Saturday 16 December 2017

Unite trade union recommends rejection of Croke Park II

By Ailish O’Hora

THE Unite trade union will recommend that its members reject the Croke Park extension proposals.

The extension of the existing agreement is designed to cut an additional €1bn from the State payroll bill over the next three years.

A decision came following a meeting of the Unite union executive this morning to consider the impact of the proposals on its 6,500 members.

Unite Regional Coordination Officer Walter Cullen said the executive unanimously rejected the proposals.

"We just don't see it delivering anything like the Government is talking about as in terms of the impact on the Exchequer and the deficit.

"All it will do is impose more misery on our members within the public service and we're just not having any of it," he said.

He said the Government’s pre-conditions on the taks were outrageous but added that the decision did not mean that everyone would immediately go on strike.

The trade union executive of Siptu, which represents 62,000 workers, is also considering the proposals.

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