Press Releases 2017

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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