Press Releases 2019

CE supervisors announce five-days of strike action at rally outside Dáil Éireann

16 April 2019

Community Employment (CE) Supervisors announced, at a rally outsideDáil Éireann this morning (Tuesday, 16thApril), that they will strike for five days in Mayif the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, does not meet their trade union representatives to discuss a 2008 Labour Court recommendation concerning their right to a pension.
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Community Employment supervisors to rally outside Leinster House tomorrow at 11.30 a.m.

15 April 2019

Community Employment (CE) Supervisors who are members of SIPTU and Fórsa trade unions will hold a rally to highlight their dispute with the Government concerning its failure to implement a Labour Court recommendation in 2008 in relation to their right to pension rights outside Leinster House tomorrow (Tuesday, 16th April) at 11.30 a.m.
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SIPTU extends ballot for strike action to all members in health service support grades

15 April 2019

SIPTU Health will begin balloting up to 17,000 members working as Health Care Assistants, Chefs, Laboratory Aides, Theatre Operatives and in other support grades including those working in catering, household, portering, patient transport and security services, for strike action in 36 major hospitals from next Monday (22nd April).
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SIPTU members continue to have concerns over Gender Pay Gap bill

10 April 2019

While the publication of the long-awaited Gender Pay Gap Bill is welcome, SIPTU members continue to have concerns over important aspects of the proposed legislation, according to the union’s Head of Equality and Policy, Marie Sherlock.
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SIPTU demands that the livelihoods of FAI workers do not become a ‘political football’

10 April 2019

SIPTU has demanded that the livelihoods of workers employed by the FAI are not used as a ‘political football’ in the worsening crisis in the Association resulting from the Sport Ireland decision to withhold funding for the organisation.
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SIPTU representatives determine ballot on new nursing contract would be premature

08 April 2019

Members of the SIPTU Nursing and Midwives Sector Committee have today (Monday, 8th April) determined that a ballot on a proposed new nursing contract would be premature.
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SIPTU representatives demand Department of Public Expenditure and Reform fund job evaluation scheme

04 April 2019

SIPTU Health representatives have today (Thursday, 4thApril) demanded that the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform allocate funds to implement the findings of a job evaluation scheme for up to 7000 support workers in hospitals across the country.
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SIPTU response to Labour Court recommendation on nursing and midwifery dispute

03 April 2019

SIPTU has today (Wednesday, 3rd April) received the latest of two Labour Court recommendations aimed at resolving issues in dispute concerning nurses and midwives.
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SIPTU organisers to visit Early Years facilities across Westmeath on 9th April

01 April 2019

SIPTU organisers will be visiting Early Years care and education facilities across Westmeath on Tuesday, 9th April, as part of the union’s Big Start Campaign which is aimed at improving the childcare sector for workers, children and their families.
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SIPTU says a better planned service not drones is the answer to waste problems

01 April 2019

A SIPTU representative has said that a major overhaul of how waste services are operated rather than investment in gimmicks such as aerial drones is the way to solve the growing problems concerning waste disposal in Ireland.
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SIPTU activists to protest outside Irish Construction Excellence awards in Dublin today

29 March 2019

SIPTU activists will be joining with members in other construction industry unions to protest outside the Irish Construction Excellence awards which are being held in the Mansion House on Dawson Street, Dublin, this evening (Friday, 29th March) at 6.30 p.m.
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SIPTU condemns cuts to childcare services in areas of disadvantage

29 March 2019

SIPTU has warned that vulnerable children are being placed at increased risk due to severe cuts to Early Years services in areas of disadvantage across the country due to the imposition of substantial reductions in funding by the State agency POBAL.
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SIPTU members employed as support staff in major hospitals to ballot for strike action

29 March 2019

SIPTU representatives have today (Friday, 29th March) confirmed that more than 7,000 support grade staff will be balloted for strike action next month.
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SIPTU calls for increase of minimum wage to €10.20 in 2020 at public hearing on low pay

28 March 2019

SIPTU has called for the National Minimum Wage (NMW) to be increased from €9.80 to €10.20 next year, as a stage towards the payment of a Living Wage for all workers, in a submission to the Low Pay Commission which was presented at a public hearing at the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) yesterday (Wednesday, 27th March).
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Unions call on CRH to respect European Works Council legislation

27 March 2019

Union representatives, including SIPTU organisers, have called on the building materials group CRH to fully comply with Irish and EU legalisation concerning the operation of European Works Councils at a conference in Dublin which concluded today (Wednesday, 27th March).
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Launch of SIPTU Welcome Centre in Castlebar tomorrow

27 March 2019

The SIPTU Mayo District Council will launch its new Welcome Centre and host a presentation event for long-serving union activists at the SIPTU offices on Moneen Road, Castlebar on Thursday, 28th March, at 6.30 p.m.
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Unions call for enhanced local authority powers as Ireland ranks last in EU local democracy index

27 March 2019

Trade unions representing over 30,000 local council workers today (Wednesday, 27th March) launched a campaign for substantially increased revenue and funding powers for local authorities, and published research that shows Irish councils have less autonomy from central government than their counterparts in 39 European countries. The ‘More Power To You’ campaign also calls for legislative changes to facilitate directly-elected mayors and restore and expand town councils, which were abolished in 2014.
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Labour Court hears calls for a fair new nursing and midwifery contract

25 March 2019

SIPTU Nursing representatives have today (Monday 25th March) presented their case in the Labour Court for a fair contract for all nurses and midwives.
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FAI workers call for explanation of CEO’s rent payment while they endured cuts

25 March 2019

SIPTU members employed by the FAI are demanding an explanation of why they had to endure pay cuts during a period when it is reported the organisation decided to begin paying the rent of its former CEO John Delaney.
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SIPTU calls for better protections for seafarers following Europort tragedy

22 March 2019

SIPTU representatives have today called for better protections for all dock workers following the tragic death yesterday (Thursday, 21st March) of a young Latvian seafarer in Europort in Rosslare, county Wexford.
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Over 100 CE Supervisors gather in Portlaoise to discuss escalation of industrial action

21 March 2019

Over 100 Community Employment (CE)supervisors discussed an escalation in their industrial action aimed at forcing the Government to implement a Labour Court recommendation regarding their right to a pension, at a meeting in the Midlands Hotel in Portlaoise, County Laois, today (Thursday, 21st March).
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SIPTU says University Hospital Limerick ward closure is in breach of PSSA

20 March 2019

SIPTU representatives have informed management that its proposal to close a ward in University Hospital Limerick, without consultation with unions, will constitute a breach of the terms of the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA).
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SIPTU members support #FundTheFuture protest tomorrow

20 March 2019

SIPTU representatives have confirmed that members working in the Education Sector will be supporting the #FundTheFuture protest tomorrow (Thursday, 21st March), in higher education campuses across the country.
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ITF calls for immediate action to assist Indonesian fishers stranded in Dingle

19 March 2019

The ITF has called for the immediate payment of all monies due to them and assistance to return home for a group of Indonesian fishers who have been stranded in Dingle, County Kerry, since Monday, 11th March, when they left their vessel due to unbearable working conditions.
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SIPTU supports strike by school students to highlight threat of climate change

15 March 2019

SIPTU members will be supporting the strike by school students and associated events across the country tomorrow (Friday, 15th March) as part of a global day of action by young people protesting at the lack of response by world leaders to tackling climate change.
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SIPTU NEC expresses deep concern at prospect of hard or disorganised Brexit

14 March 2019

The National Executive Council of SIPTU has expressed its deep concern at the economic, political and social implications for workers in Ireland of a ‘no deal’, hard or disorganised Brexit. Following a meeting of the NEC at Liberty Hall, Dublin, today (Thursday, 14th March) it issued the following statement:
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SIPTU seeks referral of enhanced nursing contract to the Labour Court

12 March 2019

Members of the SIPTU Nursing and Midwifery Sector Committee have today (Tuesday, 12th March) sought to refer proposals for the introduction of an enhanced Nursing and Midwifery contract to the Labour Court.
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SIPTU describes “no deal” Brexit tariff proposals as unacceptable

13 March 2019

The threat by the British government of punitive tariffs on Irish products entering the UK in the event of a no deal Brexit, has been described as unacceptable by SIPTU deputy general secretary for the private sector, Gerry McCormack. Tens of thousands of members of SIPTU are involved in the agri-food, dairy meat, pharma and other manufacturing and service industries.
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SIPTU members serve notice of industrial action at Liebherr Cranes Ltd, Killarney

12 March 2019

SIPTU members working in Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd. Killarney, Co Kerry have today (Tuesday, 12th March) confirmed that they have served notice of industrial action at the company.
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Dublin Fire Brigade calls for full inspection of properties built during ‘Celtic Tiger’

11 March 2019

SIPTU members in the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) have today (Monday, 11th March) renewed their call for a full risk assessment of properties built or extended from approximately 2000 to 2014 due to the large number of fire safety issues discovered in a recent survey of apartment blocks constructed during this period.
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Nursing contract talks conclude without agreement

11 March 2019

SIPTU Health Division representatives have confirmed that talks between unions and health service management on an enhanced nursing and midwifery contract, concluded last night (Sunday, 10th March) without agreement at the Workplace Relations Commission.
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Raise the Roof to Stage Major Housing Protest Rally at Cork City Hall

11 March 2019

A major protest rally on the housing emergency is to take place at Cork City Hall on Monday, March 11.
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Campaign launched to fight precarious work in higher and further education sector

08 March 2019

The SIPTU Education Sector has launched a campaign to fight precarious work in higher and further education following a meeting of workers from across the country to mark International Women’s Day in Liberty Hall, Dublin 1, today (Friday, 8th March).
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SIPTU says failed JobPath scheme must be brought to a swift end

07 March 2019

SIPTU representatives have today (Thursday, 7th March) called for the JobPath employment activation scheme to be brought to a swift end after it emerged that in some cases job seekers have gone through the process three times without success.
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Musicians Union of Ireland supports Eurovision Song Contest protest tomorrow

07 March 2019

The Musicians Union of Ireland (MUI) is calling on its members to attend a protest in support of the call for a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest, to be held by Israel in 2019, which will take place outside of RTÉ Studios in Donnybrook, Dublin 4, tomorrow (Friday, 8th March) at 1.00 p.m.
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SIPTU says failed JobPath scheme must be brought to a swift end

07 March 2019

SIPTU representatives have today (Thursday, 7th March) called for the JobPath employment activation scheme to be brought to a swift end after it emerged that in some cases job seekers have gone through the process three times without success.
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Research showing childcare lowest paid sector released to mark International Women’s Day

07 March 2019

The Big Start Campaign has released new research, to mark International Women’s Day tomorrow (Friday 8th March), showing that childcare, which has an overwhelmingly female workforce, is the lowest paid sector in the Irish economy.
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SIPTU serve notice of industrial action in First Choice credit union

04 March 2019

SIPTU members working in First Choice Credit Union in Ballyhaunis, Achill and Castlebar have today (Monday, 4th March) served notice of industrial action in a dispute concerning pay, travel time and other terms and conditions at the company.
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SIPTU to pursue 12% pay claim for workers in the construction industry

04 March 2019

SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 4th March) confirmed members in construction are pursuing a 12% increase in pay over three years as part of a process in establishing a new Sectoral Employment Order (SEO) for the industry.
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SIPTU nursing and midwifery members seek full clarification of new nursing contract

22 February 2019

SIPTU nursing and midwifery members, working across acute hospital settings, will vote on a recent Labour Court recommendation once full details of a new contract for nurses and midwives is negotiated. The decision follows a meeting today (Friday, 22nd February) of the SIPTU Nursing and Midwives Sector Committee in Liberty Hall, Dublin.
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SIPTU members in Pfizer to attend WRC meeting on pensions dispute

13 February 2019

SIPTU members working in the Pfizer Plants in Ringaskiddy and Little Island in county Cork have today (13th February) agreed to attend a meeting of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) in relation to proposed pension changes at the company.
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SIPTU says Graduate Outcome Survey reveals pay poverty in Early Years sector

18 February 2019

SIPTU representatives have stated that a ‘Graduate Outcome Survey’ published by the Higher Education Authority, today (Monday, 18th February), has revealed the extent of low pay and precarious work facing newly qualified graduates in the Early Years sector.
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SIPTU members vote to accept recognition deal at RAP plant in Donegal

13 February 2019

SIPTU members have voted to accept an agreement between union representatives and the management of Rapid Action Packaging (RAP) on recognition, pay and grade structure for hourly paid employees at the company’s plant in Gweedore, county Donegal.
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SIPTU condemns funding threat to CE Schemes involved in upcoming strike action

12 February 2019

SIPTU representatives have condemned the tone of a letter from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to the management of Community Employment (CE) Schemes, which requests the names of workers involved in industrial action and implies that funding will be reduced due to the dispute.
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SIPTU members to consult over Labour Court recommendation in nursing dispute

12 February 2019

SIPTU members in health and other public services will engage in consultation on the implications of the Labour Court recommendation arising from the claims submitted by the nursing unions, according to the Union’s deputy general secretary, John King.
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SIPTU welcomes Dáil support for Sinn Féin motion to end JobPath

12 February 2019

SIPTU representatives have welcomed the passing by Dáil Eireann of a motion, sponsored by Sinn Féin, calling on the Government and Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to immediately cease all referrals to the JobPath service and end the mandatory nature of the scheme.
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Unions request urgent meeting with JJ Rhatigan concerning building site non-compliance

08 February 2019

Workers and trade union organisers assembled outside the offices of JJ Rhatigan and Company, Newmarket Square, Dublin 8, this morning (Friday, 8th February) to hand in a letter requesting an urgent meeting to discuss compliance with construction agreements at its site at St. Ita’s Hospital in Portrane, county Dublin.
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SIPTU members in Dublin Port to hold protest demanding decent wages for seafarers

07 February 2019

SIPTU members will assemble near the Irish Ferries offices in Dublin Port tomorrow (Friday, 8th February) at 1.15 p.m. to hold a protest demanding decent wages for seafarers.
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Housing conference hears call for immediate major public house building programme

30 January 2019

Nearly two hundred people including campaigners, union representatives, politicians and members the public attended a major ‘Raise the Roof’ conference in the CWU Centre in Dublin on Wednesday (30thJanuary).
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Raise the Roof Conference to focus on securing a right to housing

29 January 2019

The Raise the Roof campaign platform will host a conference on Wednesday (30thJanuary) focused on establishing a new, legal right to housing and the need for increased investment in a major programme of public housing.
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SIPTU and former Clerys workers insist developers comply with community benefits deal

25 January 2019

The SIPTU Dublin District Council and the Justice for Clerys Workers Campaign have called on the developers of the former iconic department store to fully adhere to the existing community benefit agreement for the site.
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SIPTU calls on Government to defend NI Backstop at all costs

16 January 2019

The comprehensive defeat for Theresa May’s Brexit deal in the House of Commons on Tuesday (15thJanuary) highlights the urgency for the Government to step up engagement with trade unions in planning for a no-deal scenario, according to SIPTU Deputy General Secretary, Gerry McCormack.
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SIPTU meets HSE on nurses pay

15 January 2019

SIPTU nursing representatives met with the HSE today on the measures required to advance the pay and conditions of employment of our nursing and midwifery members, having regard to the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA).
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SIPTU calls for real action on waste management crisis rather than token gestures

04 January 2019

SIPTU has called on the government to take real action to solve the waste management crisis in Ireland rather than mere token gestures such as the announcement today (Friday, 4th January) that single-use plastic cups, cutlery and straws will not be purchased for use in government offices.
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DFB Ambulance Service marks 120th Anniversary with call to safeguard its operation

05 January 2019

SIPTU members in the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) Emergency Medical Service are marking the 120th Anniversary of the start of the service today (Saturday, 5th January) with a call for the safeguarding of its future operation.
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