Tipperary TD Michael Lowry is welcoming the vote by Retained Firefighters to accept the deal proposed by the Workplace Relations Commission(WRC). Deputy Lowry says while the ballot will end the current industrial action it does not end the battle. The TD says the WRC proposal is only a first step in a process to improve the Pay and Conditions of Retained Firefighters across Tipperary and nationally.
Deputy Lowry accepts that SIPTU, who represent the retained firefighters, expects the terms of the WRC document to be delivered in full and in a timely manner. Outstanding issues relating to pay, pension and leave must be resolved in forthcoming round table discussions on a new National Pay Agreement says Deputy Lowry.