Friday, September 07 07:56:39
Bord Na Mona management and unions are to meet to discuss the implications of the company's worst peat harvest returns since Bord Na Mona was set up in 1946.
Disastrous weather over the last four months led to the loss of over two and a half million tonnes of peat in the harvest. Unions at the semi-state company say there is no basis at this stage for considering redundancies among its workforce of two thousand people.
The financial challenges facing Bord na Mona are unprecedented. In its sixty-six year history there's never been a peat harvest as bad. The company was already seeking transformational change in work practices for its 2000 permanent staff before a disastrous summer denied them 2.6m tonnes of peat in their targets.