SIPTU members take an interest not only in the matters affecting their workplace - but also their local community and wider society.

The Union encourages its members to be active within local community organisations such as tenants' or residents' associations and voluntary groups.

Some SIPTU members also hold seats on local authorities or in the Dáil, Seanad and the European Parliament. The need to complement the Union's activities inside the workplace by action in the community and in the political arena has been recognised from the earliest days of SIPTU and its predecessors.

The Labour Party traces its origins to 1912 when the former ITGWU successfully sponsored a motion at the Annual Conference of the Irish Trade Union Congress to create a political voice for Irish workers. The affiliation of the Union and Labour party in pursuit of the joint goal of bringing about progressive change in Irish society remains today.

Apart from the activities of individual members, the Union is also represented on many public bodies either directly or through the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

Union members are invited to serve on a range of local institutions such as County Enterprise Boards, Vocational Educational Committees and other local authority task forces - as well as a range of national bodies.


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