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Wednesday, 8th July 2020

Premier Periclase workers set to strike from July 20

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The Premier Periclase factory at Boyne Road Drogheda.

Unite accuses company of failing to engage and breaching agreement

The Unite trade union which represents workers at the Drogheda magnesia plant Premier Periclase, has announced that its members are set to take strike action from Monday July 20th.

Commenting, Unite Regional Officer Willie Quigley said:

“Despite a long-standing collective agreement, management have not meaningfully engaged with us on their proposals for what they have called a ‘Temporary Shut-down of the Plant’.

“The company proposes to lay off our members or put them on reduced hours, while transferring work to non-union labour and retaining contractors on site.

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“We have made a number of unsuccessful attempts to avoid arriving at this point.  However, management did not seem interested in meaningful discussion on issues surrounding the ‘temporary shutdown’.  As a result our members have voted to take strike action from Monday July 20th.

“Unite remains available for meaningful engagement”, Mr Quigley concluded

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