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Emergency services association warns of industrial action

The Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association has warned that it will ballot for industrial action if government attempts to introduce legislation following the rejection of Croke Park II.

A protest by IFESA outside the Dáil earlier this year. John Kidd (pictured centre wearing suit) is the chairman of the group.
A protest by IFESA outside the Dáil earlier this year. John Kidd (pictured centre wearing suit) is the chairman of the group.
Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

THE IRISH FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES ASSOCIATION (IFESA) has warned that it will ballot for industrial action if government attempts to introduce legislation following the rejection of Croke Park II.

The national chairman of the IFESA, John Kidd, also appealed to other public service unions to unite in opposition to any proposed legislation.

“Public sector workers outside of ICTU are not prepared to have their future and the livelihoods of their families dictated by a process that is totally unrepresentative of their views,” he said.

Kidd also paid tribute to all those within the 24/7 Front Line Services Alliance, who he said had “shown resolute opposition to Croke Park II.”

The warning comes just hours after three teachers unions said that they would ballot for industrial action.

The executives of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI), the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI), and the country’s largest teacher union, the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) have decided to ballot members for action up to and including strike.

Read: Three teachers unions to ballot for industrial action including possible strikes >

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