Local authority staff to refuse work on area partnership transfers

Friday 27th September 2013

IMPACT has told its members in local authorities that they should not do any work related to the proposed transfer of area partnership and leader companies to local authorities.

The move follows the deliberate exclusion of unions from consultation on the transfer of the 21 companies to ten local authorities, despite the minister openly conceding that the process will result in job losses.

IMPACT and SIPTU have told the chief executive officers of the 21 companies that they will not cooperate with the transfer without consultation. IMPACT has now asked local authority workers to withdraw their cooperation too. Staff have been urged to contact their IMPACT branch and union official if they are asked to take on duties associated with the transfer.

IMPACT national secretary Matt Staunton said it was totally unacceptable for the minister and his officials to refuse to engage with staff and their representatives to discuss the serious implications of the proposed transfer.

During the summer, delegates at the Irish Congress of Trade Unions’ biennial delegate conference unanimously demanded that the jobs, pay and conditions of staff in the companies be protected when their organisations are incorporated into local authorities. An emergency motion, proposed by IMPACT and SIPTU, called on the Government to consult with staff unions on the issue.

The executive of the union’s Local Government and Local Services division will be discussing the issue when it next meets