Threats to the livelihoods of up to 80 Bord Na Móna workers in Littleton were raised in the Dáil this week.
The company stated to the Tipperary Star that a combination of factors “including a milder winter period, carbon tax and its uneven application in the market as well as an unusually high private timber supply have led to reduced sales of our solid fuel products.”
The spokesperson added: “Due to the low sales levels the Company implemented a contingency plan to increase sales and manage our costs. The Company engaged with the Group of Unions and outlined its plan for dealing with this situation. Part of the plan involving redeployment of employees to Security, Bog Operations and other areas of Bord na Móna is being implemented. Bord na Móna has successfully managed similar situations like this in the past. Planning for the 2015/2016 solid fuel season is proceeding as normal.”
Deputy Noel Coonan raised the issue in the Dáil last week. “This is a hugely important issue in our locality and is a blow to the area and the families affected,” Deputy Coonan told the House. “I am calling on Minister Alex White, Minister Richard Bruton and Minister Michael Noonan to work withBord na Mona management for a coordinated response to the pressing matter. We need a hands-on approach and for the Government to speak directly to Bord na Mona to ensure the future of the factory.”
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.