Council workers to protest tomorrow on 20th Anniversary of South Dublin County Council

IMPACT members will protest at the front gates of the South Dublin County Council between 12:30 to 2pm tomorrow (Tuesday 17th June 2014) on the twentieth anniversary of the council’s formation. The protest takes place at County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24.

The workers, who are dispute over management’s unilateral imposition of pay cuts, will carry banners saying: ‘Celebrating 20 years with a pay cut,’ and ’20 years of service: Staff deserve better.’

IMPACT has served notice of two one-day strikes at the council next week – on Tuesday 24th June and Thursday 26th June. This is an escalation of a three-week old dispute over management’s unilateral imposition of pay cuts. The union’s members have already withdrawn phone cover between 12 noon and 2.30pm each day and have further restricted phone cover in County hall, the Clondalkin civic office, libraries and depots.

Last month council management cut the pay of 13 of its staff and revealed plans to do the same to another 150 workers. The staff earmarked for further pay cuts have been carrying out extra work with additional responsibilities – some of them for as long as 12 years. Now the council says they must continue to do this work, but it is taking away the extra payment – called an ‘acting payment’ – that goes with it.

IMPACT official Peter Nolan said the council’s twentieth birthday had been marred by management’s actions. “Council staff have given excellent service to the people of south Dublin for 20 years. Management has chosen to mark that commitment by imposing additional pay cuts on staff, in breach of the Haddington Road agreement,” he said.