Hauliers’ dispute with cement firm over pay rates escalates

A dispute over haulage rates between Roadstone Wood Ltd and sub-contract hauliers working for the company has escalated.

Hauliers’ dispute with cement firm over pay rates escalates

Hauliers in Cork and Clare yesterday withdrew their services from the company, with hauliers claiming they are operating below cost.

The action started in Kerry where 18 hauliers have not been working for the company for the past four weeks. Up to 80 hauliers are now involved in the dispute and have warned it could spread to other parts of the country.

In a statement yesterday, the hauliers said a meeting took place in Killarney, on February 14, between Roadstone Wood and haulier representatives from eight of the company’s locations in Cork, Clare, Galway and Kerry.

The hauliers said the company took their concerns into consideration and the company agreed to come back to the hauliers’ representatives before Thursday last with “meaningful and solid proposals to ensure the sustainability and viabilityof the hauliers’ future’’.

On Thursday, the company contacted the hauliers’ representatives and no proposal was offered, and they could only offer another meeting for today, the statement said.

" While the hauliers agreed to meet again with Roadstone Wood management, they also decided that further action was needed and unanimously decided to withdraw all haulage services provided to the company from Monday, February 24, until the matter is resolved,’’ it went on.

The hauliers claim it is costing them money to provide a service to Roadstone Wood and that they have been operating below cost for the last five years.

A spokesman for the Kerry hauliers, whose trucks were still lined up outside the company’s Killarney operation yesterday, said the mood was still positive and they were getting great support from the public.

The Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) is supporting the hauliers.

Roadstone Wood Ltd, the country’s leading supplier of building products, has declined to comment.

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