IMPACT executive explains Fórsa backing

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Members have been urged to vote ‘yes’ before the 17th November deadline

Members of IMPACT’s central executive committee have appeared on video to outline their reasons for backing a merger of IMPACT, the CPSU and the PSEU. IMPACT members have until 12 noon on Friday 17th November to vote on the proposed amalgamation.

The video, which also features IMPACT general secretary Shay Cody answering some commonly-put questions on the creation of a new union called Fórsa, is available HERE.

Members have been urged to vote ‘yes,’ and to contact their branch secretary if they have not received a ballot paper. Ballots must be returned to the branch (or directly to IMPACT if they were sent with a pre-paid envelope) before the 17th November deadline.

A comprehensive FAQ is available on the IMPACT website, where members can also download the Instrument of Amalgamation, the legal document that sets out Fórsa’s rules and structures. The Fórsa pages include an events calendar with details of workplace information meetings which are taking place in locations across the country.

If members of all three unions vote for the amalgamation, the new organisation would combine the strength of over 80,000 members. This would make it the second largest union on the island of Ireland and by far the largest trade union voice in the Irish civil and public service.

The executives of all three unions backed the proposal in the belief that a larger, stronger and more powerful organisation would be able to deliver better outcomes for members in pay negotiations, workplace representation, individual membership benefits, and services to branches and activists.

The proposal also includes strong safeguards to ensure an effective voice for individual grades, and to preserve and enhance the best traditions of each of the three constituent unions.

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