Industrial action withdrawn at South Dublin County Council

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IMPACT’s ongoing industrial action at South Dublin County Council has been withdrawn following the union’s acceptance of proposals tabled today (Wednesday 9th) by the Labour Relations Commission (LRC). The union has also suspended tomorrow’s planned strike action at the local authority.

The proposals followed an LRC conciliation conference held yesterday (Tuesday) in a bid to resolve the dispute.

Speaking after a general meeting of over 300 IMPACT members that took place in Tallaght this afternoon, national secretary Peter Nolan (pictured) said, “We are satisfied that our objectives here have been realised. We sought the restoration of the payments cut from staff in April, and we sought an independent review of the staffing structure of South Dublin County Council. The proposals tabled this morning by the LRC address both of these issues.”

Mr Nolan said that the outcome of the LRC discussions represented a substantial achievement. “Throughout this dispute I was particularly impressed with the solidarity shown by our members in South Dublin County Council. That solidarity made it possible to achieve the result we have today.”

Under the proposals, the LRC will chair a review of the staffing structure in South Dublin County Council and will involve both parties making submissions on the workforce plan and a review to be completed by 5th September. The staff members who experienced a pay cut will have the moneys restored to them until such time as the review has been completed.

The proposal stated that, upon acceptance of the terms proposed, all existing and threatened industrial action at the local authority will be withdrawn and suspended pending the outcome of the review process.