92% vote indicates anger at attacks on terms and conditions
March 15th: Unite, which represents support and service staff in Trinity College Dublin, today announced that over 92% of those voting supported industrial action up to and including strike action. The ballot followed the university’s decision to unilaterally halt future promotions for support and service staff, while also employing future staff on five-year instead of permanent contracts.
Commenting, the chair of Unite’s TCD Local Committee David Grouse said: “The overwhelming vote for industrial action indicates the level of anger among Unite members. Support and service staff have made it clear that they will not allow management to attack their working terms and conditions without a significant response.
“We remain available to meet with management to discuss the issues causing this dispute, and we call on them to genuinely attempt to resolve these issues”.
Committee Secretary Cieran Perry added: “Yesterday’s result gives us a clear mandate from our members for strike action if necessary, and we will have no hesitation in pursuing this option if management aren’t willing to genuinely engage with Unite.”