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Sunday 21 January 2018

Unions to reveal details of lengthy campaign of strikes

UNIONS are expected to reveal details of a huge campaign of industrial action within days designed to try and reverse a Budget pay cut, writes Anne-Marie Walsh.

A senior member of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions last night revealed that the plan of action unveiled early next week will "hit all sectors" and will escalate next month.

Tom Geraghty, a member of ICTU's Public Services Committee and General Secretary of the Public Service Executive Union, said the Government's plan to "transform" the public sector was completely "off the agenda".

It is understood the campaign will involve work-to-rule action and regional rolling stoppages but one-day strikes are unlikely to be at the forefront of the campaign.

Unions will refuse to co-operate with reform plans previously agreed with the government, including redeployment and a longer working week.

"We'll be announcing the action that we propose to take next week," said Mr Geraghty. "It will start off slowly this month but we will be building up to much stronger action from mid-February onwards.

"You would hope that the fact that we are gearing up to take action might prompt the Government to reconsider its position.

"It's hard to have a dispute where the public is not affected, but that is a by-product rather than something we are setting out to do."

Another union source last night said the campaign will be a "slow burner" during January and the "serious action" will not happen until the following month.

Irish Independent

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