Ireland - Time running out for settlement of public service dispute - February 23, 2010

According to Irish Trade Union Congress (ICTU) president Jack O' Connor, time is running out for a negotiated solution to the current industrial action involving 300,000 public service workers.  "A fair solution to the issues at stake is still possible, a solution which links better public service provision with stable and secure employment and a framework for restoring the agreed pay scales," O' Connor told public service workers at a mass protest rally in Galway. He argued that far from inefficient or bloated, the numbers in the Irish public service as a percentage of total employment compares favourably with most EU members including countries with good quality provision.


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) You may find further information on the ETUI, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2009.

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