September 14th: Unite members working in the public sector have overwhelmingly rejected the Lansdowne Road proposals. Following a month-long balloting process, the union announced today that over 75 per cent of members have voted to reject the proposals. The vote is in line with a recommendation issued by Unite public sector representatives on August 10th.
Commenting on the ballot outcome, Unite Regional Co-Ordinating Officer Richie Browne said:
“The overwhelming vote to reject the Lansdowne Road proposals reflects the anger felt by members. Public sector workers who provide the services on which we all rely have paid for a crisis not of their making. In addition to pay cuts, the pension levy and increased taxes and charges, our members have faced job losses, cuts in sick pay and longer hours. They have also been dealing with the increased pressures associated with the public sector recruitment moratorium.
“Against that background, over three-quarters of Unite members feel that the Lansdowne Road proposals negotiated at the end of May are insufficient to compensate them for the losses suffered since 2009”, Richie Browne said.
“Accordingly, Unite will be voting against the proposals when the ICTU Public Services Committee meets on Wednesday to conduct the aggregate ballot.
“Notwithstanding the likely outcome of that ballot, Unite will continue making the case for full restoration of our members’ terms and conditions”, Mr Browne concluded.