LRC Step In Over Passport Dispute

The Labour Relations Commission has stepped into the dispute at the Passport Office where industrial action has led to a backlog of over 61,000 applications.

Representatives of the Civil and Public Service Union and the Department of Foreign Affairs have now been called to the Labour Relations Commission after the row escalated. Workers were told to stop giving priority to the applications of those with immediate travel needs, leading to serious difficulties for potential travellers.

The CPSU has since reversed its direction ahead of the discussions, where it is hoped agreement can be reached.

A union spokeswoman said that after the Croke Park deal, the CPSU withdrew its industrial action and it was agreed with management at the Department of Foreign Affairs that priority would be given to those with immediate travel needs.

The spokeswoman said Passport Office management had withdrawn this priority two weeks ago without any notice to the union.

She described it as "completely unnecessary" and said the union was at a loss as to why it had occurred.

The row, between the CPSU and the Department of Foreign Affairs, has led to a huge backlog in passport applications.

Staff have been working overtime in an effort to clear the backlog, but the Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin has called for the CPSU to cooperate with the recruitment of temporary staff and suggested that additional passport offices could be opened to help deal with the backlog.


Related Northern Ireland Recruitment News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

28 May 2010
Passport Talks 'Making Progress'
The Labour Relations Court has revealed progress has been made during the talks to resolve the ongoing passport dispute. Talks to resolve the dispute at the Passport Office in Dublin are expected to resume later this morning at the Labour Relations Court (LRC) who stepped into the debate yesterday.
23 March 2010
Striking Passport Workers Threatened With Non-Payment
The Department of Foreign Affairs is threatening employees at the Passport Office with non-payment of their wages if they refuse to operate public counters today.
05 October 2017
Fujitsu Workers Fight Gagging Of Reps
IT giant Fujitsu may face more industrial action as members of Unite the union prepare to hold a ballot for further industrial action in their long-running dispute. Unite members in Fujitsu overwhelmingly rejected the company's proposals by 92 per cent.
10 June 2014
Blacklisting Regulation Confirmed
New regulations that make it unlawful blacklist workers from employment because of their union membership or activities have been formally confirmed by the Northern Ireland Assembly.
06 November 2017
Union Rep Wins Employment Tribunal Case
A union rep at Bromley council has won her employment tribunal (ET) case which found she was victimised for trade union activities, Unite the union announced.