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C.I.E Welfare Scheme

9 November 2012

The TSSA along with the other unions meet with CIE and the subsidy companies Friday 9 November on the Welfare scheme issue.

The general consensus from all the unions was that no negotiations could progress with the date of 1 January as a date of implementation. We are disappointed that C.I.E has taken this decision to attempt to arbitrarily impose amendments on the scheme.

It is our view that the welfare scheme makes up a core component of your conditions of service and is not something to be just handed away. We do not see the merits or fairness in the proposals from the C.I.E group that looks to punish workers if they are unfortunate to fall ill or get injured and it certainly does not take consideration of the nature of the transport industry that puts workers at the threat of injury and illness.

We have recently concluded a ballot for cost containment in Iarnród Éireann. During negotiations for the cost containment deal commitments were clearly given that no further attacks on terms and conditions would occur. We fail to see how this proposal to change the welfare scheme meets those commitments.

When this issue was reverted back to C.I.E during negotiations with Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus it was with the understanding that it was to be dealt through negotiations. We will be holding C.I.E to this. It is simply outrageous that years of good industrial practice are being ignored by trying to impose these amendments without first negotiating with the unions.

All Unions will be meeting with the C.I.E. group again on Friday 30 November 2012 on this issue.

We will keep members up dated on this issue going forward.

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