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Friday 23 March 2018

Hundreds reverse earlier 'no' vote to back industrial action

Anne-Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent

HUNDREDS of public sector workers who refused to strike last year have now backed industrial action in the wake of the €1bn pay cut.

Employees at four state employers -- UCD, NUI Maynooth, An Bord Iascaigh Mhara and the regional fisheries boards -- have voted in favour of a more aggressive stance.

The vote at An Bord Iascaigh Mhara soared from 22pc to 82pc in favour of disruptive action.

UNITE'S roughly 300 members at UCD, mainly in administrative grades, reversed an earlier 'no' to vote 65pc in favour .

The workers are among UNITE'S 6,000 public sector members in the health, local authority and education sectors who will join the national work-to-rule against the pay cuts this morning.

Its members at Enterprise Ireland and the National Standards Authority of Ireland will join the campaign tomorrow. Meanwhile, lower paid civil servants stepped up their campaign during a regional ban on answering phones yesterday that affected Dublin, Meath, Monaghan, Louth and Cavan. Managers said the campaign has had little effect so far.

Meanwhile, hope that the Labour Relations Commission can resolve the dispute has diminished.

A Department of Finance source described its potential intervention as a "complete red herring" as the Government was standing by its decision on the pay cuts.

Irish Independent

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