Press Releases 2018

Workers show non-compliant building subcontractors the ‘Red Card’ in Dublin

20 July 2018

Workers and trade union organisers assembled outside a building site, on Hanover Quay, Dublin 2, this morning (Friday, 30th July) to highlight reports of subcontractors failing to comply with legally binding terms and conditions for employees in the industry.
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SIPTU welcomes payment of outstanding wages to Bray Wanderers FC players

19 July 2018

SIPTU representatives have welcomed the confirmation that outstanding wages and arrears due to the players of Bray Wanderers FC are being processed this evening (Thursday, 19th July).
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SIPTU meets Liebherr management in relation to proposed three-day week

19 July 2018

SIPTU representatives are in negotiations with the management of Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd concerning a proposal to place workers on a three-day working week and the suspension of the sick pay scheme at its manufacturing plant in Killarney, county Kerry.
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SIPTU votes for strike action at Limerick FC if outstanding wages are not paid

17 July 2018

SIPTU representatives met with the management of Limerick FC on Tuesday, 17th July, following a ballot organised by the union in which players voted by an overwhelming majority for strike action if they are not paid outstanding wages.
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SIPTU to meet with Bray Wanderers FC management to discuss pay dispute

17 July 2018

A SIPTU representative will meet with the management of Bray Wanderers FC this evening (Tuesday, 17th July) to discuss the ongoing pay dispute at the football club which has resulted in its players voting for strike action.
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SIPTU to meet with Limerick FC players today to discuss pay dispute

17 July 2018

A SIPTU representative will meet with the players of Limerick FC in Limerick City at 12 noon today (Tuesday, 17th July) to discuss the possibility of balloting union members in relation to a pay dispute at the club.
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Section 39 pay restoration talks adjourn until July 25th

09 July 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 9th July) said that talks in the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) between Department of Health and the Health Service Executive (HSE) have adjourned until Wednesday 25h July to allow the Government time to consider the unions demand for an essential confidence-building measure aimed at avoiding potential strike action in early September.
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SIPTU Firefighters to serve notice of industrial action on Cork City Council in pay dispute

09 July 2018

SIPTU members in the Cork Fire Service are to serve notice of industrial action, up to and including strike action, in relation to a dispute which has resulted from a refusal by management to pay back monies owed to staff.
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SIPTU representatives call for a dedicated transport policing service

09 July 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 9th July) called for the establishment of a dedicated transport policing service in order to combat the growing number of incidences of anti-social behaviour across the public transport network.
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SIPTU to resume Section 39 talks in ‘end game’ for pay justice campaign

09 July 2018

SIPTU representatives has resumed pay talks with the Health Service Executive (HSE), the Department of Health and Section 39 health service providers today (Monday, 9th July).
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MUI/SIPTU concerned by National Symphony Orchestra move to National Concert Hall

06 July 2018

The Musicians Union of Ireland (MUI), an affiliate union of SIPTU, has expressed concern and disappointment with a decision by the Government to move the control of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (RTÉNSO) from the broadcaster to the National Concert Hall.
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SIPTU LAPO serves notice of industrial action on Roscommon County Council

03 July 2018

The Local Authority Professional Officers (LAPO) of SIPTU yesterday (Monday, 2nd July) served notice of industrial action on Roscommon County Council in support of their trade union colleagues in Fόrsa who are in a dispute concerning the restoration of a flexitime scheme.
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SIPTU signs a collective bargaining agreement with bus operator Go-Ahead Ireland

29 June 2018

SIPTU representatives have signed a collective bargaining agreement with Go-Ahead Ireland in which the transport company, which recently won a tender to operate 24 Outer Dublin Metropolitan Area bus routes, recognises the right of the union to organise its workers and represent them in negotiations with management.
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SIPTU suspends planned industrial action at St Luke’s General Hospital

27 June 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Wednesday, 27th June) confirmed that members working as psychiatric nurses at St Luke’s General Hospital in county Kilkenny have suspended planned industrial action.
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Wexford Early Years educators present petition calling for more funding to local TDs

21 June 2018

Early Years educators and providers from across county Wexford presented local TDs with a petition, containing over 2,000 signatures, which calls for improved pay and conditions in the sector, at an event in Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, county Wexford on Monday (18th June).
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SIPTU members in DFB to gather outside Dáil to support motion on retaining services

19 June 2018

SIPTU members in Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) will gather outside the Dáil today (Tuesday 19th June) at 3.15 p.m. to highlight their call for all parties to support a private members’ motion which seeks the retention and adequate funding of their Fire-based Emergency Medical Service (EMS).
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SIPTU demands waste collection is brought back under the control of local authorities

19 June 2018

SIPTU has called for a major review of waste collection and its return to control by the local authority sector following a Prime Time programme, broadcast last night (Monday, 18th June) which revealed widespread illegal practices within the industry.
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Roscommon Early Years educators present petition calling for more funding to local politicians

15 June 2018

Early Years educators and providers from across county Roscommon presented politicians with a petition, containing over 2,000 signatures, which calls for improved pay and conditions in the sector, at an event in in Hannons Hotel, Roscommon Town, last night (Thursday, 14th June).
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SIPTU members express shock and disappointment over job cuts at Liebherr in Kerry

13 June 2018

SIPTU members at the Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd. plant in Killarney, county Kerry, have expressed shock and disappointment at the confirmation by management that 27 workers are to lose their jobs in June, up to 60 in July and possibly a further 128 in August.
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SIPTU to host Lá na mBan/Women’s Day 1918 commemorative event this Saturday

07 June 2018

SIPTU will commemorate Lá na mBan/Women’s Day 1918 at an event at the Mansion House, Dublin 2, this Saturday, 9th June, from 12.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.
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SIPTU calls for urgent action to end funding crisis for universities

07 June 2018

SIPTU has called for urgent action to tackle the funding crisis in higher education as the majority of third level institutions in Ireland continue to decline when ranked internationally against similar colleges.
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SIPTU calls for speedy resolution to dispute concerning PSO flights to Aran Islands

06 June 2018

SIPTU representatives have expressed dismay at the announcement today (Wednesday, 6th June) by Aer Árann that it is to terminate its Public Service Obligation (PSO) contract to operate flights to the Aran Islands in December 2018.
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SIPTU members in the Irish Society for Autism win over €400,000 in pay restoration

06 June 2018

SIPTU members in the Irish Society for Autism (ISA) have today (Wednesday, 6th June) confirmed that they have secured in excess of €400,000 owed to them as part of the wider process of pay restoration for workers in the health service.
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SIPTU fully supports maintaining universal child benefit payments

05 June 2018

SIPTU has stated its full support for maintaining universal child benefit payments but has called for improvements in the scheme in order to tackle the issue of child poverty.
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SIPTU Meath District Council pays tribute to the life and work of Joe Reilly

05 June 2018

SIPTU Meath District Council officers have today (Tuesday, 5th June) paid tribute to the life and work of union activist and Sinn Féin Councillor, Joe Reilly.
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Lord Mayor to launch series of documentary films on the Irish Citizen Army

04 June 2018

A new series of short documentary films outlining the story of the Irish Citizen Army will be launched by the SIPTU Dublin District Council at an event in Liberty Hall tomorrow (Tuesday, 5th June) evening which will be addressed by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mícheál Mac Donncha.
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Freelance workers mark 150th Anniversary of James Connolly in Mansion House on Tuesday

01 June 2018

The 150th anniversary of the birth of James Connolly will be marked with a seminar in the Mansion House, Dublin, on Tuesday (5th June), at which trade union representatives will launch a campaign to assert the rights of freelance workers across the arts and media sectors.
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SIPTU warns of staffing issues in National Emergency Operations Centre

01 June 2018

SIPTU has written to the National Ambulance Service today (Friday, 1st June) to warn of major staffing problems within the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) which takes emergency calls and dispatches ambulances across the country.
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SIPTU representatives seek meeting with the management of the Mater Private Group

31 May 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Thursday, 31st May) sought a meeting with the management the Mater Private Group following the announcement that MP Healthcare Holdings, the holding company of Mater Private Group, is to be sold to a subsidiary of InfraVia Capital Partners.
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SIPTU members in DAA vote to accept WRC proposals concerning pay

30 May 2018

SIPTU members in the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) have voted in a ballot counted today (Wednesday, 30th May) by 91% to 9% to accept a Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) proposal on pay.
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SIPTU calls on members to participate in a day of action on CervicalCheck scandal

29 May 2018

SIPTU representatives have called on members to participate in a ‘day of action’ tomorrow (Wednesday, 30th May) organised by the Standing4Women campaign in solidarity with the 209 women affected by the CervicalCheck scandal.
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Big Start campaign to challenge commercial rates on Early Years services in Mayo

28 May 2018

The SIPTU Big Start Early Years Committee in County Mayo is set to challenge the levying of commercial rates on Early Years education services at a meeting with the Director of Finance of Mayo County Council on Tuesday (5th June).
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SIPTU welcomes resounding vote for repeal

26 May 2018

SIPTU deputy general secretary, Ethel Buckley, said that union members warmly welcome the resounding vote to repeal the 8th Amendment.
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SIPTU calls for adequate funding of Bus Éireann to maintain and improve services

24 May 2018

SIPTU representatives commenced discussions today (Thursday, 24th May) with the management of Bus Éireann in relation to the adequate funding of the service and essential increases in basic pay for staff.
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SIPTU representatives welcome commitment for additional support staff in Midlands Regional Hospital

24 May 2018

SIPTU representatives in Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore, County Offaly, have today (Thursday, 24th May) cautiously welcomed confirmation from hospital management that it has been given approval to recruit more staff to relieve some of the pressure on existing staff.
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SIPTU calls for adequate funding of Bus Éireann to maintain and improve services

24 May 2018

SIPTU representatives commenced discussions today (Thursday, 24th May) with the management of Bus Éireann in relation to the adequate funding of the service and essential increases in basic pay for staff.
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SIPTU expresses safety concerns for Drogheda ambulance crews after base intrusion

21 May 2018

SIPTU representatives have raised safety concerns for National Ambulance Service members based in Drogheda, County Louth, following the discovery of an intruder at their base on Sunday (20th May) morning.
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SIPTU members working in Carambola Kidz granted compensation by Labour Court

18 May 2018

The Labour Court has recommended compensation for two SIPTU members working at Carambola Kidz, Annacotty Business Park, Limerick, due to breaches by the company of the Organisation of Working Time Act.
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SIPTU writes to Minister calling for action over closure threat to Athy Coca-Cola plant

19 May 2018

SIPTU representatives have written to the Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, demanding an urgent meeting to discuss the threat by the management of Coca-Cola to close its plant in Athy, County Kildare, with the loss of more than 80 jobs.
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SIPTU calls on senior management at Coca-Cola to reverse decision to close Athy plant

17 May 2018

SIPTU representatives have called on senior management at Coca-Cola to reconsider its decision to close its facility in Athy, County Kildare, with the loss of all jobs, which was announced earlier this month.
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SIPTU members in Midlands Regional Hospital to protest over safe staffing levels

17 May 2018

SIPTU members, working as Multi Task Attendants, in Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore, County Offaly, will hold a protest outside the facility next Thursday (24th May), from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m., to highlight their concerns over staffing levels.
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SIPTU representatives insist construction industry play a greater role to support the training needs of workers

16 May 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Wednesday, 16th May) insisted that employers in the construction industry must play a greater role to support the training of apprentices and semi-skilled workers.
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Ballyfermot childcare professionals call on Dublin City Councillors to support Big Start campaign

15 May 2018

SIPTU members, working as childcare professionals in Ballyfermot, are calling on all Dublin City Councillors to support their campaign for fair pay and recognition.
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Section 39 audit report vindicates SIPTU pay justice campaign

15 May 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Tuesday, 15th May) demanded that the Government acts on the recommendations of the Health Service Executive (HSE) audit report into Section 39 organisations.
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SIPTU members in Irish Society for Autism to protest over non-payment of increments

15 May 2018

SIPTU members, working in the Irish Society for Autism (ISA), are set to hold a protest in Johnstown Bridge, County Kildare, next Monday (21st, May) to highlight their concerns over a management refusal to engage with their union over the non-payment of increments.
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Irish government should take real action against Israel over Gaza atrocities

15 May 2018

The massacre of unarmed protestors by Israeli military forces in Gaza on the day (Monday, 14th May) that the opening of the US embassy was celebrated in Jerusalem only serves to demonstrate once again how the international community has failed the people of Palestine.
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Roscommon Early Years educators launch petition for increased government funding

14 May 2018

A petition calling on the Government to increase investment in the Early Years childcare sector was launched by members of the Roscommon Big Start Campaign at a meeting held in Hannon’s Hotel, County Roscommon, on Thursday (10th May).
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SIPTU members vote in favour of industrial action in the Louth Hospital Group

14 May 2018

SIPTU support staff and health care assistant grades working in Our Lady of Lourdes and Louth County Hospitals have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action, up to and including strike action, in a dispute concerning management's failure to address pay adjustments for former interns.
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SIPTU representatives say any attempt to recalibrate PSSA will be resisted

14 May 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 14th May) said that any attempt by the Government to recalibrate the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) will be resisted wholehearted by the membership.
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Roscommon Early Years educators launch petition for increased government funding

14 May 2018

A petition calling on the Government to increase investment in the Early Years childcare sector was launched by members of the Roscommon Big Start Campaign at a meeting held in Hannon’s Hotel, County Roscommon, on Thursday (10th May).
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SIPTU representatives demand action to bring all critical health screening services home

11 May 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Friday, 11th May) repeated their call to halt the privatisation of critical health services and demanded that the Government starts a process of bringing all health screening services home to Ireland.
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SIPTU representatives describe NUIG gender equality award as misleading

10 May 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Thursday, 10th May) described the National University of Ireland Galway’s (NUIG) gender equality award as a very misleading development.
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SIPTU representatives warn of imminent strike action in Section 39 organisations

08 May 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Tuesday, 8th May) called on the Government to intervene in a dispute involving up to fifty Section 39 organisations in order to avert strike action by workers.
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SIPTU to begin talks with Coca-Cola on Tuesday concerning threat to close Athy plant

03 May 2018

SIPTU representatives will enter a talks process on Tuesday (8th May) with the management of Coca-Cola concerning a company decision to close its manufacturing plant in Athy, County Kildare, with the loss of more than 80 jobs.
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SIPTU representatives demand an immediate halt to the privatisation of critical health services

30 April 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 30th April) demanded an immediate halt to the privatisation of critical health services and called on the Government to ensure that the outsourcing clause of the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) is honoured to the letter.
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MayFest Dublin 2018 to feature ‘day out’ for homeless in Liberty Hall

30 April 2018

Liberty Hall in Dublin, the headquarters of SIPTU, will host a day of entertainment on Monday 7th May, for children and families affected by the homelessness crisis, as part of the union’s MayFest calendar of events celebrating workers’ culture. The ‘Family Day Out’ is being organised in association with the housing and homeless charity Focus Ireland which is issuing invitations to families through its network.
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SIPTU to focus on pay justice for public servants in talks with Government

27 April 2018

SIPTU representatives will focus on pay justice for lower paid public servants in a talks process with Government, under the auspices of the Public Service Stability Agreement, which began today (Friday, 27th April) with a meeting in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Dublin.
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SIPTU seeks equitable solution to pay inequality for new entrants to the public service

26 April 2018

SIPTU representatives will meet with Government officials, tomorrow (Friday, 27th April), to discuss the ending of the two-tier pay structure in the public service as part of a process established under the terms of the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA).
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CE Supervisors welcome Dáil motion calling for establishment of pension scheme

26 April 2018

Community Employment (CE) Supervisors have welcomed the passing of a motion in the Dáil, this afternoon (Thursday, 26thApril) which calls on the Government to implement a Labour Court recommendation to provide them with a pension scheme.
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Cleaners in De La Salle College in Waterford to conduct work stoppages

26 April 2018

SIPTU members employed as cleaners in De La Salle College, Newtown Road Lower, Waterford City, have voted to conduct three one-day work stoppages as part of a campaign of industrial action aimed at halting an attempt to outsource their work at the school.
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CE Supervisors welcome TDs support for motion on their pension rights

25 April 2018

Community Employment (CE) Supervisors have expressed their gratitude for the support a motion calling for the implementation of a Labour Court recommendation to provide them with a pension scheme received from opposition TDs yesterday (Tuesday, 24th April) evening.
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Trade Unions in RTÉ concerned about possible cut to services

24 April 2018

The Trade Union Group which represents unions at RTÉ has called on the Government to ensure RTÉ’s Orchestras are retained within the National Broadcaster.
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SIPTU and Musicians Union of Ireland (MUI) caution RTÉ against any proposal to outsource the National Symphony Orchestra

23 April 2018

The caution comes following the presentation of a report, commissioned by RTÉ, conducted by Ms Helen Boaden, to the group of RTÉ Union’s this morning.
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SIPTU describes changes to labour activation schemes a small step in the right direction

23 April 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 23rd April) described the changes to the labour activation schemes, announced by the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty TD last Friday (20th April) as a small step in the right direction.
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Launch of SIPTU Workers Rights Welcome Centre in Kilkenny this May Day

23 April 2018

SIPTU will launch its new Workers’ Rights Welcome Centre (WRWC) at the SIPTU offices on Patrick Street, Kilkenny on Tuesday, 1st May 2018 at 3.00 p.m.
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CE Supervisors call on TDs to support motion concerning their pension rights

23 April 2018

Community Employment (CE) Supervisors have called on TDs from all parties and Independents, to support a private members motion on Tuesday (24th April) evening which calls on the Government to implement a Labour Court recommendation to provide them with a pension scheme.
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CE supervisors meet politicians to discuss Dáil motion concerning their pension rights

18 April 2018

SIPTU and Forsa members, working as Community Employment (CE) supervisors, met with TDs and Senators in Leinster House this afternoon (Wednesday, 18thApril) to discuss a private members’ motion calling on the Government to implement a Labour Court recommendation to provide them with a pension scheme.
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SIPTU General Secretary expresses deep regret at death of John Carroll

19 April 2018

SIPTU General Secretary, Joe O’Flynn, has expressed his deep regret at the news of the death of former ITGWU and SIPTU president, John Carroll.
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SIPTU tells HSE to complete Section 39 audit or strike notice will be reactivated

13 April 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Friday, 13th April) informed the management of the HSE that if it has not completed an audit of Section 39 organisations by May Day (Tuesday, 1st May) union members will reactivate a notice for strike action.
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SIPTU calls on South Dublin County Partnership to meet workers’ representatives

12 April 2018

SIPTU Community Sector representatives have called on the management of the South Dublin County Partnership (SDCP) to meet with them to discuss a number of issues concerning union members employed delivering the organisation’s programmes.
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SIPTU members in Pfizer reject claim that Labour Court supports move away from DB pensions

11 April 2018

SIPTU members in Pfizer Ireland have today (Wednesday, 11th April) rejected a claim by management that a Labour Court recommendation, which they are currently considering, supports a move away from their defined benefit (DB) pension scheme.
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SIPTU rejects attempt to extend National Ambulance Service members retirement age

06 April 2018

SIPTU members working in the National Ambulance Service have today (Friday, 6th April) stated that they will reject an attempt by the Government to extend their legal retirement age beyond 65 unless a proper evaluation of the full impact of such a measure is undertaken.
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Dublin Lord Mayor calls for support for ‘Housing is a Human Right’ march on Saturday

04 April 2018

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mícheál Mac Donncha, has joined with trade unions, political parties and housing organisations to call on people to turn out in large numbers to support the National 'Housing is a Human Right' march in Dublin on Saturday, 7thApril.
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SIPTU demands Government reverses pay cuts for public servants over the age of 65

02 April 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 2nd April) demanded that the Government reverses pay cuts imposed on public servants who remain in their jobs after the age of 65.
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SIPTU calls for assistance for Early Years educators undertaking child protection training

29 March 2018

Representatives of the SIPTU Big Start campaign for quality, affordable and accessible childcare have today (Thursday, 29th March) urged the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to give Early Years educators the same opportunities as school teachers have to complete child protection training.
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SIPTU representatives have condemned the decision by the management of the Savoy Cinema in Dublin to remove full-time staff members from the work rota following its decision to open the cinema today and on Good Friday.

29 March 2018

In recent years, the cinema has closed on these days as management refused to honour the premium payments to which full-time staff are entitled, according to SIPTU Industrial Organiser, Graham Macken.
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SIPTU demands action, not empty promises, to solve housing crisis

29 March 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Thursday, 29th March) demanded that immediate action be taken to solve the housing crisis. The call comes in light of new figures released yesterday which confirm that nearly 10,000 people are now homeless in the State.
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SIPTU representatives demand an agreed red alert protocol for all energy workers

27 March 2018

SIPTU members working in the Energy Sector have today (Wednesday, 28th March) added their voices to the call for an agreed national protocol during future red alert weather warnings.
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Firefighters vote no confidence in the National Director for Fire and Emergency Management and Chief Fire Officer

27 March 2018

SIPTU members in the Dublin Fire Brigade have today (Tuesday, 27th March) announced the passing of two no confidence motions in both the National Director for Fire and Emergency Management, Sean Hogan and the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) Chief Fire Officer, Pat Fleming.
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SIPTU representatives call on Central Bank to stop closure of Sandyford print facility

26 March 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 26th March) called on the Central Bank of Ireland to consider its position before taking a decision that will cease the printing of currency in the Republic of Ireland. The call follows a decision by management to recommend an orderly wind down of the print works facility in Sandyford, in Dublin, to the Central Bank Commission this week following the publication of the Print Works Strategic Review (PWSR).
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BNM unions seek meeting concerning closure of coal depots and other facilities

22 March 2018

The Bord na Móna (BNM) Group of Unions is seeking a meeting with the company to express the anger of its members concerning the announcement that it intends to close its coal operations around the country. The operations affected are the Lullymore Facilities and BNM Fuel Headquarters in Newbridge, County Kildare as well as a number of coal depots.
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SIPTU commends hotel workers actions in response to Ballymun high-rise fire

22 March 2018

SIPTU activists have commended the swift response of hotel workers to the high-rise fire in Ballymun, Dublin 11, last night (Wednesday, 21st March) during which staff played a crucial role in notifying people of the incident and assisting them in evacuating the building.
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Firefighters seek urgent meeting with Minister in wake of Ballymun high-rise fire

22 March 2018

Representatives of SIPTU and Fórsa members in the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) are seeking an urgent meeting with the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, concerning the provision of adequate training, resources and risk assessments to deal with the threat of high rise fires.
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SIPTU welcomes talks on injustice of lower pay for new entrants to public service

16 March 2018

SIPTU representatives have welcomed a decision by the Government to enter discussions with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) on the issue of lower pay scales for new entrants to the public service.
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SIPTU calls for red alert weather protocol for local authority workers

14 March 2018

SIPTU representatives have called for the introduction of a protocol outlining a uniform response by local authorities to extreme weather events. In particular, there should be proper remuneration for those who work extra days and hours during such crises, as has been agreed with workers in the health service over recent days.
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SIPTU condemns Government decision to look after highly paid academics

12 March 2018

SIPTU representatives have said the decision by the Government to lift the cap of €190,000 on the salaries of senior academics within the university sector is an insult to the thousands of low paid and precariously employed workers within the third level sector. SIPTU represents thousands of workers across the third level sector, including academics, library staff, porters and cleaners.
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SIPTU members in DFB call for backing for Dáil motion supporting service

09 March 2018

SIPTU members in Dublin Fire Brigade have called for all parties in the Dáil to support a Fianna Fáil private members’ motion which calls for the retention and adequate funding of their Fire-based Emergency Medical Service (EMS).
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SIPTU calls for uniform policy in manufacturing sector in relation to red weather alerts

09 March 2018

SIPTU members have called for the adoption of a uniform policy across the agriculture, food and drink manufacturing sector in relation to issues such as time off and payment during the period of a red weather alert.
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SIPTU members support sister union in fight to defend pension rights for third level employees

08 March 2018

SIPTU’s Education Sector Organiser, Karl Byrne, on behalf of its over 6000 members, has praised the action of the University and Colleges Union in Britain and in Northern Ireland in its efforts to protect the pension benefits of its members. Members of the University and Colleges Union (UCU) have taken strike action in recent days in order to prevent the discontinuation of existing pension benefits.
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SIPTU members in Kerry Foods plant in Carrickmacross conduct 24-hour stoppage

06 March 2018

SIPTU members at the Kerry Foods plant in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, commenced a 24-hour work stoppage this morning (Tuesday, 6th march) at 7.30 a.m. in a dispute resulting from an attempt to make 31 workers redundant without agreement.
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SIPTU condemns Applus NCT failure to respect Labour Court Recommendation

06 March 2018

SIPTU representatives have condemned the management of Applus National Car Testing (NCT) service for its failure to fully adhere to a Labour Court recommendation and called on action from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) to ensure its implementation.
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SIPTU Health representatives demand red alert weather protocol for health workers

05 March 2018

SIPTU Health representatives have today (Monday, 5th March) demanded the immediate development of a red alert weather protocol for all health workers that is underpinned by specific staffing arrangements and a fair pay structure.
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Dublin Fire Brigade maintaining full emergency service during extreme weather

28 March 2018

Members of the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) wish to correct erroneous media reports and reassure the public that they will continue to maintain a full emergency fire and ambulance response service throughout the ongoing extreme weather event.
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SIPTU members in Kerry Foods plant in Carrickmacross to conduct 24-hour stoppages

27 February 2018

SIPTU members at the Kerry Foods plant in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, have notified the company that they will conduct three 24-hour work stoppages unless a threat to make 31 workers redundant without agreement is removed.
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Early Years educators and providers launch local Big Start campaign for Wexford

26 February 2018

Last week (Wednesday, 21st February) over fifty Early Years educators and providers from across County Wexford came together to launch a local Big Start campaign. The event, which took place in the Presentation Centre in Enniscorthy, was part of the wider national SIPTU Big Start campaign for quality, affordable and accessible childcare with decent pay for those providing it.
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SIPTU representatives urge the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to respect Early Years Educators

20 February 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Tuesday, 20th February) urged the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to give early years educators the same opportunities as primary and second level teachers to complete child protection training.
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SIPTU members in Kerry Foods in Carrickmacross to vote on strike action

19 February 2018

SIPTU members at the Kerry Foods plant in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, will ballot for strike action on Friday (23rd February) if management refuses to remove a threat to make 31 workers redundant without agreement.
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SIPTU Health launches campaign for workers wishing to work beyond 65 years of age

19 February 2018

SIPTU Health representatives have today (Monday, 19th February) launched a national campaign aimed at protecting the pay of health workers who choose to work beyond 65 years of age.
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Dublin fire appliance taken out of service last night due to staff shortages

16 February 2018

SIPTU has called for immediate action to increase firefighter/paramedic numbers in the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) after a fire appliance was taken out of operation last night (Thursday, 15th February) due to a lack of staff in Donnybrook Fire Station, Dublin 4.
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SIPTU calls on Kerry Foods to reconsider redundancy threat

12 February 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 12th February) called on the management of Kerry Foods to reconsider its threat to make 31 people redundant without agreement at the company’s factory in Carrickmacross, Monaghan.
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SIPTU members in Section 39 organisations succeed in campaign to secure pay justice

09 February 2018

SIPTU members in Section 39 organisations have today (Friday, 9th February) deferred strike action, scheduled for next Wednesday (14th February), following an agreement, facilitated by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), to begin a process that will lead to the restoration of pay for thousands of health and social care workers.
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BNM Group of Unions members in Littleton Plant accept redundancy proposal

09 February 2018

Members of the Bord na Móna (BNM) Group of Unions in the company’s peat briquette production facility in Littleton, County Tipperary, have voted 94% in favour of proposed redundancy terms in a ballot counted this evening (Thursday, 8th February).
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SIPTU seeks meeting with IFA to discuss issues related to NI Women’s International Team

08 February 2018

SIPTU has written to the Irish Football Association (IFA) requesting a meeting with its officials to discuss a number of issues of concern to members of the union who play for the Northern Ireland Senior Women’s International Football Team.
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SIPTU confirms additional Section 39 organisations to ballot for strike action

05 February 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 5th February) confirmed that up to ten Section 39 organisations in counties Wexford, Kerry, Westmeath, Sligo and Leitrim will be balloted this week on whether to take strike action in their campaign for pay justice.
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Train driver members of SIPTU to ballot for strike action

05 February 2018

Following the rejection of a Labour Court recommendation on past productivity and a pre-emptive decision by Irish Rail management to unilaterally implement its plans for driver mentoring on 12th February, members of SIPTU who drive inter-city rail and DART trains will commence a ballot for strike action. The recommendation included a proposal that would remove the voluntary nature of the driver mentoring arrangements and was rejected by a majority of 83% of union members who voted.
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SIPTU seeks meeting with Minister for Health to clarify his priorities for 2018

02 January 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Tuesday, 2nd January) written to the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, seeking a meeting and clarification in relation to a tweet sent by the Minister last Saturday (30th December), in which he set out his health service priorities for 2018.
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SIPTU representatives serve notice of strike action in Section 39 organisations

31 January 2018

SIPTU members in Section 39 organisations are to serve notice tomorrow (Thursday, 1st February) of industrial action, up to and including strike action, to commence with a one-day stoppage on Wednesday, 14th February, in a dispute over pay restoration.
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SIPTU members in Section 39 organisations vote overwhelmingly for strike action

29 January 2018

SIPTU members employed by Section 39 organisations providing health and care services across the country have voted by 97% in favour of commencing strike action, beginning with a one-day stoppage on Wednesday, 14th February, in their campaign for pay justice.
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SIPTU welcomes cross party support for pay justice for Section 39 workers

17 January 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Wednesday, 17th January) welcomed cross party support for a Dáil motion calling for the restoration of pay for Section 39 workers.
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Lunchtime Protest tomorrow calling for freedom for 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi and all Palestinian child prisoners

24 January 2018

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is holding a lunchtime protest outside the gates of the Dail (Irish Parliament) between 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. on Thursday, 25th January. The protest will be highly visual and photo-friendly with young people dressed as prisoners and featuring a mock prison and displays. A letter calling for action will be handed in.
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SIPTU members employed by NCT service accept Labour Court Recommendation on pay

24 January 2018

SIPTU members employed by Applus National Car Testing (NCT) service have formally accepted a Labour Court recommendation in relation to pay and conditions which includes permanency for employees currently on fixed terms contracts.
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SIPTU demands clarification from Department on withholding of funds for Section 39 workers’ pay claim

22 January 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 22nd January) demanded that the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) clarify whether its officials gave a formal instruction which resulted in the Health Service Executive (HSE) holding off on submitting a €68 million proposal that would cover a settlement in the dispute involving Section 39 workers.
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BNM Group of Unions members in Littleton Plant to vote on redundancy proposal

19 January 2018

Members of the Bord na Móna (BNM) Group of Unions in the company’s peat briquette production facility in Littleton, County Tipperary, will vote in a ballot, to be held within the next two weeks, on proposed redundancy terms which were finalised in talks that concluded last night (Thursday, 19th January).
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Dáil to debate motion to restore the pay of Section 39 workers

16 January 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Tuesday, 16th January) urged all political parties to support a Dáil motion to be debated tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday, 17th January) supporting the restoration of pay for thousands of Section 39 workers.
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SIPTU calls for HIQA investigation into impact of emergency department crisis

15 January 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 15th January) called on the Government to instruct the Health, Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) to conduct an investigation into the impact of the crisis in hospital emergency departments on patient and worker safety.
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SIPTU says strike action likely as Section 39 workers’ pay falls further behind colleagues

28 December 2017

SIPTU representatives have today (Thursday, 28th December) warned that thousands of workers employed by Section 39 organisations providing vital care services will strike in February unless the Government adequately deals with their rightful demand for pay justice.
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SIPTU train drivers reject Labour Court recommendation

10 January 2018

SIPTU members employed as train drivers in Irish Rail have voted by 83% to 17% to reject a Labour Court recommendation concerning pay and productivity measures at the public transport company, in a ballot counted today (Wednesday, 10th, January) in Liberty Hall, Dublin.
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SIPTU calls on Government ministers to resolve Section 39 pay dispute

09 January 2018

The call follows discussions between union representatives and the Health Service Executive (HSE) at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). Following the talks involving SIPTU, IMPACT and UNITE, the HSE formally agreed to provide funds for Section 39 organisations to pay sleep-over allowances and instructed how these monies should be allocated to workers entitled to the payment.
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SIPTU calls for more home care funding to help alleviate emergency department crisis

05 January 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Friday, 5th January) called for greater funding for home help packages and home care services as part of the solution to the overcrowding crisis in emergency departments in hospitals across the country.
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SIPTU calls for review of all expenditure on non-core activities by Irish Rail

03 January 2018

SIPTU representatives have today (Wednesday, 3rd January) called for a review of expenditure on all non-core activities by Irish Rail following criticism by the chairman of the company of its sponsorship of a fishing competition in Northern Ireland.
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