Ireland - Public sector talks continued - March 29, 2010

On March 29, public service unions and government officials reconvened for talks aimed at resolving the row over public sector pay and reform. Public service unions have been engaged in a go-slow industrial action for two months in protest at pay cuts. Labour Relations Commission (LRC) Chief Executive, Kieran Mulvey, said that negotiators had “brought a lot of the issues a long way” in the marathon talks. However, he admitted that the crucial issue of pay still had to be tackled. A day earlier, the Community Platform, representing 29 national anti-poverty and equality organisations, urged the government to work with the trade union confederation (Irish Congress of Trade Unions, ICTU) to agree a solution for low-paid public sector workers and avoid social welfare services being affected by industrial action over the coming weeks. Speaking on behalf of the Community Platform, Anne Costello said it stood in solidarity “with those public sector workers who have been hit so hard by the unequal choices made by this government.” 

English: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2010/0329/1224267278823.html;  http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0329/pay.html via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Ireland

 

This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI atwww.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2009.


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