Press Releases 2019

Unions condemn further job losses at Bord na Mόna and call for immediate talks

17 October 2019

The Bord na Mόna (BNM) Group of Unions has condemned announcements made yesterday (Wednesday, 16th October) by the Government and company as an attempt to portray further job losses as part of a ‘Just Transition’ plan for workers.
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Speed camera van workers to conduct 72-hour work stoppage on October bank holiday

16 October 2019

A 72-hour work stoppage has been announced by SIPTU members working for the national speed camera van operator GoSafe from 9.00 a.m. on 26th October, along with additional industrial action which commenced on today (16th October), in a dispute related to working conditions and union recognition at the company.
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SIPTU conference told that Brexit ‘backstop’ is vital for workers

09 October 2019

SIPTU delegates attending the union’s Biennial Delegate Conference in Cork, have heard that the maintenance of the so-called Brexit ‘backstop’ following the UK leaving the EU was vital for workers North and South.
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SIPTU conference calls on Government to lift health service recruitment embargo

09 October 2019

SIPTU delegates have voted unanimously in favour of a call on the Government to lift the embargo on recruitment into the health services and to immediately fill all vacate positions at the union’s Biennial Conference taking place in City Hall, Cork, today (9th, October).
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SIPTU members condemn cruel and unjust Government freeze on the minimum wage

09 October 2019

SIPTU delegates attending the union’s Biennial Delegate Conference in Cork, have today (Wednesday, 9th October) unanimously voted in favour of an emergency motion condemning the Government for deferring a 30 cents per hour increase in the minimum wage.
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SIPTU to escalate childcare campaign after failure of Budget 2020 to address crisis

08 October 2019

SIPTU representatives have expressed disappointment at the failure of the Government to address the low pay and staffing crisis in childcare in Budget 2020 and have vowed to escalate the union’s campaign by workers in the sector.
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SIPTU criticises contradictory and regressive Budget

08 October 2019

SIPTU General Secretary designate, Joe Cunningham, has said that Budget 2020 is muddled, contradictory and regressive.
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SIPTU calls for urgent introduction of new national safety standards in ports and docks

08 October 2019

SIPTU has called for urgent action by the Government to ensure new national safety standards are put into place in ports and docks following a series of recent fatalities in these workplaces.
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SIPTU and USI strengthen relationship with new agreement on joint campaigns

07 October 2019

SIPTU and the Union of Students of Ireland (USI) have today (Monday, 7th October) announced the renewal of an agreement between the two organisations to facilitate joint campaigns and provide third level students with support in the workplace.
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Revised construction industry SEO will see pay rises and extra protections for workers

30 September 2019

SIPTU has called for the strict enforcement of the terms of a new Sectoral Employment Order (SEO) for the construction industry which comes into effect tomorrow (Tuesday, 1st October).
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All Bord na Mόna jobs now under threat

27 September 2019

The crisis in Bord na Mόna has reached a critical stage, according to the Group of Unions (SIPTU, CONNECT, UNITE) which represents workers in the semi-state company.
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SIPTU members employed as speed camera van operators to begin 24-hour work stoppage tomorrow

27 September 2019

SIPTU members employed by, the operator of speed camera vans on behalf of the State, will begin a 24-hour work stoppage at 6.00 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday, 28th September) in a dispute related to working conditions at the company.
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New survey finds poverty pay rates forcing Early Years educators out of jobs

26 September 2019

The inaugural Early Years Professionals’ survey has found that 90% of educators are questioning their future in the childcare sector with low rates of pay the main issue.
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Launch of inaugural Early Years Professionals’ Survey

24 September 2019

This survey looks at the working lives and everyday struggles faced by Early Years educators; the results are deeply troubling. The survey reveals a profession living in poverty with low pay and a lack of basic entitlements.
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SIPTU members employed as cleaners in Sligo IT to hold 48-hour work stoppage

24 September 2019

SIPTU members employed as cleaners in Sligo Institute of Technology (IT) have voted unanimously to undertake a 48-hour work stoppage which will commence on Monday, 30th September at 8.00 a.m. in a dispute concerning a major reduction in their working hours.
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SIPTU supports employee loan initiative to provide financial support for meat workers

19 September 2019

SIPTU representatives have expressed their support for an employee loan scheme, initiated today (Thursday, 19thSeptember) by some of the beef processing companies to alleviate the financial hardship faced by workers during the ongoing Beef Crisis.
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SIPTU Health members overwhelmingly endorse Labour Court recommendations on job evaluation scheme

18 September 2019

SIPTU members working as health service support staff have voted by 95.65% to 4.35% in favour of a Labour Court recommendation aimed at resolving a dispute over a HSE job evaluation scheme.
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SIPTU calls on Revenue to end employment limbo for workers in St. Vincent's Centre, Cork

17 September 2019

SIPTU representatives have today (Tuesday, 17th September) called on the Office of the Revenue Commissioners to intervene in an effort to lift workers of St Vincent’s Centre in Cork city out of employment limbo.
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SIPTU calls for additional financial supports for workers affected by beef crisis

12 September 2019

SIPTU has called on the Government to provide additional income supports for the thousands of workers now laid-off due to the ongoing beef crisis. Up to 3000 SIPTU members and their families are directly affected by the ongoing crisis at the beef plants.
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SIPTU meets with Minister to call for urgent improvements in port and docks safety

10 September 2019

SIPTU representatives, in conjunction with the International Transport Workers' Federation, held a meeting with Minister of State in the Department of Trade, Employment and Business, Pat Breen, this afternoon (Tuesday, 10th September) to discuss the need for urgent measures to improve safety at our ports and docks.
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SIPTU says hundreds of jobs at risk due to worsening beef industry dispute

10 September 2019

SIPTU representatives have said that hundreds of jobs are now at risk due to the worsening dispute in the beef industry and have criticised Meat Industry Ireland, the body which represents processors in the sector, for refusing to meet with them to discuss the concerns of union members.
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SIPTU members employed by speed camera operator GoSafe vote for strike action

06 September 2019

SIPTU members employed by GoSafe Ireland, the company which operates speed camera vans on behalf of the State, have voted overwhelming for industrial action, including strike action, in a ballot counted today (Friday, 6thSeptember) in Liberty Hall, Dublin.
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SIPTU calls for Living Wage Fund for workers in childcare sector in Budget 2020

02 September 2019

SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 2nd September) called for the establishment of a Living Wage Fund for workers in the childcare sector as part of Budget 2020, in order to ensure an increase in the number of quality services for children.
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SIPTU calls on workers earnings to be protected during meat plant protests

29 August 2019

SIPTU representatives have today written to Meat Industry Ireland, the body which represents processors in the industry, calling on it to ensure that union members do not suffer a financial loss because of ongoing protests at processing plants around the country.
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SIPTU to release new data on precarious work in Waterford at seminar on Friday

28 August 2019

SIPTU Waterford District Council will release new data showing the extent and impact of the spread of precarious work practices in the county at a seminar in the Tower Hotel, Waterford City on Friday, 30th August.
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SIPTU members in Irish Pride plant in county Wexford vote in favour of strike action

27 August 2019

SIPTU members at the Irish Pride Fine Foods plant in Taghmon, county Wexford, have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking strike action following a refusal by management to implement a Labour Court recommendation concerning trade union recognition.
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ACP, SIPTU and PLE move to establish professional body for Early Childhood Education and Care

26 August 2019

The Association of Childhood Professionals (ACP), SIPTU, and PLÉ, the Irish Association of Academics in Early Childhood Education and Care in Higher Education, have formed a working group to explore the establishment of a professional body for Early Childhood Education and Care.
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SIPTU Dublin District Council says car park charge would be an unfair tax on workers

22 August 2019

The SIPTU Dublin District Council has said that calls for a charge to be placed on employees’ car parking spaces amount to an attempt to impose a new and unfair tax on workers in the city.
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SIPTU says school building failures must result in change in public procurement policy

16 August 2019

SIPTU representatives have called for a major reassessment of the procurement and tendering policy for publicly funded building projects following the issues that have emerged in relation to 40 recently built schools.
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SIPTU to meet with liquidators of Avara Shannon under auspices of WRC

15 August 2019

SIPTU representatives will meet with the liquidators of Avara Shannon Pharmaceutical Services Ltd, under the auspices of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) tomorrow (Friday, 16th August), at the plant in Shannon, county Clare.
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SIPTU calls for immediate action to prevent further port and dock tragedies

14 August 2019

SIPTU representatives have renewed their call for better protections for all workers in port and dock environments across the country following the death this morning (Thursday, 14th August) of a haulier in Dublin docks.
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SIPTU calls on all sides in beef dispute to seek early resolution to the crisis

08 August 2019

SIPTU representatives have called on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, the Beef Plan Movement and Meat Industry Ireland to engage in meaningful negotiations aimed at finding a speedy resolution to a dispute which is threatening jobs in processing plants across the country.
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SIPTU meets with liquidators to discuss jobs at Avara Shannon

07 August 2019

SIPTU representatives will meet with the liquidators of Avara Shannon Pharmaceutical Services Ltd, Shannon, county Clare, today (Wednesday, 7th August) to discuss proposals to protect the 114 jobs at the plant.
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Labour Court recommends increases in pay for health support staff

06 August 2019

SIPTU representatives have today (Wednesday,7th August) confirmed that the Labour Court has recommended increases in pay for over 7,000 SIPTU members working in support grades across the health service. The court issued two recommendations aimed at resolving the dispute involving support grade staff and chefs in the health service.
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SIPTU calls for faster implementation of the new media charge

02 August 2019

SIPTU has called on Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, to recognise the extent of the funding crisis for public service broadcasting by the speedier implementation of the new media charge which was announced today (Friday, 2nd August). SIPTU Head of Services Division, Karan O’Loughlin, also said that union members would oppose the out-sourcing of licence fee collection and the imposition of any additional financial burden on households who are currently paying their TV licence.
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SIPTU welcomes Supreme Court judgment in disability case

31 July 2019

SIPTU representatives have welcomed the decision by the Supreme Court today (Wednesday 31st July) to grant an appeal by union member, Marie Daly, against a decision of the Court of Appeal last year in a case in which she alleged that she had been the victim of discrimination by her employer because of her disability.
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SIPTU backs call for more support for whistleblowers in childcare sector

29 July 2019

SIPTU has endorsed the call made at a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee for Children and Youth Affairs, today (Wednesday, 31st July), for increased support for workers seeking to highlight problems in childcare facilities.
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Bord Na Mόna Group of Unions seeks assurances over jobs from Bruton

31 July 2019

The Bord Na Mόna Group of Unions (GOU) has criticised the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, for failing to engage with it during his meetings with other stakeholders today.
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Intervention by the Taoiseach fails to allay concerns of Bord na Móna workers

26 July 2019

The Bord na Móna Group of Unions has said that comments made by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, today (Friday, 26th July) do not adequately deal with their concerns and that workers’ representatives must be fully involved in discussions concerning the future of the company.
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SIPTU says better and safer childcare requires well qualified staff

25 July 2019

SIPTU representatives have called on the Government to ensure a graduate led workforce with decent pay and conditions is essential in order to attract and retain professionals in the child care sector.
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SIPTU Big Start Campaign calls for radical reform of the childcare sector

24 July 2019

The SIPTU Big Start Campaign has called for the radical reform of the childcare sector to ensure that the care and education of children is the primary focus.
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Labour Court to issue recommendations aimed at resolving health dispute

23 July 2019

SIPTU representatives have today (Tuesday, 23rd July) confirmed that the Labour Court will issue recommendations aimed at resolving the dispute involving support grade staff and chefs in the health service within 10 working days.
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SIPTU members in FAI welcome governance recommendations

23 July 2019

SIPTU members in the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) have welcomed the endorsement of the governance review recommendations that were passed at the EGM of the Association on Saturday (20th July).
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SIPTU calls on Minister to intervene in ESB power stations crisis

23 July 2019

SIPTU has called on the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, to take direct responsibility for solving the crisis concerning the continued operation of ESB power stations which is threatening thousands of jobs in the midlands.
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SIPTU and ITF express condolences at burial of docker killed on Thursday

22 July 2019

Representatives of SIPTU and the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) have expressed condolences to the family of the docker and union member, Kevin McGeough, who was buried in Rostrevor, county Down, this morning (22nd July).
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Bord na Móna workers to protest against lay-offs in Longford tomorrow

21 July 2019

Bord Na Móna workers are to hold a public protest in county Longford tomorrow (Monday 23rd July) to highlight their opposition to the immediate threat by the company to lay off permanent staff at Mountdillon without pay. Trade union members of SIPTU, Connect and Unite, who are organising the protest, are also objecting to the treatment of seasonal workers who have already been laid off indefinitely without regard to their employment rights. The protest will commence on the Bridge of Lanesboro at 7.30 p.m. and the unions are calling on all affected workers, their local communities and political representatives to take part.
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Group of Unions seeks alternatives to job losses at Bord Na Móna

20 July 2019

Since the announcement by Bord Na Móna on Thursday 11th July 2019 that 148 workers in Mountdillon, Co Longford would be laid off, the Group of Unions has been trying to explore all alternatives to the loss of these jobs.
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National Gallery of Ireland and SIPTU sign ‘Transition 2020’

19 July 2019

The National Gallery of Ireland (NGI) and SIPTU have announced the signing of ‘Transition 2020’, a dispute resolution and engagement framework agreement which is at the forefront of modern organisational relations.
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SIPTU members win trade union recognition in Irish Pride plant in County Wexford

18 July 2019

SIPTU members at the Irish Pride Fine Foods plant in Taghmon, County Wexford, have had their claim for trade union recognition endorsed in a Labour Court recommendation.
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SIPTU says proposed reform legislation cannot ignore funding crisis in education

17 July 2019

SIPTU representatives have today (Wednesday, 17th July) said that any proposed legislation to introduce greater regulation and reform to the governance of higher education cannot be used to divert attention away from the growing funding crisis facing the sector.
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Markievicz/Partridge summer school to focus on equality and early years

17 July 2019

On Friday 26th July, the SIPTU Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon (SLR) District Council will launch its third annual Markievicz/Partridge summer school at 5 p.m. in the Bush Hotel, Carrick on Shannon, county Leitrim.
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SIPTU members in National Ambulance Service to ballot for strike action

15 July 2019

SIPTU Ambulance Sector representatives have today (Monday, 15th July) confirmed that SIPTU members working in the National Ambulance Service (NAS) in Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare will be balloted for industrial action, up to and including strike action, over the failure of NAS management to rectify problems with a new payroll system.
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Bord na Móna suspends lay-offs at Mount Dillon, county Longford

12 July 2019

Following lengthy discussions with the Bord na Móna Group of Unions (GOU), management has agreed to suspend the letters of lay-off sent to all permanent staff at Mount Dillon, county Longford.
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SIPTU representatives to meet with the liquidator of Clare firm, Avara Pharma

12 July 2019

SIPTU representatives will meet with the liquidator of Avara Shannon Pharmaceutical Services Ltd early next week following the news that the company has been ordered into provisional liquidation by the High Court.
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SIPTU accepts invitation to Labour Court hearing on health dispute

12 July 2019

SIPTU Health representatives have accepted an invitation to attend a hearing at the Labour Court on Monday, 22nd July, to discuss the dispute involving 10,000 health service workers over the implementation of a job evaluation scheme.
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BNM Group of Unions warn of potential industrial action

11 July 2019

The Bord na Móna (BNM) Group of Unions is set to convene a full meeting of its representatives tomorrow morning (Friday, 12th July) to discuss with management the news that up to 148 workers are set to lose their jobs at the plant in Mountdillon, county Longford
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SIPTU members in Dublin Fire Brigade highlight severe staff shortages

11 July 2019

SIPTU members in the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) have today (Thursday, 11th July) have raised serious concerns at the number of fire engines taken out of service due to severe staff shortages.
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SIPTU representatives to demand a living wage for all Early Years educators

10 July 2019

SIPTU representatives are set to demand that a living wage is paid to all Early Years educators as part of the unions’ pre-budget submission.
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Labour Court hearing adjourns until Wednesday

08 July 2019

A Labour Court hearing aimed at resolving the current dispute involving up to 10,000 health workers and chefs has adjourned until Wednesday 10th July at 3.00 p.m.
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Irish Equity and MUI welcome extra social protection for performers

05 July 2019

Irish Equity and the Musicians Union of Ireland (MUI) have welcomed the proposed social protection measures for professional performing artists which were announced by the Government today (5th July.
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National health care assistants forum launched in the Royal College of Physicians

01 July 2019

SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 1st July) welcomed the launch of a report into the role of health care assistants (HCA) at the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin. Conducted by the Health Service Executive (HSE) in collaboration with union representatives and public health service stakeholders, it is the first review of the role of the HCA’s in more than a decade.
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SIPTU Health strike deferred to allow for Labour Court talks

28 June 2019

SIPTU representatives have today (Friday, 28thJune) confirmed that strikes in 38 selected hospitals planned for next week (2nd, 3rd and 4th July) have been deferred pending the outcomeofa full Labour Court hearing set for Wednesday, 3rdJuly on the implementation of a job evaluation scheme.
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SIPTU cleaners in Cabinteely school win outsourcing dispute

28 June 2019

SIPTU members who are cleaners at Cabinteely Community School in south Dublin have won a battle against the outsourcing of their jobs.
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Construction activists protest at National Children’s Hospital site tomorrow

27 June 2019

SIPTU activists will be joining with members in other construction industry unions to protest outside the site of the new National Children’s Hospital in Dublin tomorrow morning (Friday, 28th June) from 6.30 a.m to highlight bogus self-employment in the construction sector.
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SIPTU accepts invitation to WRC talks tomorrow morning

26 June 2019

SIPTU Health representatives have accepted an invitation to attend talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) tomorrow (Thursday, 27th June) at 10.30 a.m. to discuss the dispute involving 10,000 health service workers over the implementation of a job evaluation scheme.
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Planned health strike to go ahead this Wednesday

24 June 2019

SIPTU representatives have confirmed today (Monday, 24th June) that talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) aimed at resolving a dispute on job evaluation have concluded without an agreement.
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Health strike deferred to allow for focused talks at WRC on Monday

21 June 2019

SIPTU representatives have tonight (Friday, 21st June) confirmed that a 24 hour strike planned for next Tuesday (25th June) has been deferred pending the outcome of talks on Monday (24th June) at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) aimed at resolving the dispute in the health service.
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Health strike deferred to allow for talks tomorrow at WRC

19 June 2019

SIPTU representatives have confirmed that a 24 hour workplace stoppage planned for tomorrow (Thursday, 20th June) has been deferred pending the outcome of emergency talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) on the implementation of a job evaluation scheme.
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SIPTU Meath District Council urge all local TDs to back Tips Bill

18 June 2019

SIPTU Meath District Council officers have today (Tuesday, 18th June) urged all local politicians to support the Protection of Employee Tips Bill. The call comes following an emergency meeting of the Meath District Council executive last night (Monday, 17th June).
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WRC talks end without agreement

17 June 2019

SIPTUHealth representatives have tonight (Monday, 17th June) confirmed that talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) aimed at resolving a dispute on job evaluation have ended without agreement.
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SIPTU representatives demand that any new home care scheme prioritises people over profit

17 June 2019

SIPTU representatives have today (Tuesday, 17th June) said that any plans to introduce a new home care scheme must prioritise people over the profits of private care companies.
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SIPTU representatives demand no freeze on the allocation of home support hours.

14 June 2019

SIPTU representatives have demanded that any potential freeze on the allocation of new home help packages is avoided, and that no financial barrier is put in front of vulnerable people in need of home care support.
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Talks over health dispute adjourned

13 June 2019

SIPTU representatives have confirmed this evening (Thursday, 13th June) that talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) aimed at resolving a dispute on job evaluation have adjourned until Monday 17th June.
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SIPTU to enter WRC talks in health dispute

12 June 2019

SIPTU Health representatives have today (Wednesday, 12th June) accepted an invitation to attend exploratory talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) tomorrow (Thursday, 13th June) at 2.30pm to discuss the dispute on job evaluation. The dispute has led to the scheduled strike action of 10,000 health workers, which is due to commence on Thursday, 20th June.
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SIPTU members begin a series of work stoppages at Cabinteely Community School

10 June 2019

SIPTU members, working as cleaners, at Cabinteely Community School, Dublin, have today (10th, June) commenced the first in a series of work stoppages in a dispute over the proposed outsourcing of their work to a private contract cleaning company.
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SIPTU to launch new welcome centre in Cavan

07 June 2019

The SIPTU Cavan District Council will today (Friday, 7th June) launch its new Welcome Centre and host a presentation event for long-serving union activists at the SIPTU offices on Ashe Street, Cavan.
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SIPTU serves notice of strike action by 10,000 health workers in job evaluation dispute

05 June 2019

SIPTU members working as support staff and chefs in 38 hospitals and health care facilities have today (Wednesday, 5th June) served notice of a 24 hour work stoppage on Thursday, 20th June, in a dispute concerning the failure to implement pay increases arising from an agreed job evaluation scheme.
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SIPTU National Executive Council supports ‘Yes’ vote in divorce referendum

22 May 2019

SIPTU’s National Executive Council (NEC) is calling on union members to vote ‘Yes’ in the divorce referendum on Friday, 24thMay. In a statement today (22ndMay) the NEC said:
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SIPTU says improving workers’ conditions key to solving crisis in baby and toddler care

23 May 2019

The SIPTU Big Start campaign has called for a focus on improving workers’ conditions and pay in order to resolve the escalating crisis in the childcare sector which is resulting in working parents being unable to find suitable facilities to care for young children.
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SIPTU to support climate action strike and protests by secondary school students on Friday

22 May 2019

SIPTU activists will be supporting secondary school student groups in organising major rallies across the country during their strike for action on climate change, which is taking place on Friday, 24thMay.
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SIPTU secures funding to restore pay for thousands of Section 39 workers

22 May 2019

SIPTU representatives have today (Wednesday, 22nd May) confirmed that a process for restoring the pay of thousands of Section 39 workers has commenced in health and social care facilities across the country.
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SIPTU members working as support staff vote for strike action

17 May 2019

SIPTU members working as health service support staff have voted by 94% to 6% in favour of taking strike action in a dispute concerning the implementation of a job evaluation scheme.
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SIPTU seek urgent meeting with GSK management over proposed sale of Cork plant

16 May 2019

SIPTU representatives are seeking an urgent meeting with the senior management ofGSK following an announcement today (Thursday, 16thMay) that themulti-national pharmaceutical company has sold its manufacturing plant in Ringaskiddy, county Cork, to Thermo Fisher Scientific.
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SIPTU welcomes new Sector Employment Order which gives pay increases to construction workers

14 May 2019

SIPTU members in the construction industry have welcomed a pay increase and other improvements granted under a new Sector Employment Order (SEO) which was introduced by the Government in a ministerial order today.
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SIPTU seeks urgent meeting with Minister for Sport concerning FAI finances

15 May 2019

SIPTU representatives are seeking an urgent meeting with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, to discuss the threat to jobs in the FAI due to the precarious financial situation of the organisation.
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CE Supervisors suspend strike following commitment to resolve pensions issue

10 May 2019

Community Employment (CE) supervisors have suspended five days of strike action, which was scheduled [https://www.forsa.ie/ce-supervisors-to-take-strike-action/] to commence on Monday (13th May).
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Trade unions to meet management concerning threatened Cadbury job losses

09 May 2019

SIPTU and Unite representatives will meet with the management of Mondelez Ireland early next week to discuss the announcement by the company that it is seeking to implement 70 job losses at its Cadbury production plant in Coolock, Dublin 5.
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‘More Power to You’ local government campaign launched in Kilkenny

08 May 2019

The South East launch of the ‘More Power To You’ campaign took place last night (7th May) in Kilkenny. The campaign supported by SIPTU, Fórsa and Connect trade unions is calling for increased funding and powers for local government.
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SIPTU members to ballot for strike action in Coca-Cola plant in Ballina

07 May 2019

SIPTU members in the Coca-Cola manufacturing plant in Ballina, county Mayo, are to commence a ballot for industrial action, up to and including strike action, as part of their campaign to secure collective bargaining rights.
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CE supervisors conduct strike action across the country next week

07 May 2019

Community Employment (CE) supervisors will begin five days of strike action next Monday (13th May), across the country, following the failure of the Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, to agree to meet them to discuss their right to a pension.
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SIPTU activists demand return of Sligo Corporation and wider overhaul of local government

03 May 2019

SIPTU, Fórsa and Connect Trade Union launched the ‘The More Power To You’ campaign, which calls for increased funding and powers for local government,in the north-west region at a meeting in Fish Quay in Sligo, county Sligo yesterday (Thursday 2nd May).
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SIPTU representatives raise concerns on proposed staffing model for the National Children's Hospital

30 April 2019

SIPTU representatives have today (Tuesday, 30th April) raised concerns that the formula used to determine safe staffing levels for the new National Children's Hospital could potentially lead to a shortfall of almost 400 nursing posts.
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SIPTU members to take strike action at Boxmore Plastics in Cavan

29 April 2019

SIPTU members at the Boxmore Plastics Ltd. manufacturing plant in Ballyconnell, county Cavan are to take strike action on Wednesday 8th May due to the company’s refusal to deliver a pay increase as recommended by the Labour Court.
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SIPTU and the Irish Veterinary Nursing Association agree to affiliation process

26 April 2019

The Irish Veterinary Nursing Association (IVNA) has begun a process of affiliation with SIPTU following the signing of a service level agreement committing the two organisations to greater co-operation at an event in University College Dublin, this afternoon (Friday, 26th April).
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Film on bannerman and actor Jer O’Leary to launch in Liberty Hall on Friday 3rd May

26 April 2019

A documentary film, ‘The Bard of Drumcondra’, on the life and work of trade union banner maker, actor and political activist the late Jer O’Leary will be launched in Liberty Hall, Dublin 1, on Friday, 3rd May at 7.00 p.m.
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SIPTU members working in Coca Cola to consider industrial action

24 April 2019

SIPTU representatives have today (Wednesday, 24th April) confirmed that members working in Coca Cola are considering industrial action as part of a campaign to secure collective bargaining rights at a plant in Ballina, county Mayo.
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ITF supports increased WRC role in protecting migrant fishers from exploitation

23 April 2019

The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and the Government have agreed enhanced protections for fishers which will see Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) inspectors boarding vessels to ensure the employment rights of workers are being respected.
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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 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 Kerry District Council seminar discusses Brexit and local health service

26 September 2019

Members of the SIPTU Kerry District Council discussed Brexit and the challenges facing the health service at a seminar in the Bandon Hotel in Tralee, county Kerry on Wednesday, 25th September.
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SIPTU members employed by GoSafe to conduct 24-hour stoppage on 28th September

20 September 2019

SIPTU members employed by GoSafe Ireland, the operator of speed camera vans on behalf of the State, will conduct a 24-hour work stoppage beginning on 6.00 a.m. Saturday, 28thSeptember, in a dispute related to working conditions at the company.
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SIPTU calls for Government taskforce to tackle crisis in meat industry

11 September 2019

SIPTU has called on the Government to establish a taskforce to tackle the worsening crisis in the meat industry which now threatens up to 3,000 jobs.
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SIPTU calls on professional artists to avail of expansion of Jobseeker’s Allowance

09 September 2019

SIPTU representatives have called on professional artists to avail of an expansion in the categories of those eligible to claim Jobseeker’s Allowance while they focus on their artistic work and to develop their portfolio.
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Early Years education focus of third annual Markievicz/Partridge Summer School

29 July 2019

The third annual SIPTU Markievicz/Partridge Summer School focused on the topical issue of Early Years education at well attended meetings in Carrick on Shannon Friday, 26th July and Sligo on Saturday, 27th July.
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The Employee Tips Bill passes in the Dáil

20 June 2019

The National Minimum Wage (Protection of Employee Bill Tips) Bill was passed following a vote of TDs in the Dáil today (Thursday, 20th June).
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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 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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