Date Released: 11 February 2015
SIPTU members at St Leo’s College in county Carlow have voted in favour of industrial action after management refused to provide support staff with an adequate workplace pension.
According to SIPTU organiser, Bill Mulcahy, the decision to take industrial action was made after local negotiations, and discussions at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC), failed to secure agreement on the introduction of an acceptable superannuation scheme.
“The matter was raised at the LRC in January but management was unwilling to offer anything other than a Personal Retirement Savings Account (PRSA) which our members believe is not a proper or acceptable pension scheme,” Bill Mulcahy said.
“Our members have voted in favour of industrial action which will involve a work to rule, including work stoppages, and pickets on the school. Formal notice of industrial action will be issued in the coming days although we remain open to any meaningful discussions on the issues involved.”
The four support staff who are SIPTU members are the only employees of the all-girls secondary school who do not have a workplace pension.