Ireland -Mixed feelings about Croke Park II, Fire fighters and prison officers have a deal -March 5, 2013

The Croke Park II arrangements (see the February Newsletter) will have serious consequences for the public sector. Groups such as nurses and doctors will face cuts to Sunday premium rates and the abolition of ‘twilight’ payments under the proposed new agreement. Therefore, four unions, the trade union for nurses and midwives INMO, the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO), the Civil Public and Services Union (CPSU) and Unite are to launch a joint national campaign for a No vote against the Croke Park proposals. It looks as if more unions will join (trade unions ASTI, GRA and AGSI). Fire fighters and prison officers have concluded deals with the government which will protect their premium payments. In a letter to the unions it is said that the totality of the pay structure in respect of full-time fire fighters will not be affected by the proposals in the agreement. Later on a similar deal was made for prison officers. SIPTU President Jack O’Connor described the Croke Park proposals as the most controversial proposition that trade unions have ever had to consider.

English: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/firefighters-prison-officers-in-deal-over-pay ...

http://www.rte.ie/news/2013/0305/372758-croke-park-extension/  

http://www.thejournal.ie/croke-park-talks-unions-821872-Mar2013 ...

 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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