THE largest union in the civil service is poised to reject the controversial new Croke Park deal and has warned it cannot rule out industrial action.
The Civil, Public and Services Union (CPSU), which represents 12,000 lower-paid civil and public servants, meets today and is expected to reject the deal.
"If we consider the traditional route of voting, then we will have to decide what happens then and, yes, of course there will be discussion about industrial action," said general secretary Eoin Ronayne.
"I wouldn't rule out industrial action, but what type and when it would be taken is open to debate at a later date," he added.
He said the CPSU, which launched its 'Nothing More To Give' campaign yesterday, was in talks with the other unions who withdrew from the talks with a view to a "co-ordinated campaign".
Their 'Nothing More To Give' campaign is aimed at helping the wider public understand the reality of pay and conditions for lower-paid public sector workers.
"This will explain to the wider public that no member of ours is on €55,000 a year.
"There is a perception that public servants are well-heeled, cosseted and protected workers, but that is not the case for those on low pay."
The vast majority of CPSU members started work at €23,000 a year and only reach the top of their income scale of €38,000 after 18 years.