Date Released: 16 April 2013
SIPTU members working in the public service have voted to reject the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) proposals for a Revised Agreement on Pay and Reform by a margin of 53.7% against and 46.3% in favour.
Commenting on the result, SIPTU General President Jack O’Connor said that the vote reflected the sense of grievance among working people and public service workers, in particular, that they are carrying an excessive burden in the post-crisis adjustment.
“The result reflects the deep and well justified sense of grievance among working people throughout the country and public service workers in particular. They feel that they are shouldering the lion’s share of the post-crisis adjustment while the wealthy are not contributing anything remotely approaching their capacity to do so.”
“We urge the Government not to proceed with legislation to cut the pay of public service workers as it would inevitably precipitate a major confrontation,” he said.