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RPA government cutbacks

8 November 2011

Please be aware that certain newspapers have published today details of a “leaked” report regarding the future and capital expenditure programs for the years 2012/2014, sighting cuts from €1.397 billion to €880million in 2014.

Please be aware that certain newspapers have published today details of a “leaked” report regarding the future and capital expenditure programs for the years 2012/2014, sighting cuts from €1.397 billion to €880million in 2014.


TSSA have requested today from RPA HR department to either deny or validate the reports in the newspaper. TSSA has also contacted today political parties and independent members of the Dail, to try and get a statement from government regarding these reports in the newspapers.

RPA TSSA members and staff are now being faced with the unknown regarding these reports. It is crucial as union members that we stand together to protect jobs and also the crucial role that RPA plays in the transport industry. Cuts to capital expenditure are a short-sighted strategy and can only have a negative impact both for the transport industry and Irish economy in general.

TSSA will be holding a meeting next week (date and venue will be announced) to hear and take comment regarding this issue. TSSA plan to do all within its remit to fight any compulsory redundancies.

Please read the letter date May 18th 2011 from RPA regarding RPA VOLUNTARY SEVERANCE SCHEME.

This letter stated quiet clearly that “it would be misleading to suggest that the VSS will rule out the need for “compulsory redundancies” nor is RPA in the position to offer commitments to other staff in relation to ongoing future employment.

As can be seen from the above statement we can not underestimate the threat to job security.

TSSA takes the view that the run down of the RPA may have begun under the guise of economic cut backs, which in turn may be linked to any merger.

TSSA will pursue those within government departments involved including relevant politicians.

Now more than any other time is the need to be a member of an independent and specialist transport union. We will continue to push RPA for formal recognition and strongly encourage you to vote in favour of having a trade union in the upcoming ballot. Please encourage your work colleagues to join the TSSA.

 

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