For the second time this month Bord na Mona workers in county Roscommon joined their colleagues from counties Longford, Kildare, Offaly, Tipperary, and Westmeath in strike action is a dispute over pay.
Over one thousand workers took part in Wednesday’s dispute.
Bord na Mona had offered to increase staff pay by 3.5%, which would be paid over two phases and a lump sum of €1,000 to every worker.
However unions representing the workers are looking for the increases to be made pensionable and this has proved to be a major stumbling block.
A Bord na Mona spokesman confirmed peat-harvesting targets are down, which has been due to the inclement weather conditions, but ESB power stations will not be disrupted.
Pickets were also being placed at a supply depot at Edenderry power station in Co Offaly and at briquette factories in counties Offaly and Tipperary.
Issue dated: 29 June 2012
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