Element 6 have accepted an invitation from the LRC to attend talks on the ongoing dispute at the Shannon plant
The diamond manufacturer requested the intervention of the independent body following a stalemate between management and unions on talks on the Shannon Sustainability Plan.
Talks between the two sides broke down when agreement on the redundancy deal on offer could not be reached.
This invitation to talks comes a week after over 400 workers, ex-staff, friends and family held a solidarity march in Shannon to show the worker’s opposition to the redundancy deal on offer from the company.
Workers are refusing to endorse the sustainability plan until a better redundancy package is put on offer which the company say they cannot do.
Unions say that they are willing to enter talks with the company but say that the Company need a mandate to negotiate on the redundancy package
In a statement, Element 6 General Manager Ken Sullivan said that this is an opportunity for all involved to enter genuine discussions on the plan to save jobs in Shannon and he expects that these talks will get underway soon
Unions, which include SIPTU and the TEEU, are expected to accept their invitation to talks by the end of today.