Press Releases 2018

SIPTU members in Kerry Foods in Carrickmacross to vote on strike action

19 February 2018

SIPTU members at the Kerry Foods plant in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, will ballot for strike action on Friday (23rd February) if management refuses to remove a threat to make 31 workers redundant without agreement.
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SIPTU Health launches campaign for workers wishing to work beyond 65 years of age

19 February 2018

SIPTU Health representatives have today (Monday, 19th February) launched a national campaign aimed at protecting the pay of health workers who choose to work beyond 65 years of age.
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Dublin fire appliance taken out of service last night due to staff shortages

16 February 2018

SIPTU has called for immediate action to increase firefighter/paramedic numbers in the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) after a fire appliance was taken out of operation last night (Thursday, 15th February) due to a lack of staff in Donnybrook Fire Station, Dublin 4.
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SIPTU calls on Kerry Foods to reconsider redundancy threat

12 February 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 12th February) called on the management of Kerry Foods to reconsider its threat to make 31 people redundant without agreement at the company’s factory in Carrickmacross, Monaghan.
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SIPTU members in Section 39 organisations succeed in campaign to secure pay justice

09 February 2018

SIPTU members in Section 39 organisations have today (Friday, 9th February) deferred strike action, scheduled for next Wednesday (14th February), following an agreement, facilitated by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), to begin a process that will lead to the restoration of pay for thousands of health and social care workers.
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BNM Group of Unions members in Littleton Plant accept redundancy proposal

09 February 2018

Members of the Bord na Móna (BNM) Group of Unions in the company’s peat briquette production facility in Littleton, County Tipperary, have voted 94% in favour of proposed redundancy terms in a ballot counted this evening (Thursday, 8th February).
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SIPTU seeks meeting with IFA to discuss issues related to NI Women’s International Team

08 February 2018

SIPTU has written to the Irish Football Association (IFA) requesting a meeting with its officials to discuss a number of issues of concern to members of the union who play for the Northern Ireland Senior Women’s International Football Team.
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SIPTU confirms additional Section 39 organisations to ballot for strike action

05 February 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 5th February) confirmed that up to ten Section 39 organisations in counties Wexford, Kerry, Westmeath, Sligo and Leitrim will be balloted this week on whether to take strike action in their campaign for pay justice.
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Train driver members of SIPTU to ballot for strike action

05 February 2018

Following the rejection of a Labour Court recommendation on past productivity and a pre-emptive decision by Irish Rail management to unilaterally implement its plans for driver mentoring on 12th February, members of SIPTU who drive inter-city rail and DART trains will commence a ballot for strike action. The recommendation included a proposal that would remove the voluntary nature of the driver mentoring arrangements and was rejected by a majority of 83% of union members who voted.
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SIPTU seeks meeting with Minister for Health to clarify his priorities for 2018

02 January 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Tuesday, 2nd January) written to the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, seeking a meeting and clarification in relation to a tweet sent by the Minister last Saturday (30th December), in which he set out his health service priorities for 2018.
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SIPTU representatives serve notice of strike action in Section 39 organisations

31 January 2018

SIPTU members in Section 39 organisations are to serve notice tomorrow (Thursday, 1st February) of industrial action, up to and including strike action, to commence with a one-day stoppage on Wednesday, 14th February, in a dispute over pay restoration.
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SIPTU members in Section 39 organisations vote overwhelmingly for strike action

29 January 2018

SIPTU members employed by Section 39 organisations providing health and care services across the country have voted by 97% in favour of commencing strike action, beginning with a one-day stoppage on Wednesday, 14th February, in their campaign for pay justice.
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SIPTU welcomes cross party support for pay justice for Section 39 workers

17 January 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Wednesday, 17th January) welcomed cross party support for a Dáil motion calling for the restoration of pay for Section 39 workers.
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Lunchtime Protest tomorrow calling for freedom for 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi and all Palestinian child prisoners

24 January 2018

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is holding a lunchtime protest outside the gates of the Dail (Irish Parliament) between 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. on Thursday, 25th January. The protest will be highly visual and photo-friendly with young people dressed as prisoners and featuring a mock prison and displays. A letter calling for action will be handed in.
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SIPTU members employed by NCT service accept Labour Court Recommendation on pay

24 January 2018

SIPTU members employed by Applus National Car Testing (NCT) service have formally accepted a Labour Court recommendation in relation to pay and conditions which includes permanency for employees currently on fixed terms contracts.
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SIPTU demands clarification from Department on withholding of funds for Section 39 workers’ pay claim

22 January 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 22nd January) demanded that the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) clarify whether its officials gave a formal instruction which resulted in the Health Service Executive (HSE) holding off on submitting a €68 million proposal that would cover a settlement in the dispute involving Section 39 workers.
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BNM Group of Unions members in Littleton Plant to vote on redundancy proposal

19 January 2018

Members of the Bord na Móna (BNM) Group of Unions in the company’s peat briquette production facility in Littleton, County Tipperary, will vote in a ballot, to be held within the next two weeks, on proposed redundancy terms which were finalised in talks that concluded last night (Thursday, 19th January).
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Dáil to debate motion to restore the pay of Section 39 workers

16 January 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Tuesday, 16th January) urged all political parties to support a Dáil motion to be debated tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday, 17th January) supporting the restoration of pay for thousands of Section 39 workers.
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SIPTU calls for HIQA investigation into impact of emergency department crisis

15 January 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 15th January) called on the Government to instruct the Health, Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) to conduct an investigation into the impact of the crisis in hospital emergency departments on patient and worker safety.
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SIPTU says strike action likely as Section 39 workers’ pay falls further behind colleagues

28 December 2017

SIPTU representatives have today (Thursday, 28th December) warned that thousands of workers employed by Section 39 organisations providing vital care services will strike in February unless the Government adequately deals with their rightful demand for pay justice.
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SIPTU train drivers reject Labour Court recommendation

10 January 2018

SIPTU members employed as train drivers in Irish Rail have voted by 83% to 17% to reject a Labour Court recommendation concerning pay and productivity measures at the public transport company, in a ballot counted today (Wednesday, 10th, January) in Liberty Hall, Dublin.
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SIPTU calls on Government ministers to resolve Section 39 pay dispute

09 January 2018

The call follows discussions between union representatives and the Health Service Executive (HSE) at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). Following the talks involving SIPTU, IMPACT and UNITE, the HSE formally agreed to provide funds for Section 39 organisations to pay sleep-over allowances and instructed how these monies should be allocated to workers entitled to the payment.
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SIPTU calls for more home care funding to help alleviate emergency department crisis

05 January 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Friday, 5th January) called for greater funding for home help packages and home care services as part of the solution to the overcrowding crisis in emergency departments in hospitals across the country.
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SIPTU calls for review of all expenditure on non-core activities by Irish Rail

03 January 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Wednesday, 3rd January) called for a review of expenditure on all non-core activities by Irish Rail following criticism by the chairman of the company of its sponsorship of a fishing competition in Northern Ireland.
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