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Message of solidarity from SID to all Irish Public Service trade Unions

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Message of solidarity from SID to all Irish Public Service trade Unions


Ireland has been hard hit by the current economic crisis. This crisis permeates through all sectors of Ireland's economy and therefore the Irish Government has taken some steps to reduce borrowings and control spending.

However, while it has managed to find money to prop-up some banks that have difficulties, and is establishing a special agency to take control of Toxic Debts from the main banks, it is to Public Sector workers that the Government looks to save money.

Despite the fact that the main Public Service Unions have put forward proposals which would have saved even more taxpayers money ( than the amount the Government wishes to save by cutting Public Servants' pay ), while at the same time protecting essential services, the Government unilaterally pulled out of talks and imposed pay-cuts of between 5 and 15% on public servants.

These same people already had to accept on average a 7% pay cut already in 2009, due to a 'pension levy' which was imposed.

As a direct result of these government policies, most of the major Public Service Trade Unions ( IMPACT, CPSU, SIPTU, INMO, INTO, TUI, ATUI, PSEU etc.) have started working-to-rule.

This type of action is deemed to be more appropriate as it can be implemented over the long-term and has the possibility of having a major impact.

Since our salaries are calculated on the basis of salaries of National Civil Servants, SID would like to extend its moral support to all the Irish Public Service Trade Unions at this time.

We would like to urge them to stand firm against the Government, so that the Government will see sense, and sit back down around the negotiating table and work out a new National Social partnership agreement, that will help take Ireland out of recession without cutting back essential services upon which the weakest in Irish society depend so much.

Gerard Hanney-Labastille

References: 1, 2, 3

S olidarity with those who work for their money
I ndependence from those who don't
D emocracy in all decisions taken by groups of sane, adult humans


SID - Solidarity, Independence, Democracy is an independent Trade Union of all EU Institutions employees (Je souhaite adhérer au SID…)

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