BNM Group of Unions Secretary, Willie Noone, said: “The BNM Group of Unions is shocked that this semi-state company has informed staff that they are to be laid off indefinitely with only 7 days-notice. The unions have a collective agreement that is only 5 weeks old, which clearly states that an engagement must take place with representatives prior to any job losses occurring.”
 
He added: “This news will send shockwaves throughout Bord na Móna and industrial action may be the only avenue open to union representatives in order to defend our members’ conditions of employment as the company is not adhering to collective agreements.”