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Dublin engineers to strike over Corporation reforms

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DUBLIN CORPORATION engineers are set to start industrial action on Monday over changes to the corporation's structure. They will refuse to use mobile phones or do photocopying.

Ireland's Services, Industrial, Professional & Technical Union says its members have not been consulted over the corporation's plans to change from functional committees based around sectors like roads to geographically based committees.

It wants the reforms - being brought in ahead of agreement on other local government changes in Ireland - to stop until proper negotiation has taken place.

The corporation's 130 SIPTU engineers will begin a series of embargoes from Monday including:

no overtime work

no typing, photocopying or filing

no cover for vacant posts

no use of mobile phones

no surveying work to be done by technicians

no attendance of area committee meetings

SIPTU branch secretary Mike Jennings told NCE: 'Our opposition is that they have made these local changes before there is a national agreement. If they don't agree after one week there are a further eight actions we will introduce.'

Dublin Corporation human resources manager Frank Kelly denied the corporation was ignoring the national debate. 'The functional based standing committees were no longer seen to be in the best interest of the corporation. They had become too parochial. We decided to form area committees.'

He added. 'I think it is a poor reflection on the engineering profession. This strike is not in their best interests. For the first time ever engineers can go for posts such as principal officer that have traditionally not been available to them.'

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