Willie O’Dea to raise Irish Cement strike in the Dail

David Hurley

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David Hurley

LIMERICK TD Willie O’Dea has called on Irish Cement Ltd to immediately pay the outstanding money it owes to staff at its two plants in Mungret, Co Limerick and Platin, Co Meath and he has tabled a Parliamentary Question to the Minister for Enterprise on the matter.

LIMERICK TD Willie O’Dea has called on Irish Cement Ltd to immediately pay the outstanding money it owes to staff at its two plants in Mungret, Co Limerick and Platin, Co Meath and he has tabled a Parliamentary Question to the Minister for Enterprise on the matter.

Deputy O’Dea, who recently met the workers on the picket line in Mungret, has described as “belligerent” the company’s refusal to honour Labour Court recommendations in relation to pay owed to staff.

Deputy O’Dea said: “The workers at Irish Cement have been forced to go out on strike because the company is making a joke of the Labour Court by refusing to pay the money it owes them without unacceptable preconditions.

“The company is trying to beat the workers into submission by refusing to honour its obligations unless the staff agree to a massive pay cut. The company have consistently acted in a disgraceful manner by constantly putting up a blockage to the resolutions proposed by the workers.”

In a statement, Deputy O’Dea concluded: “The total fee for the non-executive board of the company last year would have more than paid the outstanding pay owed to workers, all of whom have already taken pay cuts in the past. I am calling on this profitable company to honour its obligations to staff.”

The strike is now entering its fourth week.