They say the government approach to date has been just lip-service.
The government and Bord na Móna have so far only paid lip service to a just transition.
That's according to Unite workers union, who are protesting this weekend calling for a roadmap detailing job creation and employment security to be published.
They say the suspension of peat harvesting and closure of power stations in the midlands left thousands of families without a source of income.
United Regional Officer Jean O'Dowd says it's time for talk to turn into action: