SIPTU MEMBERS WILL place a picket at the Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork (UCC) tomorrow morning over a pay dispute.
Workers claim there is pay inequity beween a large number of employees at the institute and their counterparts at the UCC campus who are doing the same, or similar work. The difference in pay is ten or 20 per cent.
Researchers, engineers, administrators, technical staff and IT workers are all involved.
The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) is also involved in the dispute but its members will not be placing an official picket due to procedural reasons. IFUT members are expected, however, to support the SIPTU picket tomorrow.
The pickets will be placed on the five entrances to the Tyndall institute which is not part of the UCC main campus.
“Not only is there a considerable pay gap with counterparts in UCC but that gap is going to widen as increments are paid to the other university staff,” SIPTU Sector Organiser, Louise O’Reilly, said. “This dispute can be resolved if the departments of Education and Public Expenditure and Reform are willing to put forward concrete measures to address the widening pay gap.”
The picket will commence at 7am tomorrow morning and end at 6pm.