Article from the October 2005 edition, the Socialist
paper of the Socialist Party, the CWI in Ireland.
CPSU Executive reject partnership
THE EXECUTIVE Committee of the CPSU has voted 15-1 against entering the next round of national wage agreement talks. The Executive rejected general secretary Blair Horan's recommendation to enter talks. Instead the Committee listened to the activists and members who are saying clearly that partnership is not working. There is anger amongst the members that the union is being ignored and management are doing as they please on issues like mobile phone masts, staffing levels and negotiating rights. Despite benchmarking pay rises, members' take home pay is not keeping pace with the rising cost of living. A major bone of contention is the non-payment of the national wage agreement increases to the CPSU members in An Post. The CPSU Executive Committee should campaign for other unions to also refuse to enter talks and build a united campaign of unions to break ICTU from social partnership.
Sligo strike vote against mast
THE CPSU union branch in Sligo has voted for strike action if a mobile phone mast is erected on their workplace building. The building also has a creche and members are extremely angry that their health and safety concerns are being ignored. The government has done a deal with a major phone company worth hundreds of millions to use public buildings for phone masts. The trade unions were ignored and staff kept in the dark. Since coming to light the call for action on the issue has come from the members but has been ignored by the trade union officials. The stand by civil servants in Sligo should be echoed and copied by other public workers whose health is similarly being compromised by the government in exchange for cash.