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South Dublin County Council staff vote for industrial action

The vote followed a decision by South Dublin County Council management to abolish ‘acting’ positions.

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IMPACT MEMBERS WORKING at South Dublin County Council have balloted in favour of industrial action.

The 86 per cent yes vote followed a decision by South Dublin County Council management to abolish ‘acting’ positions.

IMPACT says that this management decision “effectively ordered staff to continue to perform senior duties, but on a lower pay rate”.

The form of industrial action to be taken is expected to be announced next week.

IMPACT official Angela Kirk accused the council of “bad faith” and said that the acting positions were covered by the Haddington Road Agreement.

“In an act of calculated bad faith, council management announced its intention to cut the pay of staff in acting positions just days before a Labour Relations Commission hearing, which was to arbitrate on the matter.

“Local talks had broken down after management told the union it intended to change the pay rates rather than regularising the acting positions as agreed in the talks that led to the Haddington Road agreement.”

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