Unions hit out at Croke Park II proposals

Lower paid public servants in Longford and other counties may be in line to take industrial action unless a number of provisions contained in the new Croke Park deal are not addressed.

Lower paid public servants in Longford and other counties may be in line to take industrial action unless a number of provisions contained in the new Croke Park deal are not addressed.

The warning was sounded from the Civil Public and Services Union on Monday as doubts continue to surround the States €1bn pay deal.

Speaking to the Leader Deputy General Secretary, Derek Mullen said its 13,000 strong list of nationwide members were simply not in a position to take further reductions in their take home pay.

“Our people are on salaries of €23,000 to €38,000. That’s the limit for a clerical officer and it takes quite a few years to reach that level,” he said.

One of a range of bodies to pull out of the talks, the CPSU are presently exploring their options following the publication of the draft agreement by the Labour Relations Commitee (LRC).

Mr Mullen said consultation with members would now take place with the prospect of industrial action just one avenue up for discussion.

He wouldn’t however rule out re-entering the talks provided certain guarantees are met.

“We have told Kieran Mulvey (LRC Chief Executive) that we could possibly return. But we have said that we didn’t think there was a need to extend the agreement,” he said, adding that two thirds of the CPSU’s current crop of members were female.

Others to have walked out from last weekend’s talks include nurses, gardai and ambulance workers. In response, the Government issued a warning to those public sector workers who reject the new deal, advising them that fundamental pay packages could be impacted as a result.

But according the CPSU, serious question marks remain.

“You can’t have an overall agreement where some (public sector workers) are treated fairly and others that aren’t,” he said.

As those concerns show little sign of easing, the Garda Representative Association (GRA) were due to meet on Monday to eye up ways of intensifying their own campaign against reductions to pay and allowance entitlements.