Workers at a Dundalk forklift manufacturer are set to down tools again today.

This is the second day of strike action for more than 200 workers at Cargotec in a dispute over the transfer of terms and conditions of some staff.

The Unite trade union represents the workers at the Co Louth facility and has taken this industrial action following a ballot of its members.

Unite has accused the company of failing to engage meaningfully at the Workplace Relations Committee (WRC) and the Labour Court regarding proposals to transfer workers terms and conditions.

The union claims that established jobs, pay and conditions could come under future attack.

It called on the company to negotiate collectively with its members.

Cargotec previously said it was deeply disappointed that the strike action went ahead and described the actions as "groundless".

The company said that 40 team members who work in the specialist surface protection area were transferred to another company, For Surface Protection (FSP), in January.

It said this transfer of employment to FSP was legal and "proceeded in full accordance with employment law", and that as per Transfer of Undertakings Process (TUPE) regulations, employees terms and conditions, including pay, are fully protected.

It said the legality of the TUPE transfer was also established during emergency WRC talks in December last year.

Cargotec said it had carried out extensive consultation with the staff affected since 7 November 2022, and had outlined to the union that the decision was part of the company's long term strategy to focus on the design and assembly side of the business.

It said the strike "only serves to jeopardise "the company's "ambitious investment plans to create a new state-of-the-art factory in Dundalk in the near future".

It said the door was open for discussions with the union and that "management are discussing the matter extensively with employees".