Civil servants begin 'guerrilla-style' action
Published 20/01/2010 | 05:00
CIVIL servants closed passport and social welfare offices at lunchtime as they embarked on a campaign against the €1bn Budget pay cut.
The campaign got off to a slow start with just a handful of services affected yesterday, but unions threatened to escalate industrial action in a "guerrilla-style" fashion.
Cork city's passport office and social welfare and agriculture offices in Limerick were among those that shut during lunch, while civil servants in Donegal refused to answer phones.
In a deliberate ploy to frustrate management, the Civil, Public and Services Union, which represents the lower-paid clerical officers who took action yesterday, did not give details of the location or exact timing of action.
The CPSU has given its branches a menu of options including work-to-rules, rolling stoppages, refusing to handle ministerial reports, and working strictly within office hours that could take place at any time.
Meanwhile, the Public Service Executive Union will serve notice of industrial action today, while Impact and the INO are due to start their own work-to-rule actions next Monday.