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TEEU rejects 'Croke Park 2' proposals by two-to-one margin

The union, which represents engineering and electrical workers, is the third to vote against the deal.

Brendan Howlin's task of finding extra cuts in the public sector pay bill have taken a dent, with the news that another trade union will reject the Croke Park 2 proposals.
Brendan Howlin's task of finding extra cuts in the public sector pay bill have taken a dent, with the news that another trade union will reject the Croke Park 2 proposals.
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

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.

Read: Unions against Croke Park deal will ‘not be bound’ by ICTU vote

More: Report finds Croke Park deal could push women out of workforce

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