News : CWU Says Some Companies with State Contracts Not Engaging with Unions
Galway, Ireland, May 11, 2016 -- The head of the Communications Workers' Union has condemned companies who refuse to negotiate with unions or to engage with the State's industrial relations mechanisms, especially when they are receiving contracts from the State.
The CWU represents 15,000 workers in the postal, courier and telecommunications sectors, including call centre workers in the 999 emergency call answering service.
In a speech to be delivered to the union's annual conference in Galway, General Secretary Steve Fitzpatrick says the CWU will not tolerate divisive and destructive management approaches to legitimate grievances.
He hits out at employers, who he accuses of clinging to a 19th Century model of workplace relations by refusing to recognise the right to union representation while presenting themselves as caring and enlightened employers.
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He is particularly critical of those holding "lucrative" contracts from the State, who viewed the industrial relations structures of the State with complete contempt.
Mr Fitzpatrick says that disputes at An Post and in the 999 emergency call answering service have led to industrial action which had delivered improved wages and the removal of what he called oppressive disciplinary and management approaches.
He will tell delegates that wage increases ranging from 1.5 to 3.5% were being agreed, with commitments to negotiations on phase two increases as part of these agreements.
The conference is expected to call for contractual conditions to be included in all State-awarded contracts requiring the recipient company to respect and engage with the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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