SIPTU Issues Warning Over Compulsory Redundancies

SIPTU will not sign up to a new public service agreement if it involves compulsory redundancies, the unions Vice President Patricia King has warned.

She said trade unions exist to represent the best interests of their members - and recommending that they be sacked was not in their best interests.

She said opposition to compulsory redundancies was a fundamental trade union position in both the public and private sectors.

She was speaking as she arrived for talks on a successor to the Croke Park Agreement.

The talks will focus on scheduling detailed negotiations over the coming weeks with a deadline of the end of February for a deal.

The Government is demanding an additional €1 billion in savings between 2013 and 2015 - over and above reductions planned under the current agreement.


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