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The No2CrokePark2 Campaign welcomes the rejection of Croke Park 2 by trade unionists across the public sector. Even in unions where a yes vote was recommended members have sent a clear message that they have had enough of cuts and austerity.It is now clear that many trade union leaders are out of touch with the reality of most members lives and do not clearly understand that members have nothing left to give.Rather than fight for the policies of the trade union movement which call for the implementation of taxes on the rich and the wealthy they sought to sell a vicious package of cuts to workers who have already given enough. They should now move aside.Croke Park 2 is dead. There can be no talks on an agenda of cuts. Threats to legislate for pay cuts should be met by determined action across the public sector.
SIPTU have joined their fellow workers, in UNITE and the CPSU today, in rejecting the terms of Croke Park II. SIPTU members, despite a recommendation to vote yes from their leadership, have rejected the agreement by 53.7% to 46.3%.Ten unions have so far rejected the deal, leaving it effectively defeated.
It’s been a difficult week for the Labour Party who are reaping the rewards of their betrayal of the Irish people. The collapse of their vote to less than 5% in the Meath By-Election is an indication of what they can expect from the nation at the next General Election. To add further distress to the Party, the Teachers unions have given a hostile reception to education minister Ruairí Quinn at their annual conferences.
The Teachers Union of Ireland conference, being held in Galway this week, has called for its members to vote against Croke Park II and instructed its executive to withdraw from ICTU if it tries to impose the deal on its members. Over 80% of the TUI membership voted to reject the deal in a ballot held last month. They now say that they will take industrial action if the Croke Park deal is forced upon their members.
A European Citizen’s Initiative has raised over one million signatures petitioning the EU to make commitments in the area of access to water and sanitation. The petition also calls on the EU to protect water services across Europe from ‘internal market rules’ and privatisation. Essentially the campaign seeks to keep water services in the public’s hands.