IMPACT will attend a Labour Relations Commission (LRC) hearing this afternoon (Monday) in an attempt to reach an agreement that can avert another strike in South Dublin County Council. The union has said it will stage a second stoppage, on Thursday 10th July, if the LRC process fails to reach an acceptable outcome in the dispute, which was triggered when council management cut the pay of 13 of its staff and revealed plans to do the same to another 150 workers.
A strike of over 600 staff last Tuesday (24th June) severely disrupted services and has created delays in processing applications for rent supplement. Civic offices in Tallaght and Clondalkin closed, along with seven libraries in the council area. The public was unable to make payments or deal with problems over water services, housing, roads, traffic and other local authority services. IMPACT members in depots providing water, drainage and other services only responded to emergency call-outs.
Last week, IMPACT accepted the LRC invitation to talks and also agreed to defer a second one-day strike, set for last Thursday (26th June), but said there would be another stoppage on 10th July if sufficient progress failed to emerge from the talks. Limited industrial action, which has been underway for the past four weeks, is continuing.
The industrial action was provoked when council management cut the pay of 13 of its staff and revealed plans to do the same to another 150 workers. The staff concerned have been carrying out extra work with additional responsibilities – some of them for as long as 12 years. Now the council says they must continue to do this work, but it is taking away the extra payment – called an ‘acting payment’ – that goes with it.