Low-paid workers plan further protests

Thousands of lower-paid State workers are planning more protests outside public offices next week, it emerged tonight.

Thousands of lower-paid State workers are planning more protests outside public offices next week, it emerged tonight.

Up to 10,000 members of the Civil, Public & Services Union (CPSU) today staged lunchtime demonstrations to demand a Government U-turn on the controversial pension levy.

CPSU general secretary Blair Horan revealed workers will stage another one-hour demo on a day to be decided next week.

Mr Horan also said it was not too late for the Government to intervene to avert the massive day of stoppages, led by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) on March 30.

“There is still a lot of anger over the pension levy and this anger isn’t going to go away,” said Mr Horan.

“A further lunchtime protest will be held on a day next week.”

He added: “I get no sense from members that they plan to give up any time soon. It is still not too late for the Government to call in the unions to begin talks about reducing the impact of the levy.”

The CPSU believes its members are the main contributors to civil service modernisation in recent years across a range of Government departments and state agencies.

The union claims the pension is unfairly targeting lower-paid workers. Members are also angry at the deferral of pay increases worth up to 6% agreed under the national wage agreement.

Today’s dispute affected Government departments and state agencies in every major town and city across the country.

Pickets also disrupted work in courts, Garda stations and passport offices.

“CPSU members will continue to resist this attack on lower paid workers,” said Mr Horan.

He added: “Pay cuts for lower paid workers are not the solution to the country’s problems.”

The CPSU is due to discuss further action in its campaign at its national conference in Galway in early April.

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