SIPTU members in National Gallery give notice of strike action

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Date Released: 25 June 2014

SIPTU members in the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin 2, have given notice to management that they intend to undertake two days of strike action on Monday, 7th July, and Monday, 14th July, in a dispute related to changes to their conditions of employment.

SIPTU Organiser, Jason Palmer, said: “This week, SIPTU members in the National Gallery voted to reject proposals regarding annual leave and a St Stephens Day payment which emerged from recent discussions with management on an earlier Labour Court recommendation.

“Following this vote the workers, in consultation with SIPTU and their workplace representatives, decided upon two further days of strike action at the gallery.”

Jason Palmer added: “The workers’ representatives are available to discuss alternatives to the recent proposals with management and believe they can offer a viable option that would satisfy both the concerns of both sides regarding the implementation of the Labour Court recommendation.”

Currently, 39 SIPTU members are affected by the threatened removal of seven annual leave days and other changes to their conditions of employment. The scheduled work stoppages will commence at 8.00 a.m. and conclude at 5.30 p.m.

SIPTU members in the National Gallery previously undertook one day of strike action on Thursday, 5th June, in relation to the ongoing dispute.

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