Lagan Brick staff plan to extend picket as talks stall


The 25 Siptu members among the striking workers from the Lagan Brick factory in Kingscourt, Co Cavan, say they are planning to extend their official picket to other company operations North and South.

The 25 union members have been on official strike for 112 days. It began with an unofficial picket when the company announced the immediate closure of the factory with just an hour’s notice on December 15th. Four other staff are non-union members.

Despite extensive talks at the Labour Court, no agreement has been reached over the redundancy package and the talks have finished.

On Wednesday, Siptu representative John Regan and the workers picketed the Lagan Company headquarters in Belfast, where the city’s mayor greeted them with a reception.

The union representative said: “With the company not engaging with us, we intend to extend our official picket to other companies in the Lagan Group. We could arrive and picket at any of their plants on any day of the week.”

The Northern Ireland-based firm has a number of large plants in the South, including a cement factory in Kinnegad, Co Westmeath, and an asphalt material plants in Co Louth, and is also believed to be involved in Lagan Pigs, based in Belturbet, Co Cavan.