ye have alot of misguided points being made here on both sides of the fence lad. the fact of the matter is
1. The company was told to pay the bonus by the labour court on the basis that both sides enter into discussion on pay cuts
2. company looking for in the region of 15% paycut, the workers not willing to accept anything close to that
3. mediation suggested a paycut of 6% and the bonus be paid in the next paycheque, which was rejected by the union
4. CRH made 700 million profit last year............CRH made this profit, not Irish Cement Ltd.
In my opinion, there are 2 Irish Cement plants still in operation only to supply prospective customers in the Benelux region and the UK, which had been the case until this strike. Those customers are now being supplied from other CRH plants on the continent, meaning that the ultimate loser is Irish Cement.
I applaud the lads and yer resolution in seeing this through.....but just think of every other stakeholder involved in this for a second also...the hauliers, contractors, customers and suppliers who are losing business!! CRH only care for Irish Cement as it could prove a convenient supplier to other CRH plants on the continent......only for that, they might as well shut Limerick down
That is my six pence worth