Wednesday 21 February 2018

Trade unions vow to fight cuts to members’ allowances after withdrawal of 88 perks

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

UNIONS have vowed to fight the "smash and grab" of public sector allowances through the industrial relations machinery of the state.

They have complained that they were not consulted in advance by the Government about the withdrawal of 88 allowances- and have vowed they will not support any moves to take more money out of their members' pockets.

The Government is so alarmed at the prospect of the Labour Court and Labour Relations Commission getting "bogged down" with challenges that it is setting up a new fast track process.

At the Dail's Public Accounts committee, SIPTU vice president Patricia King said her union would contest the scrapping of allowances.

"We will argue that it is core pay and it constitutes part of people's wages," she said.

Ms King said it was a "smash and grab" of money belonging to low paid workers. The Irish National Teachers Organisation has also said it will challenge cuts to allowances for new and existing teachers.

The deadline for making decisions is October next year.

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