Tue, Apr 23, 2013

No2CrokePark2 Press Release

Entering Talks on Croke Park Agreement Would Betray All Those Who Voted No

Major Rank and File Rally to be Organised

In a statement today the No2CrokePark2 Campaign called on trade union leaders not to enter any talks aimed at cutting the pay and conditions of public sector workers.

Spokesperson Eddie Conlon said

“Entering talks would be a betrayal of all those who voted no and said very clearly that they have had enough of austerity and cuts.  The Government has reaffirmed its requirement for €300m of pay and pension savings in 2013 and €1bn by 2015. Talks will only focus on how cuts are to be distributed across public sector workers.  There can be no concessions to the cuts agenda.

Following the vote on Croke Park 2 trade union leaders have no mandate to enter talks on a cuts agenda.

If the leadership really want the introduction of progressive taxes they should refuse to let the government off the hook by entering talks and instead launch a campaign of all public sector workers seeking the tax changes that ICTU has identified.  If they really believe that austerity has failed they should lead a campaign for a real alternative.  The reality is that too many union leaders are more concerned about protecting the Labour Party in Government than in advancing the position of their members”.

The No2CrokePark2 Campaign will be holding a major rally of public sector workers to send a clear message to union leaders that “NO MEANS NO”. Details will be announced in the next few days.

Contact Eddie Conlon 087 6775468

Martin Marjoram 086 3862532