IMPACT members vote to accept Croke Park proposals

Tuesday 16th April 2013

IMPACT members have voted to accept the proposed extension to the Croke Park agreement by a margin of 56% to 44%. The turnout was 65%.

Although the union will now cast all its votes in favour of the proposed agreement at the ICTU Public Services Committee meeting tomorrow (Wednesday), results from other unions mean that the proposals will be rejected.

The IMPACT result is a much tighter margin than the 77% of IMPACT members who supported the original Croke Park agreement in 2010. The union’s general secretary Shay Cody warned the Government and public service management to heed the significance of this.

“IMPACT’s Central Executive Committee recommended this deal to members because we believe it to be the best option available in a very bad situation. Regardless of how they voted, all public servants are facing more sacrifices, which come on top of two pay cuts and huge changes to working conditions. Yet they have delivered billions in savings to the exchequer and stability in our public services under Croke Park. If the Government and employers value that stability, they must reflect on the message from this and other ballots,” he said.

Mr Cody said there had been a healthy debate about the proposals, both within IMPACT and across the public service unions. “This has not been an easy process for any trade union member and there is far more to unite than divide those who voted to accept and reject these proposals. Our task now is to continue to protect our members and then work to make gains for public servants and other workers as economic circumstances improve,” he said.

Mr Cody said IMPACT would inform branches of developments following tomorrow’s ICTU Public Services Committee meeting as soon as they emerge.