Monday 5 December 2016

What's the next step for public sector unions?

Published 01/04/2010 | 05:00

IMPACT, 65,000 members: Its central executive committee meets on April 8 to decide whether to recommend the deal to its members or end the campaign of industrial action. SIPTU, 70,000 public sector members: A decision on whether to halt industrial action will be taken "within days". Meeting of the national executive council is likely to be held within a week. Balloting will take six to eight weeks, with a result likely in mid-May. Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, more than 43,000 members: Executive council meets on April 12 and 13 to consider the proposals, followed by a nationwide ballot.

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l Civil, Public and Services Union, 13,000 members: Executive committee met yesterday. Lifted its four-week ban on overtime at the Passport Office.

Low-level industrial action will continue but no public office counter closures or phone bans planned this week.

Committee will meet again on April 12 to decide if it will recommend the deal or lift the campaign of industrial action.



  • Public Service Executive Union, 10,000 members: Executive council will consider the deal over the next week.


l UNITE, 6,000 public sector members: Officials meet on April 9, to consider whether to recommend the deal or lift industrial action, and set a ballot date.

l Garda Representative Association, 10,500 members: Executive committee met yesterday but is not expected to make a decision on the deal until its next meeting this month.

Instruction to members to support the campaign by other unions by refusing to use personal equipment at work will continue.



  • Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors, 2,300 members: Preparing a plan of action in the event of the agreement being implemented without its approval. A decision on the draft agreement will be made this month. In the meantime, ongoing supportive action will continue.


l Prison Officers Association, 3,300 members: A meeting of its executive takes place on April 14 to decide whether to make a recommendation to members. However, it may leave the decision to delegates at its conference at the end of the month.



  • Irish National Teachers Organisation, 30,000 members: Executive committee yesterday decided to ballot after the union's annual conference next week, with a recommendation to members to accept.
  • Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland, 18,500 members: The central executive council meets next Friday. It does not have the power to accept a salary offer, but it may reject by a two-thirds majority or put it to a ballot.
  • Teachers Union of Ireland, 15,000 members: Executive yesterday rejected the proposals and will recommend rejection at the annual conference next week. No decision on whether to ballot members.
  • Irish Federation of University Teachers, 2,100 members: Executive to meet within the next 10 days to decide its approach.


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