In three separate disputes, members of the Fórsa and SIPTU trade unions have voted in favour of industrial action. In the ambulance service, SIPTU members voted with a 95% majority to back industrial action following the refusal of management to implement a restructuring plan that had been negotiated with and was fully supported by the union. Meanwhile, SIPTU members in the water sector will take strike action on 7 June unless there is a guarantee that their local authority pay and conditions will be protected when they transfer to a new employer, Uisce Éireann, a new standalone public utility. In local government, members of Fórsa voted for industrial action in support of the introduction of a job evaluation scheme for the sector that would help ensure appropriate pay for the tasks workers carry out. This would be in line with arrangements already introduced in the health and education sectors.
Ambulance, council and water workers back industrial action
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