Press Releases 2013

SIPTU President calls for major initiative on jobs and economic justice

04 January 2013

Commenting on yesterday’s better than expected exchequer returns for 2012, SIPTU General President, Jack O’Connor, has called on the Government to seize the initiative and follow through with a major jobs stimulus programme and to bring forward tax changes entailing a proper contribution from the better off.
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SIPTU to meet with Johnson Brothers regarding proposed job losses

07 January 2013

SIPTU will meet members in Johnson Brothers in Ballymount, Dublin, on Monday to discuss proposed redundancies at the distribution company.
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SIPTU members welcome Labour Court recommendation on pensions dispute

07 January 2013

SIPTU members at Aer Lingus, the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and Shannon Airport Authority (SAA) have welcomed a proposal by the Labour Court for a structured and speedy negotiation process to resolve the crisis in the defined pension scheme at the companies.
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SIPTU welcomes Government decision to criminalise forced labour

08 January 2013

SIPTU has welcomed the decision of the Irish Government to criminalise forced labour and to provide greater protection for victims of modern day slavery.
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SIPTU calls on Government to halt HSE attempts to recruit nurses on lower pay

08 January 2013

SIPTU has written to the Minster for Health, James Reilly, and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, requesting that they halt attempts by the HSE to recruit 1,000 nurses and midwives on 80% of the staff nurse salary scale.
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SIPTU members vote in favour of strike action at Bus Eireann

09 January 2013

SIPTU members at Bus Eireann have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action at the company. The strike action is expected to commence on Thursday 17th January following a ballot in which 91% voted in favour.
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SIPTU agrees to Tara Mines discussions at LRC

10 January 2013

SIPTU has agreed to engage in intensive discussions with management at Tara Mines, Co. Meath, following an initial meeting on Wednesday (9th January) at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC).
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SIPTU to attend LRC for talks on Bus Eireann dispute

10 January 2013

SIPTU representatives will attend talks on Friday, 11th January, on the dispute at Bus Eireann following an invitation to unions and management this morning by the Labour Relations Commission (LRC).
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SIPTU to attend LRC regarding proposed jobs losses at Johnson Brothers

17 January 2013

SIPTU representatives will attend the Labour Relations Commission on Friday (18th January) to discuss how to maximise the retention of jobs at Johnson Brothers in Ballymount, Dublin.
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SIPTU calls on HSE to end attempts to recruit nurses on reduced pay

17 January 2013

SIPTU has called on the HSE to end its attempts to recruit 1,000 nurses and midwives on 80% of the staff nurse salary scale following the refusal of graduates to sign up to the scheme.
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SIPTU calls on management of Old Darnley Lodge to meet workers

17 January 2013

SIPTU has called on the management of the Old Darnley Lodge, Athboy, Co. Meath, to meet with staff to discuss their concerns after the sudden closure of the hotel on Wednesday, 16th January.
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SIPTU calls for investigation into practices in the meat industry

18 January 2013

SIPTU has called on the Government to initiate an extensive investigation into all aspects of the meat industry including traceability from farm to plate, health and safety issues and employment practices.
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SIPTU to pursue pay increases in the retail sector

18 January 2013

SIPTU has welcomed the decision by Dunnes Stores to concede to a 3% pay claim and said that similar increases will be sought for workers at other retail companies.
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SIPTU and MRCI launch film highlighting poor working conditions of migrant workers

21 January 2013

SIPTU and the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) launched a short social justice film documenting the experiences of low wage migrant restaurant workers today (Monday, 21st January) in Liberty Hall, Dublin.
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SIPTU pays tribute to Inez McCormack as a fearless champion of working people

21 January 2013

SIPTU President Jack O’Connor has paid tribute to leading trade unionist and human rights campaigner, Inez McCormack, who passed away today (21st January).
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SIPTU supports Old Darnley Lodge workers' demand for meeting with management

21 January 2013

Workers at the Old Darnley Lodge, who are on day five of a sit-in at the hotel in Athboy, Co. Meath, have launched a publicity campaign to highlight their call for a meeting with Mitrespor, the managers of the business, who have not been contactable since the premises closed on Wednesday, 16th January.
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Department of Health has no plans to cut pay of graduate health professionals

23 January 2013

SIPTU has received confirmation from the Department of Health that it does not intend to extend the controversial Nurse Graduate Scheme to other health professional grades.
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SIPTU backs rally tomorrow in support of Old Darnley Lodge workers

25 January 2013

SIPTU is backing a rally in support of the Old Darnley Lodge workers, outside the hotel in Athboy, Co. Meath, tomorrow (Saturday 26th January) at 1.00 p.m.
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SIPTU condemns killing of Garda and raid on credit union

28 January 2013

Adrian Kane, Sector Organiser for the Insurance and Finance Sector of SIPTU, has said that the killing of a Garda and the armed robbery at the Lordship Credit Union, Bellurgan, Jenkinstown, County Louth on (Friday 25th January) was a particularly heinous act. SIPTU represents thousands of workers in the Credit Union sector.
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SIPTU President says Government must ‘hang tough’ on bank deal

30 January 2013

“The Government must hang tough on the €3.1 billion promissory note and the wider bank debt,” SIPTU General President, Jack O’Connor, said at the James Larkin commemoration in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, this afternoon.
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SIPTU calls for action on cyber-bullying in universities

31 January 2013

SIPTU has called for action to be taken to deal with the issue of cyber-bullying in the university sector. SIPTU Education Sector Organiser, Louise O’Reilly, said: “We have written today (Thursday, 31st January) to the Union of Students of Ireland to seek its assistance in highlighting the need for action to deal with the issue of cyber-bullying in the university sector.”
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SIPTU calls for action to resolve Old Darnley Lodge sit-in

01 February 2013

SIPTU has called for greater action from the receivers appointed to the Old Darnley Lodge, Athboy, Co. Meath, to secure new owners for the business and payments due to workers who have been staging a sit-in at the hotel for three weeks.
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SIPTU seeks meeting with health minister on graduate nursing scheme

04 February 2013

SIPTU has written to the Minister for Health, James Reilly, requesting a meeting to discuss alternative proposals for savings in the health sector and the ending of the graduate nursing scheme.
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Old Darnley Lodge workers to attend creditors meeting

05 February 2013

Workers at the Old Darnley Lodge, whose sit-in at the hotel in Athboy, Co. Meath, is now in its third week, are attending a creditors meeting of the business’s management company in the Cavan Crystal Hotel today (5th February).
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SIPTU calls on the people of Meath to protest in Dublin on Saturday

05 February 2013

The SIPTU Meath District Committee is urging Meath workers, their families and community organisations to turn out in large numbers in Dublin on Saturday, 9th February, to protest against being saddled with €64 billion of debt that belongs to the banks.
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SIPTU calls for compensation for survivors of Magdalene Laundries

05 February 2013

SIPTU has called for the financial compensation of the survivors of the Magdalene Laundries and their families for the forced labour these women endured and from which religious orders and other businesses profited.
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SIPTU fire fighters set to ballot for industrial action

06 February 2013

SIPTU fire fighters are set to commence a national ballot for industrial action if the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government attempts to implement changes to working practices that would endanger fire fighters and the communities they serve.
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Congress confirms February 9 'Lift The Burden' Protests will go ahead

07 February 2013

The Irish Congress of Trade confirmed today (Feb 7) that the countrywide protests arranged for six locations on Saturday, February 9 will go ahead as planned.
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SIPTU retained fire fighters to commence ballot on industrial action

07 February 2013

SIPTU retained fire fighters are commencing a ballot for industrial action aimed at resisting the introduction of Department of Environment, Community and Local Government plans to implement cuts to fire services that will endanger fire crews and local communities.
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Old Darnley Lodge workers vote to continue sit-in

08 February 2013

Workers in the Old Darnley Lodge voted unanimously last night (Thursday, 7th February) to continue their sit-in at the hotel in Athboy, Co. Meath, until all have received the statutory entitlements, including redundancy pay, holiday pay and hours owed, due to them.
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Old Darnley Lodge workers vote to continue sit-in

08 February 2013

Workers in the Old Darnley Lodge voted unanimously last night (Thursday, 7th February) to continue their sit-in at the hotel in Athboy, Co. Meath, until all have received the statutory entitlements, including redundancy pay, holiday pay and hours owed, due to them.
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SIPTU President condemns IBEC call for pay and pension cuts

13 February 2013

SIPTU General President Jack O’Connor has responded strongly to a statement reported to have been made tonight by Brendan McGinty, Director of HR and IR Services at IBEC. Mr. McGinty is reported to have called for the withholding of increments due to public servants, and for the cutting of pensions of people “who have spent their lives working in the public service”, Mr. O’Connor said. “Mr. McGinty has missed another opportunity to do something useful by keeping his mouth shut as very sensitive and difficult negotiations, in which his organisation is not involved, proceed precariously”.
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Congress General Secretary condemns ‘cheap attacks’ on working people

15 February 2013

Congress General Secretary David Begg has condemned the ‘cheap attacks’ on working people which he said had become a hallmark of the current crisis, in Ireland and across the European Union.
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Old Darnley Lodge workers organise community meeting to discuss the hotel’s future

15 February 2013

The Old Darnley Lodge workers are calling on concerned members of their local community to attend a meeting in the St. James Hall, Athboy, Co. Meath, on Thursday (21st February) at 7.00 p.m. to discuss the future of the hotel.
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SIPTU calls for full savings from promissory note deal to be deployed in Budget 2014

19 February 2013

SIPTU has called on the Government to deploy in Budget 2014 the full €1 billion savings secured in the recent promissory note deal and invest in a stimulus plan aimed at job creation and economic growth.
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SIPTU Dublin Fire Brigade members briefed on Croke Park talks

19 February 2013

A general meeting attended by over 130 SIPTU Fire Fighters took place on Monday, 18th February, in Liberty Hall, Dublin. The meeting provided members with an opportunity to receive a detailed briefing from SIPTU Vice-President Patricia King (the union’s lead negotiator in the talks) and also to discuss issues and concerns relating to Fire Fighters.
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Industrial action by Galway school bus drivers scheduled for Friday

19 February 2013

SIPTU school bus drivers employed by Bus Éireann in the Galway area will withdraw their labour on Friday, 22nd February, in response to a long running campaign by management to undermine the workers’ pay and conditions.
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Industrial action by Galway school bus drivers scheduled for Friday

19 February 2013

SIPTU school bus drivers employed by Bus Éireann in the Galway area will withdraw their labour on Friday, 22nd February, in response to a long running campaign by management to undermine the workers’ pay and conditions.
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Industrial action by Galway school bus drivers deferred for one week

21 February 2013

SIPTU school bus drivers employed by Bus Éireann in the Galway area will withdraw their labour on Friday, 1st March, unless an agreement is reached with management that ends attempts to undermine workers’ pay and conditions.
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SIPTU General President, Jack O’Connor, on the Croke Park talks

24 February 2013

Members are justifiably concerned about the on-going Croke Park Agreement process. Indeed, some are doubtful that we should be involved in the talks at all. There is a view that bellicose statements and refusal to participate would yield better results.
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SIPTU national officers to take pay cuts in line with LRC proposals

26 February 2013

The national officers of SIPTU will be taking a further pay reduction in line with the proposals which have emerged from discussions on the Croke Park (Public Service) Agreement.
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SIPTU demands reversal of cuts to budgets of Dublin youth projects

28 February 2013

SIPTU members are attending a protest outside the City of Dublin Youth Services Board (CDYSB) office, Morehampton Road, Dublin 4, tomorrow (Friday, 1st March) at 10.00 a.m. to demand the reversal of cuts imposed on youth projects in the city.
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The Cause of Labour: 1913 and Beyond - UCC conference

27 February 2013

The School of History, University College Cork, in association with SIPTU, is pleased to announce that a two day conference on the 1913 Dublin lockout, and the role of labour during the ‘revolutionary decade’ of 1912-23, is scheduled to take place in University College Cork on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd March 2013.
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SIPTU supports rally for X case legalisation

01 March 2013

SIPTU is among over 100 civil society organisations, trade unions, politicians and academics supporting a rally at the Central Bank, Dublin, on Monday, 4th March, at 6.30 p.m., calling on the Government to legislate for the X case before the summer.
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SIPTU launches campaign to defend community sector jobs and services

04 March 2013

SIPTU is launching a national campaign aimed at defending community jobs and services which are threatened by Government plans for the sector.
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BCD Travel employees working with Kerry Group to vote on strike action

05 March 2013

SIPTU members employed by BCD Travel, which manages corporate travel arrangements for the Kerry Group, will ballot on strike action tomorrow (Wednesday, 6th March).
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SIPTU representatives support Wexford members protesting outside Roches Pharmacy

05 March 2013

SIPTU representatives supported a protest this morning (Tuesday, 5th March) by workers at Roches Pharmacy, Main Street, Gorey, Co. Wexford.
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SIPTU President expresses regret at death of Hugo Chavez

06 March 2013

SIPTU General President, Jack O’Connor, has expressed his deep regret at the tragic death of the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez.
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Old Darnley Lodge sit-in to end on Friday

07 March 2013

The Old Darnley Lodge workers are ending their sit-in at the hotel in Athboy, Co. Meath, on Friday, 8th March, at 11.30 a.m., following the payment of their redundancy entitlements.
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SIPTU members in Bus Éireann vote overwhelmingly to reject LRC proposals

07 March 2013

SIPTU members in Bus Éireann have voted by a margin of almost nine to one to reject proposals presented by the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) to change the terms and conditions of their employment.
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SIPTU members to meet management over planned closure of MSD plant in Wicklow

07 March 2013

SIPTU members in MSD, Rathdrum, county Wicklow, were informed this morning (Thursday, 7th March) that the plant will close by the end of 2015 with the expected loss of 280 jobs.
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SIPTU condemns call for more evictions

08 March 2013

SIPTU General President Jack O’Connor has described calls for intensifying the rate of evictions as reprehensible and barbaric.
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SIPTU calls on Irish Hotels Federation to support decent work

08 March 2013

SIPTU has called on the Irish Hotels Federation to accept workers have a right to decent conditions of employment which can only be protected by the reinstatement of the Joint Labour Committee (JLC) for the sector.
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Statement by the National Executive Council of SIPTU on the Labour Relations Commission’s proposals for a Revised Agreement on Pay in the Public Service – 2013 to 2016

14 March 2013

1. The Labour Relations Commission’s proposals for a revised Agreement on pay in the Public Service to extend over the period 2013-2016, are the result of unprecedentedly difficult negotiations. They have emerged in the context of the on-going consequences of the most serious economic collapse in the history of the state and the Government’s decision to reduce the Public Service pay and pensions bill by a further €1bn.
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BCD Travel to attend LRC following intervention by Minister

15 March 2013

SIPTU members at BCD Travel in Tralee, county Kerry, have deferred strike action following the company’s decision to attend the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) in an effort to resolve outstanding issues arising from a dispute over the non-payment of redundancy entitlements. The company agreed to attend the LRC following a request by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, earlier this week.
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SIPTU supports members protesting outside Hassetts Pharmacy in Wexford

19 March 2013

SIPTU is supporting a protest this morning (Tuesday, 19th March) by workers at Hassetts Pharmacy, 9-11 North Main Street, Wexford, Co. Wexford. This is the third protest this month at pharmacies which are part of the Uniphar Retail Services Group of 60 stores across the country. Staff protested outside the shop from 11:00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. to highlight their frustration with the management’s refusal to negotiate with their union, SIPTU.
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SIPTU members to protest against water privatisation at Dáil

20 March 2013

SIPTU members will rally outside the Dáil on Thursday, 21st March, at 10.30 a.m. to protest against EU policies which promote the privatisation of water resources.
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SIPTU representatives meet Lonza workers to discuss threatened job losses

21 March 2013

SIPTU representatives have met with union members and management at the Lonza plant, Swords, County Dublin, to discuss alternatives to the closure of the plant.
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SIPTU members in Tara Mines vote to accept proposed agreement

25 March 2013

SIPTU members at Tara Mines, Co. Meath, have voted to accept proposals aimed at bringing to a conclusion the long running dispute at the company.
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Dublin youth projects bring campaign to the Dáil

27 March 2013

Dublin based youth workers and young people met with politicians in Leinster House on Wednesday (27th March) to discuss the impact further cuts will have on the vital work carried out by youth projects in the city.
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Suspended Cork County Council workers return to work

02 April 2013

Following hearings this morning (Tuesday, 2nd April), three Cork County Council workers suspended last month for carrying out urgent road maintenance in breach of council safety procedures are to return to work tomorrow.
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SIPTU calls for immediate action on youth unemployment crisis

03 April 2013

New figures from Eurostat which show that unemployment in the 15 to 24 age group in Ireland stands at just under 31%, must push this crisis to the top of the political agenda, according to SIPTU policy analyst Loraine Mulligan.
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IMF issues stark warning on challenges facing Ireland

04 April 2013

The latest report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in its ninth review of Ireland, confirms the huge challenges that remain for the economy and the prospect of an exit this year from the bailout programme according to SIPTU economist, Marie Sherlock.
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SIPTU expresses sympathy over death of Lisheen miner Mario Francis

05 April 2013

SIPTU members at the Lisheen Mine, Co. Tipperary, have expressed their sympathy to the family of miner Mario Francis who was tragically killed by a rock fall yesterday Thursday (4th April) afternoon.
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SIPTU members angered at treatment by Killarney Golf Club

09 April 2013

SIPTU members employed at Killarney Golf Club, Co. Kerry, have expressed anger at management attempts to ignore an independent assessor’s report and impose redundancies and cutbacks on staff.
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SIPTU health organiser says LRC proposals provide job security for lower paid workers

09 April 2013

The Labour Relations Commission proposals for a new public service agreement provide enhanced job security and significant protection from outsourcing for workers in Irish hospitals, according to SIPTU’s National Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell. He said that the proposals, on which SIPTU members in the health and public administration divisions are currently balloting, also contain an important job creation initiative.
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SIPTU members to fight attempt to impose job losses at Killarney Golf Club

11 April 2013

SIPTU members employed at Killarney Golf Club, Co. Kerry, have said they will fight a management attempt to make 24 workers redundant despite an ongoing Labour Court process aimed at saving jobs at the business.
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SIPTU meets management to discuss threat to Waterford Brewery jobs

11 April 2013

SIPTU representatives have begun negotiations with management at Diageo Ltd aimed at minimising jobs loses following an announcement today (Thursday, 11th April) that the company intends to cease operations at its brewery in Waterford.
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SIPTU members reject LRC proposals

16 April 2013

SIPTU members working in the public service have voted to reject the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) proposals for a Revised Agreement on Pay and Reform by a margin of 53.7% against and 46.3% in favour.
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Killarney Golf Club workers vote for strike action

19 April 2013

Workers at Killarney Golf Club have voted overwhelmingly to take strike action following a management refusal to engage constructively with the Labour Court in relation to proposed redundancies.
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Youth workers rally outside Dáil Eireann

18 April 2013

SIPTU members and supporters staged a rally against further cuts to youth work budgets outside Dáil Eireann on Friday, 19th April.
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SIPTU calls for immediate action from Government to legislate for ‘X case’

22 April 2013

The Government must act immediately to vindicate women’s constitutional rights in line with the Supreme Court ruling in relation to the ‘X case’, according to SIPTU Campaigns and Equality Organiser, Ethel Buckley.
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SIPTU meets with Diamond Innovations management to discuss threatened job losses

23 April 2013

SIPTU representatives met with the management of Diamond Innovations today (Tuesday, 23rd April) to discuss the announcement yesterday that it proposes to cease operations at its plant in Clonshaugh Business Park, Dublin 17, in September 2013.
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SIPTU welcomes auditing of Department of Education building projects

24 April 2013

SIPTU has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, that he is to introduce a system of random audits of school and Department of Education funded third level building projects, to verify pay and conditions compliance.
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SIPTU members concerned at closure of emergency call centres

24 April 2013

SIPTU has alerted the Health Information Quality Authority (HIQA) to its concerns relating to the proposed closure by the National Ambulance Service of a number of ambulance control centres across the country and the transfer of emergency calls to Townsend Street, Dublin. Control centres in Cork and Kerry will close in May under the proposals while the Navan centre will close in June. SIPTU members in the control centre in Townsend Street believe that the facility is not structurally fit to accommodate the transfer of emergency calls from the centres facing closure.
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SIPTU welcomes ECJ court ruling in favour of Waterford Crystal workers

25 April 2013

The National Executive Council of SIPTU has welcomed the ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that the State is in breach of its obligations to ensure that the former employees of Waterford Crystal receive sufficient accrued occupational pension entitlements following their employer’s insolvency.
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SIPTU to meet Balfour Beatty CLG to discuss threatened job losses

26 April 2013

SIPTU representatives will meet with the management of Balfour Beatty CLG on Wednesday, 1st May, to discuss a proposal by the construction company to implement up to 24 redundancies. This week the company announced that it intends to restructure its head office operations based in Finglas, Dublin, which would result in the majority of the job losses.
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SIPTU welcomes C&AG report on Skills Programme fund

29 April 2013

SIPTU has welcomed today’s publication of the report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) into the administration of the National Health and Local Authority Levy Fund (Fund). The report is consistent with the findings of an internal investigation into the operation of the HSE/Skills Programme and the Fund by the union’s Trustees in March 2011. It also reveals additional details which were not available to the Trustees prior to the completion of their report.
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Historic banners to the fore in Dublin May Day march

01 May 2013

Historic trade union banners and the Fintan Lalor pipe band will lead SIPTU members in this year’s Dublin May Day march which begins at Parnell Square at 7.00 p.m. on Wednesday, 1st May.
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Survey finds that 94% of young people do not want to emigrate

01 May 2013

A survey of young people between the ages of 16 to 35 has found that 94% do not wish to leave Ireland to find work.
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Strike action at Shanganagh Waste Water Treatment Plant

01 May 2013

SIPTU members at Shanganagh Waste Water Treatment Plant will begin strike action on Tuesday, 7th May, at 6.30 a.m., in response to their employer’s refusal to recognise the workers right to be collectively represented by their union.
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SIPTU to host event celebrating Galway and Ireland’s trade union heritage

01 May 2013

An event celebrating the centenary of the 1913 Lockout and the history of trade unionism in the Galway area will take place in the SIPTU Offices on Forster Court, Galway City, on Thursday, 2nd May, at 7.00 p.m.
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SIPTU members in Bus Éireann to ballot on industrial action

01 May 2013

SIPTU members in Bus Éireann are expected to ballot for industrial action following a management decision to impose unilateral changes to the pay and conditions of workers at the company.
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Congress says time to abandon failed austerity and build a fair recovery

01 May 2013

Congress General Secretary David Begg said today (May 1) that the gains of Social Europe for working people were being dramatically eroded and undermined by synchronised austerity across the European Union.
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SIPTU calls for caution in regard to use of internships

02 May 2013

The publication of an evaluation of the national internship programme, JobBridge, by Indecon consultants, yesterday (1st May), provides some positive indications of progression to paid employment but improvements are required to prevent exploitation and job displacement, according to SIPTU Policy Researcher, Loraine Mulligan.
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Historic banners to the fore in Dublin May Day march

02 May 2013

Historic trade union banners and the Fintan Lalor pipe band led over 1,500 people on a sunny evening May Day march through central Dublin on Wednesday, 1st May.
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SIPTU manufacturing conference launches declaration on workplace innovation

03 May 2013

A very successful conference on Workplace Innovation was held on the 30th April and 1st May 2013 at the Green Isle Hotel, Dublin.
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Agreement reached in Killarney Golf Club dispute

03 May 2013

Workers at Killarney Golf Club, Co. Kerry, have voted to accept a new restructuring plan for the business and to defer planned strike action scheduled to commence on Tuesday, 7th May. Staff voted overwhelmingly to accept the proposals at a meeting on the evening of Wednesday, 1st May. The restructuring plan will result in 21 job losses with workers receiving redundancy payments of four weeks per year of service.
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Strike action deferred at Shanganagh Waste Water Treatment Plant

05 May 2013

Strike action by SIPTU members at Shanganagh Waste Water Treatment Plant, Co. Dublin, scheduled to commence on Tuesday, 7th May, has been deferred following the reinstatement of a worker dismissed for trade union activity.
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SIPTU urges caution over IBEC call to ease back on austerity

07 May 2013

SIPTU General President, Jack O’Connor, has welcomed the decision of IBEC, the employers’ organisation, to call for an easing of austerity but has urged caution concerning the budgetary changes the group may be seeking to promote.
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SIPTU Shop Stewards in CIE to meet on Tuesday morning

13 May 2013

SIPTU Shop Stewards in CIE will meet on Tuesday (14th May) morning in Liberty Hall, Dublin, to discuss what action the union will take in response to the escalating dispute at Bus Éireann.
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SIPTU to attend intensive talks at LRC concerning Bus Eireann dispute

14 May 2013

Bus Eireann trade union and management representatives will begin a 48 hour period of intensive engagement at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) on Tuesday (14th May), aimed at reaching a conclusion to the dispute at the transport company.
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Cleaning and security workers protest outside Crumlin Shopping Centre

13 May 2013

SIPTU members in the security and cleaning sector are staged a protest outside Crumlin Shopping Centre on Monday (13th May).
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SIPTU to attend intensive talks at LRC concerning Bus Éireann dispute

14 May 2013

Bus Éireann trade union and management representatives will begin a 48 hour period of intensive engagement at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) on Tuesday (14th May), aimed at reaching a conclusion to the dispute at the transport company.
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SIPTU to ballot members in Dublin Bus and Irish Rail for industrial action

14 May 2013

At a meeting of SIPTU shop stewards from the CIE Group of Companies in Liberty Hall this morning (14th May) it was decided to ballot members in Dublin Bus and Irish Rail for industrial action in solidarity with their colleagues in Bus Éireann.
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SIPTU to engage with Pfizer to discuss proposed sale of Little Island facility

15 May 2013

SIPTU representatives are to meet with the management of pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, to discuss its announcement today (Wednesday, 15th May) that it intends to sell it’s Active Primary Ingredients (API) site at Little Island, Co. Cork.
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European Qualifications Framework conference in Liberty Hall tomorrow

15 May 2013

A two-day conference focusing on the development of a European Qualifications Framework (EQF) will open in Liberty Hall, Dublin, tomorrow (Thursday, 16th May).
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SIPTU members at Bus Éireann to ballot on new LRC proposals

16 May 2013

The proposals which emerged from discussions at the Labour Relations Commission to resolve the issues at the centre of the dispute at Bus Eireann will now be put to a nationwide ballot of SIPTU members in the coming days.
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SIPTU to mark Diversity Day with launch of poster in Navan on Monday

17 May 2013

To mark World Cultural Diversity Day (Monday, 20th May) a new poster celebrating the diverse membership of SIPTU is being launched in the Dan Shaw Centre, Navan, Co. Meath, at 7.30 p.m.
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Strike action at Shanganagh Treatment Plant

21 May 2013

SIPTU members at Shanganagh Waste Water Treatment Plant, Co. Dublin, began strike action today (Tuesday, 21st May) at 6.30 a.m. in response to their employer’s failure to refer a dispute relating to pay and shift premium payments to the Labour Court.
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SIPTU NEC to discuss LRC proposals on Thursday

21 May 2013

The National Executive Council (NEC) of SIPTU will convene on Thursday (23rd May) to consider the proposals which have emerged from discussions on pay and reform in the public service at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) today. The proposals involve an advance on the LRC proposals rejected by SIPTU members in the public service earlier this year and include, among other changes:
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SIPTU marks Diversity Day with launch of poster in Navan

22 May 2013

To mark World Cultural Diversity Day on Monday, 20th May, a new poster celebrating the diverse membership of SIPTU was launched in the Dan Shaw Centre in Navan.
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Dispute at Shanganagh Treatment Plant could have environmental impact

22 May 2013

SIPTU members engaged in a second day of strike action at the Shanganagh Waste Water Treatment Plant, Co. Dublin, have expressed serious concern over the possible environmental impact of the dispute at the facility.
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Irish Equity, SIPTU and Equity UK meet to campaign to advance rights for actors

22 May 2013

Irish Equity, SIPTU and Equity UK met in Liberty Hall on Tuesday (21st May) and debated the challenges confronting actors who live and work in the Republic of Ireland and international actors who come to work in Ireland.
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Strike breakers introduced to Shanganagh Water Treatment Plant dispute

23 May 2013

Strike breakers are being utilised in an attempt to disrupt an official SIPTU dispute at the Shanganagh Water Treatment Plant, Co. Dublin.
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Settlement reached in Shanganagh Treatment Plant dispute

24 May 2013

SIPTU members at Shanganagh Waste Water Treatment Plant, Co. Dublin, have voted unanimously this morning (Friday, 24th May) to accept proposals from the Labour Relations Commission and return to work.
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SIPTU concludes collective agreement with PepsiCo for new Little Island plant

24 May 2013

A comprehensive collective agreement has been concluded between SIPTU Manufacturing Division and PepsiCo for a new manufacturing facility in Little Island in Cork.
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SIPTU on LRC proposals for pay and reform in the Public Service

23 May 2013

“We recommend acceptance of the new proposals for an agreement on pay and reform in the Public Service for the period 2013 – 2016.
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Youth workers stage “Forced to Fly” protest

27 May 2013

Youth Workers and young people held a symbolic “Forced to Fly” protest outside the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Mespil Road, Dublin 4, on Tuesday (28th May) at 11.00 a.m. to highlight continued funding cuts to youth services.
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SIPTU calls rise in numbers in work ‘a step in the right direction’

30 May 2013

SIPTU has described Central Statistics Office figures released today (Thursday, 30th May) which show a rise in the number of those in work as ‘a step in the right direction’ but expressed concern over the part-time nature of many of the new jobs.
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SIPTU Home Support workers to protest in Dundalk on Friday

05 June 2013

SIPTU Home Support workers will hold a protest against government cutbacks to services in Dundalk town centre on Friday, 7th June at 3.00 p.m.
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SIPTU welcomes commitment to regulate Home Help services

05 June 2013

SIPTU has welcomed a Government commitment to regulate the provision of Home Help services but has warned that without increased funding regulation cannot guarantee quality care for elderly people.
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Impact of emigration unclear in latest Live Register figures

06 June 2013

The latest Live Register figures indicate a continued decline in the numbers signing on but it is not clear what is the main factor driving this trend, according to SIPTU Economist, Marie Sherlock.
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SIPTU calls for increased investment in childcare training

07 June 2013

SIPTU has asked the Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald, for increased government investment in training for childcare workers which is both classroom based and involves on the job training.
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Commemoration in Dublin to mark International Justice Day for Cleaners

14 June 2013

A colourful commemoration at the statue of Jim Larkin in O’Connell Street is being planned by SIPTU’s Fair Deal for Cleaners Campaign for mid-day on Monday 17th June next. The event is in honour of International Justice for Cleaners Day and will involve singers from the 6th class of the Central Model School, Dublin 1, a spectacular visual display around the statue, and speeches from SIPTU activists from the Cleaning sector and Labour Historian Francis Devine. For the duration of the event a number of participants will also be distributing silk roses to members of the public.
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International Justice Day for Cleaners marked at Jim Larkin statue

17 June 2013

SIPTU Contract Cleaners have vowed to “organise and fight” to defend the “threshold of decency” represented by the terms of the Registered Employment Agreement (REA) for the security and cleaning sector.
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Industrial action at Kells Credit Union over trade union rights

17 June 2013

SIPTU Sector Organiser, Adrian Kane, has said that workers in St. Colmcilles's Credit Union in Kells, county Meath, have been left no option but to commence a campaign of industrial action after management refused to implement the terms of a Labour Court Recommendation issued in May.
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SIPTU members in public service vote in favour of Haddington Road proposals

20 June 2013

SIPTU members have voted in favour of the Haddington Road proposals on pay and reform in the public service.
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SIPTU and the MRCI call on Minister to ratify Domestic Workers' Convention

21 June 2013

SIPTU Divisional Organiser, John King, has called on the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, to immediately act on his stated intention that Ireland would be among the first countries to ratify ILO Convention 189 on Domestic Workers.
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Workers to protest at Clover Lodge Nursing Home in Athy

24 June 2013

SIPTU members in Clover Lodge Nursing Home, in Athy, Co Kildare are to protest on Thursday (27th June) to demonstrate their anger at the company’s failure to recognise their rights or to honour agreements made with the union.
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Industrial action at Kells Credit Union begins tomorrow

27 June 2013

Workers in St. Colmcilles's Credit Union in Kells, county Meath, will commence industrial action tomorrow (27th June) morning at 9.30 a.m. in response to a management failure to recognise their union, SIPTU, for collective bargaining purposes.
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MLSA members vote for Haddington Road proposals

27 June 2013

The Members of the Medical Laboratory Scientists Association (MLSA)have voted in favour of the Haddington Road proposals on pay and reform in the public service with 62% in favour and 38% against.
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Shaking the hand of Madiba

27 June 2013

Former trade union official Brendan Archbold, who represented the Dunnes Stores strikers in their stand against apartheid South Africa recalls that struggle and meeting Mandela.
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GDP figures are a reminder that the crisis is far from over

28 June 2013

Reacting to the publication on Thursday, 27th June, by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) of the Quarterly National Accounts, indicating that the Irish economy is in recession, SIPTU economist, Marie Sherlock, said it is clear that the crisis is far from over.
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SIPTU calls for action to ensure death of paramedic is never repeated

01 July 2013

SIPTU has called on the Health Service Executive (HSE) to place the utmost emphasis on the health and safety of its employees and ensure that the circumstances that led to the death of a paramedic in 2010 are never repeated.
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SIPTU President Jack O’Connor's speech on the economy at ICTU Conference

02 July 2013

President and Delegates. The misguided public policy of one-sided austerity, which reflects the culture and the interests so dramatically revealed in the Anglo Irish tapes has utterly failed, inflicting misery on the peoples of Europe in the process. The irrational combination of a coordinated contraction across an entire continent, accompanied by the most savage assault on citizens and particularly on working people since the Second World War is the wrong response for the wrong crisis. Indeed, it could still threaten the break-up of the euro zone and the destruction of the democratic system itself.
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Jack O’Connor calls for strategic investment in domestic economy

02 July 2013

Speaking on the economy at the ICTU conference in Belfast today (Tuesday 2nd July) SIPTU President, Jack O’Connor, called on the Irish Government to immediately “ramp up the domestic economy” or face exacerbating the economic and social crisis in which the country is locked.
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SIPTU welcomes European Foundation report on workplace innovation in Ireland

02 July 2013

SIPTU has welcomed a report by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions into workplace innovation in Ireland.
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Strike notice served at Milne Foods in County Offaly

03 July 2013

SIPTU members have served notice of strike action at Milne Foods in Birr, co. Offaly, due to the company’s failure to implement a Labour Court recommendation in relation to workers' conditions of employment.
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SIPTU drivers in Dublin Bus to ballot for strike action

03 July 2013

SIPTU drivers in Dublin Bus are to commence a ballot for strike action after they overwhelmingly rejected proposals to cut their pay and reduce their conditions of employment.
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SIPTU General President says IBEC call protects wealthy at expense of less well off

08 July 2013

SIPTU General President Jack O’Connor has attacked IBECs call that there should be no tax increases in the next budget as “a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
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Credit Union workers to attend Kells Town Council meeting

09 July 2013

Workers and SIPTU representatives will meet with Kells Town Council on Monday, 15th July, to discuss the industrial dispute at St. Colmcilles' Credit Union in Kells, county Meath.
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SIPTU welcomes Pfizer $130 million investment announcement

11 July 2013

SIPTU has welcomed the announcement today (Thursday, 11th July) that Pfizer Ireland Ltd intends to invest $130 million in new manufacturing and research facilities in Ringaskiddy and Grangecastle in County Cork.
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Strike action at Milne Foods in County Offaly

11 July 2013

SIPTU members have commenced 24-hour strike action at Milne Foods in Birr, County Offaly, due to the company’s failure to implement a Labour Court recommendation in relation to workers' conditions of employment
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SIPTU calls for investment in public nursing homes

15 July 2013

SIPTU has called for investment in public nursing homes to ensure society provides elderly citizens with the standard of care they require.
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SIPTU disappointed with rejection of Aer Lingus/DAA pension scheme proposals

15 July 2013

SIPTU has expressed its disappointment with the decision of the Pensions Board to reject proposals, agreed by unions and management, which were aimed at overcoming the crisis in the Aer Lingus/Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) pension scheme.
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SIPTU serves notice of industrial action at Joseph’s National School in Dublin

17 July 2013

SIPTU members have served notice of industrial action on the management of St Joseph’s National School, Bonnybrook, in Dublin.
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SIPTU concerned at threat to Homebase jobs

17 July 2013

SIPTU has expressed concern at the threat to the jobs of workers employed by Homebase House and Garden Centre Ltd.
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SIPTU calls on Energizer and IBEC to attend LRC to discuss job losses

19 July 2013

SIPTU has called on the management of Energizer Ireland Ltd and the employers’ organisation, IBEC, to respect workers’ rights by attending an early meeting of the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) to discuss redundancies at the company.
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BCD workers to protest outside Kerry Group offices in Tralee

22 July 2013

Seven former BCD travel group workers, who have had redundancy payments awarded in a Labour Court ruling withheld by the company, will protest outside the their former workplace at the Kerry Group offices in Tralee on Thursday, 25th July.
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SIPTU West Cork District Committee calls on Minister to meet community workers

23 July 2013

SIPTU West Cork District Committee has called on Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, to meet with community sector workers to discuss proposed major changes to the provision of community development schemes.
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SIPTU concerned at Eason’s decision to ‘wind up’ pension scheme

24 July 2013

SIPTU has expressed concern at the announcement by Eason and Sons Ltd that the company intends to ‘wind up’ its Defined Benefit Pension Scheme.
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BCD workers protest outside Kerry Group offices in Tralee

25 July 2013

Former BCD travel group workers, who have had redundancy payments awarded in a Labour Court ruling withheld by the company, and their supporters staged a protest outside their former workplace at the Kerry Group offices in Tralee today (Thursday, 25th July).
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Industrial action to resume at Kells Credit Union

29 July 2013

SIPTU members in Kells Credit Union, county Meath, will resume industrial action on Saturday, 3rd August. This will be followed by a series of rolling stoppages, according to SIPTU Organiser, Adrian Kane, who was speaking after a meeting of union members at the credit union.
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Supporting Quality campaign marks a successful first year

31 July 2013

Supporting Quality, the SIPTU supported consumer campaign aimed at protecting jobs in Ireland and supporting quality Irish products, marked a successful first year in operation with an event in the Heineken (Murphy’s) Brewery in Cork on Tuesday, 30th July. Those addressing the event included Lord Mayor of Cork, Catherine Clancy, and SIPTU General Secretary, Joe O’Flynn.
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SIPTU concerned by Waterstones restructuring plan

29 July 2013

The announcement by the book retailer, Waterstones, that it has requested several employees to re-apply for positions at the company is a cause of concern for the workers involved and the wider industry, according to SIPTU Organiser, Graham Macken.
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Minister ‘regrets’ failure of BCD Travel to respect Labour Court recommendation

01 August 2013

Former BCD Travel workers have called for greater Government action following a statement by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Burton, that he “greatly regrets” that the company has failed to adhere to a Labour Court recommendation in relation to redundancy payments owed to them.
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Striking workers at Milne Foods call for political intervention in dispute

02 August 2013

SIPTU members conducting a 48-hour strike action at Milne Foods in Birr, County Offaly, have called on politicians to demand that the company, which has a number of contracts to supply State bodies, implement a Labour Court recommendation in relation to workers' conditions of employment.
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SIPTU welcomes Labour Court effort to resolve Dublin Bus dispute

06 August 2013

SIPTU has welcomed the invitation to talks issued this evening by the chairman of the Labour Court.
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SIPTU to meet Marks & Spencer workers concerning job losses

07 August 2013

SIPTU representatives will meet with Marks & Spencer workers tomorrow (Thursday, 8th August) to discuss options and redundancy terms for members of staff affected by the planned closure of four of the company’s stores.
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Misrepresentation of SIPTU position on free travel indicates wider agenda

07 August 2013

SIPTU supports the maintenance of the free travel scheme for pensioners and other eligible groups utilising public transport.
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SIPTU members to vote on Dublin Bus proposals next week

08 August 2013

SIPTU members in Dublin Bus will vote on Labour Court proposals for a company cost savings plan next week.
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SIPTU condemns the use of strike-breakers by Kells Credit Union

09 August 2013

The use of strike-breakers by the management of Kells Credit Union, County Meath, marks a “new low” in its attempts to deny workers collective bargaining rights, according to SIPTU Insurance and Finance Sector Organiser, Adrian Kane.
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BCD workers to protest at Rose of Tralee Festival

09 August 2013

Former BCD Travel workers intend to protest outside the Rose of Tralee Festival to highlight the failure of the event’s sponsor, Kerry Group, to ensure its contractor pays them redundancy payments they are owed.
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SIPTU members in G4S vote to accept company restructuring proposals

09 August 2013

SIPTU members in G4S Cash Solutions Ireland Ltd have voted to accept restructuring proposals aimed at securing the long-term future of the company.
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Dublin Central TDs call on Minister to meet with community workers’ union

09 August 2013

Dublin Central TDs Maureen O’Sullivan and Mary Lou McDonald today (Friday,9th August) signed a SIPTU petition calling on the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, to “respect community sector workers and meet their union”.
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Over 1,000 sign petition calling on Minister Phil Hogan to meet community workers

14 August 2013

Over 1,000 people have signed the SIPTU Community Sector petition calling on the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, to meet with the representatives of community workers who will be affected by his plans to “align” Local Development Companies (LDC) with Local Authorities.
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Milne Foods workers to hold protest march in Birr, County Offaly, on 24th August

16 August 2013

Milne Foods workers and their supporters will march in Birr, County Offaly on Saturday, 24th August, to protest at the refusal of the company to implement a Labour Court recommendation or meet with its employees’ representatives.
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SIPTU Dublin Bus drivers reject Labour Court proposals

16 August 2013

SIPTU Dublin Bus Drivers have voted to reject Labour Court proposals to change their terms of employment by 72% to 28% following a ballot which was counted in Liberty Hall, Dublin, on Friday, 16th August.
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SIPTU condemns treatment of staff by Sunday Business Post management

19 August 2013

SIPTU has condemned the treatment of staff, including the implementation of compulsory redundancies without negotiation, by the new management of the Sunday Business Post.
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SIPTU completes ballot of members in Dublin Bus on Labour Court proposals

20 August 2013

SIPTU completed a ballot of its members in Dublin Bus on Tuesday (20th August), with workers in the clerical, craft, operative, engineering supervisor, inspector and executive grades voting to accept Labour Court proposals to change their terms of employment.
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Industrial action at Crowley’s Pharmacy in Mahon, Co. Cork

21 August 2013

SIPTU members employed in Crowley’s Pharmacy in Mahon, Co. Cork, are conducting a one-day work stoppage, today (Wednesday, 21st August), to protest at unilateral changes to their terms of employment, illegal deductions from their wages and a management refusal to engage in meaningful dialogue with their union representatives.
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Catholic Church threatens injunction against former employee

22 August 2013

SIPTU has condemned a threat by the Catholic Church to seek a legal injunction to prevent a protest by a former employee outside the Church of Mary Immaculate Queen in Bearna, Co. Galway, on Sunday, 25th August.
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SIPTU members in Marks and Spencer vote for strike action

22 August 2013

SIPTU members have voted unanimously in favour of industrial action in the Marks and Spencer store in Tallaght, Co. Dublin.
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Cavan-Monaghan TDs call on Minister to meet with community workers’ union

23 August 2013

Cavan-Monaghan TDs Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin and Brendan Smith have signed a SIPTU petition calling on the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, to “respect community sector workers and meet their union”.
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LRC intervenes in dispute between the Catholic Church and a former employee

23 August 2013

SIPTU has welcomed the intervention of the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) in a dispute involving the Catholic Church and a former employee.
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SIPTU members protest outside Chief State Solicitor’s Office

26 August 2013

SIPTU members are staging a protest today (Monday, 26th August) outside the Chief State Solicitor’s Office, Osmond House, Little Ship Street, Dublin 8, where they were until recently employed as security officers.
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SIPTU condemns use of strike breakers at O’Rourke’s Pharmacy in Monasterevin, Co. Kildare

26 August 2013

SIPTU has condemned the use of agency staff by Uniphar Retail Services (URS) in an attempt to undermine industrial action at O’Rourke’s Pharmacy in Monasterevin, Co. Kildare.
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Commemoration of 1913 Sligo Dock Strike on 29th August

20 August 2013

The SIPTU Sligo District Committee is hosting a series of events to commemorate the Sligo Dock Strike of 1913 on Thursday, 29th August
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Management of O’Rourke’s Pharmacy agrees to talks with SIPTU

29 August 2013

SIPTU has welcomed the decision of the management of O’Rourke’s Pharmacy in Monasterevin, Co. Kildare, to agree to attend proximity talks with union representatives at the Labour Relations Commission on Tuesday, 10th September.
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SIPTU expresses ‘grave concern’ about theatre closure at Louth County Hospital

29 August 2013

SIPTU has raised grave concern about the closure of an operation theatre in Louth County Hospital on alternative weeks from the start of September.
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SIPTU expresses ‘grave concern’ about theatre closure at Louth County Hospital

29 August 2013

SIPTU has raised grave concern about the closure of an operation theatre in Louth County Hospital on alternative weeks from the start of September.
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SIPTU members protest outside Chief State Solicitor’s Office

02 September 2013

SIPTU members are staging a protest today (Monday, 2nd September) outside the Chief State Solicitor’s Office, Osmond House, Little Ship Street, Dublin 8, where they were, until recently, employed as security officers.
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Meath SIPTU activists meet with Fine Gael TDs to call for a fairer budget

03 September 2013

Members of the SIPTU Meath District Committee met with local Fine Gael politicians last week, to ask them to consider the Irish Congress of Trade Union (ICTU) budget proposals that are aimed at reaching Ireland’s agreed deficit targets, spurring job creation and boosting recovery prospects.
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SIPTU activists call for protection of Community Sector in Budget

04 September 2013

SIPTU Community Sector activists handed in a pre-budget submission today, (Wednesday, 4th September) to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, calling for the protection of services provided by Local Development Companies (LDCs).
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SIPTU expresses concern about emigration and numbers of unemployed women

04 September 2013

The Live Register figures for August, which were published today (Wednesday, 4th September), show a seasonally adjusted monthly fall of 3,400 people signing on but also indicates increased difficulties for women seeking employment, according to SIPTU Economist, Marie Sherlock.
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Barry Cowen TD signs SIPTU community workers petition

06 September 2013

Offaly Fianna Fáil TD, Barry Cowen, has signed a petition calling on the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan to “respect community sector workers and meet their union”
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SIPTU to meet with Andersen Ltd following liquidation announcement

06 September 2013

SIPTU representatives will meet with the management of Andersen Ltd, Rathkeale, Co. Limerick, on Tuesday (10th September) to discuss the custom jewellery manufacturer’s announcement today (Friday, 6th September) that it has entered into voluntary liquidation.
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SIPTU opposes NTA plan to privatise 10% of bus services

12 September 2013

SIPTU will oppose a National Transport Authority (NTA) plan to privatise 10% of Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann routes that would severely damage the companies’ ability to continue to provide a nationwide public transport system.
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Milne Foods workers hold 48-hour work stoppage

12 September 2013

SIPTU members commenced a 48-hour work stoppage at 6.30 a.m. on Thursday, 12th September, at Milne Foods in Birr, County Offaly, due to the company’s failure to implement a Labour Court recommendation in relation to workers' conditions of employment.
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SIPTU activists present fairer budget proposals to Galway West TDs

16 September 2013

Members of the SIPTU Galway District Committee met with Fine Gael TD, Sean Kyne, and Fianna Fáil TD, Eamonn O’Cuiv, on Thursday, 12th September, to present them with Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) budget proposals that are aimed at boosting growth in our economy and creating jobs.
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Successful Fair Hotels Expo held in Liberty Hall

17 September 2013

Representatives of over 30 hotels and 50 organisations seeking to book event and conference venues attended a highly successful Fair Hotels Expo in Liberty Hall on Tuesday, 17th September.
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President Higgins launches 1913 Tapestry in Liberty Hall

18 September 2013

President Michael D Higgins launched a Tapestry depicting scenes and imagery from the 1913 Lockout in Liberty Hall, today (Wednesday, 18th September).
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SIPTU condemns appointment of liquidator to Andersen Ireland Ltd

18 September 2013

SIPTU has condemned the decision of the owners of Andersen Ireland Ltd to seek a court appointed liquidator. The move is expected to result in a total wind-up of the custom jewelry manufacturer based in Rathkeale, Co. Limerick, with the loss of over 160 jobs.
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SIPTU welcomes Labour Court recommendation on Home Helps

18 September 2013

SIPTU has welcomed a Labour Court recommendation issued today which puts the terms and conditions of 10,000 Home Helps employed by the Health Service Executive (HSE) on a firm and binding platform for the first time since the community service was established thirty years ago.
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Health workers protest against creeping privatisation of services

18 September 2013

SIPTU Health workers protested outside the Public Sector Finance and Efficiency Summit held in the Croke Park conference centre, Dublin, this morning (Wednesday, 18th September) to highlight the threat to services and jobs from the creeping privatisation of the health service.
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SIPTU Louth District Committee meets local TDs

19 September 2013

Representatives of the SIPTU Louth District Committee are meeting with all local TDs to present them with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions budget proposals that are aimed at boosting growth in our economy and creating jobs.
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SIPTU calls for economic stimulus to energise stagnant economy

20 September 2013

SIPTU has stated that the Quarterly National Accounts figures published today (Thursday, 19th September) confirm that the economy grew by a disappointing 0.4% between April and June this year and only serve to emphasise the need for a major economic stimulus.
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SIPTU calls for reduction in funding to private schools

20 September 2013

SIPTU has stated that proposed cutbacks in the education sector should be restricted to reducing the public funds which are provided to subsidise fee paying private schools.
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Sinn Féin TDs and councillors call on Minister to meet with community workers’ union

23 September 2013

Sinn Féin TDs and councillors have signed a SIPTU petition calling on the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, to “respect community sector workers and meet their union”.
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SIPTU to begin negotiations with liquidator of Andersen Ireland Ltd on Thursday

24 September 2013

SIPTU representatives will begin negotiations with the provisional liquidator of Andersen Ireland Ltd, Rathkeale, Co. Limerick, on Thursday, 26th September.
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Galway West Labour TD calls on Minister Hogan to meet with community workers’ union

25 September 2013

Galway West Labour TD, Derek Nolan, has signed a SIPTU petition calling on the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, to “respect community sector workers and meet their union”.
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Final sections of Liberty Hall 1913 Lockout wrap unfurled on Thursday and Friday

25 September 2013

The final two banners of the Liberty Hall wrap around, depicting scenes from the 1913 Lockout, will be unfurled on Thursday and Friday, 26th – 27th September.
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SIPTU hosts symposium of Magdalene Laundries oral history project

27 September 2013

A symposium outlining the key outcomes of a research project based largely on the testimonies of survivors of the Magdalene Laundries will be held in Liberty Hall, Dublin, on Saturday, 28th September, from 1.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
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SIPTU Louth District Committee meets local TDs

27 September 2013

Representatives of the SIPTU Louth District Committee have met with all their local TDs to present them with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) budget proposals that are aimed at boosting growth in our economy and creating jobs.
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SIPTU serves strike notice on McAllister Garage Ltd

30 September 2013

SIPTU has served strike notice on McAllister Garage Ltd (trading as McAllister Volkswagen), Airside Motor Park, Swords, Co. Dublin, with the action scheduled to commence on Monday, 7th October at 9.00 a.m.
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SIPTU welcomes Review of Joint Labour Committees

01 October 2013

SIPTU has welcomed the publication by the Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Enterprise, Richard Bruton, of the long awaited 'Review of the Joint Labour Committees' (JLCs).
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SS Hare docks in Dublin tomorrow

04 October 2013

A reenactment of the arrival of the SS Hare that carried food supplies from Britain for workers’ families during the 1913 Lockout is taking place on City Quay on Saturday (5th October) at 12.40 p.m.
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Banding Together concert in Liberty Hall tonight

10 October 2013

A world renowned Welsh male choir is among the acts appearing in the Banding Together concert in Liberty Hall Dublin, tonight (Thursday, 10th October), starting at 7.30 p.m.
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SIPTU Home Helps meeting in Roscommon to discuss new contracts

11 October 2013

SIPTU is holding an information meeting for HSE Home Helps based in County Roscommon, in Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon, on Thursday, 17th October at 7.30 p.m.
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SIPTU Home Helps meeting in Galway to discuss new contracts

14 October 2013

SIPTU is holding information meetings for HSE Home Helps based in Galway on Wednesday, 23rd October in the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit and Thursday, 24th October, in the Loughrea Hotel and Spa, Loughrea, both meetings commencing at 7.30pm.
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SIPTU talks with management in DART dispute

14 October 2013

SIPTU drivers at Irish Rail have held urgent discussions with management in order to prevent further disruption of DART services. The issue at the centre of the dispute relates to drivers being unilaterally instructed by management to carry out maintenance work on DART trains, according to SIPTU Organiser, Paul Cullen.
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SIPTU members regret unavailability of some Dublin Fine Gael TDs to discuss budget proposals

15 October 2013

The SIPTU Dublin District Council has stated that it regrets the failure of some Fine Gael TDs to meet constituents to discuss ICTU proposals aimed at boosting economic growth and creating jobs.
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Protest against cut to young people’s social welfare payments outside Dáil

15 October 2013

The Budget 2014 proposal to cut social welfare payments for under 26 year olds is an attempt to drive young workers into jobs without payment or out of the country, according to a coalition of youth campaign groups who will be protesting outside the Dáil on Wednesday, 16th October at 5.00 p.m.
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SIPTU condemns continued reduction in higher education funding

16 October 2013

SIPTU has condemned the proposal in Budget 2014 to maintain a €25 million reduction in funding to higher education institutions that was introduced in 2013. SIPTU Education Sector chairperson, Jack McGinley, said: “This cut in funding means that institutions are expected to deliver the same level of student services from a reduced budget or through the use of existing cash reserves held by them.
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SIPTU President says Budget 2014 requires much renovation

15 October 2013

Budget 2014 is one that requires much renovation SIPTU President, Jack O’Connor has said. In a review of today’s budget measures he said: “Granted, a €2.5bn budget is better than the €3.1bn originally projected. However, the Government could have got away with taking out a couple of hundred million euro less again while still safely undercutting the 5.1% deficit target for 2014.
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SIPTU Home Helps meeting in Leitrim to discuss new contracts

18 October 2013

SIPTU is holding an information meeting for HSE Home Helps based in County Leitrim in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, at 6.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 30th October.
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SIPTU supports Dáil protest against budget cuts affecting elderly people

18 October 2013

SIPTU is supporting a protest rally over cuts affecting the elderly, the sick and the vulnerable in Budget 2014 which is taking place outside the Dáil at 1.15 p.m. on Tuesday, 22nd October. SIPTU National Retired Staff Council chairman, Frank Gannon, said: “Budget 2014 delivered a substantial hit to older people in particular. Pensioners, those with a disability, carers, the sick and those living alone, will face increased hardship when the cuts in Budget 2014 are implemented. “This is why we are supporting the call for a show of solidarity with the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament and other organisations representing older peopleon Tuesday at Dáil Eireann.”
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SIPTU members at DCU to host meeting on ‘Defending the University’

18 October 2013

Lecturers, researchers and administrative staff at Dublin City University (DCU) have launched a charter to reclaim Irish universities from excessive commercialisation and corporate influence. The charter will be discussed at a meeting in DCU at 1.00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23rd.
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SIPTU President Jack O’Connor states that harsh budget will provoke private sector pay demands

07 October 2013

In his Presidential Address at the SIPTU Biennial Delegate Conference, SIPTU General President, Jack O’Connor, said that if the Government exceeds the 5.15% deficit target for Budget 2014, his union will urge the Private Sector Committee of Congress to “spearhead a radical new drive for pay increases across the economy”.
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SIPTU Home Helps to meet in Letterkenny to discuss new contracts

21 October 2013

SIPTU is holding information meetings for HSE Home Helps based in Donegal at 3.30 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. on Tuesday 29th October in the Mount Errigal hotel, Letterkenny. The meetings will discuss the recent Labour Court recommendation concerning Home Helps’ contracts of employment which establishes a new minimum threshold of working hours and curtails the outsourcing of the service.
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Permanent liquidator appointed to Andersen Ireland Ltd

22 October 2013

A permanent liquidator was appointed to the jewellery manufacturer, Andersen Ireland Ltd, Rathkeale, Co. Limerick, at the High Court on Monday (21st October).
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Youth groups to protest dole cuts with a Dáil queue

22 October 2013

Youth campaign groups, representing young workers, the unemployed and students will protest proposals contained in Budget 2014 to cut Job Seekers Allowance for those under 26 by forming a 'Dáil queue' on Kildare Street, Dublin, tomorrow (Wednesday, 23rd October) at 12.00 p.m.
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SIPTU pensioners demand reversal of savage cuts at Dáil protest

22 October 2013

Many SIPTU pensioners were among the several thousand people who gathered outside the Dáil this afternoon (Tuesday, 22nd October) to protest against a series of cuts in Budget 2014 which target the elderly and young.
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SIPTU Home Helps meeting in Sligo to discuss new contracts

24 October 2013

SIPTU is holding an information meeting for HSE Home Helps at 4.00 p.m. on Thursday 31st October at the Glasshouse Hotel in Sligo. The meeting will discuss the recent Labour Court recommendation concerning Home Helps’ contracts of employment which establishes a new minimum threshold of working hours and curtails the outsourcing of the service.
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SIPTU NEC expresses disappointment at low yield from pension tax relief for very high earners

24 October 2013

The National Executive Council (NEC) of SIPTU has declared its deep disappointment at yesterday’s revelation that the Budget changes to pension tax relief for very high earners will now yield only €120 million as against the €250 million promised this time last year. In a statement issued during its monthly meeting today, the NEC also said that it is absolutely dismayed that the €130 million shortfall is now to be funded by the increased levy on workers’ pension funds which it described as another classic example of working people subsidising the rich.
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SIPTU and UNITE call on Government to intervene following wind down of ACC

25 October 2013

SIPTU Sector Organiser, Adrian Kane, and UNITE Regional Officer, Colm Quinlan, have said that the decision to wind down ACC it is a very sad day for the bank’s employees and their families.
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SIPTU Dublin Bus drivers vote to reject cost cutting proposals

25 October 2013

SIPTU Dublin Bus drivers have voted by 51% to 49% to reject proposed changes to workers’ terms of employment following a ballot which was counted in Liberty Hall, Dublin, today (Friday, 25th October).
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SIPTU welcomes positive review of the Local Community Development Programme

29 October 2013

SIPTU which represents Local Development Company (LDC) workers across the country has welcomed the findings of the mid-term review of the Local and Community Development programme. The report, undertaken by the Centre for Effective Services, (CES) was published on 25th October by the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government on its website.
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SIPTU Home Helps meeting in Limerick to discuss new contracts

29 October 2013

SIPTU is holding two information meetings for HSE Home Helps based in Limerick on Tuesday 5th November at the South Court Hotel, and Monday 11th November at the Courtney Lodge Hotel, with both meetings commencing at 7.00 p.m. The meetings will discuss the recent Labour Court recommendation concerning Home Helps’ contracts of employment which establishes a new minimum threshold of working hours and curtails the outsourcing of the service.
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SIPTU members in NCI to take industrial action

29 October 2013

SIPTU members in the National College of Ireland (NCI), Dublin will commence industrial action on Wednesday, 30th October. The action is in response to the unilateral breach by the college management of an agreement reached with union members two years ago.
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SIPTU officers will support ballot decision by members in Dublin Bus

31 October 2013

SIPTU General President, Jack O’Connor, has said that the national officers of the union will sanction industrial action if members in Dublin Bus ballot for it next week. SIPTU drivers in Dublin Bus are to ballot on whether to take strike action after they narrowly rejected the latest proposals on cost cutting measures in the company.
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SIPTU President calls for establishment of State Investment Bank

01 November 2013

SIPTU President, Jack O'Connor, has called on the Government to make good on its commitment in the Programme for Government for the creation of a State Investment Bank using the ACC branch network.
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SIPTU President welcomes Fianna Fáil support for State Investment Bank

03 November 2013

SIPTU President, Jack O'Connor, has welcomed the support by Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath for the establishment of a Strategic Investment Bank. He said that following the Government’s welcome introduction of a strategic investment fund it should now be followed by the establishment of a Strategic Investment Bank using the branch network of ACC bank.
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Young People’s Assembly in Liberty Hall

06 November 2013

A major gathering of young people to discuss how to combat unemployment, forced emigration and the other crises affecting their generation will be held in Liberty Hall on Saturday, 9th November, starting at 12.00 p.m.
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Young People’s Assembly in Liberty Hall

06 November 2013

A major gathering of young people to discuss how to combat unemployment, forced emigration and the other crises affecting their generation will be held in Liberty Hall on Saturday, 9th November, starting at 12.00 p.m.
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SIPTU opposes HSE attempt to re-write Haddington Road Agreement

06 November 2013

SIPTU has challenged an attempt by the management of the HSE to re-interpret the Haddington Road Agreement to include targeted redundancies and it’s placing of cost savings ahead of the provision of patient services. SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “I despair at the content of a memorandum issued today (6th November) by the HSE National Director of Human Resources, Barry O’Brien, in which it states that a scheme aimed at an unspecified number of targeted redundancies will commence on 1st January, 2014.
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SIPTU drivers in Dublin Bus vote against strike action

06 November 2013

SIPTU Dublin Bus drivers have voted by 72% to 28% against taking strike action in opposition to the implementation of a cost-savings plan. Counting of the ballots by the drivers was completed in Liberty Hall this evening.
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SIPTU regrets closure of Dublin Community Television

07 November 2013

SIPTU has expressed regret at the decision of the committee of Dublin Community Television (DCTV) to begin the orderly wind down of the station due to lack of funding.
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Vincent Browne to launch new edition of Sins of the Father in Liberty Hall

11 November 2013

Broadcaster Vincent Browne will launch a new edition of a controversial book on the Irish economic collapse, Sins of the Father, in Liberty Hall, Dublin, on Wednesday, 13th November, at 6.00 p.m.
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SIPTU members at Newbridge Credit Union to meet over transfer to Permanent TSB

11 November 2013

SIPTU members in Newbridge Credit Union will meet this evening (Monday 11th November) following the High Court decision on Sunday to transfer it to Permanent TSB.
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Community Sector Workers’ Assembly in Liberty Hall

14 November 2013

Hundreds of workers from the Community and Voluntary Sector will be meeting in Liberty Hall on Monday, 18th November, to discuss how to protect jobs and community services in light of years of budget cuts.
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SIPTU regrets Lufthansa Technik Airmotive decision on Dublin plant

15 November 2013

SIPTU regrets the decision by Lufthansa Technik Airmotive Ireland to announce that it is considering the closure of its plant in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin, which would result in the loss of 400 jobs.
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Union representatives begin negotiations with Lufthansa Technik Airmotive

18 November 2013

Trade union representatives are meeting with the management of Lufthansa Technik Airmotive Ireland today (Monday, 18th November) to discuss the future of the company’s plant in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin, and the over 400 workers employed in it.
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ESB workers vote for industrial action

18 November 2013

ESB workers voted by a majority of 87.5% to 12.5% to take industrial action in a dispute arising from a €1.6 billion deficit in the pension scheme at the semi-state company.
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SIPTU Home Helps to meet in Longford to discuss new contracts

20 November 2013

SIPTU is holding an information meeting for HSE Home Helps based in Co. Longford on Thursday, 28th November, at 7.00 p.m. in the Longford Arms Hotel, Longford Town. The meeting will discuss the recent Labour Court recommendation concerning the contracts of employment for Home Helps which establishes a new minimum threshold of working hours and curtails the outsourcing of the service.
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Tara Mines lease extension is good news for workers

21 November 2013

The announcement today (Thursday, 21st November) that the Government has agreed the terms of new leases for the continuation of mining, and its substantial extension, at Tara Mines, Co. Meath, is “good news” for the 650 workers employed there, according to SIPTU Organiser, John Regan.
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SIPTU seeks meeting with An Bord Altranais over increase to registration fee

21 November 2013

SIPTU has written to An Bord Altranais requesting an urgent meeting to discuss its decision to increase the annual registration fee for nurses and midwives from the 1st January 2014.
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Call for Irish construction workers to seek compensation for UK blacklist

22 November 2013

SIPTU has called on Irish construction workers who may have been included on a ‘blacklist’ utilised by leading British building firms from the late 1960s until 2009, to contact the GMB trade union so they can been assisted in seeking compensation.
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SIPTU calls for the Government's focus to remain on the creation of decent work

26 November 2013

The latest Central Statistics Office figures, released today (Tuesday, 26th November), showing a rise in the number of those in work are positive but the Government’s focus must remain on the creation of decent jobs, according to SIPTU Policy Analyst, Lorraine Mulligan.
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Liebherr workers undertake a one-day work stoppage

27 November 2013

SIPTU members at Liebherr Container Cranes, Killarney, are undertaking a one-day work stoppage on Wednesday, 27th November, due to the company’s failure to honour a pay claim that was due to them since 2009.
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SIPTU calls on Cork City Council to retain social housing services

28 November 2013

SIPTU has called on Cork City Council not to implement plans to sell or transfer social housing stock to housing associations as its retention under local authority control is in the best interest of tenants.
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Labour Court hearing scheduled for Liebherr dispute

28 November 2013

SIPTU members at Liebherr Container Cranes, Killarney, have accepted an invitation to the attend a hearing of the Labour Court on Wednesday, 4th December, to discuss a dispute at the company concerning its failure to honour a pay claim that was due to workers since 2009.
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SIPTU members in Marks & Spencer vote for strike action

30 November 2013

SIPTU members employed in Marks & Spencer stores have voted 100% in favour of industrial action and by 97.5% to 2.5% in favour of strike action following the company’s decision to unilaterally closethe workers’ defined benefit pension scheme.
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SIPTU to meet with Baxter Healthcare to discuss job losses

02 December 2013

SIPTU representatives will meet with the management of Baxter Healthcare tomorrow (3rd December) to discuss its announcement of 110 redundancies at the company’s plant in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
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SIPTU to meet Pfizer management on Friday to discuss job losses

04 December 2013

SIPTU representatives will meet with the management of Pfizer Ireland on Friday, 6th December, at 2.00 p.m. to discuss its announcement of 150 job losses at the company’s plant in Newbridge, Co. Kildare.
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SIPTU calls decrease in Live Register numbers a ‘positive sign’

04 December 2013

Live Register figures for November, released today (Wednesday, 4th December), showing a decrease of 25,400 in the number of people signing on since the start of 2013 are a positive sign for the economy according to SIPTU economist, Marie Sherlock.
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SIPTU disappointed at decision to place Kraus & Naimer into liquidation

06 December 2013

SIPTU has expressed disappointment at the decision of the management of Kraus & Naimer Ireland Ltd, Shannon, Co. Clare, to place the company into liquidation despite recent talks with workers on strategies to maintain its operation.
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SIPTU members strike at Marks and Spencer

07 December 2013

SIPTU members employed in Marks & Spencer stores will conduct a one-day strike action on Saturday (7th December) in opposition to a management decision to unilaterally close the workers’ defined benefit pension scheme.
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Strike notice served on Resource Facilities Service Ltd

09 December 2013

SIPTU has served notice of industrial action on Resource Facilities Service Ltd for Monday, 16th December. The company operates cleaning services at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.
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Liebherr workers to seek clarification on Labour Court recommendation

10 December 2013

SIPTU members at Liebherr Container Cranes, Killarney, Co. Kerry, are seeking clarification of a number of points, for the avoidance of doubt, in a Labour Court recommendation issued in relation to the dispute at the company concerning its failure to honour a pay claim that was due to workers since 2009.
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SIPTU members defer strike action at Marks & Spencer

12 December 2013

SIPTU members employed in Marks & Spencer stores are deferring a one day stoppage work scheduled to take place on Thursday, 12th December.
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SIPTU calls on Liebherr management to respect industrial relations process

12 December 2013

SIPTU has called on the management of Liebherr Container Cranes, Killarney, Co. Kerry, to respect the industrial relations process and Labour Court recommendation in the dispute over pay at the company.
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SIPTU calls on Beaumont Hospital management to intervene in cleaners dispute

13 December 2013

SIPTU has called on the management of Beaumont Hospital to intervene in a dispute involving Resources Facilities Services Ltd, a contract cleaning company, which has implemented a cut to its workers pay without agreement.
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Unions disappointed at sale of Bord Gáis Energy

13 December 2013

The Bord Gáis Group of Unions has expressed disappointment with the Government’s decision to sell Bord Gáis Energy to a consortium of private companies led by the UK based Centrica Plc.
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SIPTU says social solidarity key to defeating racism

16 December 2013

SIPTU has expressed concern at the prevalence of racist incidents as indicated in the first quarterly report from iReport.ie and the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) Ireland, published today (Monday, 16th December).
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The Making of the Great 1913 Lockout Tapestry book available to buy now

16 December 2013

A limited edition commemorative book outlining the background and production of the 1913 Lockout Tapestry is now available to buy from SIPTU and selected bookshops in Dublin.
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SIPTU says more detail needed on Medium-Term Economic Strategy

17 December 2013

SIPTU has described the Government’s Medium-Term Economic Strategy published today (Tuesday, 17th December) as a reasonable diagnosis of the challenges facing the Irish economy but more detail is needed on how progress can be made.
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SIPTU members in Liebherr to ballot on recommendation in early January

18 December 2013

SIPTU members employed in Liebherr Container Cranes, Killarney, Co. Kerry, will ballot in early January on a Labour Court recommendation aimed at resolving a dispute at the company.
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SIPTU members in Marks and Spencer accept Labour Court recommendation

19 December 2013

SIPTU members in Marks and Spencer have voted by 96% to 4% to accept a Labour Court recommendation in relation to a dispute at the company which resulted from a management decsion to unilaterally close the workers’ defined benefit pension scheme.
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SIPTU says third quarter national accounts indicate pick up in domestic demand

19 December 2013

SIPTU has stated that the quarterly national accounts, published today (Thursday, 19th December), show a welcome pick-up in domestic demand with real GDP rising by 1.5% in the third quarter of 2013.
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Cleaners at Beaumont Hospital to escalate dispute

18 December 2013

SIPTU members in Resources Facilities Services Ltd, a contract cleaning company, are to take three further days of action at Beaumont Hospital in a dispute resulting from the company decision to implement a cut to workers pay without agreement.
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SIPTU calls Lufthansa Technik Airmotive closure a devastating blow for workers

20 December 2013

SIPTU has criticised the decision by the management of Lufthansa Technik Airmotive Ireland to serve redundancy notices on its workers today (Friday, 20th December) while negotiations at the Labour Court on redundancy terms were ongoing.
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LRC to convene hearing on Resources Facilities Services Ltd dispute

20 December 2013

SIPTU representatives have agreed to attend a Labour Relations Commission (LRC) hearing concerning the dispute at Resources Facilities Services Ltd, a contract cleaning company, on Thursday, 2nd January.
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SIPTU welcomes the strong growth of the Irish film industry during 2013

23 December 2013

The SIPTU Arts and Culture Sector has welcomed figures from the Irish Film Board which indicate strong growth of the film, television and animation industry during 2013.
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SIPTU Meath District Council expresses condolences to family of Shane Donnelly

23 December 2013

The SIPTU Meath District Council has expressed its sincere condolences to the family of Shane Donnelly who was tragically killed in an accident on Sunday (22nd December).
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