19/01/2009

Tara Mines Workers Taker Vote On Cost-Cutting Plan

Workers at Tara Mines are will today vote on the proposed cost-cutting plan for workers at the Navan-based company.

The deal, brokered after protracted negotiations between SIPTU and the company's management lists alternative proposals that would protect workers at the plant following the company's proposed job cuts and pay freeze.

A spokesman for the Union said on Friday: "A general meeting of all SIPTU members in Tara Mines was held at the Ardboyne Hotel in Navan this evening to consider a set of proposals put forward by the independent facilitator Janet Hughes to the dispute over new work practices."

The result of the ballot among the company's 670 employees will be known on Thursday.

the Swedish owners, Boliden AB, sent out letters to its 670 staff placing them on protective notice from next Monday. However, management has now agreed to postpone that notice until January 29 in order to allow the union ballot to proceed.

(DW/BMcC)

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