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Croke Park Extension Talks - News Update 22. 05.04.13
Dear Colleague,
This is just a further update in relation to all matters arising from the current ballot on proposals to extend the Croke Park Agreement.
In that regard I would ask you to note the following:
After the first two days of balloting, in workplaces across the country, initial reports suggest a very strong take up, by members, with regard to attendance at information meetings and casting of ballots.
As you know the INMO Executive Council is recommending that members would vote NO to these proposals, in very significant numbers, therefore sending out a strong message, to government, that these proposals are flawed, unfair and anti-family.
These information meetings, and balloting opportunities, continue up to, and including, Monday, 15th April 2013.
The details of information meetings, together with opportunities to cast your ballot, are being arranged and details will be circulated locally and on  this page on the INMO website.
It is now expected that discussions will begin, in the second half of next week, involving the eight unions, who are affiliated to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, who are recommending rejection of the Croke Park proposals.  These eight unions are:
- Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants;
- Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland;
- Civil and Public Services Union;
- Irish Federation of University Teachers;
- Irish Medical Organisation;
- Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation;
- Teachers Union of Ireland; and
These discussions will initially consider all of the issues arising from the current balloting process within the Public Services Committee of Congress.   The discussions will centre upon agreeing a strategy which protects the interests of our collective memberships and safeguards their existing pay rates and terms and conditions of employment.
The Public Services Committee of Congress is scheduled to meet on 17th April 2013 to receive the outcome of the ballots of all affiliated unions.
Mr.  Niall Crowley, former CEO of the Equality Authority, has already completed his first draft of his comprehensive equality audit of the Labour Relations Commission proposals.  We expect his final review to be given to us very early next week.  
The Alliance for a No Vote, which comprises the CPSU, IMO, INMO and UNITE, have now completed their series of 11 meetings, in towns/cities across the country, calling for rejection of the LRC proposals.
We would like to thank all INMO who attended, in such strong numbers, these meetings to learn more about why these proposals should be rejected by all public servants.
The Alliance again calls upon all members to engage with their public servant colleagues, in their workplace, impressing upon them the need to have these proposals rejected by all grades, groups and categories of public service workers.
The Alliance is scheduled to hold further discussions, on next Monday, 8th April 2013, in order to agree the next steps in their collective campaign for a NO vote.
INMO balloting has now commenced and we would encourage every member, if you have not already done so, to attend information meetings and cast your ballot in the coming days.  We would also ask you to encourage all other members, in your workplace, to also participate in the balloting process.
Further updates will issue, on an ongoing basis, in the coming days and thank you for your attention to this note.
Yours sincerely
General Secretary


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