Irish Passport Office Employees Decide Work is Overrated
Everything is under control. The panic is over. The banks survived the crisis, you can all go back to your sad little existence now. Right?
Um, not quite. Hope your flight back to the old normal isn't an early one.
The Irish Examiner:
The Dublin passport office closed yesterday afternoon as part of an ongoing campaign of industrial action by civil servants.
The offices will reopen on Monday morning. The closure is part of a campaign of industrial action against pay cuts by members of the Civil Public and Services Union (CPSU), which represents lower-paid civil servants.
A small number of people with imminent travel plans staged a sit-in at the Dublin office until they were issued with passports or assurances they would be delivered prior to Monday
However a claim by the Department of Foreign Affairs that the Cork passport office would similarly be closed by the industrial action turned out to be inaccurate.
In the Cork passport office confusion reigned as hundreds of passport applicants rushed in before what they believed to be a 1pm deadline. Just before lunchtime there were nearly 70 people queuing.
They need not have bothered panicking as the CPSU said it never had any intention of closing the office.
CPSU deputy general secretary Eoin Ronayne said while staff weren’t answering telephone inquiries, they always had every intention of working their normal 9.30am-4.30pm shift.
Yeah, at my last job no one wanted to answer the phone either and their shift was actually a tad longer.