Union loses 600 members to rival
MORE than 600 frontline workers have left the country's largest union, claiming it failed to protect them against cutbacks in ambulance and fire services.
The workers -- mainly Dublin firefighters -- have defected from SIPTU and signed up with the Psychiatric Nurses Association.
They said the move is a vote of no confidence in the union on a variety of fronts, including its support for the Croke Park agreement.
Members said they were encouraged to join the other union following a previous alliance with it as part of the 24/7 Frontline Alliance group.
General president Jack O'Connor said those leaving were doing so in opposition to the Croke Park deal.