Date Released: 20 February 2014
SIPTU members at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork (UCC) will undertake a one day work stoppage on Wednesday 26th February during which pickets will be placed on all entrances to the university from 7.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
The move is part of an intensification of their campaign of industrial action in a dispute of over pay inequality. It follows two previous one-day work stoppages on Wednesday, 19th February, and Tuesday, 21st January. During these work stoppages pickets were only placed on entrances to the Tyndall National Institute.
SIPTU Organiser, Bill Mulcahy, said: “Members at the Tyndall Institute are intensifying their industrial action at the facility including the expansion of work to rule measures and further work stoppages.”
“The Tyndall, UCC members pickets on Wednesday, 26th February, will be placed on all the entrances to the Tyndall Institute and the UCC Main Campus from 7.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.”
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 UCC main campus. The difference in pay is of the order of 10% to 20%.
SIPTU represents over 70 workers at the research facility including researchers, engineers, administration, technical and IT staff.