September 16th: Trade union Unite today cast its vote against the Lansdowne Road proposals in the aggregate ballot conducted by the ICTU’s Public Services Committee. Unite’s vote follows a ballot of the union’s public sector members in which over 75 per cent voted to reject the proposals. The ICTU aggregate vote saw the proposals accepted by a majority.
Commenting, Unite’s Regional Co-Ordinating Officer Richie Browne said:
“Notwithstanding the outcome of the aggregate ballot which endorsed the Lansdowne Road proposals, Unite members consider them wholly inadequate in view of the sacrifices exacted from public sector workers over the past number of years In addition to pay cuts, the pension levy and increased taxes and charges, our members have faced job losses, cuts in sick pay, longer hours and increased pressures as a result of the public sector recruitment moratorium.
“Unite’s public sector representatives will be meeting in the coming weeks to discuss the result of the aggregate ballot and how we can best continue advancing the case for full restoration of our members’ terms and conditions”, Mr Browne concluded.