Press Releases 2017

Congress calls on Government to develop 50,000 social housing units

22 September 2017

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions on Wednesday (20th September) called on the government to urgently initiate a major local-authority led programme to generate 50,000 social housing units over the next five years, introduce measures to penalise ‘land hoarding’, speed the planning process and create a new rental model for Ireland.
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SIPTU welcomes European Court of Justice ruling in favour of Ryanair workers

14 September 2017

SIPTU has welcomed a ruling by the European Court of Justice, today (Thursday, 14th September), which is a significant victory for Ryanair workers and a defeat for that company’s attempt to undermine its employees’ rights.
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Congress to Launch Major Campaign on Housing and Homeless Emergency

14 September 2017

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions is to launch a major union campaign to press for urgent action on the Housing & Homeless Emergency, on Wednesday, 20th September.
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SIPTU condemns Irish Rail funding fishing contest while denying pay increases

13 September 2017

SIPTU representatives of staff in Irish Rail have condemned a decision by the company to sponsor a fishing competition in Northern Ireland while at the same time refusing to provide workers with a long overdue pay increases.
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Mayor of Fingal attends tenth day of protest in support of school cleaners in Swords

13 September 2017

The Mayor of Fingal, Mary McCamley, has attended a protest this afternoon (Wednesday, 13th September) by school cleaners to highlight the loss of their jobs, outside St. Cronan’s Senior National School, Brackenstown, Swords, County Dublin.
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SIPTU condemns act of vandalism on ambulance at Mater Hospital in Dublin

11 September 2017

SIPTU representatives have condemned an apparent act of vandalism in which the windows of a Health Service Executive (HSE) ambulance, which was parked outside the Mater Hospital in Dublin 7, were broken in the early hours of this morning (Monday, 11th September).
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SIPTU welcomes call by Minister Zappone for Early Years educators to join a union

07 September 2017

SIPTU Big Start Campaign activists have welcomed a call by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, for workers in the sector to join a union which was made at the Kennedy Summer School, New Ross, County Wexford, this evening (Thursday, 7th September).
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SIPTU calls for extensive fire risk audit in light of deficiencies in school safety standards

04 September 2017

SIPTU full-time and retained firefighter representatives have called for the urgent commencement of a comprehensive fire risk audit of recently built public and residential properties following the discovery of deficiencies in safety standards at several schools.
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SIPTU supports cleaners protest outside St Cronan’s Senior National School

31 August 2017

SIPTU organisers and local politicians were among those who attended a protest today (Thursday, 31st August) by contract cleaners to highlight the loss of their jobs outside St Cronan’s Senior National School, Brackenstown, in Swords, County Dublin. The cleaners will resume their protest tomorrow (Friday, 1st September) from 8.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.
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SIPTU supports cleaners protest outside St Cronan’s Senior National School

31 August 2017

SIPTU organisers and local politicians were among those who attended a protest today (Thursday, 31st August) by contract cleaners to highlight the loss of their jobs outside St Cronan’s Senior National School, Brackenstown, in Swords, County Dublin. The cleaners will resume their protest tomorrow (Friday, 1st September) from 8.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.
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SIPTU supports protest by cleaners at St Cronan’s National School in Swords

30 August 2017

Contract Cleaners are staging a protest to highlight the loss of their jobs outside St Cronan’s Senior National School, Brackenstown, in Swords, County Dublin, tomorrow (Thursday, 31st August) at 8.30 a.m.
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SIPTU calls for low paid workers to benefit from hotel sector boom

30 August 2017

SIPTU has called on employers in the hotel sector to engage in the Joint Labour Committee (JLC) process to ensure that low paid workers in the industry benefit from the increased profits they are generating.
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Irish Equity calls on TV3 to reconsider postponement of Red Rock

30 August 2017

Irish Equity has expressed disappointment with the announcement by TV3, today (Wednesday, 30th August), that it intends to postpone the production of a fourth series of the popular drama show Red Rock.
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SIPTU members in Irish Rail call for pay rises in line with others in transport sector

29 August 2017

SIPTU members in Irish Rail have called for pay rises that are in line with those achieved by other workers in the transport sector and have rejected a management attempt to link them to further increases in productivity.
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SIPTU to meet HSE management concerning future of Navan Day Centre services

22 August 2017

SIPTU representatives will meet with HSE management on Thursday (24th August) to discuss the future of Loreto Day Centre services for the elderly in Navan, County Meath.
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SIPTU Meath District Council commemorates poet and trade unionist Francis Ledwidge

22 August 2017

The SIPTU Meath District Council commemorated the poet and trade unionist Francis Ledwidge by unveiling a new sign bearing his image outside the Dan Shaw Centre, Dan Shaw Road, Navan on Saturday, 19th August.
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SIPTU launches public awareness campaign on Dublin Fire Brigade crew shortage

17 August 2017

SIPTU members in Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) have launched a public awareness campaign to highlight risks to the public and firefighters caused by the failure of DFB management to address serious staff shortages in the service.
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SIPTU accuses Society of St. Vincent de Paul management of bullying tactics

11 August 2017

SIPTU members employed by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) in shops run by the charity in Cork city and county have balloted for industrial action following a management attempt to force them from their jobs.
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SIPTU members support Public Service Agreement by large majority

10 August 2017

SIPTU members have voted by a large majority to accept the proposals in the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020. Following a count of ballots in Liberty Hall today, SIPTU Vice President, Gene Mealy, said that 76% voted in favour of the proposals with 24% against.
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Tackling Precarious Employment in Higher Education

08 August 2017

Following discussions between the Department of Education and Skills and SIPTU representatives, further progress has been made by the union on tackling the issue of precarious employment in the Higher Education sector in the areas of:
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SIPTU members condemn violence on train to Belfast on Sunday

08 August 2017

SIPTU representatives have condemned the violence on the Dublin to Belfast Enterprise train that erupted following the GAA match between Tyrone and Armagh on Sunday (6th August).
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Update on Congress and CIF meeting

03 August 2017

Representatives of the Congress Construction Industry Committee (CIC) met today (Thursday, 3rd August) with members of the Construction Industry Federation.
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SIPTU welcomes extension of Bausch and Lomb plant in Waterford

01 August 2017

SIPTU members at the Bausch and Lomb plant in Waterford have welcomed the unveiling of an extension to the facility which it is anticipated will secure its operation into the future.
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SIPTU Global Solidarity welcome young football players from Gaza to Ireland

29 July 2017

The SIPTU Global Solidarity Committee has today (Saturday, 29th July) welcomed the arrival of a team from the Al-Helal Football Academy in Gaza City, Palestine.
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SIPTU firefighters march in Galway to demand meeting with County Council

28 July 2017

SIPTU full-time firefighter members and their supporters marched in Galway City from Galway Fire Station, Father Griffin Road, to County Hall, Prospect Hill, this morning (Friday, 28th July), to hand in a letter demanding a meeting with senior management.
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SIPTU welcomes RTÉ decision to review gender equality within organisation

28 July 2017

SIPTU has welcomed a decision by the management of RTÉ to review gender equality within the organisation as a progressive step that should be followed by other companies.
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SIPTU welcomes publication of report on working conditions in Early Years sector

26 July 2017

SIPTU has welcomed the publication this afternoon (Wednesday, 26th July) by the Oireachtas Children and Youth Affairs Committee of a report which calls for better pay and conditions for Early Years workers.
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SIPTU calls for Government to remove threat of workplace tribunal fees

26 July 2017

SIPTU has called on the Government to amend legislation in order to remove the possibility of a minister introducing workplace tribunal fees following a landmark ruling in the UK, today (Wednesday, 26th July), that finds that such charges mitigate against workers seeking justice.
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Workers Rights Welcome Centre to open in Sligo to assist people with workplace issues

26 July 2017

A Workers Rights Welcome Centre, which is open to all workers who wish to ‘drop in’ for information on workplace issues, will open in Hanson’s Retail Park, Cleveragh, Sligo, on Friday, 28th July, at 4.00 p.m.
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Big Start campaign delivers Pre-Budget Submission on Childcare to Government

25 July 2017

The Big Start campaign has delivered a Pre-Budget Submission on Childcare to the Government, today (Tuesday, 25th July), which calls for greater investment in the sector and recognition for Early Years educators.
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SIPTU welcomes granting of planning permission for extension of Tara Mines

25 July 2017

SIPTU representatives have welcomed the decision of An Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission for an extension to the Tailings Pond at New Boliden Tara Mines, County Meath, which secures the long term future of the facility.
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SIPTU backs IBEC call for maximum investment in strategic infrastructure

24 July 2017

SIPTU has backed a call by the employers’ organisation, IBEC, for the maximum use by the Government of the available funds for investment in strategic infrastructure.
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SIPTU request assurances from HSE management on future of Loretto Day Centre

21 July 2017

SIPTU representatives have requested written assurances from the HSE concerning the future of the Loretto Day Centre in Navan, county Meath, following a meeting, today (Friday, 21st July), between management and unions representing workers in the facility.
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SIPTU notes progress made in resolving Independent News and Media pensions issue

21 July 2017

SIPTU members have noted the progress made in preventing the unilateral closure of the defined benefit pension schemes at Independent News and Media.
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SIPTU welcomes decision not to increase cost of board and lodgings for low paid workers

20 July 2017

SIPTU has welcomed the decision of the Low Pay Commission to recommend that there should not be any increase in the amount employers can deduct from workers’ pay for the cost of board and lodgings.
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SIPTU to meet HSE management concerning closure of Loretto Day Centre in Navan

20 July 2017

SIPTU representatives will meet with HSE management early next week to discuss the circumstances surrounding the closure of the Loretto Day Centre in Navan, County Meath, which is understood to be related to the facility failing to adhere to fire regulations.
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SIPTU members in Lifford Community Hospital serve notice of industrial action

20 July 2017

SIPTU members have today (Thursday, 20th July) served notice of industrial action on the management of Lifford Community Hospital, Lifford, County Donegal, due to its refusal to adhere to a Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) agreement concerning work-life balance measures.
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SIPTU gives guarded welcome to pay increase for building workers

18 July 2017

SIPTU Divisional Organiser, Greg Ennis, has given a guarded welcome to the proposed pay increases for building workers.
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BNM unions say investment announcement does nothing to allay Midlands jobs crisis

17 July 2017

The Bord na Móna (BNM) Group of Unions has stated that the announcement by the company that it intends to invest €1.2 billion in its solar, wind and biomass businesses will do nothing to allay the growing jobs crisis in the Midlands resulting from its decision to exit peat briquette production.
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Childcare workers deliver ‘Postcards from the Dole’ to finance minister

14 July 2017

Childcare workers who are forced to rely on social welfare payments over the summer months delivered hundreds of ‘Postcards from the Dole’ to Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, today (Friday, 14th July), to highlight their precarious contracts and the lack of state investment in the Early Years sector.
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SIPTU President says balanced budget is no great achievement

12 July 2017

Speaking after the publication of the Summer Economic Statement today, SIPTU General President, Jack O’ Connor, said that the forecast of a structural balanced budget in 2018 should not be seen as any great achievement at a time when major capital investment is needed.
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SIPTU calls on Government to launch campaign against white-collar crime

11 July 2017

SIPTU has called on the Government to launch publicity and enforcement campaigns aimed at tackling white-collar crime which is estimated to have cost the economy more than €2 billion last year.
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Early Years educators send ‘A Postcard from the Dole’ to the Minister for Finance

04 July 2017

Early Years educators in Cork City and County are sending ‘Postcards from the Dole’ to local elected representatives and the Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, informing them that they have had to sign on for social welfare benefits due to their contracts of employment only providing them with 38 weeks paid work a year.
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ITF calls for major overhaul of Irish fishing industry to comply with legal obligations

04 July 2017

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, today (Tuesday, 4th July), that the current regulatory regime for non-EEA migrant fishers, on whom the Irish fishing industry depends, is not fit for purpose.
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SIPTU repeats call to Minister Eoghan Murphy to meet Fire Service representatives

30 June 2017

SIPTU Fire Service representatives have repeated their call for a meeting with Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, in relation to necessary changes to fire safety operations following the Grenfell Tower disaster.
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Unions present the facts in relation to SEO claim for construction industry

29 June 2017

Construction industry unions have issued a joint statement outlining the facts in relation to the claim by the Construction Industry Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions for a Sectoral Employment Order (SEO) for the construction sector.
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Football ground in Charleville to be named after SIPTU activist Tim Fitzgerald

29 June 2017

The club ground of Charleville Athletic Football Club (AFC) in Charleville, County Cork, is to be renamed to honour the club’s former chairman and SIPTU NEC member, Tim Fitzgerald, who passed away in 2015.
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SIPTU warns against ‘fake news’ that damages solidarity among construction workers

28 June 2017

SIPTU has called for solidarity between and within all grades of construction workers as unions work collectively to secure improvements in pay and conditions through the agreement of a Sectoral Employment Order (SEO) for the industry.
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SIPTU members in Cork County Council serve notice of industrial action

26 June 2017

SIPTU members in Cork County Council have served notice of industrial action to commence at 8.30 a.m. on Tuesday, 27th June, in a dispute resulting from the refusal of management to recruit more staff. Additional staff are required to adequately deliver statutory services and to address deficiencies by the Council in applying the ‘Service Delivery Options’ of the Lansdowne Road Agreement.
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ITF and SIPTU support ‘Day of the Seafarer’ events in Dublin Port on Sunday

23 June 2017

The International Transport Federation (ITF) and SIPTU are among the groups supporting the annual ‘Day of the Seafarer’ events in Dublin Port this Sunday (25th June), which celebrate the importance of the international maritime industry.
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SIPTU calls for trade unionists to participate in Dublin Pride march tomorrow

23 June 2017

SIPTU is calling on trade unionists to participate in the annual Dublin Pride march tomorrow (Saturday, 24th June) to show their support for the creation of a better and more equal society in Ireland.
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Statement by the SIPTU National Executive Council on the Proposals for a Public Service Stability Agreement 2018 - 2020

22 June 2017

The National Executive Council of SIPTU met on Thursday, 22nd June 2017, to consider the proposals for a Public Service Stability Agreement 2018 - 2020.
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Launch of online petition calling for increased funding for Early Years childcare

21 June 2017

An online petition calling on the Government to increase investment in the Early Years childcare sector was launched by the Big Start Campaign at an event outside Leinster House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, this morning (Wednesday, 21st June).
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Galway politicians invited to attend seminar on crisis in Early Years childcare sector

20 June 2017

Elected representatives in Galway have been invited to attend a seminar on the crisis in the Early Years childcare sector hosted by the SIPTU Big Start Campaign in the SIPTU Offices, Forster Court, Galway, on Thursday, 29th June at 7.00 p.m
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SIPTU President calls on Irish Government to work with Cuba despite renewal of US sanctions

16 June 2017

SIPTU has condemned the decision of the US Government to renew its sanctions on Cuba and has called on the Irish Government to do all it can to mediate between the two sovereign States.
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SIPTU seeks urgent meeting with Minister Eoghan Murphy on multi-storey fire safety

19 June 2017

SIPTU Fire Service representatives are seeking an urgent meeting with the newly appointed Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, in relation to his request that local authorities review fire safety in multi-storey social housing blocks.
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SIPTU demands recognition and respect for Intellectual Disability Sector workers

13 June 2017

SIPTU members employed in the Intellectual Disability Sector pledged to step up their campaign to win recognition and respect for the valuable role they play in society, at a symposium entitled ‘A Vision for the Future of Intellectual Disability Services (The Forgotten Sector)’, held in the Mansion House, Dublin 2, today (Tuesday, 13th June).
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SIPTU representatives visit the Dublin Waste to Energy site

09 June 2017

SIPTU representatives visited the DWTE site this morning following the serious incident which led to the hospitalisation of eleven workers yesterday. SIPTU Organiser, Jim Sheridan, expressed concern for the health and safety of union members and workers at the Poolbeg incinerator.
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SIPTU criticises attitude of Irish Rail management to legitimate pay claim by staff

07 June 2017

SIPTU representatives have strongly criticised the refusal by the management of Irish Rail to accept a pay claim, presented to the Labour Court in late May, for staff at the company who have not had any wage rises for more than nine years.
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SIPTU to host public meeting on the ‘Crisis within Childcare’ in Castlebar tomorrow

07 June 2017

The SIPTU Big Start Campaign is hosting a public meeting to discuss the ‘Crisis within Childcare’ in the Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar, County Mayo, tomorrow (Thursday, 8th June), at 8.00 p.m.
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SIPTU wins new deal on wages and hours of work for Security Officers

01 June 2017

SIPTU members in the security industry have negotiated a new agreement which will see their pay increase by more than 8% over the next three years and guarantee them minimum working hours.
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Unions welcome return of rights to freelance workers in Competition Amendment Bill

31 May 2017

Trade unions have pledged to re-organise freelancers in the arts, culture and media sectors following the passage through Dáil Eireann, this evening (Wednesday, 31st May), of the Competition (Amendment) Bill 2016 which will restore collective bargaining rights to these workers. The Bill was tabled by Senator Ivana Back and restores the automatic right of freelance workers in defined categories to be collectively represented by trade unions. This right had been removed by the Competition Authority.
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SIPTU and Childcare United activists mark International Children’s Day with social media campaign

31 May 2017

SIPTU members working as Early Years educators will be taking action on International Children’s Day, tomorrow (Thursday, 1st June), to highlight the staffing crisis facing the sector. The action by SIPTU members is in collaboration with Childcare United, a network of Early Years workers, and will see workers and their supporters sharing photos of themselves wearing red clothing on social media during the day, with the message #WhoValuesUs.
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SIPTU calls on Government to seize the opportunity to reform health care in Ireland

30 May 2017

SIPTU Health representatives have today (Tuesday, 30th May) called on the Government to implement the findings of the Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Health Care Report which outlines a sustainable plan to radically reform the delivery of public health care in Ireland.
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SIPTU welcomes announcement by MSD that it intends to create 330 new jobs

30 May 2017

SIPTU representatives have expressed support for an announcement, today (Tuesday, 30th May), by pharmaceutical multinational Merck Sharp Dohme (MSD) that it intends to create 330 new jobs in its plants in Brinny, County Cork, Ballydine, County Tipperary and Carlow, County Carlow.
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SIPTU to demonstrate in support of Gender Pay Gap Bill outside Leinster House today

24 May 2017

SIPTU has called for public support for a demonstration in support of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (Gender Pay Gap Information) Bill 2017, outside Leinster House, Dublin 2, today (Wednesday, 24th May), at 6.00 p.m.
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SIPTU President offers condolences and calls for solidarity in response to Manchester bombing

23 May 2017

SIPTU General President, Jack O’Connor, has offered the condolences of union members to the families of those killed and those injured in the bombing in Manchester last night (Monday, 22nd May).
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SIPTU calls on transport minister to honour his commitment to discuss future of public transport

22 May 2017

SIPTU representatives have written, today (Monday, 22nd May), to the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, calling on him to begin a process of dialogue on the future of public transport in Ireland to which he committed during the recent dispute in Bus Éireann.
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SIPTU President condemns Government’s decision to sell AIB shares as “absolutely indefensible”

19 May 2017

SIPTU President, Jack O’Connor, has described the decision by the Government to sell a 25% stake of its holding in AIB as absolutely indefensible, undemocratic and in direct contravention of a resolution of the Oireachtas. He said that the proposal to use the proceeds of the sale to pay off part of the national debt is scandalous and a waste of precious financial resources that could be used to resolve the dire housing crisis.
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SIPTU concludes agreement with CIF on pay increase for crane operators

18 May 2017

The SIPTU Construction Sector Committee has expressed its support for an agreement between the union and the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) which has secured payment for two hours ‘greasing time’ per day for crane drivers from Monday, 5th June.
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BNM Group of Unions to engage with management on future of Littleton plant

17 May 2017

Bord na Móna (BNM) Group of Unions members, employed in the company’s peat briquette production facility in Littleton, County Tipperary, gave their representatives a mandate to negotiate with management on the future of the plant at a general meeting held in Littleton Community Centre, yesterday evening (Tuesday, 16th May).
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SIPTU members in Bus Éireann vote in favour of Labour Court Recommendation

12 May 2017

SIPTU members in Bus Éireann have voted by 53.4% to 46.6% to accept a Labour Court which aims to resolve the issues which caused the long running dispute at the public transport company, in a ballot counted today (Friday, 12th May) in Liberty Hall, Dublin 1.
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Early Years educators to bring campaign for recognition to Galway County Council

11 May 2017

A delegation from the SIPTU Big Start Campaign will meet with Galway County Councillors to inform them about the growing crisis within the Early Years education sector, in the Malt House, Mountbellew, County Galway, on Monday, 22nd May, at 2.00 p.m.
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Congress to launch new proposals to tackle housing crisis

12 May 2017

On Monday, 15th May, Congress and SIPTU will jointly launch a major new initiative on the current housing and homeless emergency.
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BNM Group of Unions meet Minister Naughten to discuss Littleton closure threat

10 May 2017

Representatives of the Bord na Móna (BNM) Group of Unions met with the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, today (Wednesday, 10th May) to discuss the threat by the company to close its peat briquette plant in Littleton, County Tipperary.
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Wicklow politicians voice support for increased investment in Early Years sector

09 May 2017

Several politicians called for increased investment in the Early Years sector at a meeting of the SIPTU Big Start Campaign in St. Peters Parish Centre, Bray, County Wicklow, on Monday (8th May).
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South Dublin County Council votes to back SIPTU Big Start Campaign

09 May 2017

South Dublin County Council (SDCC) voted unanimously in favour of a motion supporting the call by the SIPTU Big Start Campaign for increased investment and recognition for workers in the Early Years sector at its meeting in County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24, on Monday (8th May).
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BNM Group of Unions demand removal of threat to close Littleton plant next March

08 May 2017

Representatives of the Bord na Móna (BNM) Group of Unions met with management today (Monday, 8th May) and informed it that they will not engage with the company until it has removed a threat to close its peat briquette plant in Littleton, County Tipperary, next March.
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Early Years educators to discuss investment in sector with Wicklow politicians today

08 May 2017

Members of the SIPTU Big Start Campaign will meet with TDs and County Councillors to discuss the crisis in the Early Years sector at a meeting in the St. Peters Parish Centre in Bray, County Wicklow, today (Monday, 8th May) at 7.00 p.m.
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SIPTU and NUJ members employed by the ASTI vote for industrial action

05 May 2017

SIPTU and NUJ members employed by the ASTI trade union have voted unanimously in favour of taking industrial action, up to and including strike action, in a ballot counted today (Friday, 5th May).
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BNM Group of Unions calls meeting on Monday to discuss plant closure threat

05 May 2017

The Bord na Móna (BNM) Group of Unions has called an extraordinary meeting of shop stewards and officials to discuss the announcement by the company, yesterday (Thursday, 7th May), that it intends to close its peat briquette plant in Littleton, County Tipperary, in early 2018.
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Early Years educators bring campaign for recognition to South Dublin County Council

05 May 2017

Early Years educators, who are members of the SIPTU Big Start campaign, will attend a meeting of South Dublin County Council on Monday (8th May) which will vote on a motion calling on the government to properly recognise and resource their sector.
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BNM unions do not accept the decision to close peat briquette plant in Littleton

04 May 2017

The Bord na Móna (BNM) Group of Unions has stated that it does not accept the decision by the company to close its peat briquette plant in Littleton, County Tipperary, which was announced this afternoon (Thursday, 4th May).
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Acclaimed historical drama ‘Sons of Molly Maguire’ to make Irish premier next week

04 May 2017

The acclaimed historic drama, ‘Sons of Molly Maguire’, which is based on the story of Irish immigrants who attempted to resist exploitation in the coalfields of 1860s Pennsylvania, will make its Irish premier run in Liberty Hall Theatre, Dublin 1, on Wednesday 10th May and Thursday, 11th May.
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SIPTU serves notice of industrial action at St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services

04 May 2017

SIPTU members in St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services, James’s Street, Dublin 8, have served notice of industrial action, up to and including strike action, to commence on Wednesday, 24th May, in a dispute concerning the unilateral closure of the facility’s defined benefit pension scheme.
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SIPTU supports call for the abolition of mandatory retirement in the public service

03 May 2017

SIPTU Health representatives have stated their support for the Employment Equality (Abolition of Mandatory Retirement Age) Bill 2016 which was before the Joint Committee on Justice and Equality, today (Wednesday, 3rd May).
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SIPTU members in Cork County Council serve notice of industrial action

03 May 2017

SIPTU members in Cork County Council have served notice of industrial action to commence at 8.00 a.m. on Wednesday, 17th May, in a dispute resulting from the refusal of management to recruit more staff to adequately deliver statutory services.
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Fr Peter McVerry to call for public house building programme at May Day rally tomorrow

30 April 2017

Homelessness campaigner, Fr Peter McVerry, will call for an effective public home building programme at the May Day march and rally in Dublin, which begins at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, Dublin 1, tomorrow (Monday, 1st May), at 2.00 p.m.
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SIPTU members at DAA vote against WRC proposals

28 April 2017

SIPTU members in the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), excluding Airport Police and Fire Service, have voted against the acceptance of Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) proposals contained in the Company/Union Framework document in relation to terms and conditions of employment.
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SIPTU says non-profit sector report highlights need for workers’ pay restoration

28 April 2017

SIPTU has highlighted the findings of a new report on non-profit companies indicating that those employed in them, on average, have lower wages than staff elsewhere in the economy, as underlining the need for pay restoration for workers in that sector.
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SIPTU members in Irish Rail and school bus drivers vote in favour of industrial action

28 April 2017

SIPTU members in Irish Rail and those employed as school bus drivers by Bus Éireann have voted in favour of taking industrial action in support of their colleagues in Bus Éireann in a ballot counted in Liberty Hall, Dublin 1, today (Friday, 28th April).
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May Day march in Dublin on Monday will protest Government failure on housing crisis

27 April 2017

The annual May Day March in Dublin on Monday (1st May) will highlight the opposition of trade unions and housing activists to a Government plan to sell off local authority land to private developers, which they condemn as an ineffective way to tackle the housing crisis.
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SIPTU members in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services vote for strike action

26 April 2017

SIPTU members working in St Patrick's Mental Health Services, James’s Street, Dublin 8, have today (Wednesday, 26th April) voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike in a dispute resulting from a management decision to cease employer contributions to a staff defined benefit pension scheme.
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Community workers to discuss rebuilding of sector at meeting in Galway tomorrow

26 April 2017

Community Sector workers from across County Galway will attend a meeting to discuss the rebuilding of the sector in the Clayton Hotel in Galway, tomorrow (Wednesday, 26th April) at 7.00 p.m.
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SIPTU members in EPL suspend industrial action to allow WRC process

25 April 2017

SIPTU members in Edenderry Power Ltd (EPL), Edenderry, County Offaly, have suspended all industrial action at the plant in order to facilitate engagement at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) aimed at resolving the dispute at the company.
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May Day march in Dublin to call for Government action on housing crisis

25 April 2017

Social activists will join trade unionists at the 2017 May Day March in Dublin which will focus on a call for Government action to solve the worsening housing crisis in Ireland. The march, that concludes at Liberty Hall, Dublin 1, will begin at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, Dublin, on Monday, 1st May, at 2.00 p.m.
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MayFest theatre and arts festival in Liberty Hall from 2nd to 11th May

25 April 2017

The inaugural MayFest, a celebration of workers’ culture, which includes plays, music events and photographic exhibitions, will take place in Liberty Hall, Dublin from 2nd May to 11th May.
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SIPTU seeks meeting with Minister of State concerning Tara Mines future

21 April 2017

SIPTU representatives have requested a meeting with the Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources, Sean Kyne, concerning the long-term future of the New Boliden Tara Mines in County Meath.
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SIPTU agrees to attend WRC meeting concerning EPL dispute

20 April 2017

SIPTU representatives have agreed to attend a conciliation meeting at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) regarding the dispute at Edenderry Power Ltd (EPL), Edenderry, County Offaly, which concerns collective bargaining rights at the power generation plant.
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SIPTU members ballot for industrial action in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services

20 April 2017

SIPTU members in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, James’s Street, Dublin 8, have commenced a ballot for industrial action in a dispute resulting from a management decision to cease employer contributions to the staff defined benefit pension scheme.
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SIPTU members in Bus Éireann to return to work and consider recommendation

13 April 2017

SIPTU members in Bus Éireann have today (Thursday, 13th April) received a recommendation from the Labour Court aimed at resolving the dispute at the public transport company.
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SIPTU members in Dublin Bus vote in favour of industrial action

13 April 2017

SIPTU members in Dublin Bus have voted in favour of taking industrial action in support of their colleagues currently in dispute in Bus Éireann in a ballot counted in Liberty Hall, Dublin 1, today (Thursday, 13th April).
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SIPTU Education Sector activists protest working conditions outside Dáil

12 April 2017

SIPTU activists in the Education Sector held a protest outside the Dáil this afternoon (Wednesday, 12th April) to highlight the spread of precarious work practices in the Third Level Education Sector and call for the Government to take action on the issue.
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SIPTU members to hold lunchtime protest outside St Patrick’s Mental Health Services

12 April 2017

SIPTU members will hold a lunchtime protest at St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, James Street, Dublin 8, today (12th April) at 12.00 p.m., in response to a decision by senior management to cease employer contributions to the staff defined benefit pension scheme.
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SIPTU says focus on women’s artistic achievements not dresses at awards events

11 April 2017

SIPTU has called for the focus to be maintained on women’s artistic achievements rather than be simply reduced to commenting on how they appear in media coverage of awards ceremonies and other artistic events.
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Bus Éireann dispute referred to Labour Court hearing at 3.00 p.m. today

11 April 2017

The issues in dispute between workers and management at Bus Éireann have been referred to a hearing of the Labour Court which will take place today (Tuesday, 11th April) at 3.00 p.m. This follows talks between union representatives and management at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) which concluded this morning (Tuesday, 11th April) without agreement.
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Tara Mines workers end sit-in following resolution of health and safety concerns

10 April 2017

Tara Mines workers returned to work at the facility in County Meath on Saturday (8th April) after a six-day sit-in, following the acceptance of proposals on improving the operation of a new underground ambulance system in the mine.
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Sit-in by workers in Tara Mines in County Meath enters fifth day

07 April 2017

A sit-in by workers in Tara Mines in County Meath has entered its fifth day (Friday, 7th April) as staff in the mine highlight their concerns over health and safety following a unilateral move by the company to change the operation of the underground ambulance cover at the facility.
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Early Years educators to attend ‘Big Start’ meeting in Connolly Hall on 10th April

06 April 2017

Early Years educators are invited to attend a meeting of the SIPTU ‘Big Start’ campaign for increased investment in the Early Years sector in Connolly Hall, Lapps Quay, Cork on Monday, 10th April, at 7.00 p.m.
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Early Years educators to bring campaign for recognition to Clare County Council

06 April 2017

A delegation from the SIPTU Big Start Campaign will attend a meeting with Clare County Council councillors to inform them of the problems and growing crisis within the Early Years education sector on Monday, 10th April, at 3.00 p.m.
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Early Years educators to bring campaign for recognition to Clare County Council

06 April 2017

A delegation from the SIPTU Big Start Campaign will attend a meeting with Clare County Council councillors to inform them of the problems and growing crisis within the Early Years education sector on Monday, 10th April, at 3.00 p.m.
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Early Years educators to attend ‘Big Start’ meeting in Connolly Hall on 10th April

06 April 2017

Early Years educators are invited to attend a meeting of the SIPTU ‘Big Start’ campaign for increased investment in the Early Years sector in Connolly Hall, Lapps Quay, Cork on Monday, 10th April, at 7.00 p.m.
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SIPTU and PFAI secure agreement with FAI on issues of concern for women’s team

06 April 2017

SIPTU and PFA Ireland representatives have secured an agreement with the FAI on issues of concern raised by the women’s national football team following nine hours of mediated talks which concluded shortly after 4.00 a.m. this morning (Thursday, 6th April).
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SIPTU members in EPL to conduct 24-hour work stoppage tomorrow

05 April 2017

SIPTU members in Edenderry Power Ltd (EPL), Edenderry, County Offaly, will begin a 24-hour work stoppage tomorrow (Thursday, 6th April), at 7.30 a.m. in a dispute concerning collective bargaining rights at the power generation plant.
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Women’s national football team will not attend training this afternoon in Dublin

05 April 2017

Members of the Republic of Ireland women’s national football team have decided not to attend a Football Association of Ireland (FAI) training camp this afternoon (Wednesday 5th April) in Dublin.
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SIPTU accepts invitation to WRC talks on Bus Éireann dispute tomorrow

04 April 2017

SIPTU representatives have accepted an invitation from the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to attend talks, aimed at resolving the Bus Éireann dispute, tomorrow (Wednesday, 5th April) at 10.30 a.m.
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Women’s national football team outline serious issues at press conference in Liberty Hall

04 April 2017

Members of the Republic of Ireland women’s national football team and their representatives in the Professional Footballers Association of Ireland (PFAI) outlined a range of issues that have adversely affected the performance of the squad at a press conference in Liberty Hall this morning (Tuesday, 4th April).
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SIPTU members employed by the FAI give full support for Women’s National Team

04 April 2017

SIPTU members, directly employed by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), have given their full support for the call by members of the women’s national football team for management to engage with their representatives concerning a range of issues which are adversely affecting their performance.
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SIPTU announces resolution of new entrants pension dispute in Pfizer in Ringaskiddy

03 April 2017

SIPTU members in Pfizer Ireland Ltd., Ringaskiddy, County Cork, have settled a dispute with the company following its agreement to allow 35 new entrants access to its defined benefit pension scheme.
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SIPTU members employed as Bus Éireann school bus drivers to ballot on strike action

31 March 2017

SIPTU members employed as Bus Éireann school bus drivers are to commence a ballot for industrial and strike action due to the threat to their jobs resulting from the wider crisis in the company.
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SIPTU will use all legitimate industrial relations procedures in public transport dispute

31 March 2017

SIPTU Transport Division organiser, Greg Ennis, has said that the union did not organise and does not condone the unofficial action which disrupted rail and bus services this morning. He said that the union regrets the manner in which tens of thousands of commuters were unable to obtain public transport services in Dublin and across the country.
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Up to 1,000 march and rally in support of Bus Éireann strikers outside the Dáil

29 March 2017

Up to 1,000 public transport workers and their supporters marched to Leinster House at lunchtime today (Wednesday, 29th March) in support of a demand by Bus Éireann strikers for the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, to establish a process that can effectively deal with the issues at the company.
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SIPTU members in Dublin Bus and Irish Rail to ballot for industrial action

27 March 2017

A meeting of SIPTU representatives of Dublin Bus, Irish Rail and Bus Eireann was held in Liberty Hall today (Monday 27th March) to discuss the ongoing strike in Bus Eireann.
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SIPTU calls on Shane Ross to stop dodging his responsibilities to travelling public

29 March 2017

SIPTU members in Bus Éireann have called upon the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, to stop dodging his responsibilities to both transport workers and the travelling public and establish a process that can effectively deal with the issues in the company that have led to an indefinite strike by workers.
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Ethical Trading workshop for exporters to UK starts Thursday in Kilkenny

28 March 2017

The first Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) two-day workshop, on practical steps for Irish companies and suppliers exporting to the UK following Brexit, will take place in the Hub in Kilkenny, County Kilkenny on Thursday, 30th and Friday, 31st March.
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SIPTU DFB members not surprised by HIQA finding of under-resourced ambulance service in Dublin

27 March 2017

SIPTU Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) representatives have said that their members are not surprised by findings concerning the under-resourcing of the ambulance service in Dublin contained in a report issued by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) last week.
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SIPTU members in EPL conduct 24-hour work stoppage in collective bargaining dispute

27 March 2017

SIPTU members in Edenderry Power Ltd (EPL), Edenderry, County Offaly, began a 24-hour work stoppage today (Monday, 27th March), at 7.30 a.m. in a dispute concerning collective bargaining rights at the power generation plant.
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SIPTU outlines steps for ending the crisis in Bus Éireann and resolving the strike

24 March 2017

SIPTU has this afternoon (Friday, 24th January) released to its membership a series of steps which would assist in ending the strike by Bus Éireann workers and resolve the wider crisis in the public transport network.
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Strike at Tim Hastings Volkswagen Garage in Westport ends with agreed settlement

23 March 2017

SIPTU members in Tim Hastings Volkswagen Garage in Westport, County Mayo, have ended more than six weeks of strike action after agreeing a settlement with management following a recent conciliation conference at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).
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SIPTU members in Bus Éireann announce all out strike action from tomorrow

23 March 2017

SIPTU members in Bus Éireann have announced that they will commence an indefinite all out-strike action and place pickets on bus stations across the country, from Friday (24th March) at 12.01 a.m., in a dispute over cuts to pay, the casualisation of work and the threat of job losses at the company.
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SIPTU representatives present leaflets to BNM board concerning EPL work stoppage

23 March 2017

SIPTU representatives presented leaflets outlining why their members in Edenderry Power Ltd (EPL), Edenderry, County Offaly, will be conducting a 24-hour work stoppage on Monday, 27th March, to the members of the board of Bord na Móna at the semi-state company’s headquarters in Newbridge, County Kildare, today (Thursday, 23rd March).
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SIPTU to meet with other Bus Éireann unions to discuss latest management threats

22 March 2017

SIPTU representatives will tomorrow (Thursday, 23rd March) meet with the other trade unions involved in the Bus Éireann dispute to establish a common strategy and response to the latest demands by management for changes to conditions of employment at the company.
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SIPTU members in Trinity College Dublin defer issuing notice of industrial action

22 March 2017

SIPTU members working in Trinity College Dublin have decided to defer issuing a notice of industrial action in a dispute concerning the failure of management to offer permanent contracts to staff.
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SIPTU supports agreed co-operative approach to proposed changes at RTÉ

22 March 2017

SIPTU representatives were fully briefed by the management of RTÉ yesterday (Tuesday, 21st March) prior to its announcement this morning that it intends to implement a restructuring of the organisation and sell a portion of its campus in Donnybrook, Dublin 4.
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Clerys workers meet Natrium Director Deirdre Foley after 21-month campaign

21 March 2017

Members of the Justice for the Clerys Workers Campaign finally met Natrium director, Deirdre Foley, prior to a press conference in the Mansion House this morning (Tuesday, 21st March) to announce a settlement to the 21-month long dispute which resulted from the closure of the iconic department store.
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SIPTU President expresses condolences at death of Martin McGuinness

21 March 2017

The General President of SIPTU, Jack O’ Connor, has expressed his deep condolences to the family of Martin McGuinness following the death of the former deputy first minister, Martin McGuinness.
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SIPTU responds to Bus Eireann offer of dialogue at WRC

16 March 2017

SIPTU representatives in Bus Eireann have said that they will enter discussions with management at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) on the basis that any payroll or personnel changes at the company are achieved by agreement.
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SIPTU calls on Bus Éireann management to adopt an equitable approach to change

15 March 2017

SIPTU representatives have criticised an attempt by the management of Bus Éireann to force through an inequitable wage cuts at the company which overwhelmingly focus on the earnings of bus drivers and other staff while ignoring senior management.
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Early Years educators to attend ‘Big Start’ meeting in Connolly Hall, Cork on 20th March

14 March 2017

Early Years educators are invited to attend a meeting of the SIPTU ‘Big Start’ campaign for increased investment in the Early Years sector in Connolly Hall, Lapps Quay, Cork, on Monday, 20th March, at 7.00 p.m. The meeting will focus on the lack of State funding for the sector, the issue of low-pay for workers and developing a network to campaign for improvements.
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SIPTU members seek talks with Coty over Nenagh plant closure

14 March 2017

SIPTU members today (Tuesday 14th March) were advised by the management of Coty of the proposed closure of its facility in Nenagh , county Tipperary, with the loss of over 200 jobs. Coty management has informed workers that it intends to close the plant by the end of 2018.
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SIPTU representatives say Bus Éireann strike unavoidable due to management intransigence

14 March 2017

SIPTU representatives have said that the intransigence of Bus Éireann management has led to strike action being unavoidable following the breakdown of talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) last night.
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SIPTU members in EPL announce 24-hour work stoppage in collective bargaining dispute

13 March 2017

SIPTU members in Edenderry Power Ltd (EPL), Edenderry, County Offaly, have given the company notice, today (Monday, 13th March), of their intention to conduct a 24-hour work stoppage in a dispute concerning collective bargaining rights.
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SIPTU members in Trinity College Dublin vote for strike action

10 March 2017

SIPTU members working in Trinity College Dublin have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial and strike action, in a dispute concerning the failure of management to offer permanent contracts to staff, in a ballot counted in Liberty Hall, Dublin 1, today (Friday, 10th March).
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SIPTU supports measures included in new Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017

09 March 2017

SIPTU has stated its support for measures included in the new Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017 which includes legislation to criminalise the purchase of sex and ensure vulnerable women, children and men in prostitution can access supports.
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Agreement to enter into talks process concerning Dublin Fire Brigade dispute

08 March 2017

Following an invitation from the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr, in relation to the imminent industrial action by members of the Dublin Fire Brigade, scheduled for 18th and 27th March, both unions and the senior management of Dublin City Council held a meeting today (Wednesday, 8th March) in the Mansion House, Dublin 2.
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SIPTU calls for women to take action on the gender pay gap by organising in unions

08 March 2017

SIPTU has called for women to become organised in their unions so that effective action can be taken to overcome the gender pay gap which Eurostat figures published on International Women’s Day (Wednesday, 8th March) indicate is still prevalent throughout the economy.
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SIPTU members in Dublin Fire Brigade to conduct two 24-hour work stoppages

06 March 2017

SIPTU members in Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) will conduct 24-hour work stoppages on Saturday, 18th March, and Monday, 27th March, to highlight their opposition to an attempt to break up the DFB Emergency Medical Service by removing its ambulance call and dispatch function.
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Several hundred rally in support of Tim Hastings Volkswagen workers in Westport

06 March 2017

SIPTU members in Tim Hastings Volkswagen, who have been on strike since early February, were joined by hundreds of supporters in Westport, County Mayo, on Saturday (4th March), to highlight the campaign for the workers to be paid their redundancy entitlements and for management to respect a Labour Court recommendation.
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SIPTU places decent jobs and protection of community transport services to fore at Bus Éireann talks

06 March 2017

SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 6th March) placed the safeguarding of decent full-time jobs, the protection of routes serving rural communities and the preservation of local bus garages to the fore at talks at the Workplace Relation Commission (WRC) concerning the Bus Éireann dispute.
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SIPTU Nursing and Midwifery Committee endorse nursing recruitment proposals

06 March 2017

The SIPTU Nursing and Midwifery Committee has this morning (Monday, 6th March) endorsed a set of Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) proposals aimed at assisting recruitment and retention of nursing staff in the public health service.
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SIPTU Firefighters and supporters protest outside fire stations across Dublin

04 March 2017

SIPTU Firefighters and hundreds of their supporters protested outside fire stations across Dublin today (Saturday, 4th March) to highlight their opposition to an attempt to break up the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) Emergency Medical Service by removing its ambulance call and dispatch function.
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SIPTU representatives consider revised nursing recruitment and retention proposals

04 March 2017

SIPTU representatives have this morning (Saturday, 4th March) agreed to consider revised nursing recruitment and retention proposals following 15 hours of talks with management at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).
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Rally in support of Tim Hastings Volkswagen workers in Westport tomorrow

03 March 2017

SIPTU is calling upon supporters of the Tim Hastings Volkswagen workers, who have been on strike since early February, to come out in large numbers for a major rally in Westport, County Mayo, tomorrow (Saturday, 4th March).
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SIPTU accepts intervention of WRC in Bus Éireann dispute

03 March 2017

SIPTU representatives have this afternoon (Friday, 3rd March) accepted an invitation to talks on Monday (6th March) at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) aimed at resolving the dispute with the management of Bus Éireann.
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SIPTU Firefighters support protests outside Dublin fire stations on Saturday

03 March 2017

SIPTU members in Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) are calling upon members of the public and elected representatives to support protests against the break up of the DFB Emergency Medical Service outside fire stations across the city on Saturday, 4th March, between 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m.
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SIPTU calls Bus Éireann dispute a battle for the future of the semi-state sector and rural Ireland

03 March 2017

SIPTU members in Bus Éireann have been informed that the impending strike at their company, which will commence on Monday (6th March), is one which must be won in order to secure a future for all semi-state workers and rural Ireland.
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Irish Equity welcomes progress of Bill to return collective bargaining rights to freelance workers

02 March 2017

SIPTU has welcomed the progress of the Competition (Amendment) Bill 2016, from the Seanad to Dáil Eireann. This Bill, which seeks to return collective bargaining rights to freelance workers, was debated in the Dail on Tuesday (28th February) and continues to travel through the legislative process with all party support.
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SIPTU members in CIT Student Services Ltd suspend industrial action

01 March 2017

SIPTU members employed by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) Student Services Ltd have decided to suspend a scheduled one-day work stoppage tomorrow (Thursday, 2nd March) following union representatives and management agreeing a set of proposed wage increases.
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SIPTU nursing and midwifery representatives accept invitation to WRC

02 March 2017

SIPTU nursing and midwifery representatives have today (Thursday, 2nd March) accepted an invitation from the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to attend talks aimed at addressing the outstanding issues in the sector.
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Early Years educators invited to attend ‘Big Start’ meeting in Athlone on 7th March

28 February 2017

Early Years educators are invited to attend a meeting of the SIPTU ‘Big Start’ campaign for better and affordable childcare in Monksland Community Centre, Athlone on 7.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 7th March. The meeting will focus on the lack of State funding for the sector, the issue of low-pay for workers and developing a network to campaign for improvements.
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SIPTU condemns NTA blueprint for destruction of Bus Éireann services

28 February 2017

SIPTU has condemned a plan released by the National Transport Authority (NTA), today (Tuesday, 28th February), which envisages the replacement of Bus Éireann services by those of private bus operators on vital routes across the country.
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SIPTU warns Bus Éireann over threatened cuts to services

27 February 2017

SIPTU members in Bus Éireann will commence an all-out strike action on Monday, 6th March, if management at the company carries out a series of threatened cuts which it outlined in a letter issued to staff this afternoon (Monday, 27th February).
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SIPTU members in CIT Student Services CLG to conduct one-day work stoppage

27 February 2017

SIPTU members employed by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) Student Services CLG will implement a work stoppage and place pickets on entrances to the Institute on Thursday, 2nd March, from 7.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
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SIPTU confirms strike action by health service support workers is averted

24 February 2017

SIPTU representatives have today (Friday, 24th February) confirmed that strike action by up to 10,000 support workers in the health service has been averted. This follows an agreement with the HSE concerning a dispute which centred on job evaluation, incremental credit for support staff interns and concessions for emergency department staff.
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SIPTU members call on Tim Hastings Volkswagen to withdraw misleading statement

24 February 2017

SIPTU members currently on strike at Tim Hastings Volkswagen in Westport, County Mayo, have called on management to withdraw a misleading statement issued to the media yesterday (Thursday, 23rd February) concerning redundancies at the company.
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SIPTU members in EPL vote for strike action in collective bargaining dispute

24 February 2017

SIPTU members in Edenderry Power Ltd (EPL), Edenderry, County Offaly, have voted by a five to one majority for industrial and strike action in a ballot counted last night (Thursday, 23rd February).
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SIPTU to hold major rally in Westport in support of Tim Hastings Volkswagen workers on 4th March

22 February 2017

SIPTU members from across the country will attend a rally in Westport, County Mayo, on Saturday, 4th March, to show their support for workers who have been on strike at the garage since early February.
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Workers Rights Welcome Centre to open in Cork to assist people with workplace issues

22 February 2017

A Workers Rights Welcome Centre, which is open to all workers who wish to ‘drop in’ for information and advice on workplace issues, will open in Connolly Hall, Lapps Quay, Cork, on Friday, 24th February, at 12.00 p.m.
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SIPTU members set for strike action after breakdown of Bus Éireann talks

21 February 2017

SIPTU members working in Bus Éireann are set to take strike action after the failure of management to present a competent and credible plan to union representatives at talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) today (Tuesday, 21st February).
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SIPTU says Bus Éireann talks at WRC reach critical stage with progress possible

21 February 2017

SIPTU representatives will today (Tuesday, 21st February) enter a third day of talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) aimed at resolving the dispute at Bus Éireann and averting an all-out strike action by workers at the public transport company.
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SIPTU says document presented by Bus Éireann at WRC creates more fear and uncertainty

20 February 2017

SIPTU representatives attending talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), today (Monday, 20th February), concerning threatened cuts at Bus Éireann have said that a document presented by management to unions only serves to create more fear and uncertainty among staff and those who rely on public transport services.
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SIPTU members in Trinity College Dublin to ballot for strike action

20 February 2017

SIPTU members working in Trinity College Dublin are to ballot for industrial and strike action in a dispute concerning the failure of management to offer permanent contracts to staff.
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SIPTU says Bus Éireann management seems intent on collapsing WRC talks

20 February 2017

SIPTU representatives attending talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), today (Monday, 20th February), have raised concerns that the company is intent on collapsing the process following the release of a document to staff prior to its full discussion at the meeting. The WRC talks concern the ongoing dispute at Bus Éireann over attempts by the company to greatly reduce workers’ pay and conditions of employment.
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SIPTU members in Cork County Council vote for strike action

17 February 2017

SIPTU members in Cork County Council have voted by three to one in favour of strike action in a dispute resulting from the refusal of management to engage with the workforce planning process and recruit more staff to adequately delivery statutory services.
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SIPTU members strike action at Tim Hastings Volkswagen enters third week

17 February 2017

The strike action by SIPTU members at Tim Hastings Volkswagen in Westport, County Mayo, entered its second week today (Friday, 17th February) with the workers preparing for a major escalation of their campaign.
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SIPTU warns Bus Éireann at WRC it will not facilitate the destruction of public transport

17 February 2017

SIPTU representatives attending a meeting of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) today (Friday, 17th February) to discuss the Bus Éireann dispute took the opportunity to inform management that the union will not facilitate its savage attack on public bus services.
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SIPTU calls on Kerry Group to accept invitation to attend Labour Court

14 February 2017

SIPTU representatives have called on the Kerry Group to accept an invitation to attend a hearing of the Labour Court concerning the ongoing dispute at the company’s plants in Charleville, County Cork.
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SIPTU Dublin Fire Brigade members vote for strike action in ambulance dispute

17 February 2017

SIPTU Firefighters have overwhelmingly voted in favour of taking industrial and strike action in a dispute resulting from an attempt by senior management in Dublin City Council to break up the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) Emergency Medical Service by outsourcing its ambulance call and dispatch function.
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SIPTU supports intervention of National Oversight Body in health service dispute

17 February 2017

SIPTU representatives have expressed support for the intervention of the Public Service Agreements National Oversight Body in a dispute concerning access to a job evaluation scheme for support staff in the health service.
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SIPTU members suspend strike action at Kerry Group to facilitate Labour Court hearing

16 February 2017

SIPTU members have suspended scheduled strike action at the Kerry Group plants in Charleville, County Cork, following an agreement by management to attend a Labour Court hearing concerning the dispute at the company.
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SIPTU calls for protection of job activation schemes which prioritise social inclusion

15 February 2017

SIPTU Community Sector representatives have called for the government not to target community based job activation schemes, which play a crucial role in promoting social inclusion for vulnerable groups, for further cuts in funding.
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SIPTU talks with Council on Dublin Fire Brigade dispute end without agreement

14 February 2017

SIPTU representatives have expressed disappointment that talks held yesterday (Monday, 13th February) between union representatives and management in Dublin City Council concerning the Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance dispute concluded without agreement.
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SIPTU supports project to increase knowledge of Human Rights among older people

14 February 2017

SIPTU has stated its support for the National Project for the Elders which will be launched in Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin 6, on Wednesday, 22nd February, between 10.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m.
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SIPTU accepts invitation to exploratory WRC talks on Bus Éireann dispute

14 February 2017

SIPTU representatives have accepted an invitation to attend exploratory talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to discuss the dispute at Bus Éireann which has led to scheduled strike action, which is due to commence on Monday, 20th February.
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SIPTU members working as support staff vote for strike action in selected hospitals

13 February 2017

SIPTU members employed as health service support staff have voted by 94% to 6% in favour of taking strike action in selected hospitals in a dispute concerning breaches of the national public service agreements and their exclusion from concessions provided to other emergency department workers.
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Early Years educators to present TDs with Valentine’s Cards at Dáil tomorrow

13 February 2017

Early Years educators involved in the SIPTU ‘Big Start’ campaign will be delivering hundreds of Valentine’s Cards to TDs and Senators in Leinster House, Dublin 2, tomorrow (14th February) at 12.30 p.m.
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Tesco Dispute

14 February 2017

This morning, Tuesday, 14th February, our colleagues in Mandate trade union commenced an official industrial dispute with Tesco Ireland and have placed pickets on eight stores across the Republic of Ireland. A further eight stores will join the strike on Friday, 17th February 2017. Tesco Ireland is threatening to make unilateral changes, without agreement, to the contracts of employment of long serving staff which could see significant reductions in their take home pay. It is unacceptable to all trade unionists that an employer would make unilateral changes to terms and conditions/contracts of employment and agreements. The threat by Tesco Ireland to impose changes without agreement cannot be condoned.
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SIPTU to meet with Dublin City Council to discuss Dublin Fire Brigade dispute

13 February 2017

SIPTU representatives have accepted a request to meet with senior management in Dublin City Council this afternoon (Monday, 13th February) to discuss a dispute which has resulted in the commencement of a ballot for strike action by members in the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB)
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SIPTU members at Dublin Bus to ballot for industrial action in pensions row

13 February 2017

SIPTU representatives at Dublin Bus are to commence an immediate ballot for industrial action over the breach by the company of the terms of settlement agreed by all parties at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) in September 2016.
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SIPTU members in Kerry Group escalate dispute with four more work stoppages

10 February 2017

SIPTU members at the Kerry Group plants in Charleville, County Cork, have scheduled four 24-hour work stoppages over the next two weeks (Tuesday 14th, Friday 17th, Tuesday 21st and Friday 24th February) in a dispute which results from the company’s refusal to attend the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).
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SIPTU members in Dublin Bus and Irish Rail pledge solidarity with Bus Éireann workers

10 February 2017

SIPTU members in Dublin Bus and Irish Rail have pledged to display solidarity with their colleagues in Bus Éireann, who face massive reductions in their conditions of employment if management carries out threatened unilateral cuts on 20th February.
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Unions at BNM criticise purchase of UK compost manufacturing company

10 February 2017

Union members have expressed disappointment at the decision by management at Bord Na Mona (BNM) to purchase White Moss Horticulture (WHM), a UK compost manufacturing company.
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Enda Kenny to receive over 100 Valentine’s Cards from childcare professionals

09 February 2017

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will receive over 100 Valentine’s Cards on Tuesday, 14th February, from Early Years professionals in County Mayo who are involved in the ‘Big Start’ campaign which is calling for major reform in the struggling sector.
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SIPTU members condemn use of strike breakers in Kerry Group dispute

09 February 2017

SIPTU members have called upon the management of Kerry Group plants in Charleville, County Cork, to desist from using strike breakers or face the further escalation of a dispute which results from the company’s refusal to attend the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).
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SIPTU supports HSE submission calling for major investment in ambulance service

09 February 2017

SIPTU Ambulance representatives have today (Thursday, 9th February) demanded that the Government prioritise the recommendations contained in a submission made by a HSE subcommittee which state that a €277 million investment over ten years is needed to develop the National Ambulance Service.
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SIPTU will engage in talks with Bus Éireann once threat to workers conditions removed

08 February 2017

SIPTU has stated that it will engage in talks with the management of Bus Éireann once the company removes its threat to unilaterally implement changes to workers’ terms and conditions of employment on Monday, 20th February.
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SIPTU cautiously hopeful about outcome of nursing and midwifery recruitment talks

08 February 2017

SIPTU Nursing representatives have today (Wednesday, 8th February) said they are cautiously hopeful concerning the outcome of talks with senior management at the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Department of Health aimed at resolving a dispute concerning the recruitment and retention of nurses and midwives.
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SIPTU will engage in talks with Bus Éireann once threat to workers conditions removed

08 February 2017

SIPTU has stated that it will engage in talks with the management of Bus Éireann once the company removes its threat to unilaterally implement changes to workers’ terms and conditions of employment on Monday, 20th February.
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SIPTU calls for halt to increase in cost of board and lodgings for hospitality workers

08 February 2017

A SIPTU delegation addressed the Low Pay Commission today (Wednesday, 8th February) to outline the reasons why their union is calling for a halt on any increase in the amount employers can deduct from workers’ pay for the cost of board and lodgings.
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SIPTU members in Cork County Council to ballot for strike action

08 February 2017

SIPTU members in Cork County Council will commence ballots for industrial action and strike action on Monday (13th February) in a dispute related to the refusal of management to engage with the workforce planning process and recruit more staff to adequately delivery statutory services.
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SIPTU nurses and midwives more than likely to ballot for strike action

07 February 2017

SIPTU Health representatives have today (Tuesday, 7th February) confirmed that members are more than likely to ballot for strike action in a dispute over nursing and midwifery recruitment and retention.
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SIPTU to attend Labour Court hearing on Irish Rail pay claim

06 February 2017

SIPTU representatives today (Monday, 6th February) attended a meeting at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) concerning a pay claim on behalf of members in Irish Rail which has now been referred on to a full hearing of the Labour Court.
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SIPTU says nursing recruitment and retention talks have reached an impasse

06 February 2017

SIPTU nursing representatives have tonight (Monday, 6th February) said that talks with senior management at the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Department of Health, aimed at addressing a dispute concerning the recruitment of nurses and midwives, have reached an impasse.
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SIPTU Dublin Fire Brigade members strike ballot nearing completion

07 February 2017

SIPTU members in Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) will within two weeks complete a ballot for strike action which results from the refusal of the senior management of Dublin City Council to resource an additional four ambulances to meet service demands in the city.
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SIPTU members on third day of strike action at Tim Hastings Volkswagen in Westport

06 February 2017

SIPTU members are conducting a third day of strike action at Tim Hastings Volkswagen in Westport, County Mayo, in a dispute concerning the failure of management at the car dealership and garage to pay redundancy to workers or implement a Labour Court recommendation.
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SIPTU supports state ownership of key infrastructural assets including airport terminals

02 February 2017

SIPTU supports the maintenance of key infrastructural assets within state ownership and opposes the call by Aer Lingus to consider selling publicly owned airport terminals to private interests.
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SIPTU says that Bus Éireann management must remove all pre-conditions to talks

01 February 2017

SIPTU representatives have called on the Taoiseach and Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, to accept that that the union should not be expected to enter talks with the management of Bus Eireann until it has removed its all its pre-conditions concerning changes and cuts at the company.
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SIPTU ambulance members concerned over delays due to emergency department crisis

04 January 2017

SIPTU members in the National Ambulance Service (NAS) have expressed concern over the impact on services and patient safety resulting from the delays they are experiencing in signing patients into emergency departments in hospitals across the country.
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SIPTU says that Bus Éireann management must remove all pre-conditions to talks

01 February 2017

SIPTU representatives have called on the Taoiseach and Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, to accept that that the union should not be expected to enter talks with the management of Bus Eireann until it has removed its all its pre-conditions concerning changes and cuts at the company.
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SIPTU members in Tim Hastings Garage in Westport to begin strike action on Friday

31 January 2017

SIPTU members at Tim Hastings Garage in Westport, County Mayo, will commence strike action on Friday (3rd February) in a dispute concerning the failure of management to implement a Labour Court recommendation in relation to redundancies imposed by the company.
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SIPTU calls for focus on quality jobs in Dublin North East Inner City taskforce proposals

01 February 2017

SIPTU has called for the inclusion of measures to ensure residents of the North East Inner City of Dublin have access to secure, quality employment to be included in proposals for the rejuvenation of the area that will shortly be presented by a taskforce to the Government.
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SIPTU members in Tim Hastings Garage in Westport to begin strike action on Friday

31 January 2017

SIPTU members at Tim Hastings Garage in Westport, County Mayo, will commence strike action on Friday (3rd February) in a dispute concerning the failure of management to implement a Labour Court recommendation in relation to redundancies imposed by the company.
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SIPTU members in Kerry Group to escalate dispute with two more work stoppages

30 January 2017

SIPTU members at the Kerry Group plants in Charleville, County Cork, have scheduled two 24-hour work stoppages next week (Monday, 6th February and Thursday, 9th February) in a dispute resulting from a management refusal to attend the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to discuss proposed changes to workers’ terms and conditions of employment.
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Migrant Workers Support Network hosts successful two-day training course in Galway

30 January 2017

The SIPTU Migrant Workers Support Network held a successful two-day residential training course in Galway last weekend (Friday, 27th January and Saturday, 28th January) which brought together migrant worker activists from ten different nationalities who are working across Ireland.
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SIPTU President warns of drift to xenophobic nationalism across Europe and calls for left unity

30 January 2017

SIPTU President, Jack O’Connor, has said that the policies of austerity imposed by centre right leaders across the EU have devastated the lives of millions of working people and driven them into the arms of xenophobic nationalist parties.
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SIPTU members in Edenderry Power Ltd consider industrial action in collective bargaining dispute

26 January 2017

SIPTU members in Edenderry Power Ltd, Edenderry, County Offaly, have overwhelmingly rejected a Labour Court recommendation in relation to an outstanding pay claim, in a ballot counted last night (Wednesday, 25th January), and stated that they will commence a vote for industrial action if management refuse to meaningfully engage with their union representatives.
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SIPTU says Bus Éireann management has threatened the future of school bus services

25 January 2017

SIPTU representatives have stated that Bus Éireann management have directly threatened the future of school bus services operated by the company, following the presentation of a pay claim by the union at the Workplace Relations Commission, today (Wednesday, 25th January).
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SIPTU representatives attend Oireachtas and Labour Court to discuss Bus Éireann

24 January 2017

SIPTU representatives today (Tuesday, 24th January) attended meetings of the Oireachtas Transport Committee and Labour Court to discuss the situation at Bus Éireann following threats by management to implement massive cut backs at the public transport company.
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SIPTU members in Kerry Group to conduct stoppage in response to company refusal to attend WRC

24 January 2017

SIPTU members at the Kerry Group plants in Charleville, County Cork, have overwhelmingly voted to implement a one-day work stoppage on Monday, 30th January, in response to a management refusal to attend a conciliation meeting at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to discuss proposed changes to workers’ terms and conditions of employment.
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SIPTU nursing representatives meet management to discuss recruitment and pay

23 January 2017

SIPTU Nursing representatives held a meeting with senior management at the Health Service Executive (HSE), Department of Health and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, today (Monday, 23rd January), to discuss the recruitment and pay of nurses and midwives.
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SIPTU to ballot support staff for strike action in selected hospitals from Monday

20 January 2017

SIPTU Health representatives will begin a ballot of support staff for strike action in selected hospitals on Monday, 23rd January, in a dispute concerning breaches of the national public service agreements and their exclusion from concessions provided to other emergency department workers.
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President Higgins praises inspirational Irish Citizen Army in new charity calendar

12 December 2016

President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, has written the introduction to a new charity calendar which celebrates the story of the Irish Citizen Army (ICA) and its commemoration during the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.
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SIPTU President expresses regret at retirement of Martin McGuinness from public office

20 January 2017

SIPTU President, Jack O’Connor, has expressed his deep regret at the announcement by Sinn Fein leader, and former Northern Ireland deputy first minister, Martin McGuinness, of his retirement from public office.
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SIPTU rejects Bus Éireann management’s plan to destroy company

18 January 2017

SIPTU members have rejected a plan presented by the management of Bus Éireann to workers this evening (Wednesday, 18th January) and condemned it as a blueprint for the destruction of the company as a viable organisation.
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SIPTU activists concerned over funding and precarious jobs in third level education

18 January 2017

The SIPTU Education Sector hosted a seminar on the future funding and precarious employment in the third level education sector in Liberty Hall Theatre, Dublin 1, on Wednesday, 18th January.
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Joint Statement by Government and Public Service Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions on the Implementation of the Lansdowne Road Agreement

17 January 2017

A process of engagement has taken place between the Government in its capacity as the Public Service employer and the Public Service Committee of ICTU under the framework provided by Section 6 of the Lansdowne Road Agreement to address an anomaly issue arising in the context of Labour Court Recommendations (CD/16/321& CD/16/322) in respect of the Garda Associations.
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SIPTU issues notice of strike ballot at Dublin Fire Brigade over ambulance shortage

13 January 2017

SIPTU members in Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) have served notice of a ballot for strike action following a refusal by the senior management of Dublin City Council to resource an additional four ambulances to meet service demands in the city.
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SIPTU opposes undermining Bus Éireann workers’ conditions to make up for underfunding

14 January 2017

SIPTU members in Bus Éireann will not allow terms and conditions of workers in the Expressway arm of the company to be eroded in order to make up for a financial shortfall created by underfunding by the State in the essential intercity transport service.
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SIPTU calls on Pfizer to recognise the right of all employees to equal pension provision

12 January 2017

SIPTU has stated that all workers employed by Pfizer in its pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Ringaskiddy, County Cork, should be treated in an equal manner in relation to their pension entitlements unless there is an agreement on any change.
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SIPTU members work crucial in securing new investment for Tara Mines

11 January 2017

SIPTU has congratulated its members working in Tara Mines, County Meath, for their success in securing over €40 million in new investment in the mine, which will significantly extend its operation and safeguard the future of thousands of jobs.
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SIPTU releases initial list of hospitals to be included in national strike ballot

09 January 2017

SIPTU members working as support staff in at least 40 hospitals across the country will begin a ballot for strike action on Monday, 23rd January, in a dispute resulting from breaches of the national public service agreements and their exclusion from concessions provided to other emergency department staff.
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Wicklow County Council unanimously calls for greater investment in Early Years sector

05 September 2017

A meeting of Wicklow County Council voted unanimously to back a call by the SIPTU Big Start campaign for increased state investment in the Early Years sector at a meeting in County Buildings, Wicklow Town, County Wicklow, on Monday (4th September).
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