IMPACT trade union leadership lay ground for another sell-out

As a member of IMPACT I received a letter from our General Secretary, Shay Cody, yesterday – http://www.impact.ie/files/crokepark/talks2013/lettertomembers.pdf

He notes:

“I expect this to be the most difficult negotiation we have ever undertaken, notwithstanding the changes and sacrifices that you and your colleagues have already made under Croke Park and before. I say this because the employers have told us that their objective is to reduce the total public service pay bill by an extra €1 billion between 2013 and 2015. That’s on top of the €3.3 billion reduction already targeted, which is well on the way to being delivered under the Croke Park agreement.”

and he outlines the government’s position as follows:

“In a nutshell, the employers’ position is that:

    • Public expenditure remains €15 billion a year higher than the State’s income.
    • Management says a total of over €3 billion of additional annual savings is needed to bridge that gap in line with commitments made to the ‘troika’.
    • A third of these additional savings (€1 billion) will come from payroll costs, which make up roughly a third of public spending.
    • This cannot be achieved through cuts in staffing alone. Therefore, management proposals (which will be tabled when the talks get underway) “will have to involve reductions in payroll costs for serving staff, as well as substantial additional productivity and workforce reform measures.”

We have been advised that the employers want to reach an agreement with us over how such a substantial cost reduction can be achieved. Equally we have been left in no doubt that they will seek to impose the savings, possibly in ways that would be far less acceptable, if agreement cannot be reached. If this were to happen we would have no option but to ballot you for industrial action, as we did in 2009.”

But the sting is in the objectives IMPACT see for themselves in the negotiations:

“Our task in the negotiations is to minimise the impact of cuts on public servants and the people they serve, and to influence the shape of any changes in ways that best protect our members’ incomes and working conditions.”

So IMPACT are entering the negotiations already accepting that there will be cuts, the only issue for them is how deep those cuts will be!



3 Responses to “IMPACT trade union leadership lay ground for another sell-out”

  1. 1 Pete
    January 10, 2013 at 20:32

    It certainly looks like Shay is preparing the masses for what is likely to come from the Croke Park Nua discussions. But this has been happening now for a while. Already a possibility of a suggestion that the Bosses may look for an increased working week as a way to increase productivity has been mooted. The question is whether rank & file in Impact are ready to vote for industrial action or not? I’m still not sure that they are…

  2. February 27, 2013 at 23:36

    a true statement but as the wages are so bad now, and the managers know we cant afford to strike .so ia it the sheep to the sloughter //// i think so ithink so alas

    • February 28, 2013 at 10:06

      That question of when a decision to take strike action against the kind of “death by a thousand cuts” Irish workers have been suffering over the past few years is an interesting one. Of course ideally this decision should have been made earlier when we, as individuals, had more personal slack to fall back on to sustain us in that action but that didn’t happen. But I wouldn’t give up all hope just yet.

      They are clearly committed to grinding us down further with the property tax and water charges already signalled. And on top of that there is 3.1 billion in extra cuts scheduled in this year’s budget and 2 billion the year after. So if our living conditions are “so bad” now what will they be like after all that? The calculation has to be made of when “enough really is enough” by each of us – and when the majority, or at least a very sizable minority, of the working class start to come to that consciousness beyond the growing, but still a small minority, of workers who already feel that, then it might be time for the sheep to rise up and overthrow our shepherds and beat back the wolves they will unleash on us.

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