Disputing Element Six sides head to the Labour Court.

Workers at Management at Element Six are before the Labour Court this morning in a last ditch effort to find a resolution which has been running for the last number of months.

Workers want an improved redundancy package while the company want acceptance on their Shannon Sustainability Plan for the site to retain jobs.

General Manager Ken Sullivan says that he’s optimistic about the commencement of talks today


Today’s Labour Court Hearing comes following two days of talks at the Labour Relations Commission last week where both sides set out their stalls regarding the layoffs at the Industrial Diamond Manufacturer.

In July, Element 6 announced 370 job cuts but this was reduced following the publication of the Shannon Sustainability Plan which aims to retain 243 jobs at the site with 207 redundancies.

However, unions representing workers say that the package on offer for those set to loose their jobs is not good enough while the company say they cannot pay more.

CEO of Element 6 Cyrus Jilla has urged all involved to get on with the process of retaining jobs at the Shannon site and says that they have until the end of the month to agree; otherwise the original wind down plan will be implemented.

In a statement, General Manager Ken Sullivan says that he’s optimistic about the talks and is hopeful of a swift conclusion.