Unite workers to vote on industrial action over DAA ‘U turn’ on Labour Court recommendations

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Unite trade union workers are to vote on industrial action at DAA following a decision taken at a general meeting on Thursday.

The company was informed of the decision on Friday in a letter from the union, which represents craft workers at DAA.

The ballot will be on whether workers wish to take action “up to and including a full withdrawal of labour”.

The decision is in response to what Unite called a “complete U-turn” by management regarding the implementation of recommendations made by the Labour Court.

Unite regional officer Willie Quigley said management have stated the DAA “will not implement the terms of Labour Court Recommendation 22381, including access to options such as  voluntary severance”.

These recommendations were previously accepted by Unite workers in a second ballot after the first vote was inconclusive.

“Throughout this process, I would contend that the DAA has failed to be upfront with our members. Following confirmation of Unite’s acceptance of LCR 22381, management has suddenly declared its refusal to implement the recommendation and voluntary severance,” Mr Quigley said.

“The company is now in contravention of a recommendation which they originally accepted. Instead of engaging in good faith, the company has demanded that future engagement be limited to the single topic of outsourcing our members’ work to a third-party service provider.

“It is our members’ strong view that the company’s sole focus is on advancing its outsourcing agenda – an agenda which we are not prepared to accept,” he added.

DAA has been contacted for comment.



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