Claire Mahon (NMO, Derek Mullin CPSU, Liam Doran INMO, Steve Tweed IMO, Shirley Coulter IMO, Jimmy Kelly UNITE
Thursday 7th March 2013.
Four Trade Unions opposed to the proposals for a new Croke Park agreement have launched a joint national campaign to seek a NO vote on the proposals.
The four Unions are: The INMO The IMO The CPSU Unite
Over the coming weeks the Unions will roll out a national campaign including:
• a series of meetings across the country to highlight their opposition to the proposed agreement
• a public information, postering and advertising campaign to highlight why public service workers should oppose the Croke Park extension
• a lobbying campaign focussed on TDs and Senators
Speaking at the launch of the campaign, the heads of the four Unions said that they had received overwhelming support from their respective members to campaign against the new agreement. In a joint statement they said; “our members not only support our opposition to the agreement, they have asked us to campaign vigorously to defeat it and we are responding to that call.”
Key objections to the proposals for an extension to Croke Park focus on:
• The disproportionate impact of the reduction in unsocial hour payments for lower paid workers
• The impact of proposals to freeze and delay normal increments
• The imposition of longer working hours
• The draconian redeployment arrangements which will facilitate involuntary redundancies for the first time in a national agreement
• Proposals to change flexible arrangements for shift working
Issued on behalf of the four Unions.