Representatives of the Bord na Móna (BNM) Group of Unions met with management today (Monday, 8th May) and informed it that they will not engage with the company until it has removed a threat to close its peat briquette plant in Littleton, County Tipperary, next March. BNM Group of Unions Secretary and SIPTU Organiser, John Regan, said: “The meeting in the Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, County Offaly, this afternoon followed a meeting between BNM Group of Unions shop stewards and officials earlier this morning. “On behalf of their members the BNM Group of Unions representatives expressed to management their disappointment at the disgraceful manner in which the company had last week announced its decision to close the Littleton plant. In particular, they highlighted the unacceptable failure of management to engage with the BNM Group of Unions in advance of the decision to close the plant. “The BNM Group of Unions representatives told management that they were not prepared to engage with it on its agenda if it does not remove the threat to close the Littleton plant in March 2018. The meeting concluded with management being informed that it will have to report back to the Board of the company and tell it that it must make a decision on this core issue for our members.” He added: “Management was also informed that the BNM Group of Unions intends to meet with the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, to discuss the threat to close the Littleton plant. This meeting is expected to take place at the Just Transition Climate Change seminar taking place in the Communications Workers Union conference centre on Wednesday (10th May). “The BNM Group of Unions representatives added that their members will consider industrial action in order to prevent the closure taking place.”