New workers group to plot industrial action

The newly formed Donegal Public & Civil Service Workers Alliance holds a public meeting this evening to organise a campaign of action in the county.

The Alliance hopes that a coordinating committee will be formed from tonight's meeting to organise how the alliance develops.

At a recent meeting of public sector unions in Letterkenny, it was noted that 40% of the workers in the town are employed in the public service.

The unions argue that public sector wage cuts represent a loss of millions to the economy per annum in Donegal, and that's hurting local businesses and threatening jobs in a county with an unemployment rate that is already twice the national average.

Out of that meeting, it was decided to initiate a local campaign, and tonight's public meeting in the Ramada Hotel is the next step in that process.

The alliance says it's anticipated that a committee will be put in place to coordinate the strategy, which will involve forming alliances with all groups and sectors in civil society which have an interest in securing a fair alternative to solving the economic crisis.