Taken from the 24/7 alliance facebook page..........
"Copied from IFESA.
Right let just take a step back for a moment please and look at the time line.
On Monday the 18th of Feb in Tallaght 4,000 frontline workers stood side by side and said No more cuts.It was pointed out at this meeting that SIPTU was selling out the front line workers.This came from Gardai,Nurses,Prision officer & Paramedics.
The same night in Liberty hall SIPTU stood and is purported to have said "it had done a special deal for Fire Fighters" and in words to the effect that the 24/7 movement was elitist & sectarian.They informed their members a deal had been done.
In the followings days the anti was upped by the 24/7 group with the GRA & AGSI turning off the goodwill tap.Tit for tat between Government / SIPTU at the 24/7 Alliance.Divide and conquer springs to mind it was surprising ,to some that SIPTU & Government would be having a go at frontline workers in an almost Synchronised attack.Why was this?Was it because they were losing their grip on the workers?Was it because members were leaving in a stead flow and joining IFESA.
SIPTU in an effort to stem the flow kept reassuring members that a deal had been done and not to worry,even a whistle stop tour of DFB station telling Fire Fighters not to worry a deal had been done.
CP2 is released on Monday and the impact of the cuts hit home,24/7 come out and say its an unfair attack on front line workers.ICTU say it fair and spread evenly.
Thursday morning the aforementioned letter is circulated by an ICTU union to its members nothing stating its confidential,media get their hands on it.IFESA release it to it members 10 hours later.
What was the importances of releasing it yesterday it was released due to the fact that a 24/7 meeting was taking place.it was a bid by ICTU / Government to unsettle the Front Line Alliance and try and split them up with in fighting.Again Divide and conquer.
The next morning today ,SIPTU spin put on it to try and under mine IFESA that we nearly scuppered a deal.
How could we have scuppered a deal that SIPTU had purported to have done back on the 18th when it said it at its EGM,then followed it up in coming days weeks with reassurances that a deal had been done.
We now quote Patrica King from RTE news at one "King told RTÉ’s News at One that Garda bodies could have been treated similarly to prison officers and firefighters – who are reported to have secured sector-specific agreements parallel to the Croke Park proposals – if they had not withdrawn from the talks.
King said firefighters were an example of a group who had undergone massive internal restructuring to cut down on spending, and of whom it would be unfair to ask for more financial contributions.
“Even if you take the Gardaí, they had done substantial roster changes,” King said, contending that Gardai could have achieved a similar sectoral-specific deal if they had engaged in the talks."
Does this not infer that a deal was done prior to CP2 coming out hence the accusations that IFESA could have scuppered a deal are total and utterly unfounded by SIPTU own admissions.Or had SIPTU been leading their Fire Fighters down the garden path one more time????and if not for the pressure applied by the 24/7 alliance they would have rolled over???
The only people trying to divide us is ICTU they are determined not to allow a group such as the 24/7 Alliance come together and succeed and fight for their members.The Fire Fighter want to stand together with Nurses,Gardai,Prison Officers & Paramedics.The business that is ICTU do not want the workers coming together,as it would be bad for their income."
Then we have the gardai.......
"The GRA, AGSI, Assoc of Superintendents, Chief Superintendents Association were in a seperate room to the unions. They do not have a vote like the unions do as to the overall acceptance or rejection of the pay cuts deal... The rules of engagement applied to the Garda associations were :-
"There's €60million to be cut in the next 3 years. €18.2million has to be saved in 2013 (even though Garda associations pointed out Croke Park Runs into 2014). And €21m to b saved in 2014, and same in 2015...Garda Associations are told that the same amount €60m will be cut even if they don't agree to the cuts. The only options they are given is that the savings have to be taken off of a few of the following:-
Saturday allowance, Sunday premium, twilight hours 6pm to 8pm, night duty and possible variations as to what the new overtime rate will be....
It was like giving a man a baseball bat and a hurley and telling him to beat the crap out of himself , the weapon of doing it being his only choice ....
The associations enquired if the fact that savings of approx €20million would be made through 350 to 400 staff retiring in 2013 could be taken into account and were told NO. They enquired whether the fact that there was to be incentivised career breaks and redeployment of Gardai to social welfare dept and if 100 did this there would be €5m to €6m savings... Reductions in Garda manpower is extra work on Gardai but they were told that these wouldn't count towards savings.
The section as regards public service working extra hours was pointed out to the Garda associations and they were told that any money saved off of overtime due to Gardai working extra hours would not count towards the savings .... The associations asked if they could find savings from other areas of cutting out waste or duplication etc and were told that "All savings have to be made from cuts to the pay and allowances bill"
SO WHEN A UNION LEADER ---- AND NOW A TD ... Say that Garda associations should have entered negotiations as rosters and other previous change would have counted then they are misguided, deluded and trying to justify themselves....
THE issues I outlined above are FACTS ...
SO PLEASE STOP THE SPIN, the misleading statements.. the records show the above are FACTS"
..........so who is telling the truth ? The workers or the govt........who has form here for lying from day 1.
How can you deal with people who have the morals and integrity of sewer rats ??