THE TRADE UNION representing engineering and electrical workers in the public sector has voted against the ‘Croke Park 2′ proposals on public pay.
Members of the Technical, Electrical and Engineering Union voted against the deal, with 65.6 per cent rejecting the proposals and 34.4 per cent in favour – roughly a two-to-one margin against ratifying the deal.
The union now becomes the third to reject the terms of the proposals, which would continue the protection against redundancies in exchange for pay cuts above certain grades, extensions to the working week, and the reduction of several allowances.
A final decision from public workers on whether to back the proposals is likely next week, when ICTU’s Public Services Committee meets.
Most other public unions are still balloting their members, and so have not yet confirmed their stance.
The overall progress of the deal will depend on whether ICTU’s committee approves the proposals, though eight unions have insisted they will not be bound by ICTU’s vote if the agreement is ratified and a majority of their own members vote against it.