IBOA defers further industrial action at HP CDS following mediation initiative

Issued : 29 September 2010

IBOA The Finance Union has agreed to defer a second 24-hour work stoppage at HP CDS - following an initiative involving informal contacts between the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Congress and IBEC which provides for the intervention of an independent mediator to facilitate a resolution of the dispute.

The engineers and technicians - who undertake on-site maintenance and repair to HP computers in a wide variety of businesses throughout the country - took part in a 24-hour work stoppage on Tuesday in protest at management's failure to engage in meaningful negotiations on a range of issues including job security, transfers, redundancy terms, remuneration, dignity at work and right to full Union representation.

Industrial relations consultant, Mr. Liam Doherty, is to make himself available to the parties to hear all outstanding issues in an effort to broker a settlement.

IBOA General Secretary, Larry Broderick, has welcomed the initiative - declaring that IBOA would co-operate fully and positively with the mediator in an effort to bring a prompt resolution to all of the issues in dispute.

"Our members have already shown great patience in seeking to make progress on these issues over the last nine months. The decision to take industrial action only came after earlier efforts to resolve the matter through negotiation were frustrated. We have deferred tomorrow's action in order to enable this external intervention to take place. We hope that management will respond to that gesture of good faith on our part by engaging constructively in the mediation process."