IMPACT escalate public sector protest in Donegal

Phone calls to the Donegal County Council switchboard were not answered between 9am 1pm today, as part of the escalation of industrial action in protest at cut-backs in the public sector.

IMPACT’S Regional Organiser Richy Carrothers says the escalation began in Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim today, and will be rolled out across other regions in the coming days and weeks.

Meanwhile, the head of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises organisation ISME says the government and public sector unions must go back to talks to try and resolve the dispute.

Mark Fielding says he believes a previous union proposal aimed at increasing productivity while getting their wages back over time could be a basis for a return to negotiations.