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Against Croke Park II March 21, 2013

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Economy, Irish Politics, The Left.
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No to Cuts in Croke Park II - What Voting No Means

No to Cuts in Croke Park II - What Voting Yes Means

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1. Joe - March 21, 2013

Just back from an information meeting on CP2 in IMPACT Head Office for the members of my branch of IMPACT. Nine (9) members showed up. In fairness it was a dreadful night and 5.30pm start might have made it difficult for some.
It was one of dozens of meetings arranged by the union around the country to press for a Yes vote.
Anyway, I did my best to encourage the attendance to vote No. I said that if we don’t stand up and fight back now, then the government will be back for more from us again. I also tried to appeal to the self-interest of Shay Cody (Gen Sec of IMPACT, Labour Party member) at the top table by telling him that members are demoralised already, many have left the union and if we don’t fight back, more will.
For what it’s worth, I gauged that most of the 9 will be voting yes – I hope I’m wrong.

Fair play to whoever put that leaflet above together – I presume it was the SP or SWP. I notice the contact details are blacked out. I would have thought they would actually want the contact details published on here – cos they want people to contact them! But I’m guessing WBS that you don’t want to publish them without their explicit say so?

Would be interesting to hear what the attendance was. Was it more than 9?!

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revolutionaryprogramme - March 21, 2013

Our little group of Cork IMPACT activists opposed to the deal (our Open Letter leaflet – http://revolutionaryprogramme.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/open-letter-to-members-of-impact-on-croke-park-2/) attended the two meeting in Cork on Wednesday evening – one at 5:30 and one at 7:30.

I was at the second, about 35 people, and the mood was more against than for. Apparently it was a closer split in the first meeting, about 80 people. Certainly the top table got a lot more rocky ride than they expected in both meetings.

Our leaflet was well received with a few taking bundles to distribute to their workmates. We also got a good response to this when we leafleted the City and County council main work sites on the previous Thursday and this morning.

Of course we are only a few and can’t match IMPACT’s massive propaganda machine so I am not sure that this mood will be reflected across the wider IMPACT membership but still it has given me cause for a little bit of cautious optimism.

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WorldbyStorm - March 21, 2013

Joe, that’s an excellent point re contact details blocked out and yes, I won’t post stuff up unless I get the say so from those involved. But as you say it would make sense to have contact details.

BTW, great report though obviously your conclusion is worrying.

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Corpo_Worker - March 21, 2013

Hi there.

This is a grassroots grouping of Dublin City Branch IMPACT members – of all political persuasions and none – who’ve come together and produced these leaflets and have organised our first public meeting today.

Trying to lobby the Branch Executive has produced zero results so we’ve decided to take matters into our own hands. We’re under no illusions that IMPACT aren’t going to try to swamp us with their resources.

The blacking-out is to stop nutters on the Internet from harassing people on their personal phones, which is all we have yet for contact details. We will be organising a campaign email address.

The campaign’s slowly taking shape and does look a bit amateur yet, purely because everyone is volunteering this from their own time.

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revolutionaryprogramme - March 21, 2013

Would you please contact me directly at alan.bolshevik@gmail.com to talk about how our group in Cork might collaborate with your group in Dublin.

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Corpo_Worker - March 21, 2013

Sure, we’re very interested in talking to other IMPACT members who don’t agree with the union bosses.

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revolutionaryprogramme - March 22, 2013

Great – look forward to your email contact

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Corpo_Worker - March 25, 2013

A Dublin City NO Campaign email address has been set up: dublincitynocampaign@gmail.com

We welcome contact with branches and members of IMPACT (and indeed fellow unions) who are against this bad deal and the cutbacks agenda.

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2. Tomboktu - March 21, 2013

Which City Hall is it being held in?

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3. revolutionaryprogramme - March 22, 2013

Press release by Cork based IMPACT members opposed to CPII.

Opposition to Croke Park II grows within IMPACT

The Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown IMPACT branch are calling for a rejection of the Croke Park II deal in contradiction to the IMPACT leadership’s recommendation of a Yes vote. Members of IMPACT in Dublin City Council, , Cork, Clare & Sligo branches of IMPACT have all come out calling for a no vote. They report a very positive response to the leaflets calling for a No vote they have been distributing to their fellow workers. Impact members will commence voting next week.

The proposals in Croke Park II include requirements for public sector workers to work a longer working week, to accept a freeze on pay increments, reductions or complete removal of various premium pay rates and for there to be direct pay cuts for those earning over €65,000. The new deal is an attack on families and women juggling home and work and who will now face increased childcare costs as a result of longer working hours. Further restrictions to flexi-time and work-sharing will force many parents of young families into acceptance of voluntary redundancy. These attacks on living standards come in the context of public sector workers, like most of their colleagues in the private sector, having already seen their wages decrease significantly since the start of the economic crisis, while the cost of living continues to rise. And all the while, there are those in our society who have not had to bear a proportional amount of the burden – as the recently released Sunday Independent “Rich List” makes only too clear.

This year has seen stories from the Government about how the economy has turned the corner and the recovery has started. But all working people face is more cuts to pay and conditions, rising prices, and new taxes and charges. What this rank-and-file rejection of the Croke Park II deal shows is that an increasing number of workers are deciding that enough really is enough and that these attacks must stop now.

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Donal Guerin - March 22, 2013

Press Release

Immediate release

Friday, 22nd March 2013

Opposition to Croke Park II grows within IMPACT

Members of IMPACT IN Dublin and Cork City Councils, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Cork, Clare and Fingal County Councils have all come out calling for a rejection of the Croke Park II deal in contradiction to the IMPACT leadership’s recommendation of a Yes vote. They report a very positive response to the leaflets calling for a No vote they have been distributing to their fellow workers.

The proposals in Croke Park II include requirements for public sector workers to work a longer working week, to accept a freeze on pay increments, reductions or complete removal of various premium pay rates and for there to be direct pay cuts for those earning over €65,000. The new deal is an attack on families and women juggling home and work and who will now face increased childcare costs as a result of longer working hours. Further restrictions to flexi-time and work-sharing will force many parents of young families into acceptance of voluntary redundancy. These attacks on living standards come in the context of public sector workers, like most of their colleagues in the private sector, having already seen their wages decrease significantly since the start of the economic crisis, while the cost of living continues to rise. And all the while, there are those in our society who have not had to bear a proportional amount of the burden – as the recently released Sunday Independent “Rich List” makes only too clear.

This year has seen stories from the Government about how the economy has turned the corner and the recovery has started. But all working people face is more cuts to pay and conditions, rising prices, and new taxes and charges. What this rank-and-file rejection of the Croke Park II deal shows is that an increasing number of workers are deciding that enough really is enough and that these attacks must stop now.

Signed:

Jane Power, IMPACT member, Cork City Council
Donal Guerin, IMPACT member, Cork City Council
Anthony Hetherington, IMPACT member, HSE
Alan Gibson, IMPACT member, NCRI
Michael O’Sullivan, IMPACT member, Cork County Council

Therese Keane-McNamara, Clare County Council

Helen Metcalfe, Fingal Rathdown County Council

_____________________________________________________________________

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