Ireland and the OSCE pledge to protect domestic workers in diplomatic households

08 January 2014

The Migrant Rights Centre Ireland welcomes a new commitment by all OSCE members to combat trafficking for domestic servitude.
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Unions meet management of Bord Gáis Energy at LRC

09 January 2014

Bord Gáis Group of Unions representatives met with Bord Gáis Energy at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) on Thursday, (9th January), to discuss the details of the transfer of workers when the company moves into private ownership.
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Resources Facilities Services Ltd workers to vote on LRC proposals

09 January 2014

SIPTU members in Resources Facilities Services Ltd will vote on proposals from the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) on Monday, 13th January, aimed at concluding a dispute at the contract cleaning company.
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London Commission of Inquiry to hear key witnesses from Cuba and beyond in the case of the Cuban Five

20 January 2014

René González, the first and only member of the Cuban Five to have been released after completing his 15 year sentence in the United States, has announced that he will come to London to give evidence to an International Commission of Inquiry on the 7th and 8th March, 2014.
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SIPTU members in DCU support Tyndall staff

24 January 2014

The Dublin City University (DCU) SIPTU Section Committee, representing all grades of staff at the institution, has voted to express its support for colleagues at the Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork (UCC), in their dispute over the status of their employment.
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Congress call for policy of 'inclusive job creation'

27 January 2014

Congress General Secretary David Begg on Monday, 27th January, called for a national policy of “inclusive job creation” to address the devastating effects of the recession on communities across the country.
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Jobless figures reveal ‘worrying trends’

05 February 2014

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions said, Wednesday (5th February) that while the latest jobless figures included some good news, they also revealed some worrying trends and signalled the urgent need to grow demand in the domestic economy.
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SIPTU in push for pay increases

11 February 2014

SIPTU is engaged in a major push to win pay increases across the private sector in order to improve living standards and to stimulate domestic demand in the economy.
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Ronnie Masterson - A Tribute

11 February 2014

Strong pillars on solid rock, are the best foundations for any lasting institution. Our dear colleague, Ronnie Masterson, was such an institution. Her seventy year career as an actress, theatre director and staunch union activist will never be surpassed.
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JobPath proposals 'ludicrous’

12 February 2014

A Government plan to draft in multinationals to deliver services to job seekers – work which can be better provided by the public and community sector – is to be steadfastly opposed by SIPTU.
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Rise in industrial actions during 2013

13 February 2014

New Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures show a marked rise in the number of industrial disputes during 2013.
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SIPTU negotiating change at St James's Hospital

14 February 2014

SIPTU representatives are involved in ongoing discussions with the management of St James’s Hospital concerning major changes at the institution. These include the opening of a new unit in Inchicore and the building of the new National Children’s Hospital on the site.
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Youth workers unite to fight the cuts

17 February 2014

Youth workers are a constant presence on the frontline in communities that have had to bear the devastating impact of cuts to services. In response, SIPTU members working in youth groups across Dublin came together a year ago to form the Dublin Youth Workers’ Committee to represent not just themselves but also the young people they work with.
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Record exports for Supporting Quality companies

18 February 2014

Compaines featured in the SIPTU Supporting Quality campaign have made a massive contribution to the success of Irish food and drink exports which last year approached a record €10 billion for the first time.
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SIPTU members at Tyndall/UCC to picket main campus

20 February 2014

SIPTU members at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork (UCC) will undertake a one day work stoppage on Wednesday 26th February during which pickets will be placed on all entrances to the university from 7.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
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Irish links with Israeli military security firms revealed

20 February 2014

Irish academic researchers have collaborated in EU-funded projects with Israeli counterparts who make drones, develop high-tech weapons and engage in “counter-terror” activities with the Israeli Defence Forces and the country’s intelligence agency, Mossad, it was revealed at a press event in Dublin today (Thursday, 20th February).
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Unions to consult on coordinated campaign of industrial action at Aer Lingus, Dublin and Shannon airports

21 February 2014

The group of unions representing workers in Aer Lingus and Dublin and Shannon Airports agreed on Friday, 21st February, to engage in a process of consultation with members with a view to coordinating a campaign of industrial action, in pursuit of a just settlement to the long-running pension dispute.
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Income Inequality and Two-Tier Workforce Pose Major Problem for Female Workers

06 March 2014

Greater income inequality, higher levels of insecure work and the emergence of a ‘two-tier’ workforce pose a serious problem for female workers, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions 2014 Women’s Conference has been told.
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Income inequality and two-tier workforce major problem for female workers

06 March 2014

Greater income inequality, higher levels of insecure work and the emergence of a ‘two-tier’ workforce pose a serious problem for female workers, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions 2014 Women’s Conference has been told.
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Congress pays tribute to Tony Benn, 'A Giant of his Generation'

14 March 2014

Congress General Secretary David Begg has paid warm tribute to the late Tony Benn, whose death was announced earlier today, describing him as a ‘giant of his generation.’ “Tony Benn was the outstanding political figure of his age and, indeed, one of the brightest stars of the wider labour movement. He was a giant of his generation.
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Undocumented migrants in Ireland highlight their hidden plight on St Patrick’s Day

14 March 2014

Taoiseach and Ministers speak out for Irish undocumented in the US, but are silent on the parallel issue of the undocumented in Ireland
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Many Irish Water contract workers ‘being under-paid’

19 March 2014

A major push has been launched to ensure hundreds of workers employed on the Irish Water Meter Installation programme receive the pay and conditions to which they are entitled.
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Battle to save water services from privatisation only beginning

21 March 2014

SIPTU activists in the local authorities were told on Thursday (20th March) that the “battle to save water services from privatisation was only beginning” by ICTU Industrial Officer, Liam Berney.
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Congress General Secretary to deliver closing lecture in People’s College Programme

24 March 2014

Congress General Secretary David Begg has been confirmed as the final speaker for the current series of trade union lectures run by the People’s College. Begg will deliver the closing lecture in the series, on Thursday, 27th March on the theme of: Trade Union Structures in the Modern World: Fit for Purpose? It will take place in the People’s College, 31 Parnell at 6.30 p.m.
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One in four workers in Northern Ireland do not earn a Living Wage

25 March 2014

The Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI) published its latest Quarterly Economic Observer on Tuesday, 25th March. In it, the economic think-tank examines the extent of low pay across Northern Ireland finding that 25% of workers earn less than the ‘Living Wage’.
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Thousands mourn RMT General Secretary Bob Crow

26 March 2014

Thousands of trade unionists, political activists and members of the public lined the streets of East London along the funeral procession route of RMT General Secretary Bob Crow on Monday, 24th March.
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Work begins on Secure Retirement Campaign

01 April 2014

Members of the SIPTU Retired Members’ Section have began work on their new Secure Retirement Campaign.
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New report investigates clothing brands’ work on living wages

02 April 2014

Survey of 39 leading clothing brands on Irish high-street show they must do much more to ensure garment workers receive a wage they can live on.
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Limerick Soviet Bus Tour on Sunday 6th April

02 April 2014

On Sunday, 6th April, the Limerick Council of Trade Unions is running a bus tour of the locations associated with the events which became known as “The Limerick Soviet, 1919”.
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'NEW COURSE FOR BETTER TIMES'

03 April 2014

The Irish Congresss of Trade Unions is to host a major economic conference on the way forward for Ireland, on Friday April 11.
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Firefighters march to save ambulance service

08 April 2014

Over 500 firefighters marched through the streets of Dublin on Monday (7th April) to highlight the threat to the DFB Ambulance service and demand that it is retained.
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NERI to discuss funding options for Higher Education

09 April 2014

The Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI) will hold a research seminar entitled ‘We Need to Talk About Higher Education’ in the INTO Learning Centre, 38 Parnell Square, Dublin 1 on Wednesday 16th April at 4.00 p.m.
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NERI to discuss funding options for Higher Education

09 April 2014

The Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI) will hold a research seminar entitled ‘We Need to Talk About Higher Education’ in the INTO Learning Centre, 38 Parnell Square, Dublin 1 on Wednesday 16th April at 4.00 p.m.
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Spectre of Deflation Could Spell Disaster for Ireland

10 April 2014

Congress General Secretary David Begg has warned that the “spectre of deflation now threatening Europe could spell disaster for Ireland, causing serious job losses, increasing the debt burden and creating a vicious circle of decline.”
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Pay rises not tax cuts

15 April 2014

Pay increases rather than tax cuts are the best way to drive recovery and protect public services according to Tom Healy, the director of the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI).
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Fundraising Concert for Cuban Uilleann Pipers Announced Thursday, 1st May at Grand Social, Liffey Street

16 April 2014

Damien Dempsey to star in aid of 'Buena Vista Pipers Club'
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Showcasing your Social Enterprise

16 April 2014

Involved in a community enterprise, coop, CE scheme or other form of social enterprise in what’s called the “social economy”? If so this will interest you.
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Wages victory for SIPTU members at Errigal Seafood

22 April 2014

Workers at Errigal Seafood in Carrick, Co Donegal, have won a further victory at the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) in relation to attempts by the seafood supplier to implement wage cuts. The EAT has rejected an appeal by the company against Rights Commissioner decisions on payment of wages claims won by 24 employees.
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SIPTU President calls for major economic stimulus package

22 April 2014

SIPTU General President, Jack O’Connor, has called on the Government to implement a major economic stimulus package in order to increase job creation and develop the domestic economy.
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High Court decision expected in human trafficking case

23 April 2014

A decision is expected on Wednesday (23rd April) in a case taken against the State by a Chinese man imprisoned since November 2012, when he was arrested for the alleged possession of cannabis plants. The State is accused of ignoring signs of human trafficking and wrongfully imprisoning the man, prosecuting and punishing him for acts he was compelled to commit.
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New Employment Permits Bill tackles exploitation of undocumented workers in Ireland

24 April 2014

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) has welcomed the publication of the Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014 by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton.
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Mark Workers' Memorial Day 2014 with proper resources and enforcement of safety regulations, says Congress

28 April 2014

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions said today (April 28) that workers’ health and safety was not a ‘luxury’ to be dispensed with when budgetary constraints dictated and called for full resourcing and strict enforcement of safety regulations, to prevent death or injury at work.
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Pay rises and increased demand best way to build real recovery

01 May 2014

Congress General Secretary David Begg said today (May 1) that reflating the economy through pay rises and increased demand was the best guarantee of a faster, more sustainable recovery.
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Congress condemns government refusal to sign up for financial transaction tax

06 May 2014

Congress General Secretary David Begg has condemned Ireland’s refusal to sign up to the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) announced today (May 6) by 10 EU member states, describing the decision as “yet another surrender to the same forces that bankrupted us in 2008.”
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Collective bargaining law approved

14 May 2014

SIPTU Vice-President, Patricia King, has described the approval by the Government, on Tuesday (13th May), of a new law to support the right of workers to participate in collective bargaining with their employers as a “very positive step” for Irish society. The move follows years of intensive campaigning by SIPTU and other unions to have the right of workers to collective bargaining recognised in Irish law. The proposed new legislation also provides protection against victimisation for workers seeking to exercise their right to collective bargaining as well as restricting attempts by employers to incentivise people against using it.
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Official naming of Rosie Hackett Bridge

21 May 2014

A ceremony marking the official naming of the Rosie Hackett Bridge, which spans the Liffey between Marlborough Street and Hawkins Street, took place on Tuesday, 20th May.
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New job creation figures show need for stimulus and investment

27 May 2014

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has described the slowdown in employment growth as “extremely worrying and further proof that Government must now intervene directly to stimulate job creation and boost growth.”
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Petition against EU/Colombian Free Trade Agreement

28 May 2014

Ratification of the EU/Colombian Free Trade Agreement will be before the Dáil in the coming weeks. Please add your name to this petition to tell our TD’s & Senators that it is the wrong time to approve this agreement.
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Rally in support of Paris Bakery workers outside the Dail on Wednesday

03 June 2014

ICTU President, John Douglas, has called on trade unionists to promote a rally in support of the Paris Bakery workers outside the Dail on Wednesday (4th June) at 1.00 p.m.
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On day 13 of sit-in Paris Bakery workers call on Taoiseach to take decisive action

04 June 2014

Today Paris Bakery workers will hold a rally with supporters outside the Dáil calling on the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to urgently intervene in their worsening situation. The workers are entering their 13th day of their Moore Street sit-in and are owed over €100,000 in wages, holiday pay and redundancy pay.
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Damage of 2004 citizenship referendum to be marked by ‘soapbox’ at Dáil

06 June 2014

The tenth anniversary of the citizenship referendum will be marked and mourned by migrants and others outside Dail Eireann next Wednesday. Over the last ten years, the Constitutional amendment approved by the referendum has split families, divided the entire population, and caused hardship for countless people in this country.
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SIPTU supports march and vigil to commemorate Tuam babies

09 June 2014

SIPTU is supporting a march and vigil in Dublin on Wednesday, 11th June, to commemorate the 796 children who perished in the St Mary’s Mother and Child Home in Tuam, Co. Galway. The march will begin at the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Mespil Road, Dublin 4, at 7.00 p.m. It will conclude at the gates of Dáil Eireann on Merrion Square with a candlelit vigil.
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Migrant workers to appear before Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

10 June 2014

Today (Tuesday 10th June) the Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation will meet a group of migrant workers and the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) to discuss measures in the Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014.
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Paris Bakery sit-in ends after revenue steps in

10 June 2014

Statement from the Paris Bakery Workers: It’s the 19th day of our sit-in and we are finally leaving the bakery! We have just received official confirmation that Revenue are going to step in and wind up Paris Bakery. As our employers Yannick Forel and Ruth Savill completely refused to even speak to us – let alone pay us the €100,000 we are owed in wages - the Revenue Commissioner was our last hope. We will now have access to the Insolvency Fund, and we can get on with our lives.
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Congress calls for immediate ratification of force labour measure

11 June 2014

The Irish Congress Trade Unions on Wednesday (11th June) welcomed what it described as “an historic vote” at the International Labour Conference in favour of a binding protocol that will ensure greater protection globally against forced labour.
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SIPTU President says Labour has saved Ireland from Fine Gael

16 June 2014

Paper by Jack O’Connor, SIPTU General President to the Labour Party Trade Union Section Seminar in William Norton House on Saturday, 14th June 2014
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No to further budget cuts

17 June 2014

Labour in Government must insist that there will be no further cuts affecting working families or those who depend on public services in the October budget, SIPTU President Jack O’Connor has said.
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Housing top priority for Dublin City Alliance

18 June 2014

For the first time progressive parties and Independents have come together to agree a programme for the running of Dublin City Council over the next five years. Following last month’s election, which returned a clear majority of left-wing councillors to Dublin City Council, an agreement on mayoral appointments and general policy concerns was reached between Sinn Féin, Labour, Greens and some Independent councillors.
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Strike at Roadstone Woods Ltd enters second week

23 June 2014

A strike by SIPTU members at Roadstone Woods Ltd facilities across the country has entered its second week with management continuing to refuse to engage in meaningful negotiations.
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NERI argues for €800 million adjustment

25 June 2014

The tenth Quarterly Economic Observer from the Nevin Economic Research Institute is launched today.
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Thought provoking visit to Ireland by Thomas Piketty

27 June 2014

In scenes slightly reminiscent of the papal visit to Ireland in 1979 the departure of what the media has styled ‘rockstar’ Thomas Piketty has left a curious void. Was it a temporary mid-summer event to fete the fascinating and seductive ideas of a left-leaning French economist while regretting all the time ‘but that would never work here because ….’? We belong to a world where tax is viewed as a ‘burden’ and we wonder why the French ‘tolerate’ such high taxes (and yet, ironically, wonder at their public infrastructure, health system and early childhood provision).
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High Court appoints liquidator to Paris Bakery

30 June 2014

Paris Bakery workers can now access insolvency fund
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Jobless rate still 'unacceptably high', warns Congress

02 July 2014

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions today (July 2) welcomed the latest drop in the jobless rate, but warned that unemployment in Ireland remains unacceptably high when judged against average rates across the European Union.
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Congress Hails Ratification of Domestic Workers’ Convention

09 July 2014

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions today (July 9) warmly welcomed the ratification of the International Labour Organisation’s Domestic Workers’ Convention by the Government, hailing it as “a major advance for domestic workers and their right to decent work.”
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Support Uilleann Pipers in Cuba

10 July 2014

THE popularity of Uilleann Piping is growing in Cuba and on Wednesday night in Liberty Hall, Dublin, the Clé club hosts a fund raising event featuring one of the finest Cuban exponents of the traditional Irish art.
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Gaza Protest planned for Saturday in Dublin

10 July 2014

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign has called an Emergency Protest & Rally in solidarity with the Palestinian people, especially those currently being bombarded in Gaza. It will take place this Saturday 12th July at 2pm at The Spire on O'Connell Street, Dublin 1.
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Venezuela Solidarity meeting postponed

14 July 2014

A meeting to discuss the current situation in Venezuela scheduled to take place in Liberty Hall tonight (Monday, 14th July) has been postponed.
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SDCC unanimously back motion in support of Greyhound workers

15 July 2014

South Dublin County Councillors voted unanimously last night (Monday, 14th July) to support a motion calling on locked out Greyhound Recycling and Recovery workers to be allowed return to their jobs on their existing terms and conditions while talks aimed at resolving the dispute take place.
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New legislation will help prevent exploitation of undocumented migrants in Ireland, say campaigners

17 July 2014

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) welcomed the new Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014, which was passed in the Dáil on the evening of Wednesday, 16th July.
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Congress proposes refundable tax credits, reduced water charges for lower and middle income families and significant investment in social and affordable housing

16 July 2014

Net adjustment of €800 million only needed to reach 3% deficit target.
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Palestine campaigners welcome Irish government Gaza donation, but call for political action too

22 July 2014

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign today welcomed the Irish government's announcement that it would send €500,000 in emergency aid to the UN emergency appeal for Gaza, but added that aid was not a solution to the ongoing problem of the brutality of Israeli occupation, colonisation and apartheid.
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Appeal from the Palestinian Community in Ireland

24 July 2014

Letter of appeal from the Palestinian Community in Ireland regarding the ongoing bombardment of the Palestinian People and an appeal for relief aid to the people in the Gaza strip.
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[Dublin] March & Rally – Stop Israel's Slaughter - End the Siege!

25 July 2014

Saturday, 26 July 2014, 2pm Assemble @ The Spire, O'Connell Street, Dublin 1
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Greyhound Lockout enters seventh week

29 July 2014

The lockout of workers by Greyhound Recycling and Recovery is entering its seventh week with the solidarity of the men unbroken and growing support for their campaign for justice from communities across Dublin.
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March and Rally In Dublin: Slaughter in Gaza – Israel must be sanctioned!

30 July 2014

This Saturday, 2nd August, in Dublin there will be another march in solidarity with the people of Palestine, especially those trapped in Gaza who are being killed in their hundreds, maimed in their thousands and terrorised in their entirety by the Israeli war machine.
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SIPTU assists workers after closure of Showboat pub in Waterford

30 July 2014

SIPTU is assisting workers affected by the sudden closure of the Showboat pub in Waterford City on Monday, 28th July.
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National Demonstration for Palestine on Saturday 9th August

07 August 2014

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign announced that it will host a National Demonstration calling for freedom and justice for the Palestinians people this Saturday, 9th August.
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Damien Dempsey to perform at National Demonstration for Palestine on Saturday

08 August 2014

Renowned singer/songwriter Damien Dempsey will perform at the National Demonstration for Freedom and Justice in Palestine on Saturday, 9th August. The demonstration, organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, begins at 2.00 p.m. at The Spire on Dublin's O’Connell Street where participants will march to the Israeli embassy on Pembroke Road. Bus loads of people from all over Ireland are set to arrive in Dublin to join the march in a show of solidarity with the Palestinian people.
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NERI warns against over-hyping Ireland’s improving economic position

11 August 2014

News of rising house prices, fewer households in negative equity, falling dole queues, rising spending in the shops and the long farewell to the Troika together with a relatively benign Irish summer, so far, have lifted the economic mood a little in the Republic of Ireland.
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Campaign for decent work in construction industry to escalate

12 August 2014

Construction unions will stage a number of protests tomorrow (Wednesday, 13th August) in an escalation of their campaign in support of Decent Work in the construction industry and against abuses by contractors engaged on public contracts.
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Labour Market Monitor takes closer look at Irish jobless levels

12 August 2014

Despite the welcome fall in jobless numbers Irish unemployment levels remain some 50 percent above the levels that prevail in non-programme countries within the EU15, the latest issue of the Labour Market Monitor has revealed.
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Campaign for decent work in construction industry escalates

13 August 2014

Construction unions staged protests on Wednesday, 13th August, in an escalation of their campaign in support of Decent Work in the construction industry and against abuses by contractors engaged on public contracts.
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Labour committed to establishing Low Pay Commission

18 August 2014

The Labour Party is committed to establishing a Low Pay Commission according to new Ministerfor State, Ged Nash. In his first interview since his appointment as Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ged, told SIPTU's Liberty newspaper: “I will have responsibility in my role for creating the Low Pay Commission framework. At the moment we are scoping out what that framework would look like, how it would be structured. I’m looking at the moment to analogous commissions across the OECD to see if we can mimic some of the best elements of the ones that might be culturally appropriate to Ireland.”
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Christy Moore to sing for children of Gaza

27 August 2014

Christy Moore will play a benefit concert for the children of Gaza in Vicar Street in Dublin on Sunday 12th October.
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Costello to raise Greyhound dispute at PAC

27 August 2014

Labour TD, Joe Costello, has stated that he intends to raise the Greyhound Lockout on the floor of the Dáil and table a motion which will request that the provision of waste management services involving state bodies is placed on the agenda of the Public Accounts Committee.
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50th Anniversary Commemoration of Builders’ Strike, Monday 1st September

28 August 2014

The 50th anniversary of the nine-week Builders’ Strike will be marked with an event in the Matt Merrigan Hall, Unite House, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1, on Monday, 1st September.
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Open letter to the Taoiseach Enda Kenny concerning the continuing detention of 18 year old Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa in Israel.

01 September 2014

We, the undersigned, call upon you as both concerned citizens and organisations to use the full power of your office to demand the immediate and unconditional release of 18 year old Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa who has been held in preventive detention for over a year without trial.
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Over 500 march in support of Greyhound workers

02 September 2014

Over 500 people marched through Dublin City Centre yesterday (Monday, 1st September) in support of the locked out Greyhound workers.
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SIPTU suspends scheduled work stoppages in Irish Rail

03 September 2014

SIPTU has suspended two planned work stoppages by members in Irish Rail following an agreement between union and company representatives at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) last night (Tuesday, 2nd September).
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The Button Factory, Dublin – Sat Sept 6th 2014

03 September 2014

Viva Gaza presents an intimate evening of poetry, prose, music and song on Saturday 6th September 2014 at 7.30pm in The Button Factory, Dublin in support of Gaza and in celebration of the indomitable spirit of its people.
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Locked out Greyhound workers address community meeting in Coolock

04 September 2014

Locked out Greyhound workers and their partners addressed over 70 local residents at a SIPTU organised meeting in the Kilmore West Community Centre, Coolock, Dublin 15, on Wednesday (3rd September).
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Intensive negotiations underway to end Greyhound lockout

10 September 2014

SIPTU members and officials and the management of Greyhound Recovery and Recycling are engaged in intensive negotiations aimed at reaching an agreed resolution to the 13 week long lockout of workers by the waste disposal company.
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'Race to The Bottom' in waste collection has to end

11 September 2014

Mandatory Service Levels and Customer Charter for Waste Collectors to be introduced next year as Minister for the Environment warns waste collection companies they are in “the last chance saloon” with new reforms.
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Hospital support staff in Dublin ballot for strike action

12 September 2014

SIPTU members working as support staff in Dublin’s main training hospitals are balloting for strike action in response to an attempt by the management of the HSE to unilaterally change existing rosters and shift pattern arrangements which are protected under the Haddington Road Agreement.
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New guidelines for domestic workers employed by diplomatic staff

15 September 2014

Domestic workers employed by foreign diplomatic staff will enjoy increased protection following the publication of new guidelines by the Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday, 12th September.
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Congress to launch new guide to assist workers diagnosed with breast cancer

23 September 2014

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions will tomorrow (Sept. 24) launch an important new guide on how best to assist workers diagnosed with breast cancer and other serious illnesses, during their treatment, recovery and return to work.
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SIPTU opposes attempt to increase nurses and midwives registration fee

23 September 2014

SIPTU is opposing an attempt by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) to increase the retention fee for members for 2015, from €100 to €150, which was announced today (Tuesday, 23rd September).
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NERI Quarterly Economic Observer recommends focus on investment and employment in Budget 2015

24 September 2014

- No scope for tax cuts, despite positive economic projections. An adjustment of €800 million in Budget 2015 balances the requirement for fiscal prudence with the need to avoid doing harm to an emerging economic recovery, according to the latest Quarterly Economic Observer (QEO) from the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI) latest).
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Congress launches new workplace guide on breast cancer

25 September 2014

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has launched an important new guide on how best to assist workers diagnosed with breast cancer and other serious illnesses, during their treatment, recovery and return to work.
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Launch of Trade Unions ‘Support Poles Abroad’ in Dublin

26 September 2014

SIPTU activists were to the fore at the launch of the Trade Unions ‘Support Poles Abroad’ initiative in the conference centre of the Communications Workers’ Union, Dublin 1, on Friday, 26th September.
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SIPTU Cavan/Monaghan District Committee met Minister Humphries and Sean Conlan TD

29 September 2014

Members of the SIPTU Cavan/Monaghan District Committee met Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys and Sean Conlan TD, to present them with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) budget proposals that are aimed at boosting growth in our economy and creating jobs.
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Cathy Henderson

29 September 2014

Cathy Henderson, who designed the 1913 Lockout Tapestry with artist, Robert Ballagh has died after a long illness.
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Energy Action welcomes Government initiatives to reduce fuel poverty

30 September 2014

There are 412,000 households living in fuel poverty in Ireland today, an increase of over 10,000 since last year. This means that almost 20% of all households in Ireland are unable to adequately heat their homes. The Energy Action Conference, ‘Fuel Poverty in Ireland - an integrated new approach”, will be held at the Croke Park Conference Centre on Monday next 6th October and is open to the media.
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Nurses and midwives to protest retention fee rise at NMBI conference on 9th October

01 October 2014

SIPTU members will protest outside the annual conference of the Nurses and Midwives Board of Ireland (NMBI), Chartered Accountants House, Pearse Street, Dublin 2, on Thursday, 9th October, from 12.00 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.
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NERI Newsletter on Budget 2015 and upcoming events

02 October 2014

As we enter the final months of 2014, we thought we'd take the opportunity to recap on some of the NERI's recent work and highlight a few upcoming events.
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Planned protest by nurses and midwives forces postponement of NMBI conference

06 October 2014

A planned protest by SIPTU members outside the annual conference of the Nurses and Midwives Board of Ireland (NMBI), on Thursday, 9th October, has been suspended due to the postponement of the event.
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Decent work the key to recovery

06 October 2014

The creation of high quality, decent jobs is the only way to ensure that economic recovery is genuine and sustainable, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions said today (6th October).
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Unions to meet Department of Health over NMBI fee increase

23 October 2014

Representatives of SIPTU and other health sector unions have asked to meet with Department of Health officials over an attempt by the Nurses and Midwives Board of Ireland (NMBI) to increase members’ retention fees from €100 to €150 next year.
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Congress Youth to Launch Campaign Demanding 'Five Rights' for Young People in Ireland

28 October 2014

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) Youth Committee is to launch its Rights Campaign for young people in Ireland on Wednesday, October 29th. A public meeting will take place at 5.00pm in the Twisted Pepper on Abbey Street and feature young trade unionists, student representatives and performance artists.
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Federica Mogherini urged to suspend EU-Israel Association Agreement by 309 human rights groups and unions

06 November 2014

More than 350 human rights groups, trade unions and political parties from across Europe - including 16 from Ireland - have called for the EU to hold Israel accountable for its massacre of Gaza earlier this year by suspending the EU-Israel Association Agreement, the main treaty between the EU and Israel.
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Federica Mogherini urged to suspend EU-Israel Association Agreement by 309 human rights groups and unions

06 November 2014

More than 350 human rights groups, trade unions and political parties from across Europe - including 16 from Ireland - have called for the EU to hold Israel accountable for its massacre of Gaza earlier this year by suspending the EU-Israel Association Agreement, the main treaty between the EU and Israel.
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SIPTU urges Nurses and Midwives to ignore NMBI renewal letter

06 November 2014

SIPTU has urged members in the Nurses and Midwifery Sector to ignore a renewal letter sent by the NMBI, to continue their campaign of non payment of the unfair increase in NMBI registration and to make sure that they attend the protest of the NMBI offices on the 18th of November.
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SIPTU calls on nurses and midwives to stand firm against NMBI fee demand

07 November 2014

SIPTU has called on nurses and midwives to stand firm in opposing the demand by the Nurses and Midwives Board of Ireland (NMBI) for a 50% increase in its retention fee.
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SIPTU Dublin District Council Larkin lecture now online

10 November 2014

A recent lecture by Labour historian, Emmet Larkin, to the SIPTU Dublin District Council on the career of Jim Larkin and his place within Irish trade unionism is now available online.
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Congress calls for restoration of wage-setting mechanisms in key sectors

12 November 2014

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions on Tuesday, 11th November, called for the restoration of wage-setting mechanisms in key sectors of the economy such as construction, in order to halt the race to the bottom in wages and standards and to restore some protection for workers’ livelihoods.
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SIPTU calls on nurses and midwives to stand firm against NMBI fee demand

13 November 2014

SIPTU have advised members to ignore a recent intimidatory statement, from the Nurses and Midwives Board of Ireland (NMBI), with regard to the current campaign of opposition to the 50% increase in retention fee being sought by that organisation.
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Nursing unions hold public protest at NMBI offices

18 November 2014

SIPTU, the INMO, and PNA, on behalf of all of nurses and midwives, are holding a public protest, at 12.00 p.m., Tuesday, 18th November 2014, outside the head offices of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) in Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.
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2,000 nurses and midwives protest against NMBI fee increase

18 November 2014

Over 2,000 nurses and midwives, from across the country, attended a protest on Tuesday, 18th November, outside the head offices of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) in Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.
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Abolish unfair USC

26 November 2014

The SIPTU National Executive Council (NEC) has called for the abolition of the Universal Social Charge (USC). The charge, which was introduced as an emergency measure by the Fianna Fáil - Green Party government in 2011, is a regressive tax which makes no distinction between low and high income earners.
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Reversing the tide for workers

27 November 2014

Reclaiming the ground that workers have lost during he economic crisis was the theme of the SIPTU Utilities and Construction Biennial Conference held in Liberty Hall on 21st-22nd November.
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SIPTU expresses condolences at passing of Brendan Archbold

28 November 2014

SIPTU General President, Jack O’Connor, has expressed his sincere condolences on behalf of his union at the death yesterday (Thursday, 27th November), of former Mandate trade union official and international solidarity campaigner, Brendan Archbold.
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Congress launches Disability Activation Project

01 December 2014

Returning to work following a period of illness or while dealing with the effects of physical or mental trauma can be one of the most difficult periods of a worker’s career. To assist workers finding themselves in this position, Congress is now offering training and support as part of a pilot scheme in the Border, Midlands and Western region.
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SIPTU calls on members to ignore threatening statements from NMBI

03 December 2014

SIPTU has advised members to ignore a recent and threatening, statement from the Nurses and Midwives Board of Ireland (NMBI) with regard to the current campaign of opposition to the 50% increase in retention fee being sought by that organisation. 


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Tens of thousands protest against water charges

11 December 2014

An estimated 60,000 people crowded into Merrion Square in Dublin at lunchtime on Wednesday, 10th December, to protest against water charges and the wider austerity agenda.
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8000 strong petition handed to Dunnes Stores calling for a boycott of illegal Israeli settlement goods

18 December 2014

On Wednesday (17th December) members and supporters of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign handed in a petition signed by over 8,000 people calling on Irish supermarket chain Dunnes Stores to make a public commitment that their outlets will not stock goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
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Alicia Brady remembered

19 December 2014

The 101st anniversary of the fatal wounding of Lockout martyr, Alicia Brady, was commemorated on Thursday, 18th December, at an event in Dublin.
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