HOUSING Minister Jan O’Sullivan has become the first government minister to call for an end to the strike at Mungret Cement.
For the last month, 65 staff in the Irish Cement plant in Mungret have been on strike in a dispute over pay and conditions.
It means that production has ground to a halt in Mungret for the first time in 30 years.
After visiting the picket line over the weekend, Ms O’Sullivan said: “I spoke with workers at the picket line in Mungret again last Sunday. The hardship caused to the workers and their families has built up over the past few weeks. They need a resolution and that can only be achieved through negotiation.”
“It is clear that they want to engage with the company but that the pre-condition of linking pay cuts with money already owed to workers, through a Labour Court recommendation, is not acceptable to them. This is the first strike at Irish Cement in more than three decades. Good industrial relations have always formed an important part of Irish Cement’s success. This is not the time for backs to be turn on that proud record. I urge Irish Cement to find a way in which both sides can come to the table and resolve this dispute.”