Press Releases 2018

SIPTU and Musicians Union of Ireland (MUI) caution RTÉ against any proposal to outsource the National Symphony Orchestra

23 April 2018

The caution comes following the presentation of a report, commissioned by RTÉ, conducted by Ms Helen Boaden, to the group of RTÉ Union’s this morning.
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SIPTU describes changes to labour activation schemes a small step in the right direction

23 April 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 23rd April) described the changes to the labour activation schemes, announced by the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty TD last Friday (20th April) as a small step in the right direction.
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Launch of SIPTU Workers Rights Welcome Centre in Kilkenny this May Day

23 April 2018

SIPTU will launch its new Workers’ Rights Welcome Centre (WRWC) at the SIPTU offices on Patrick Street, Kilkenny on Tuesday, 1st May 2018 at 3.00 p.m.
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CE Supervisors call on TDs to support motion concerning their pension rights

23 April 2018

Community Employment (CE) Supervisors have called on TDs from all parties and Independents, to support a private members motion on Tuesday (24th April) evening which calls on the Government to implement a Labour Court recommendation to provide them with a pension scheme.
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CE supervisors meet politicians to discuss Dáil motion concerning their pension rights

18 April 2018

SIPTU and Forsa members, working as Community Employment (CE) supervisors, met with TDs and Senators in Leinster House this afternoon (Wednesday, 18thApril) to discuss a private members’ motion calling on the Government to implement a Labour Court recommendation to provide them with a pension scheme.
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SIPTU tells HSE to complete Section 39 audit or strike notice will be reactivated

13 April 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Friday, 13th April) informed the management of the HSE that if it has not completed an audit of Section 39 organisations by May Day (Tuesday, 1st May) union members will reactivate a notice for strike action.
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SIPTU calls on South Dublin County Partnership to meet workers’ representatives

12 April 2018

SIPTU Community Sector representatives have called on the management of the South Dublin County Partnership (SDCP) to meet with them to discuss a number of issues concerning union members employed delivering the organisation’s programmes.
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SIPTU members in Pfizer reject claim that Labour Court supports move away from DB pensions

11 April 2018

SIPTU members in Pfizer Ireland have today (Wednesday, 11th April) rejected a claim by management that a Labour Court recommendation, which they are currently considering, supports a move away from their defined benefit (DB) pension scheme.
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SIPTU rejects attempt to extend National Ambulance Service members retirement age

06 April 2018

SIPTU members working in the National Ambulance Service have today (Friday, 6th April) stated that they will reject an attempt by the Government to extend their legal retirement age beyond 65 unless a proper evaluation of the full impact of such a measure is undertaken.
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Dublin Lord Mayor calls for support for ‘Housing is a Human Right’ march on Saturday

04 April 2018

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mícheál Mac Donncha, has joined with trade unions, political parties and housing organisations to call on people to turn out in large numbers to support the National 'Housing is a Human Right' march in Dublin on Saturday, 7thApril.
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SIPTU demands Government reverses pay cuts for public servants over the age of 65

02 April 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 2nd April) demanded that the Government reverses pay cuts imposed on public servants who remain in their jobs after the age of 65.
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SIPTU calls for assistance for Early Years educators undertaking child protection training

29 March 2018

Representatives of the SIPTU Big Start campaign for quality, affordable and accessible childcare have today (Thursday, 29th March) urged the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to give Early Years educators the same opportunities as school teachers have to complete child protection training.
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SIPTU representatives have condemned the decision by the management of the Savoy Cinema in Dublin to remove full-time staff members from the work rota following its decision to open the cinema today and on Good Friday.

29 March 2018

In recent years, the cinema has closed on these days as management refused to honour the premium payments to which full-time staff are entitled, according to SIPTU Industrial Organiser, Graham Macken.
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SIPTU demands action, not empty promises, to solve housing crisis

29 March 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Thursday, 29th March) demanded that immediate action be taken to solve the housing crisis. The call comes in light of new figures released yesterday which confirm that nearly 10,000 people are now homeless in the State.
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SIPTU representatives demand an agreed red alert protocol for all energy workers

27 March 2018

SIPTU members working in the Energy Sector have today (Wednesday, 28th March) added their voices to the call for an agreed national protocol during future red alert weather warnings.
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Firefighters vote no confidence in the National Director for Fire and Emergency Management and Chief Fire Officer

27 March 2018

SIPTU members in the Dublin Fire Brigade have today (Tuesday, 27th March) announced the passing of two no confidence motions in both the National Director for Fire and Emergency Management, Sean Hogan and the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) Chief Fire Officer, Pat Fleming.
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SIPTU representatives call on Central Bank to stop closure of Sandyford print facility

26 March 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 26th March) called on the Central Bank of Ireland to consider its position before taking a decision that will cease the printing of currency in the Republic of Ireland. The call follows a decision by management to recommend an orderly wind down of the print works facility in Sandyford, in Dublin, to the Central Bank Commission this week following the publication of the Print Works Strategic Review (PWSR).
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BNM unions seek meeting concerning closure of coal depots and other facilities

22 March 2018

The Bord na Móna (BNM) Group of Unions is seeking a meeting with the company to express the anger of its members concerning the announcement that it intends to close its coal operations around the country. The operations affected are the Lullymore Facilities and BNM Fuel Headquarters in Newbridge, County Kildare as well as a number of coal depots.
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SIPTU commends hotel workers actions in response to Ballymun high-rise fire

22 March 2018

SIPTU activists have commended the swift response of hotel workers to the high-rise fire in Ballymun, Dublin 11, last night (Wednesday, 21st March) during which staff played a crucial role in notifying people of the incident and assisting them in evacuating the building.
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Firefighters seek urgent meeting with Minister in wake of Ballymun high-rise fire

22 March 2018

Representatives of SIPTU and Fórsa members in the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) are seeking an urgent meeting with the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, concerning the provision of adequate training, resources and risk assessments to deal with the threat of high rise fires.
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SIPTU welcomes talks on injustice of lower pay for new entrants to public service

16 March 2018

SIPTU representatives have welcomed a decision by the Government to enter discussions with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) on the issue of lower pay scales for new entrants to the public service.
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SIPTU calls for red alert weather protocol for local authority workers

14 March 2018

SIPTU representatives have called for the introduction of a protocol outlining a uniform response by local authorities to extreme weather events. In particular, there should be proper remuneration for those who work extra days and hours during such crises, as has been agreed with workers in the health service over recent days.
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SIPTU condemns Government decision to look after highly paid academics

12 March 2018

SIPTU representatives have said the decision by the Government to lift the cap of €190,000 on the salaries of senior academics within the university sector is an insult to the thousands of low paid and precariously employed workers within the third level sector. SIPTU represents thousands of workers across the third level sector, including academics, library staff, porters and cleaners.
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SIPTU members in DFB call for backing for Dáil motion supporting service

09 March 2018

SIPTU members in Dublin Fire Brigade have called for all parties in the Dáil to support a Fianna Fáil private members’ motion which calls for the retention and adequate funding of their Fire-based Emergency Medical Service (EMS).
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SIPTU calls for uniform policy in manufacturing sector in relation to red weather alerts

09 March 2018

SIPTU members have called for the adoption of a uniform policy across the agriculture, food and drink manufacturing sector in relation to issues such as time off and payment during the period of a red weather alert.
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SIPTU members support sister union in fight to defend pension rights for third level employees

08 March 2018

SIPTU’s Education Sector Organiser, Karl Byrne, on behalf of its over 6000 members, has praised the action of the University and Colleges Union in Britain and in Northern Ireland in its efforts to protect the pension benefits of its members. Members of the University and Colleges Union (UCU) have taken strike action in recent days in order to prevent the discontinuation of existing pension benefits.
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SIPTU members in Kerry Foods plant in Carrickmacross conduct 24-hour stoppage

06 March 2018

SIPTU members at the Kerry Foods plant in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, commenced a 24-hour work stoppage this morning (Tuesday, 6th march) at 7.30 a.m. in a dispute resulting from an attempt to make 31 workers redundant without agreement.
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SIPTU condemns Applus NCT failure to respect Labour Court Recommendation

06 March 2018

SIPTU representatives have condemned the management of Applus National Car Testing (NCT) service for its failure to fully adhere to a Labour Court recommendation and called on action from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) to ensure its implementation.
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SIPTU Health representatives demand red alert weather protocol for health workers

05 March 2018

SIPTU Health representatives have today (Monday, 5th March) demanded the immediate development of a red alert weather protocol for all health workers that is underpinned by specific staffing arrangements and a fair pay structure.
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Dublin Fire Brigade maintaining full emergency service during extreme weather

28 March 2018

Members of the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) wish to correct erroneous media reports and reassure the public that they will continue to maintain a full emergency fire and ambulance response service throughout the ongoing extreme weather event.
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SIPTU members in Kerry Foods plant in Carrickmacross to conduct 24-hour stoppages

27 February 2018

SIPTU members at the Kerry Foods plant in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, have notified the company that they will conduct three 24-hour work stoppages unless a threat to make 31 workers redundant without agreement is removed.
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Early Years educators and providers launch local Big Start campaign for Wexford

26 February 2018

Last week (Wednesday, 21st February) over fifty Early Years educators and providers from across County Wexford came together to launch a local Big Start campaign. The event, which took place in the Presentation Centre in Enniscorthy, was part of the wider national SIPTU Big Start campaign for quality, affordable and accessible childcare with decent pay for those providing it.
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SIPTU representatives urge the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to respect Early Years Educators

20 February 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Tuesday, 20th February) urged the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to give early years educators the same opportunities as primary and second level teachers to complete child protection training.
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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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SIPTU General Secretary expresses deep regret at death of John Carroll

19 April 2018

SIPTU General Secretary, Joe O’Flynn, has expressed his deep regret at the news of the death of former ITGWU and SIPTU president, John Carroll.
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