Ireland - SIPTU authorises strike ballots on public service pay - November 30, 2016

The National Executive Council of trade union SIPTU has authorised ballots by union members for industrial action and strike action on public service pay. SIPTU stated that throughout the very difficult years since the economic collapse of 2008 SIPTU has recommended acceptance of extremely difficult wage cuts across the private and the public service. The union always made it clear that when circumstances changed it would take the necessary actions to re-take lost ground. With the starting of economic recovery their members in manufacturing have been securing pay increases of the order of 2% - 3% per year. In private sector services new legally binding agreements in industries such as security and contract cleaning as well as increases for members in the retail and distribution sector were reached. Moreover, SIPTU representatives are calling for pay increases of the order of 4% in 2017 for workers in the private sector. SIPTU consider that the Lansdowne Road Agreement is not being applied equitably. Accordingly, the union has decided to authorise each recognised negotiating group of the union’s members in the Public Service to conduct ballots seeking mandates for industrial action and/or strike action in pursuit of better terms.

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