SIPTU representatives will begin an intensive engagement with the management of Tara Mines in Navan, county Meath, on Monday (19th June) to discuss alternatives to its proposal to temporarily close the facility and place approximately 650 directly employed staff on layoff. SIPTU TEAC Division Organiser, Adrian Kane, said: “In recent days, union representatives have had discussions with management and Government representatives in relation to the announcement that the mine will be temporarily closed and the impact this will have on the workers, the wider community and economy.” He added: “Union representatives have demanded that management engage with us to look at alternatives to the proposed layoffs. Management have now agreed to this position and we will endeavour in intensive talks which are to begin on Monday to work towards an outcome which will maintain the operation of this mine.” SIPTU Sector Organiser, John Regan, said: “The protective notice of layoff of workers at Tara Mines remains in place. We will enter the talks process with a constructive attitude in an effort to ensure the future of this vital strategic economic asset.”