IMPACT meets LRC on Croke Park fallout

IMPACT has met Labour Relations Commission (LRC) officials tasked with exploring the scope for a negotiated solution on the Croke Park agreement. The union told the LRC that it would be totally unacceptable if the existing package was changed in ways that worsen the situation for IMPACT members in order to accommodate other unions.

In a subsequent update, sent to IMPACT branches today (26th April) the union’s general secretary Shay Cody said it was difficult to see how the various positions of unions that voted to reject the package could be reconciled. “At this time, I do not think we can assume that the LRC will find scope to clarify or finesse the original package in ways that will both meet the employers’ requirements and win acceptance by unions representing a majority of public servants,” he said.

The Labour Relations Commission chief executive Kieran Mulvey is expected to report to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform within the next two weeks.

The full text of Shay Cody’s letter to branches is set out below.


Dear Colleague

Update on Croke Park developments

I am writing to update you on developments following the IMPACT ballot and the decision of the ICTU Public Services Committee.

You will be aware that Labour Relations Commission (LRC) chief executive Kieran Mulvey has been asked to contact individual unions to find out if there is any scope to reach an agreement.

IMPACT met Mr Mulvey and other LRC officials on Wednesday 24th April. We reiterated the union’s position that it would be totally unacceptable to IMPACT if the existing package was changed in ways that worsen the situation for our members in order to accommodate other unions. We also reiterated that the union will have to respond if the Government imposes measures that go beyond the negotiated package, which was accepted by IMPACT members in a ballot.

It would clearly be in the interests of all unions to secure the best outcome in any process that the LRC recommends. However, it remains extremely difficult to see how the various positions of unions that voted to reject the package can be reconciled. At this time, I do not think we can assume that the LRC will find scope to clarify or finesse the original package in ways that will both meet the employers’ requirements and win acceptance by unions representing a majority of public servants.

In the meantime, you will be aware that the Dáil this week passed spending estimates, which include provision to save a further €300 million from the public service pay and pensions bill in 2013, and save a total of €1 billion by the end of 2015.

Mr Mulvey is expected to report to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform within the next two weeks. IMPACT’s Central Executive Committee discussed the situation at its scheduled meeting yesterday and agreed to be ready to meet again if the situation demands it.

We have had an exceptional amount of hits on our website updates on these developments and I advise you to keep an eye on the website for further updates.

Yours sincerely,

ShayCody
General Secretary