Following the alleged withholding of a 2pc pay increase for workers by Eircom owner Babcock & Brown, the Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) is considering industrial action.
Under Towards 2016, the national wage agreement outlines a 2pc wage increase due to Eircom staff, according to the union.
In a statement issued by Eircom, the company said that it “has repeatedly attempted to fully engage with the senior members of CWU and Partnership and wishes to establish a framework agreement that elaborates more fully on the commitments made by all parties towards improved customer service”.
The incumbent telecoms provider said that it supported Towards 2016, having “paid the first phase of the agreement in November 2016”.
Despite threat of strike action Eircom said that it hoped to resolve the situation before it goes any further.
“Eircom has every expectation that this matter can and will be resolved quickly so that the second phase 2pc increase will be applied and backdated to 1 May 2007.”
The company also said that it is committed to paying the third and fourth phases of the Towards 2016 wage agreement “on time and in full”.
By Marie Boran
Get your early bird tickets now!