Conference blog – IMPACT 2016: Rising to the Challenges

IMPACT president Jerry King: "Talks for a successor to the Lansdowne Road public service pay agreement must begin within 12 months, before the current agreement expires." Photo By Domnick Walsh
IMPACT president Jerry King: “Talks for a successor to the Lansdowne Road public service pay agreement must begin within 12 months, before the current agreement expires.”
Photo By Domnick Walsh

Wednesday 18th May

Jerry King, IMPACT President, has told the union’s biennial delegate conference that talks for a successor to the Lansdowne Road public service pay agreement must begin within a year, before the current agreement expires.

He stated that pay restoration must be central to any new agreement, given the context of continuing higher-than-expected economic growth.

If the Lansdowne Road Agreement was the first agreement since 2009 containing no backwards steps, then real pay restoration would represent a genuine step forward. “The workers’ bus may only be in first gear” he said, but is – finally – “no longer in reverse.”

Jerry reiterated the fact that IMPACT stands, “without apology, on the side of efficient, organised and well-funded public services”.

He alluded to the challenges that now exist for the union and for those services – amongst them, the toxic legacy of the moratorium on public sector recruitment, precarious conditions of employment and commentators who would seek to divide public and private sector workers. Though by no means insignificant, these are challenges to which, he stressed, IMPACT will decisively rise”.