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SIPTUServices, Industrial, Professional & Technical Trade Union (Ireland)
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He added: "On behalf of our members, Siptu representatives would also like to thank hospital patients and members of the public for the huge support shown to 10,000 health workers on picket lines this week and throughout this dispute."
SIPTU General President Jack O'Connor added: "In this Budget, here is a measure that has been announced [the 41% pension tax] and simply implementing it more rapidly would obviate the need for [many] cuts."
SIPTU is the Services, Industrial and Professional Trade Union of Ireland.
The Associated Press reported that SIPTU's national industrial secretary, Michael Halpenny, had said union members would leave their jobs to attend union meetings between 0845-1000GMT.
"We will now seek sanction for industrial action from our National Executive Council, following which it is our intention to serve notice on the airline to be effected in the event of any unilateral action by them," SIPTU National Industrial Secretary Michael Halpenny said.
The move came after the Irish Congress of Trade Unions agreed a day of protests cross the republic in support of the Siptu workers.
But the Seamen's Union of Ireland,SUI,has said it is unwilling to enter talks with Irish Ferries on a joint basis with SIPTU.
The most fascinating aspect of SIPTU's returns shows that it spent more than EUR700,000 on company cars for 110 of its top staff last year.
When asked about the deal, SIPTU officials in Derry recommended that reporters "talk to management."
"Siptu would prefer a negotiated settlement that does not impact on patient services.