Limerick cement workers all set for ballot

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

THE seven week-long strike at Irish Cement in Mungret could come to an end this afternoon if workers vote in favour of a compromise agreement.

THE seven week-long strike at Irish Cement in Mungret could come to an end this afternoon if workers vote in favour of a compromise agreement.

Representatives of the staff have been locked in talks with the company and a conciliator, aimed at finding an agreement which will see production recommence on site.

A ballot will take place on the proposals this afternnon.

One of the striking workers, William O’Shaughnessy said the group of unions are pushing for a yes vote. “Both sides seem happy enough with the situation,” he added.

Staff had downed tools at the plant in a row over pay, with around €5,500 to €9,500 being owed to workers in increments.

However, the company have refused to do so until workers accept a 23% pay cut.

It means Irish Cement’s plant on the outskirts of the city has been idle for the best part of six weeks.

Last week, workers protested at the annual general meeting of Irish Cement’s parent firm Cement Road Holdings. Staff at Irish Cement in Platin are also striking.