Wednesday 21 February 2018

Eircom and An Post staff demand 6pc raise

Eircom Group Headquarters
Eircom Group Headquarters

Anne-Marie Walsh

CLAIMS for a 6pc pay rise for 11,500 An Post and Eircom workers have been lodged.

The Communications Workers' Union (CWU) has confirmed that talks are under way on the increases, following a six-year wage freeze.

Annual average pay at An Post stood at €43,300 in 2009, so a 6pc pay rise would lift wages by over €2,500.

Average pay rates at Eircom are not available, but wage rates for customer service team leaders, for example, range from around €25,700 to €43,000.

The CWU said the pay claims were lodged earlier this year and it is seeking retrospective wage increases since then.

It is understood that the union has not laid down a timeframe for the potential pay rises, which is still being discussed.

If it secures a 6pc increase in a year-long timeframe, it would be one of the highest wage increases for a large group of workers since the recession.

Recent wage rises, which have been won in retail and manufacturing, have averaged between 2pc and 3pc.

The CWU represents 3,000 staff at Eircom, including Meteor, and 8,500 at An Post.


It has already secured pay increases between 2pc and 3pc for thousands of workers at Vodafone, DPD UPS, and Firstsource. The union said staff at Eircom had suffered an effective 10pc pay cut because of the introduction of a nine-day fortnight, while wages were paused at An Post.

At its conference last month, the union said it would seek a 6pc across-the-board pay increase for its members in the telecom, postal, courier, call centre, and e-communications industries. It warned it would not accept tax cuts as a substitute for pay increases.

Meanwhile, the Dublin Airport Authority has rejected a claim for a 6pc pay rise for almost 2,000 staff.

It is understood that unions lodged the claim during discussions on a previous cost-cutting plan, which led to lower pay rates for post-2010 recruits. The DAA said it rejected any claim for a 3pc hike this year or next.

* Staff at new training boards will close public offices and refuse to answer phones today due to a row over work previously carried out by Fas. The workers will also refuse to cooperate with the next phase of the transfer of services from Fas' successor SOLAS as part of the industrial action.

Last July, 33 Vocational Education Committees (VECs) were dissolved and replaced by 16 Education and Training Boards (ETBs). Around 700 former Fas staff started to transfer to these training boards in January.

IMPACT said members at the training boards will take "limited" industrial action today after failing to reach agreement with the Department of Education on a variety of issues about the transfer of services.

Irish Independent

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