Date Released: 24 January 2014
The Dublin City University (DCU) SIPTU Section Committee, representing all grades of staff at the institution, has voted to express its support for colleagues at the Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork (UCC), in their dispute over the status of their employment.
The dispute concerns the pay inequity which exists between a large number of Tyndall employees and their counterparts doing the same or similar work on the main UCC campus. The difference in pay is of the order of 10% to 20%.
The DCU committee notes that this is part of a wider pattern of exclusion of university workers from direct employment in universities, resulting in inferior pay and conditions for those affected.
SIPTU members at the Tyndall National Institute will intensify industrial action over the coming days.
SIPTU Organiser, Bill Mulcahy, said: “Following a one day work stoppage on Tuesday, 21st January, members will be intensifying their industrial action at the facility including the expansion of work to rule measures and further work stoppages.”
He added: “The members voted in a ballot last July to take industrial action to highlight their dispute with management over its failure to address concerns over pay inequality. The dates of further work stoppages will be decided by the workplace committee.”
SIPTU represents over 70 workers at the research facility including researchers, engineers, administration, technical and IT staff.