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Impact 'not likely' to hold new ballot

MEMBERS of the largest union which voted to accept the Croke Park II deal are "unlikely" to be asked to vote again on this week's re-negotiated package.

Civil service and local government workers who are members of Impact will today be briefed on the latest developments regarding the pay and conditions agreement.

A decision on whether or not the 63,000-strong membership will have to vote again on Croke Park II, after they were one of the few unions to accept the deal following the initial negotiation process earlier this year, will be made by Impact's central executive next week.

However, a spokesman said yesterday, while the final decision will be made by the membership-elected executive, it's "probably unnecessary" to hold a new ballot.

"The outcome of these proposals is slightly better than what they already voted 'yes' to," he told the Irish Independent. "At the outset, it seems unlikely, but ultimately that will be a decision for our executive committee."

Members gathered in Wexford last night for the opening of the three-day annual conferences of the civil service and local government divisions of the union.

Irish Independent