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.