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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.
The 24/7 Alliance of frontline workers, claim that proposals in Croke Park II, involve wage cuts that will disproportionately affect those working shift. Members of the alliance also pointed out that once again it will be low paid female workers who will bear the brunt of these measures. Many female workers for family reasons, have to work part-time hours, they rely on the premium payments to boost their wages.
Approximately 85 to 90% of psychiatric nurses are female. The previous policy of family friendly work hours in the HSE is now gone out the window. Many nurses are sacrificing valuable family time to work holidays and unsociable hours to boost wages so that they can pay the costs of child care. The union have organised 11 town hall meetings to try to explain to communities the wider impact of cuts across the service. The situation has become very stressful for these important workers and distress to frontline staff is not in anyone’s interest. An estimated 3,900 psychiatric staff were physically attacked at work in the last year. Why should these people put up with a stressful job that does not pay them a fair wage?