Unions to meet to plan industrial action

Ireland

The Fórsa trade union reports that the breakdown of public sector negotiations in December, has led to public service unions planning possible ballots on industrial action. The 19 trade unions that make up the Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions are set to meet on 11 January to decide whether to ballot if there is no progress on negotiations with the government. Negotiations mainly on issues other than pay began at the end of November with 11 meetings taking place up to Christmas but without conclusion and without moving on to pay bargaining. The previous public-sector wide agreement expired on 31 December and unions are now concerned to make urgent progress to deliver cost-of-living pay rises for their members as soon as possible. They argue that the government has created a situation of uncertainty that needs to be urgently resolved.

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