Date Released: 05 February 2014
SIPTU members at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork (UCC) will undertake two one-day work stoppages on Wednesday, 19th and 26th February, as part of an intensification of their campaign of industrial action in a dispute of over pay inequality.
SIPTU Organiser, Bill Mulcahy, said: “Following on from 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.”
“The members have also decided to undertake two further one-day work stoppages. Formal notice has been given to the management of UCC that pickets will be placed on Wednesday, 19th February, from 7.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. at all entrances to the Tyndall Institute. The following week on Wednesday 26th February pickets 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.