Press Releases 2017

SIPTU DFB members not surprised by HIQA finding of under-resourced ambulance service in Dublin

27 March 2017

SIPTU Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) representatives have said that their members are not surprised by findings concerning the under-resourcing of the ambulance service in Dublin contained in a report issued by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) last week.
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SIPTU members in EPL conduct 24-hour work stoppage in collective bargaining dispute

27 March 2017

SIPTU members in Edenderry Power Ltd (EPL), Edenderry, County Offaly, began a 24-hour work stoppage today (Monday, 27th March), at 7.30 a.m. in a dispute concerning collective bargaining rights at the power generation plant.
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SIPTU outlines steps for ending the crisis in Bus Éireann and resolving the strike

24 March 2017

SIPTU has this afternoon (Friday, 24th January) released to its membership a series of steps which would assist in ending the strike by Bus Éireann workers and resolve the wider crisis in the public transport network.
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Strike at Tim Hastings Volkswagen Garage in Westport ends with agreed settlement

23 March 2017

SIPTU members in Tim Hastings Volkswagen Garage in Westport, County Mayo, have ended more than six weeks of strike action after agreeing a settlement with management following a recent conciliation conference at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).
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SIPTU members in Bus Éireann announce all out strike action from tomorrow

23 March 2017

SIPTU members in Bus Éireann have announced that they will commence an indefinite all out-strike action and place pickets on bus stations across the country, from Friday (24th March) at 12.01 a.m., in a dispute over cuts to pay, the casualisation of work and the threat of job losses at the company.
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SIPTU representatives present leaflets to BNM board concerning EPL work stoppage

23 March 2017

SIPTU representatives presented leaflets outlining why their members in Edenderry Power Ltd (EPL), Edenderry, County Offaly, will be conducting a 24-hour work stoppage on Monday, 27th March, to the members of the board of Bord na Móna at the semi-state company’s headquarters in Newbridge, County Kildare, today (Thursday, 23rd March).
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SIPTU to meet with other Bus Éireann unions to discuss latest management threats

22 March 2017

SIPTU representatives will tomorrow (Thursday, 23rd March) meet with the other trade unions involved in the Bus Éireann dispute to establish a common strategy and response to the latest demands by management for changes to conditions of employment at the company.
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SIPTU members in Trinity College Dublin defer issuing notice of industrial action

22 March 2017

SIPTU members working in Trinity College Dublin have decided to defer issuing a notice of industrial action in a dispute concerning the failure of management to offer permanent contracts to staff.
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SIPTU supports agreed co-operative approach to proposed changes at RTÉ

22 March 2017

SIPTU representatives were fully briefed by the management of RTÉ yesterday (Tuesday, 21st March) prior to its announcement this morning that it intends to implement a restructuring of the organisation and sell a portion of its campus in Donnybrook, Dublin 4.
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Clerys workers meet Natrium Director Deirdre Foley after 21-month campaign

21 March 2017

Members of the Justice for the Clerys Workers Campaign finally met Natrium director, Deirdre Foley, prior to a press conference in the Mansion House this morning (Tuesday, 21st March) to announce a settlement to the 21-month long dispute which resulted from the closure of the iconic department store.
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SIPTU President expresses condolences at death of Martin McGuinness

21 March 2017

The General President of SIPTU, Jack O’ Connor, has expressed his deep condolences to the family of Martin McGuinness following the death of the former deputy first minister, Martin McGuinness.
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SIPTU responds to Bus Eireann offer of dialogue at WRC

16 March 2017

SIPTU representatives in Bus Eireann have said that they will enter discussions with management at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) on the basis that any payroll or personnel changes at the company are achieved by agreement.
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SIPTU calls on Bus Éireann management to adopt an equitable approach to change

15 March 2017

SIPTU representatives have criticised an attempt by the management of Bus Éireann to force through an inequitable wage cuts at the company which overwhelmingly focus on the earnings of bus drivers and other staff while ignoring senior management.
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SIPTU criticises temporary layoff of workers in Taravale in Naas

14 March 2017

SIPTU representatives have criticised the recent ‘temporary layoff’ of 14 union members by the management of Taravale in Naas, County Kildare, as possibly an attempt to conceal a redundancy situation.
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Early Years educators to attend ‘Big Start’ meeting in Connolly Hall, Cork on 20th March

14 March 2017

Early Years educators are invited to attend a meeting of the SIPTU ‘Big Start’ campaign for increased investment in the Early Years sector in Connolly Hall, Lapps Quay, Cork, on Monday, 20th March, at 7.00 p.m. The meeting will focus on the lack of State funding for the sector, the issue of low-pay for workers and developing a network to campaign for improvements.
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SIPTU members seek talks with Coty over Nenagh plant closure

14 March 2017

SIPTU members today (Tuesday 14th March) were advised by the management of Coty of the proposed closure of its facility in Nenagh , county Tipperary, with the loss of over 200 jobs. Coty management has informed workers that it intends to close the plant by the end of 2018.
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SIPTU representatives say Bus Éireann strike unavoidable due to management intransigence

14 March 2017

SIPTU representatives have said that the intransigence of Bus Éireann management has led to strike action being unavoidable following the breakdown of talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) last night.
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SIPTU members in EPL announce 24-hour work stoppage in collective bargaining dispute

13 March 2017

SIPTU members in Edenderry Power Ltd (EPL), Edenderry, County Offaly, have given the company notice, today (Monday, 13th March), of their intention to conduct a 24-hour work stoppage in a dispute concerning collective bargaining rights.
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SIPTU members in Trinity College Dublin vote for strike action

10 March 2017

SIPTU members working in Trinity College Dublin have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial and strike action, in a dispute concerning the failure of management to offer permanent contracts to staff, in a ballot counted in Liberty Hall, Dublin 1, today (Friday, 10th March).
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SIPTU supports measures included in new Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017

09 March 2017

SIPTU has stated its support for measures included in the new Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017 which includes legislation to criminalise the purchase of sex and ensure vulnerable women, children and men in prostitution can access supports.
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Agreement to enter into talks process concerning Dublin Fire Brigade dispute

08 March 2017

Following an invitation from the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr, in relation to the imminent industrial action by members of the Dublin Fire Brigade, scheduled for 18th and 27th March, both unions and the senior management of Dublin City Council held a meeting today (Wednesday, 8th March) in the Mansion House, Dublin 2.
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SIPTU calls for women to take action on the gender pay gap by organising in unions

08 March 2017

SIPTU has called for women to become organised in their unions so that effective action can be taken to overcome the gender pay gap which Eurostat figures published on International Women’s Day (Wednesday, 8th March) indicate is still prevalent throughout the economy.
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SIPTU members in Dublin Fire Brigade to conduct two 24-hour work stoppages

06 March 2017

SIPTU members in Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) will conduct 24-hour work stoppages on Saturday, 18th March, and Monday, 27th March, to highlight their opposition to an attempt to break up the DFB Emergency Medical Service by removing its ambulance call and dispatch function.
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Several hundred rally in support of Tim Hastings Volkswagen workers in Westport

06 March 2017

SIPTU members in Tim Hastings Volkswagen, who have been on strike since early February, were joined by hundreds of supporters in Westport, County Mayo, on Saturday (4th March), to highlight the campaign for the workers to be paid their redundancy entitlements and for management to respect a Labour Court recommendation.
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SIPTU places decent jobs and protection of community transport services to fore at Bus Éireann talks

06 March 2017

SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 6th March) placed the safeguarding of decent full-time jobs, the protection of routes serving rural communities and the preservation of local bus garages to the fore at talks at the Workplace Relation Commission (WRC) concerning the Bus Éireann dispute.
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SIPTU Nursing and Midwifery Committee endorse nursing recruitment proposals

06 March 2017

The SIPTU Nursing and Midwifery Committee has this morning (Monday, 6th March) endorsed a set of Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) proposals aimed at assisting recruitment and retention of nursing staff in the public health service.
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SIPTU Firefighters and supporters protest outside fire stations across Dublin

04 March 2017

SIPTU Firefighters and hundreds of their supporters protested outside fire stations across Dublin today (Saturday, 4th March) to highlight their opposition to an attempt to break up the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) Emergency Medical Service by removing its ambulance call and dispatch function.
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SIPTU representatives consider revised nursing recruitment and retention proposals

04 March 2017

SIPTU representatives have this morning (Saturday, 4th March) agreed to consider revised nursing recruitment and retention proposals following 15 hours of talks with management at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).
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Rally in support of Tim Hastings Volkswagen workers in Westport tomorrow

03 March 2017

SIPTU is calling upon supporters of the Tim Hastings Volkswagen workers, who have been on strike since early February, to come out in large numbers for a major rally in Westport, County Mayo, tomorrow (Saturday, 4th March).
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SIPTU accepts intervention of WRC in Bus Éireann dispute

03 March 2017

SIPTU representatives have this afternoon (Friday, 3rd March) accepted an invitation to talks on Monday (6th March) at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) aimed at resolving the dispute with the management of Bus Éireann.
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SIPTU Firefighters support protests outside Dublin fire stations on Saturday

03 March 2017

SIPTU members in Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) are calling upon members of the public and elected representatives to support protests against the break up of the DFB Emergency Medical Service outside fire stations across the city on Saturday, 4th March, between 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m.
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SIPTU calls Bus Éireann dispute a battle for the future of the semi-state sector and rural Ireland

03 March 2017

SIPTU members in Bus Éireann have been informed that the impending strike at their company, which will commence on Monday (6th March), is one which must be won in order to secure a future for all semi-state workers and rural Ireland.
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Irish Equity welcomes progress of Bill to return collective bargaining rights to freelance workers

02 March 2017

SIPTU has welcomed the progress of the Competition (Amendment) Bill 2016, from the Seanad to Dáil Eireann. This Bill, which seeks to return collective bargaining rights to freelance workers, was debated in the Dail on Tuesday (28th February) and continues to travel through the legislative process with all party support.
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SIPTU members in CIT Student Services Ltd suspend industrial action

01 March 2017

SIPTU members employed by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) Student Services Ltd have decided to suspend a scheduled one-day work stoppage tomorrow (Thursday, 2nd March) following union representatives and management agreeing a set of proposed wage increases.
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SIPTU nursing and midwifery representatives accept invitation to WRC

02 March 2017

SIPTU nursing and midwifery representatives have today (Thursday, 2nd March) accepted an invitation from the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to attend talks aimed at addressing the outstanding issues in the sector.
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Early Years educators invited to attend ‘Big Start’ meeting in Athlone on 7th March

28 February 2017

Early Years educators are invited to attend a meeting of the SIPTU ‘Big Start’ campaign for better and affordable childcare in Monksland Community Centre, Athlone on 7.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 7th March. The meeting will focus on the lack of State funding for the sector, the issue of low-pay for workers and developing a network to campaign for improvements.
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SIPTU condemns NTA blueprint for destruction of Bus Éireann services

28 February 2017

SIPTU has condemned a plan released by the National Transport Authority (NTA), today (Tuesday, 28th February), which envisages the replacement of Bus Éireann services by those of private bus operators on vital routes across the country.
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SIPTU warns Bus Éireann over threatened cuts to services

27 February 2017

SIPTU members in Bus Éireann will commence an all-out strike action on Monday, 6th March, if management at the company carries out a series of threatened cuts which it outlined in a letter issued to staff this afternoon (Monday, 27th February).
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SIPTU members in CIT Student Services CLG to conduct one-day work stoppage

27 February 2017

SIPTU members employed by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) Student Services CLG will implement a work stoppage and place pickets on entrances to the Institute on Thursday, 2nd March, from 7.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
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SIPTU confirms strike action by health service support workers is averted

24 February 2017

SIPTU representatives have today (Friday, 24th February) confirmed that strike action by up to 10,000 support workers in the health service has been averted. This follows an agreement with the HSE concerning a dispute which centred on job evaluation, incremental credit for support staff interns and concessions for emergency department staff.
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SIPTU members call on Tim Hastings Volkswagen to withdraw misleading statement

24 February 2017

SIPTU members currently on strike at Tim Hastings Volkswagen in Westport, County Mayo, have called on management to withdraw a misleading statement issued to the media yesterday (Thursday, 23rd February) concerning redundancies at the company.
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SIPTU members in EPL vote for strike action in collective bargaining dispute

24 February 2017

SIPTU members in Edenderry Power Ltd (EPL), Edenderry, County Offaly, have voted by a five to one majority for industrial and strike action in a ballot counted last night (Thursday, 23rd February).
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SIPTU to hold major rally in Westport in support of Tim Hastings Volkswagen workers on 4th March

22 February 2017

SIPTU members from across the country will attend a rally in Westport, County Mayo, on Saturday, 4th March, to show their support for workers who have been on strike at the garage since early February.
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Workers Rights Welcome Centre to open in Cork to assist people with workplace issues

22 February 2017

A Workers Rights Welcome Centre, which is open to all workers who wish to ‘drop in’ for information and advice on workplace issues, will open in Connolly Hall, Lapps Quay, Cork, on Friday, 24th February, at 12.00 p.m.
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SIPTU members set for strike action after breakdown of Bus Éireann talks

21 February 2017

SIPTU members working in Bus Éireann are set to take strike action after the failure of management to present a competent and credible plan to union representatives at talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) today (Tuesday, 21st February).
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SIPTU says Bus Éireann talks at WRC reach critical stage with progress possible

21 February 2017

SIPTU representatives will today (Tuesday, 21st February) enter a third day of talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) aimed at resolving the dispute at Bus Éireann and averting an all-out strike action by workers at the public transport company.
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SIPTU says document presented by Bus Éireann at WRC creates more fear and uncertainty

20 February 2017

SIPTU representatives attending talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), today (Monday, 20th February), concerning threatened cuts at Bus Éireann have said that a document presented by management to unions only serves to create more fear and uncertainty among staff and those who rely on public transport services.
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SIPTU members in Trinity College Dublin to ballot for strike action

20 February 2017

SIPTU members working in Trinity College Dublin are to ballot for industrial and strike action in a dispute concerning the failure of management to offer permanent contracts to staff.
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SIPTU says Bus Éireann management seems intent on collapsing WRC talks

20 February 2017

SIPTU representatives attending talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), today (Monday, 20th February), have raised concerns that the company is intent on collapsing the process following the release of a document to staff prior to its full discussion at the meeting. The WRC talks concern the ongoing dispute at Bus Éireann over attempts by the company to greatly reduce workers’ pay and conditions of employment.
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SIPTU members in Cork County Council vote for strike action

17 February 2017

SIPTU members in Cork County Council have voted by three to one in favour of strike action in a dispute resulting from the refusal of management to engage with the workforce planning process and recruit more staff to adequately delivery statutory services.
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SIPTU members strike action at Tim Hastings Volkswagen enters third week

17 February 2017

The strike action by SIPTU members at Tim Hastings Volkswagen in Westport, County Mayo, entered its second week today (Friday, 17th February) with the workers preparing for a major escalation of their campaign.
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SIPTU warns Bus Éireann at WRC it will not facilitate the destruction of public transport

17 February 2017

SIPTU representatives attending a meeting of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) today (Friday, 17th February) to discuss the Bus Éireann dispute took the opportunity to inform management that the union will not facilitate its savage attack on public bus services.
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SIPTU calls on Kerry Group to accept invitation to attend Labour Court

14 February 2017

SIPTU representatives have called on the Kerry Group to accept an invitation to attend a hearing of the Labour Court concerning the ongoing dispute at the company’s plants in Charleville, County Cork.
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SIPTU Dublin Fire Brigade members vote for strike action in ambulance dispute

17 February 2017

SIPTU Firefighters have overwhelmingly voted in favour of taking industrial and strike action in a dispute resulting from an attempt by senior management in Dublin City Council to break up the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) Emergency Medical Service by outsourcing its ambulance call and dispatch function.
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SIPTU supports intervention of National Oversight Body in health service dispute

17 February 2017

SIPTU representatives have expressed support for the intervention of the Public Service Agreements National Oversight Body in a dispute concerning access to a job evaluation scheme for support staff in the health service.
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SIPTU members suspend strike action at Kerry Group to facilitate Labour Court hearing

16 February 2017

SIPTU members have suspended scheduled strike action at the Kerry Group plants in Charleville, County Cork, following an agreement by management to attend a Labour Court hearing concerning the dispute at the company.
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SIPTU calls for protection of job activation schemes which prioritise social inclusion

15 February 2017

SIPTU Community Sector representatives have called for the government not to target community based job activation schemes, which play a crucial role in promoting social inclusion for vulnerable groups, for further cuts in funding.
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SIPTU talks with Council on Dublin Fire Brigade dispute end without agreement

14 February 2017

SIPTU representatives have expressed disappointment that talks held yesterday (Monday, 13th February) between union representatives and management in Dublin City Council concerning the Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance dispute concluded without agreement.
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SIPTU supports project to increase knowledge of Human Rights among older people

14 February 2017

SIPTU has stated its support for the National Project for the Elders which will be launched in Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin 6, on Wednesday, 22nd February, between 10.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m.
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SIPTU accepts invitation to exploratory WRC talks on Bus Éireann dispute

14 February 2017

SIPTU representatives have accepted an invitation to attend exploratory talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to discuss the dispute at Bus Éireann which has led to scheduled strike action, which is due to commence on Monday, 20th February.
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SIPTU members working as support staff vote for strike action in selected hospitals

13 February 2017

SIPTU members employed as health service support staff have voted by 94% to 6% in favour of taking strike action in selected hospitals in a dispute concerning breaches of the national public service agreements and their exclusion from concessions provided to other emergency department workers.
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Early Years educators to present TDs with Valentine’s Cards at Dáil tomorrow

13 February 2017

Early Years educators involved in the SIPTU ‘Big Start’ campaign will be delivering hundreds of Valentine’s Cards to TDs and Senators in Leinster House, Dublin 2, tomorrow (14th February) at 12.30 p.m.
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Tesco Dispute

14 February 2017

This morning, Tuesday, 14th February, our colleagues in Mandate trade union commenced an official industrial dispute with Tesco Ireland and have placed pickets on eight stores across the Republic of Ireland. A further eight stores will join the strike on Friday, 17th February 2017. Tesco Ireland is threatening to make unilateral changes, without agreement, to the contracts of employment of long serving staff which could see significant reductions in their take home pay. It is unacceptable to all trade unionists that an employer would make unilateral changes to terms and conditions/contracts of employment and agreements. The threat by Tesco Ireland to impose changes without agreement cannot be condoned.
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SIPTU to meet with Dublin City Council to discuss Dublin Fire Brigade dispute

13 February 2017

SIPTU representatives have accepted a request to meet with senior management in Dublin City Council this afternoon (Monday, 13th February) to discuss a dispute which has resulted in the commencement of a ballot for strike action by members in the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB)
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SIPTU members at Dublin Bus to ballot for industrial action in pensions row

13 February 2017

SIPTU representatives at Dublin Bus are to commence an immediate ballot for industrial action over the breach by the company of the terms of settlement agreed by all parties at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) in September 2016.
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SIPTU members in Kerry Group escalate dispute with four more work stoppages

10 February 2017

SIPTU members at the Kerry Group plants in Charleville, County Cork, have scheduled four 24-hour work stoppages over the next two weeks (Tuesday 14th, Friday 17th, Tuesday 21st and Friday 24th February) in a dispute which results from the company’s refusal to attend the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).
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SIPTU members in Dublin Bus and Irish Rail pledge solidarity with Bus Éireann workers

10 February 2017

SIPTU members in Dublin Bus and Irish Rail have pledged to display solidarity with their colleagues in Bus Éireann, who face massive reductions in their conditions of employment if management carries out threatened unilateral cuts on 20th February.
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Unions at BNM criticise purchase of UK compost manufacturing company

10 February 2017

Union members have expressed disappointment at the decision by management at Bord Na Mona (BNM) to purchase White Moss Horticulture (WHM), a UK compost manufacturing company.
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Enda Kenny to receive over 100 Valentine’s Cards from childcare professionals

09 February 2017

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will receive over 100 Valentine’s Cards on Tuesday, 14th February, from Early Years professionals in County Mayo who are involved in the ‘Big Start’ campaign which is calling for major reform in the struggling sector.
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SIPTU members condemn use of strike breakers in Kerry Group dispute

09 February 2017

SIPTU members have called upon the management of Kerry Group plants in Charleville, County Cork, to desist from using strike breakers or face the further escalation of a dispute which results from the company’s refusal to attend the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).
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SIPTU supports HSE submission calling for major investment in ambulance service

09 February 2017

SIPTU Ambulance representatives have today (Thursday, 9th February) demanded that the Government prioritise the recommendations contained in a submission made by a HSE subcommittee which state that a €277 million investment over ten years is needed to develop the National Ambulance Service.
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SIPTU will engage in talks with Bus Éireann once threat to workers conditions removed

08 February 2017

SIPTU has stated that it will engage in talks with the management of Bus Éireann once the company removes its threat to unilaterally implement changes to workers’ terms and conditions of employment on Monday, 20th February.
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SIPTU cautiously hopeful about outcome of nursing and midwifery recruitment talks

08 February 2017

SIPTU Nursing representatives have today (Wednesday, 8th February) said they are cautiously hopeful concerning the outcome of talks with senior management at the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Department of Health aimed at resolving a dispute concerning the recruitment and retention of nurses and midwives.
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SIPTU will engage in talks with Bus Éireann once threat to workers conditions removed

08 February 2017

SIPTU has stated that it will engage in talks with the management of Bus Éireann once the company removes its threat to unilaterally implement changes to workers’ terms and conditions of employment on Monday, 20th February.
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SIPTU calls for halt to increase in cost of board and lodgings for hospitality workers

08 February 2017

A SIPTU delegation addressed the Low Pay Commission today (Wednesday, 8th February) to outline the reasons why their union is calling for a halt on any increase in the amount employers can deduct from workers’ pay for the cost of board and lodgings.
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SIPTU members in Cork County Council to ballot for strike action

08 February 2017

SIPTU members in Cork County Council will commence ballots for industrial action and strike action on Monday (13th February) in a dispute related to the refusal of management to engage with the workforce planning process and recruit more staff to adequately delivery statutory services.
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SIPTU nurses and midwives more than likely to ballot for strike action

07 February 2017

SIPTU Health representatives have today (Tuesday, 7th February) confirmed that members are more than likely to ballot for strike action in a dispute over nursing and midwifery recruitment and retention.
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SIPTU to attend Labour Court hearing on Irish Rail pay claim

06 February 2017

SIPTU representatives today (Monday, 6th February) attended a meeting at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) concerning a pay claim on behalf of members in Irish Rail which has now been referred on to a full hearing of the Labour Court.
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SIPTU says nursing recruitment and retention talks have reached an impasse

06 February 2017

SIPTU nursing representatives have tonight (Monday, 6th February) said that talks with senior management at the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Department of Health, aimed at addressing a dispute concerning the recruitment of nurses and midwives, have reached an impasse.
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SIPTU Dublin Fire Brigade members strike ballot nearing completion

07 February 2017

SIPTU members in Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) will within two weeks complete a ballot for strike action which results from the refusal of the senior management of Dublin City Council to resource an additional four ambulances to meet service demands in the city.
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SIPTU members on third day of strike action at Tim Hastings Volkswagen in Westport

06 February 2017

SIPTU members are conducting a third day of strike action at Tim Hastings Volkswagen in Westport, County Mayo, in a dispute concerning the failure of management at the car dealership and garage to pay redundancy to workers or implement a Labour Court recommendation.
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SIPTU supports state ownership of key infrastructural assets including airport terminals

02 February 2017

SIPTU supports the maintenance of key infrastructural assets within state ownership and opposes the call by Aer Lingus to consider selling publicly owned airport terminals to private interests.
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SIPTU says that Bus Éireann management must remove all pre-conditions to talks

01 February 2017

SIPTU representatives have called on the Taoiseach and Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, to accept that that the union should not be expected to enter talks with the management of Bus Eireann until it has removed its all its pre-conditions concerning changes and cuts at the company.
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SIPTU ambulance members concerned over delays due to emergency department crisis

04 January 2017

SIPTU members in the National Ambulance Service (NAS) have expressed concern over the impact on services and patient safety resulting from the delays they are experiencing in signing patients into emergency departments in hospitals across the country.
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SIPTU says that Bus Éireann management must remove all pre-conditions to talks

01 February 2017

SIPTU representatives have called on the Taoiseach and Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, to accept that that the union should not be expected to enter talks with the management of Bus Eireann until it has removed its all its pre-conditions concerning changes and cuts at the company.
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SIPTU members in Tim Hastings Garage in Westport to begin strike action on Friday

31 January 2017

SIPTU members at Tim Hastings Garage in Westport, County Mayo, will commence strike action on Friday (3rd February) in a dispute concerning the failure of management to implement a Labour Court recommendation in relation to redundancies imposed by the company.
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SIPTU calls for focus on quality jobs in Dublin North East Inner City taskforce proposals

01 February 2017

SIPTU has called for the inclusion of measures to ensure residents of the North East Inner City of Dublin have access to secure, quality employment to be included in proposals for the rejuvenation of the area that will shortly be presented by a taskforce to the Government.
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SIPTU members in Tim Hastings Garage in Westport to begin strike action on Friday

31 January 2017

SIPTU members at Tim Hastings Garage in Westport, County Mayo, will commence strike action on Friday (3rd February) in a dispute concerning the failure of management to implement a Labour Court recommendation in relation to redundancies imposed by the company.
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SIPTU members in Kerry Group to escalate dispute with two more work stoppages

30 January 2017

SIPTU members at the Kerry Group plants in Charleville, County Cork, have scheduled two 24-hour work stoppages next week (Monday, 6th February and Thursday, 9th February) in a dispute resulting from a management refusal to attend the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to discuss proposed changes to workers’ terms and conditions of employment.
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Migrant Workers Support Network hosts successful two-day training course in Galway

30 January 2017

The SIPTU Migrant Workers Support Network held a successful two-day residential training course in Galway last weekend (Friday, 27th January and Saturday, 28th January) which brought together migrant worker activists from ten different nationalities who are working across Ireland.
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SIPTU President warns of drift to xenophobic nationalism across Europe and calls for left unity

30 January 2017

SIPTU President, Jack O’Connor, has said that the policies of austerity imposed by centre right leaders across the EU have devastated the lives of millions of working people and driven them into the arms of xenophobic nationalist parties.
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SIPTU members in Edenderry Power Ltd consider industrial action in collective bargaining dispute

26 January 2017

SIPTU members in Edenderry Power Ltd, Edenderry, County Offaly, have overwhelmingly rejected a Labour Court recommendation in relation to an outstanding pay claim, in a ballot counted last night (Wednesday, 25th January), and stated that they will commence a vote for industrial action if management refuse to meaningfully engage with their union representatives.
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SIPTU says Bus Éireann management has threatened the future of school bus services

25 January 2017

SIPTU representatives have stated that Bus Éireann management have directly threatened the future of school bus services operated by the company, following the presentation of a pay claim by the union at the Workplace Relations Commission, today (Wednesday, 25th January).
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SIPTU representatives attend Oireachtas and Labour Court to discuss Bus Éireann

24 January 2017

SIPTU representatives today (Tuesday, 24th January) attended meetings of the Oireachtas Transport Committee and Labour Court to discuss the situation at Bus Éireann following threats by management to implement massive cut backs at the public transport company.
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SIPTU members in Kerry Group to conduct stoppage in response to company refusal to attend WRC

24 January 2017

SIPTU members at the Kerry Group plants in Charleville, County Cork, have overwhelmingly voted to implement a one-day work stoppage on Monday, 30th January, in response to a management refusal to attend a conciliation meeting at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to discuss proposed changes to workers’ terms and conditions of employment.
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SIPTU nursing representatives meet management to discuss recruitment and pay

23 January 2017

SIPTU Nursing representatives held a meeting with senior management at the Health Service Executive (HSE), Department of Health and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, today (Monday, 23rd January), to discuss the recruitment and pay of nurses and midwives.
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SIPTU to ballot support staff for strike action in selected hospitals from Monday

20 January 2017

SIPTU Health representatives will begin a ballot of support staff for strike action in selected hospitals on Monday, 23rd January, in a dispute concerning breaches of the national public service agreements and their exclusion from concessions provided to other emergency department workers.
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President Higgins praises inspirational Irish Citizen Army in new charity calendar

12 December 2016

President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, has written the introduction to a new charity calendar which celebrates the story of the Irish Citizen Army (ICA) and its commemoration during the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.
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SIPTU President expresses regret at retirement of Martin McGuinness from public office

20 January 2017

SIPTU President, Jack O’Connor, has expressed his deep regret at the announcement by Sinn Fein leader, and former Northern Ireland deputy first minister, Martin McGuinness, of his retirement from public office.
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SIPTU rejects Bus Éireann management’s plan to destroy company

18 January 2017

SIPTU members have rejected a plan presented by the management of Bus Éireann to workers this evening (Wednesday, 18th January) and condemned it as a blueprint for the destruction of the company as a viable organisation.
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SIPTU activists concerned over funding and precarious jobs in third level education

18 January 2017

The SIPTU Education Sector hosted a seminar on the future funding and precarious employment in the third level education sector in Liberty Hall Theatre, Dublin 1, on Wednesday, 18th January.
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Joint Statement by Government and Public Service Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions on the Implementation of the Lansdowne Road Agreement

17 January 2017

A process of engagement has taken place between the Government in its capacity as the Public Service employer and the Public Service Committee of ICTU under the framework provided by Section 6 of the Lansdowne Road Agreement to address an anomaly issue arising in the context of Labour Court Recommendations (CD/16/321& CD/16/322) in respect of the Garda Associations.
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SIPTU issues notice of strike ballot at Dublin Fire Brigade over ambulance shortage

13 January 2017

SIPTU members in Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) have served notice of a ballot for strike action following a refusal by the senior management of Dublin City Council to resource an additional four ambulances to meet service demands in the city.
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SIPTU opposes undermining Bus Éireann workers’ conditions to make up for underfunding

14 January 2017

SIPTU members in Bus Éireann will not allow terms and conditions of workers in the Expressway arm of the company to be eroded in order to make up for a financial shortfall created by underfunding by the State in the essential intercity transport service.
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SIPTU calls on Pfizer to recognise the right of all employees to equal pension provision

12 January 2017

SIPTU has stated that all workers employed by Pfizer in its pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Ringaskiddy, County Cork, should be treated in an equal manner in relation to their pension entitlements unless there is an agreement on any change.
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SIPTU members work crucial in securing new investment for Tara Mines

11 January 2017

SIPTU has congratulated its members working in Tara Mines, County Meath, for their success in securing over €40 million in new investment in the mine, which will significantly extend its operation and safeguard the future of thousands of jobs.
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SIPTU releases initial list of hospitals to be included in national strike ballot

09 January 2017

SIPTU members working as support staff in at least 40 hospitals across the country will begin a ballot for strike action on Monday, 23rd January, in a dispute resulting from breaches of the national public service agreements and their exclusion from concessions provided to other emergency department staff.
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SIPTU members in Dublin Bus and Irish Rail to ballot for industrial action

27 March 2017

A meeting of SIPTU representatives of Dublin Bus, Irish Rail and Bus Eireann was held in Liberty Hall today (Monday 27th March) to discuss the ongoing strike in Bus Eireann.
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