The Tara Mines Group of Unions will recommend to its members that they accept a set of proposals agreed with management at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) that will allow for a swift reopening of the mine. 

SIPTU Sector Organiser, John Regan said: “The temporary closure of Tara Mines was a body blow to workers, their families and communities but there is now light at the end of the tunnel. The set of proposals, the details of which will be finalised in the coming days, allow for a return to work of our members with their core terms and conditions of employment protected. 

“For those who decide upon a voluntary redundancy package, they now have an enhanced offer from the company. The proposals also confirm that there will be no compulsory redundancies.” 

He added: “We want to express our sincere appreciation to WRC Chairperson, Mary Dooley, for her dedication and support in facilitating this complex talks process. The workers, who have faced nine difficult months relying on social welfare benefits, will now have the opportunity to consider the proposals in detail.

SIPTU Organiser, Andrew McGuinness, said: “Representatives of the Tara Mines Group of Unions are now beginning a consultation process with the membership concerning these proposals. Shop stewards and section representatives have been called to attend a meeting on Tuesday, 23rd April, at 6.30 pm in the SIPTU Dan Shaw Centre in Navan, County Meath. This will be followed by a general meeting of the members on Thursday, 25th April, at 6.30 pm in the Simonstown GAA Club in Navan.”

A ballot on the proposals will commence on 25th April and conclude with a count on Friday 3rd May in the Dan Shaw Centre.     

The Tara Mines Group of Unions includes SIPTU, Connect and Unite trade unions.