Council staff to ballot for strike action
Local authority workers are to ballot for strike action over staff shortages in the wake of a nursing dispute.
Siptu members at Cork County Council said they would begin voting on Monday after demanding more staff to deliver key services, including road maintenance and housing.
Siptu organiser Con Casey said: "We now have a situation where key sections of the council, which deal with road maintenance, housing and many other essential services, are now seriously understaffed.
"The running-down of the ability of the council to adequately provide services for the largest local authority area in terms of land mass and coastline in the country would unfortunately seem to be part of an agenda to increase the outsourcing of work to for-profit companies."
Mr Casey said outsourcing was in breach of national agreements.
The ballot will be counted on Friday week.