Tuesday 16 January 2018

Plan of action packs a heavy services punch

Various forms of action will be taken in sectors of the public service, including:


  • Work-to-rule by all civil servants.
  • Refusal to answer telephones or operate computers in certain areas.
  • Possible 'blacking', or boycotting, of parliamentary questions and ministerial reports.
  • Strict operation of attendance that would mean closure of offices outside 9.15am to 1pm and 2.30pm to 5.30pm.
  • Non-attendance by non-overtime grades after 5.30pm.
  • Rolling stoppages in some areas.
  • Withdrawal by some unions from local partnership committees.
  • Refusal to give priority to queries by elected representatives in certain areas.


  • Refusal to co-operate with redeployment plan to move staff to busy areas across the public sector.
  • Unions will instruct all members in all grades to work strictly to the terms of their contracts of employment from February 1. This will involve a withdrawal of all goodwill services.
  • Action may escalate to include an overtime ban across all grades.


  • Withdrawal by some unions from all levels of the partnership process at local and national level.
  • Strict adherence to working hours and health and safety procedures by members of some unions.
  • Non co-operation by members of some unions with local authorities, councils, VECs and meetings of boards of governors of institutes of technology and sub-committees.


  • Members will adhere to directives banning parent-teacher and staff meetings outside class hours or attendance at school inspection meetings.
  • Teachers will only carry out minimum statutory administrative obligations in schools.


  • Prison officers are to begin a work-to-rule industrial action on January 25.

Irish Independent

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