August 10th: At a meeting today, Unite public sector representatives unanimously decided to recommend rejection of the Lansdowne Road proposals negotiated at the end of May. The decision follows a month-long consultation with members.
Balloting will start next Monday (17th August) and is set to conclude on Friday 11th September.
Commenting on the decision to recommend rejection of the proposals, Unite Regional Co-Ordinating Officer Richie Browne said:
“For the past number of years, public sector workers who provide the services on which we all rely have paid for a crisis not of their making. They have endured pay cuts, the pension levy, increased taxes and charges, job losses, cuts in sick pay and longer hours, as well as the increased pressures associated with the public sector recruitment moratorium.
“In that context, following consultation with our members in workplaces throughout the country, Unite’s public sector representatives have concluded that the Lansdowne Road proposals negotiated at the end of May are completely insufficient to compensate our members for the losses suffered since 2009, and have therefore decided to recommend rejection of the Lansdowne Road proposals”, Richie Browne said.