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UNITE union recommends that members reject 'Croke Park 2' deal

The union, which withdrew from the talks the night before the LRC proposals were released, advocates a No vote.

UNITE's Walter Cullen, centre, with Jimmy Kelly (left) and Michael Taft. The union has recommended that members reject the 'Croke Park 2' proposals.
UNITE's Walter Cullen, centre, with Jimmy Kelly (left) and Michael Taft. The union has recommended that members reject the 'Croke Park 2' proposals.
Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

THE UNITE trade union has recommended that its members vote to reject the ‘Croke Park 2′ pay deal.

The recommendation comes after a meeting in Dublin this afternoon.

The union was one of the four which withdrew from the talks on the evening before the final proposals were agreed to.

UNITE’s 6,500 public service members will now be balloted on the deal in the coming weeks.

“From this meeting we will now plan for a ballot of all our 6,500 members in the public service,” UNITE’s national co-ordinator Walter Cullen said.

“The cuts being proposed cannot be sustained by the workers we represent nor can they be anything other than disastrous for jobs across the broad economy.”

He said the union had run out of patience with the government, which had promised “time after time” that fresh cuts would be the last time it would ask public workers for a contribution.

SIPTU is also holding a meeting today to discuss its stance, but a recommendation for how that union’s members should vote is not expected until next week.

Read: Varadkar: No special pay deals for unions who walked out of talks

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