workers will maintain their industrial action until the Labour Court recommendation is implemented without any prior conditions.
Over 100 staff are employed at the two production plants affected by the strike action. Irish Cement Ltd is part of the CRH Group.