The briefing session, which is being held in the Cork City Hall at 8pm, is one of 11 which have been arranged as part of a joint campaign by four trade unions opposed to the terms of the agreement: The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO), the Civil, Public and Services Union (CPSU), and Unite.
All four are affiliated to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the executives of each have advised members to vote against the terms of the deal in their individual ballots. The unions have a variety of reasons for opposing the recommendation which emerged last month from the Labour Relations Commission.
The INMO says its members earning €35,000 will lose up to 8% of their pay through the cuts to premium payments.
The IMO says members will not only be hit by that premium payment cut, but also with the straight cut to core pay which affects anyone earning over €65,000.
The CPSU has said the proposals “amount to constructive redundancies, increased hours and further financial pressure on members who have nothing left to give”.
Unite, which represents public servants in a number of sectors, has said its members’ pay has already been hit too many times.
Yesterday, the four unions said that the proposals to extend the Croke Park agreement would unfairly penalise workers on lower incomes and women in particular.
Meanwhile, the executive of the country’s largest trade union, Siptu, is expected to reveal tomorrow its recommendation on how members should vote on the deal. If they vote no, it would make it very difficult for the deal to be ratified across the public service.