IMPACT has said that tomorrow’s hearing at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) will be the final opportunity to avert strike action at South Dublin County Council later this week.
The union has said it will stage a work 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.
IMPACT has been engaged in talks at the LRC over the last two weeks. IMPACT national secretary Peter Nolan said, “The process has been a difficult one and progress has been slow. We adjourned last week with proposals to consider, and tomorrow marks the final opportunity to avert further strike action. Our members are ready to take that action.”
A strike of over 600 staff in 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.
Limited industrial action, which has been underway for the past five weeks, is continuing. The union agreed to defer a second day of strike action, originally scheduled for 26th June, before going into the LRC talks.
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.