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Losing working conditions as against wages… September 17, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Long argued that the wrong tack entirely was taken during and after the crisis in relation to union negotiations – perhaps starting with some of those negotiations, but also the remarkable willingness of unions to negotiate away hard-fought for benefits for workers. Take this prime example from the Haddington Road Agreement of 2013.

New middle-ranking civil servants have lost a claim to be entitled to similar flexi-leave arrangements as longer-serving colleagues.
The Civil Service Arbitration Board has recommended assistant principal officers appointed after July 1st, 2013 should not have a right to accrue and take leave under flexible working arrangements as sought by their trade union.
In a ruling on a dispute between the Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, the Board said no concession should be made for the reintroduction of flexi-leave for such civil servants.

My feeling at the time was that wage cuts could and should have been pushed back against sharply and consistently, but that simultaneously the removal of such work practices was likely going to be a much longer fought struggle.

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