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Thursday, 4th August 2022

A slap in the face for Premier Periclase workers as they face redundancy

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Flashback to 2020 as SIPTU and Unite Trade Union members take to the picket line at Premier Periclase in support of their claim for Trade Union recognition.

Nash extremely concerned over future of factory

The troubled Premier Periclase factory, the scene of a prolonged strike over trade union recognition in 2020, is in the news once again as workers at the Boyne Road plant have been informed today that they face possible redundancy.

This development comes just weeks after the company exited the examinership process.

Local Labour TD Ged Nash says this is a real slap in the face for workers and that he is extremely concerned over the future of the Premier Periclase plant in Drogheda.

“Unions were notified today of plans to put all staff on notice that they are at risk of redundancy” he said.

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 “I understand from trade union contacts that the owners of the firm state that they are concerned at the viability of the plant as a consequence of escalating gas prices.

“It is concerning that this development has occurred only a matter of weeks after the company came through an examinership process that resulted in a series of redundancies.

“Workers at Premier Periclase are right to be skeptical about the commitment of the owners to maintaining the operation given that rising gas prices were going to be a reality of life for businesses and households well after the company was permitted to restructure and reorganise its affairs under the court examinership process.

“For them to appear not to have fully factored this into their considerations invites obvious questions of the company and their commitment to their workers.

“This is a real slap in the face for workers who are experiencing restructuring fatigue and real question marks now hang over the survival of what has been an important employer in the Drogheda area for many years.”

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