Union accuses company of reneging on agreements
August 30th: Unite, which represents members working for the Drogheda-based Louth magnesia plant Premier Periclase, has supported calls for the Tanaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, to use his influence regarding the ongoing strike at the plant which will enter its third week tomorrow (Monday). Premier Periclase is owned by RHI Magnesita.
Commenting, Unite Regional Officer Willie Quigley said:
“It has been clear since the start of this dispute that the company is more interested in sidelining unions and tearing up collective agreements than in reaching a resolution which will allow the plant to move forward.
“The company refused to engage meaningfully during conciliation talks and instead moved to discontinue collection of union dues while reneging on long-standing agreements and refusing to engage collectively with its workers.
“The company’s dismissive attitude is in marked contrast to the overwhelming support which workers have received from the local community, as well as from local politicians, regarding the manner in which Premier Periclase has treated its workers.
“As the strike enters its third week, we feel it is time for the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to bring pressure to bear on management to engage meaningfully within current agreements, using the state’s dispute resolution agencies such as the Workplace Relations Commission.
“Meaningful engagement is the only way for the company to avoid a continuation of the dispute”, Willie Quigley warned.