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Talks ongoing at Element Six

MANAGEMENT and unions at Element Six are locked in talks on the future survival of the troubled Shannon plant in the hope of reaching agreement on contentious aspects of the sustainability plan ahead of the parties reappearing before the Labour Court next Tuesday.

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Element Six anxious to reach Labour Court

IF agreement on the future of Element Six and the severance package for departing workers isn’t reached by the end of September, the survival plan will be taken off the table and 370 jobs will be lost, as was originally planned, the company’s CEO Cyrus Jilla has said. This week, after sending a letter to employees regarding the situation, Mr Jilla granted interviews to two Irish publications, one of which was The Clare Champion, and he said he is frustrated with the lack of progress being made on the plan to save 163 jobs. He also claimed to be “astonished” that more urgency isn’t being shown by certain union figures.

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CEO letter calls for swift action

IN a letter to Element Six staff this week, the company’s CEO, Cyrus Jilla, warned that there is a need for speedy action on the implementation of the sustainability plan. “I believe there are many of you who wish to discuss the plan, want to see it successful and want to maintain an attractive job at Element Six in Shannon for many years.“For whatever reason, a vocal minority of you and some of your union representatives have slowed down this process at every juncture,” he claimed.

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Unions deny delay caused by holiday

SIPTU and the TEEU, the two largest unions at Element Six, have both denied that the reason for a delay in the Labour Court hearing regarding the current dispute is because a union official is on holiday. Last week the matter was referred to the Labour Court after little progress was made at the LRC, with proceedings set to begin on September 17.

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