SIPTU MEMBERS AT Tara Mines in Navan, Co Meath, have voted to accept proposals by the company, so ending a long running dispute.
Among the key clauses contained in the proposed agreement is a commitment by the owners of Tara Mines to provide future capital investment of €110 million which is needed to maintain the mine’s operation to 2018 and beyond.
In January the company put its entire workforce of 670 people on protective notice despite a two year agreement signed with employees in 2012. The company was called to a Labour Relations Commission conference to hear its claim for disregarding the agreement.
The proposals also envisage the establishment of an industrial relations forum consisting of worker and management representatives. The forum will meet monthly to discuss changes in work practices arising from the agreement and will be attended on an annual basis by the president of the multinational Boliden which owns the company as well as the CEO.
Speaking today, SIPTU organiser John Regan said the proposals are designed to establish a new way of working at Tara Mines “with the flexibility and cooperation to increase productivity and reduce costs in order that the company achieves the currant life of mine plan to 2018 and beyond”.
“We welcome the fact that union members, including miners, mill operators and surface workers, have all agreed to these proposals,” he said.
The agreement must now be registered with the Labour Court and SIPTU said it will ensure that management full meets all of its commitments throughout the lifetime of the agreement.