Dublin City Council branch of IMPACT comes out against Croke Park 2!

27 February 2013

Press statement: Joe Higgins TD

IMPACT Dublin City Council Branch revolts against General Secretary and rejects Croke Park 2 agreement

“I welcome the news the at the Annual General Meeting of the Dublin City Council branch of IMPACT last night overwhelmingly in a show of hands passed a motion rejecting the Croke Park 2 agreement.

“The AGM, which was attended by a hundred activists and members of the union from across the City Council was addressed by General Secretary Shay Cody who despite giving the deal published last night the hard sell came in for hard and justified criticism from members.

“A motion for conference calling for rejection of the deal was then passed despite opposition from some of the branch executive, including one member who was featured on RTE news as a voice of moderation in favour of the deal!

“News of this rejection of Croke Park from the ranks of one of the flagship branches of the union is an extremely significant event and a blow against the leadership that I hope is replicated in other branches of that union and in the actual ballot itself.

“Rank and file members of IMPACT and other unions whose leadership are trying to sell this bad deal should make common cause with those unions and associations whose leaders are rightly rejecting the deal.”

Note for editors: The text of the motion passed at the Dublin City Council branch of IMPACT was as follows:

That this AGM says no to a longer working hours, day and week, reduction in overtime, premium, or increments, any attempt at reducing pay and this includes new taxes and it will not accept any compulsory redundancies. Taking one billion out of the public service pay bill will deflate the economy further causing more hardship to our members and society in general. What we need is a tax on wealth and resources of the wealthy in society



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