Date Released: 30 April 2015
SIPTU members at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork (UCC) will undertake three days of work stoppages in May, beginning tomorrow (Friday, 1st May), during which pickets will be placed on entrances to the facility from 7.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
SIPTU members will engage in further work stoppages and pickets on Wednesday, 6th May, and Thursday, 7th May. The industrial action is due to a dispute which relates to pay inequity between staff at the Institute and their counterparts doing the same or similar work on the main UCC campus.
Failure to resolve the dispute by Wednesday, 13th May, will result in an escalation of the industrial action with pickets being placed at six entrances to UCC main campus.
SIPTU Organiser, Bill Mulcahy, said: “Members at the Tyndall National Institute are engaging in industrial action at the facility due to the failure of management to resolve a long running dispute relating to pay inequality between many of these workers and their colleagues doing similar work elsewhere on the UCC campus. The difference in pay is of the order of 10% to 20%.”
He added: “If members are forced to escalate the dispute on 13th May, pickets will be placed at entrances to the main UCC campus. However, the pickets will not seek to interfere with university examinations.”
SIPTU represents over 70 workers at the research facility including researchers, engineers, administration, technical and IT staff.