148/17 Circular: Deadline for New Union/Fórsa Ballot is MIDDAY this FRIDAY 17th November 2017

To: Branch Secretaries & Chairs, Executive members & Head Office RE: Deadline for New Union/Fórsa Ballot is MIDDAY this FRIDAY 17th November 2017
Circ: 148/17

13th November 2017.

Dear Colleagues

Please bring this Circular to the attention of your members.

We are now entering the last few days of the ballot on the creation of the new union Fórsa through the amalgamation of CPSU, IMPACT and the PSEU. This project has been several years in negotiation and all three union Executive Committees are recommending a YES vote. Considerable detail on the proposed new union, which will bring together 20,000 Clerical Officers into the one Public Service Union for the first time, has been circulated to members in the most recent edition of Aontas , through e-mails to the Branch Representatives for circulation to members and on our union website at the top left of the homepage: www.cpsu.ie. Links to the website are also available through our Facebook account CPSUIreland.

12 noon on Friday next is the deadline for the receipt of valid ballot papers. You are urged to ensure all your members vote on the ballot papers issued to your Branch Secretary using the enclosed ballot envelopes. Completed ballot papers should be either posted directly to Head Office or collected by Branch representatives and delivered back to Head Office in the brown ballot envelopes also provided. It is important that all Ballot lists signed by members on receipt of their ballot papers are also returned to Head Office before midday on Friday next preferably in one of the brown ballot envelopes.

This is a critically important ballot for members of the union. The outcome will dictate the future of the CPSU for the coming years. Considerable work has been put into examining and testing the proposed union structures, resources and in particular it’s potential to improve the working conditions of union members.

Please ensure your members complete and post their ballots, ideally no later than midday this Wednesday to ensure they arrive in Head Office by midday Friday. It is hoped the result of the ballots of each of the three unions will be known by close of business on Friday.

Yours Sincerely,

Eoin Ronayne
General Secretary 

Ann Mc Gee