Monday 14 October 2019

Libraries to close in two-day strike call

Mark O'Regan

MAJOR disruption is on the cards as a raft of libraries and civic offices will close during a two-day strike over pay cuts at South Dublin County Council.

The dispute over a historic pay deal has led trade union IMPACT to serve notice of two one-day strikes on Tuesday, June 24, and Thursday, June 26.

The union maintains that council management has cut wages for 13 employees – and that there are plans to reduce pay for another 150 workers.

At the centre of the row are proposals to end what is known as "acting payments" for work deemed to be over and above their normal duties.

IMPACT official Peter Nolan said under a new deal workers will still be expected to carry out these extra duties, but their income will be reduced.

"For the two days, all the offices of South Dublin County Council will close," he told the Irish Independent. "The full gamut of local government services will be affected: water bursts, leakages, housing services and rent offices."

He said there will also be numerous library closures, including Tallaght, Ballyroan, Castletymon, Clondalkin, Lucan, Whitechurch/Ballyroan and Stewarts.

However, a South Dublin County Council spokesperson warned the planned industrial action "is in clear breach of the Haddington Road Agreement."

Irish Independent

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News