Demanding fair pay for their work, employees at Balcas began a two day strike this morning.

A number of Unite the Union members employed by Balcas, a wood product supplier based outside Enniskillen, are taking strike action against the company from 6am on Tuesday April 9 to 6am on Thursday April 11.

Speaking on behalf of the strikers, Donal O’ Cófaigh, Secretary of the Fermanagh Council of Trade Unions, told The Impartial Reporter: "Workers in this workplace are on the picket line today and will be tomorrow because of the pay policy of the employer here." 

See Mr. O'Cófaigh's comments in our video.

In response to the strikers, a spokeswoman on behalf of Balcas said: "Balcas are disappointed that an agreement has not yet been reached through constructive discussion."

She continued: "Our current offer equates to more than twice the rate of inflation for the average employee.  Balcas thinks this is a fair and reasonable offer.  We are open to dialogue and we would urge employee representatives to engage in meaningful discussion to resolve this."