SIPTU slams ‘craven’ attempt by IBEC to row back on rights for the lowest paid

SIPTU representatives have condemned what they have described as ‘craven attempts’ by IBEC, the employers body, to pressurise the Government into pausing further increases in the minimum wage and improvements in statutory sick pay. Responding to IBEC claims in the media today (Monday, 22nd January), that businesses will be damaged due to recent statutory improvements for […]

SIPTU NEC expresses support for striking workers across Northern Ireland

The SIPTU National Executive Council (NEC) today (Thursday, 18th January) expressed their full support and solidarity for all striking workers across Northern Ireland. Speaking following a meeting of the NEC this afternoon in Liberty Hall, Dublin, SIPTU Deputy General Secretary for the Public Service, John King, said: "All SIPTU members in Northern Ireland and all […]

Workers’ voice must be part of mental health services discussion, SIPTU says

SIPTU, the union representing mental health workers, has criticised the Department of Health and the Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler TD, for excluding workers from discussions on the delivery of services. The criticism comes as the Government outlined its plans for mental health services at a conference entitled 'Sharing the Vision: […]

SIPTU driver members at Kerry Agribusiness to take strike action tomorrow

SIPTU members employed by Kerry Agribusiness will begin a campaign of strike action at 9.00 a.m. on Wednesday, 17th January, due to the company’s decision to impose compulsory redundancies. SIPTU Sector Organiser, Denis Gormalley, said: “Our members have reluctantly voted in favour of strike action after pursuing every other avenue open to them in their […]

SIPTU to meet Minister over Tara Mines crisis

SIPTU representatives will meet with the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Simon Coveney, next week to discuss the threat to the future of Tara Mines in Navan, county Meath, and the actions needed to safeguard this vital economic facility. SIPTU TEAC Division Organiser, Adrian Kane, said: “We have requested an urgent meeting with the […]

SIPTU condemns "reckless" Tara Mines proposal

SIPTU has said the unilateral release by Tara Mines management of a strategy document proposing voluntary redundancy terms is "reckless" and "aimed more at public relations than negotiating in good faith. "The union said that senior figures in the company had gone public with their plans without sitting down with the Group of Unions (SIPTU, Unite […]

'CEASEFIRE NOW' banner displayed on Liberty Hall in Dublin

A banner calling for a ‘CEASEFIRE NOW’ has been raised on Liberty Hall, Dublin, to reflect the full support of SIPTU and the vast majority of the public in Ireland for an immediate halt to the ongoing atrocities in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel. SIPTU General Secretary, Joe Cunningham, said: “The devastating war on […]

SIPTU disappointed at failure of Labour Court to rule on Tara Mines reopening and redundancies

SIPTU representatives have expressed disappointment at the Labour Court referring issues related to the temporary closure of Tara Mines, county Meath, back to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) in a decision published today (Tuesday, 2nd January). SIPTU Sector Organiser, John Regan, said: “We are disappointed but not surprised that the Labour Court has decided to […]

SIPTU member awarded €38,500 for unfair dismissal from Inland Fisheries Ireland

The SIPTU Workers’ Rights Centre has secured an award for a member employed by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) following his unfair dismissal after 37 years of service. In a decision made yesterday (Thursday, 14th December), the Workplace Relations Commission found the IFI had unfairly dismissed the employee, Pat Gorman, and that from the outset of […]

SIPTU FAI members ‘extremely disappointed’ at CEO’s answers at Oireachtas Committee

SIPTU members employed by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) have expressed “extreme disappointment” at the responses provided to elected representatives by FAI CEO, Jonathan Hill, at a meeting of the Oireachtas Committee on Tourism, Sport and Media on Wednesday, 13th December. SIPTU Services Division Organiser, Teresa Hannick, said: “Our members in the FAI are […]

SIPTU cautiously welcomes Tara Mines reopening proposal

SIPTU has given a cautious welcome to today's statement that Tara Mines is to reopen in the second quarter of 2024. However, the union has said that any further delays "would not be acceptable," citing the previous reopening in 2001. John Regan, SIPTU Sector Organiser, said: "The tentative date given by Tara Mines today is […]

SIPTU members angry over threat to Shannon Heritage jobs

SIPTU has said that the proposed outsourcing of Shannon Heritage DAC staff will result in redundancies at some of Ireland's most iconic tourist sites. Workers are still reeling from the announcement that Clare County Council intends to outsource the food and beverage, and retail jobs at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Craggaunowen and Knappogue Castle, […]

SIPTU wins award for unfairly dismissed Galway hospitality worker

The SIPTU Workers Rights Centre (WRC) secured an award for a hospitality worker who was dismissed from her job at a busy bar and restaurant in county Galway after she requested time off over the Christmas period. SIPTU WRC Advocate, Shonagh Byrne, said: “The SIPTU member was employed in a busy bar and restaurant in […]

SIPTU says government should raise minimum wage to €12 per hour

The Government should raise the minimum wage to at least €12 per hour, according to SIPTU Services Division Organiser, Teresa Hannick. “The Low Pay Commission’s recommendation of an 80-cent increase to €11.30 per hour fails to take into account the impact of inflation on the living standards of low-paid workers. It will not make up […]

Go-Ahead accepts invite to WRC talks after SIPTU members vote for industrial action 

The management of Go-Ahead Ireland has agreed to attend conciliation talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) following an overwhelming vote for industrial action by SIPTU members employed by the private bus operator in a dispute over pay. SIPTU Organiser, Fran McDonnell, said: “SIPTU representatives conducted a ballot for industrial action of our members employed […]

SIPTU bus drivers in Go-Ahead Ireland to ballot for industrial action in pay dispute

SIPTU members employed by private bus operator, Go-Ahead Ireland, will commence a ballot for industrial action tomorrow (Tuesday, 20th December). The dispute is in response to the refusal by the company to attend the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to discuss compensating drivers for the decrease in their real earnings due to inflation. SIPTU Organiser, Fran […]

SIPTU members defer strike action at Zenith Bantry Bay Terminal

The planned strike action by SIPTU members employed Zenith Bantry Bay Terminal, county Cork, has been deferred in order to allow workers an opportunity to consider proposals put forward by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) today. SIPTU Sector Organiser, Willie Noone, said: “It was agreed to defer the strike action that was planned to commence […]

SIPTU calls on Rehab Group to urgently pay redundancy owed to Limerick workers 

SIPTU members who worked at Rehab Enterprises in, Raheen, county Limerick, have expressed their deep frustration at the delay by the Rehab Group in implementing a Labour Court recommendation that they should be paid outstanding redundancy payments. The Court recommended several weeks ago that the collective agreement between SIPTU members and Rehab Enterprises should be […]

Irish woman Esther Lynch elected to top job in European trade union movement

Irish woman and former Irish Congress of Trade Unions official, Esther Lynch has been elected General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). ICTU General Secretary, Owen Reidy, has warmly congratulated Esther Lynch following the announcement at a meeting of the ETUC Executive Committee in Brussels earlier today.  He said “, the movement in […]

SIPTU says employment permits do not resolve retention issues of home care workers

A recent government announcement that 1,000 General Employment permits will be made available for home care workers from January 2023 will not address the core issues of recruitment and retention of carers in the home care sector, according to SIPTU Organiser, Pat Flannery.  He said: “SIPTU members have previously raised concerns following publication of the […]

Workers now legally entitled to receive tips and gratuities paid in electronic form

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has welcomed new laws governing the practice of tipping to hospitality workers that have come into force today. Under the Payment of Wages Act employees now have a legal entitlement to receive tips and gratuities paid in electronic form. ICTU General Secretary Owen Reidy said: “The legislation will give […]

SIPTU serves strike notice at Zenith Energy Bantry Bay Terminals Limited

SIPTU members have today (Monday, 28th November) served notice of strike action at Zenith Energy Bantry Bay Terminals Limited, located on Whiddy Island, county Cork, to commence on Tuesday, 13th December, in a dispute concerning compulsory redundancies at the energy company. SIPTU Sector Organiser, Willie Noone, said: “A ballot for strike action was supported unanimously […]

SIPTU seeks urgent meeting on bus driver shortages with National Transport Authority 

SIPTU members employed as bus drivers with Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann handed in a letter at the offices of the National Transport Authority (NTA) in Dublin, today (Thursday, 24th November), calling for an urgent meeting to discuss recruitment issues which are adversely impacting public transport services. SIPTU Sector Organiser, John Murphy, said: “SIPTU representatives are […]

SIPTU member in Wexford awarded €40,000 for constructive dismissal 

A SIPTU member secured an award of more than €40,000 at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) following his unfair dismissal by his employer, McGuire Haulage Limited, with a head office in Thomastown, county Kilkenny.  SIPTU Workers Rights Centre Advocate, Rachel Hartery, said: “This case involved SIPTU member, Des O’Farrell,  who was forced to resign from his job after the company […]

SIPTU members concerned over National Ambulance Service move to Level 3 surge capacity

SIPTU and Irish Ambulance Representative Council (IARC) representatives have today (Friday, 31st December) expressed concerns over the decision to move to Level 3 surge capacity due to extreme pressure on the National Ambulance Service (NAS). SIPTU Ambulance Sector Organiser, Ted Kenny said: “Our members are working night and day to alleviate the pressure on the service and it is […]

CE Supervisors vote to accept pension proposals

SIPTU and Fórsa members working as Community Employment (CE) Supervisors have voted to accept the terms proposed by the Department of Social Protection (DSP) to pay members a retirement gratuity in settlement of their long running dispute. Members of both unions voted by an overwhelming majority to accept the proposals. SIPTU Sector Organiser, Jane Boushell, […]

SIPTU members Lufthansa Technik Shannon accept WRC redundancy proposals

SIPTU members in Lufthansa Technik Shannon today (Wednesday, 22nd December) voted to accept the terms of a redundancy and transitional proposed by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). Union members voted by an overwhelming majority to accept the proposals which gives them 5.75 weeks per year of service in a redundancy package and a retention bonus […]

Irish Equity and MUI call for increased support for workers and venues

Irish Equity and the Musicians Union of Ireland have called for an immediate increase in support from the Government for all workers and entertainment venues impacted by the tightening of Covid-19 restrictions. SIPTU Sector Organiser, Michelle Quinn, said: “The members of Irish Equity and the Musicians Union of Ireland fully appreciate that we as a country […]

SIPTU members in St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services secure 4% pay increase

SIPTU members working in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services (SPMHS) have today (Friday, 17th December) overwhelmingly endorsed pay proposals to improve pay and conditions at the facility. The two year agreement negotiated between SIPTU and SPMHS management provides for an increase in pay worth up to 4%, with enhanced workplace protections until 2023.  SIPTU Health Organiser, Aideen Carberry, […]

SIPTU members suspend strike to allow talks at WRC in LES and Job Clubs dispute

SIPTU members employed in Local Employment Services (LES) and Job Clubs in county Laois and county Offaly have suspended their strike action to allow for talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). SIPTU Public Administration and Community Division Organiser, Adrian Kane, said: “Our members in the SIPTU Dispute Committee, which was overseeing this industrial action, […]

SIPTU representatives express deep concerns over the high level of pressure on ambulance, fire and emergency services

SIPTU representatives have today (Wednesday, 15th December) expressed deep concerns over the high level of pressure on ambulance, fire and emergency services across the country. Speaking at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health, SIPTU Sector Organiser, Ted Kenny said: “In order for a proper discussion to take place on the resources required for the State’s […]

SIPTU calls for increased support and resources for frontline Local Authority staff

SIPTU representatives have called for increased support and resources for frontline Local Authority staff who are required to work through extreme weather events such as Storm Barra, in order to maintain essential services and protect the public. SIPTU Sector Organiser, Brendan O’Brien, said: “As the frequency and severity of these extreme weather events increases, so […]

Equity and MUI seek further financial aid for performers

Following the introduction of further Covid-19 restrictions, Irish Equity and the Musicians’ Union of Ireland (MUI) have welcomed the return of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment and the continuing support available through the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS). “Additional Covid-19 restrictions have already damaged the live arts and entertainment sector due to the reduced capacity of theatres […]

SIPTU says childcare staffing crisis driven by low pay not lack of qualified staff

SIPTU representatives have said that figures released by the Department of Further and Higher Education categorically confirm that the staffing crisis in childcare in not driven by a lack of qualified educators in Ireland but low pay in the sector forcing them to leave their chosen profession. In response to a Parliamentary Question from Social […]

SIPTU members strike to save Local Employment Services in Laois and Offaly

SIPTU members working in Local Employment Services (LES) and Job Clubs in county Laois and county Offaly today (Monday, 6th December) began a campaign of work stoppages in a dispute resulting from the privatisation of this community service. The industrial action was supported by a protest by SIPTU members outside the Department of Social Protection […]

SIPTU calls on Taoiseach to intervene in Local Employment Services dispute

SIPTU representatives have called on the Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, to directly intervene in a dispute concerning Local Employment Services (LES) following the publication of a report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) which found that their privatisation does not deliver “value for money”. SIPTU Public Administration and Community Division Organiser, Adrian Kane, said: “The PAC […]

SIPTU NEC recommends acceptance of proposals for a new public service agreement

The National Executive Council (NEC) of SIPTU met today (Thursday, 17th December) to consider the proposals for an agreement on pay and related matters in the public service. Having considered the details of the proposals it was decided to recommend them for acceptance by the union’s public service membership. It was concluded that they represent […]

Unions confirm escalation of industrial dispute at Newry, Mourne and Down District Council after mediated talks collapse due to management intransigence

Members of all four staff trade unions, Unite, GMB, NIPSA and SIPTU, will commence work-to-rule from January 4th, second 24-hour strike date confirmed for January 27th. Councillors warned that work-to-rule will result in severe disruption to council services as authority is hugely dependent on overtime and informal working practices. The four workforce trade unions representing […]

Public service unions and employers agree proposals for a two-year agreement

Representatives of public service unions and employers have agreed proposals for a two-year agreement to succeed the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA), which expires at the end of this month. The main elements of the proposed agreement were outlined by union negotiators at a meeting of the ICTU Public Services Committee (PSC) today (Friday) after […]

SIPTU welcomes new hourly rate of €11.20 for contract cleaners

SIPTU members have welcomed a new hourly rate of €11.20 and an Employment Regulation Order (ERO) for contract cleaners. The 40 cent increase was confirmed by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, and will be delivered to workers when the ERO comes into effect on Friday, 18th December. SIPTU Sector Organiser, Diane Jackson, who […]

Unions make significant breakthrough on pay justice claim for Section 39 workers

SIPTU representatives have today (Thursday, 10th December) confirmed that unions have made a significant breakthrough on pay restoration for members in 250 State-funded voluntary health and social service providers. The positive development for workers in these Section 39 employments follows a conciliation conference held under the auspices of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). SIPTU Divisional […]

SIPTU welcomes key recommendations of Arts and Culture Taskforce report

SIPTU members have welcomed the recommendations contained in the recently published Report of the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce, ‘A Life Worth Living’, which can assist the sector to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 crisis. SIPTU Sector Organiser, Martin O’Rourke, said: “The members of the SIPTU Arts, Culture, Sport, Print and Media Sector […]

SIPTU to discuss childcare professionals’ pay with Minister for Children and IBEC

SIPTU has today (Thursday, 10th December) accepted an invitation from the Minister for Children, Equality Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O'Gorman, to discuss pay and conditions for childcare workers with him and the employers’ representative group, IBEC. SIPTU Head of Strategic Organising, Darragh O’Connor, said: “Poor pay and conditions are leaving childcare professionals in poverty […]

STOP67 campaign welcomes removal of pension age increase in Social Welfare Bill

The STOP67 campaign has welcomed the removal of the pension age increase to 67 years on 1st January next in the Social Welfare Bill which will be debated in the Dáil today (9th December, 2020). The campaign, which helped to make the pension age increase a controversial and dominant issue during the general election in […]

SIPTU confirms new collective agreement for independent live action film and television crew

SIPTU representatives have today (7th December) confirmed that proposals for a new collective agreement for live action film and television crew have been accepted in a ballot of union members. SIPTU Divisional Organiser, Karan O Loughlin, said: “This new agreement will come into operation in January 2021 and covers all grades except film construction which is subject to […]

Strike action to proceed at Newry, Mourne and Down District Council as last minute talks collapse after management fail to address workers’ pay equality

Members of all four staff trade unions, Unite, GMB, NIPSA and SIPTU, forced into picket lines from 6am tomorrow [Thursday, December 3rd] In a joint trade union side statement and ahead of the industrial action, workforce representatives laid the blame for the ‘avoidable’ industrial dispute at the feet of council management who had failed to […]

SIPTU supports decision to keep third level lectures online for rest of academic year

SIPTU representatives have said that the decision to keep third level lectures online for the rest of the academic year provides certainty for staff and students. SIPTU Education Sector Organiser, Karl Byrne, said: “We welcome the certainty being brought to students and staff with confirmation that lectures will remain online for the rest of the […]

SIPTU confirms first round of work stoppages in Section 39 organisations

SIPTU representatives have confirmed the start of a nation-wide campaign of industrial action by members in Section 39 organisations resulting from a dispute involving the failure of the HSE to honour an agreement to restore the pay of these workers. SIPTU Public Administration and Community Division Organiser, Adrian Kane, said: “The rolling campaign of industrial […]

SIPTU delegation meets Minister for Sport to discuss future of FAI

A SIPTU delegation met the Minister for Sport, Shane Ross, this evening (Wednesday, 18th December) in Government Buildings in Dublin, to discuss the future of the FAI and the protection of the livelihoods of union members employed by the Association. SIPTU Sector Organiser, Denis Hynes, said: “The delegation which met with the Minister included SIPTU […]

SIPTU warns insurance crisis threatens jobs in childcare sector

SIPTU has warned that a dramatic increase in insurance costs is threatening the viability of services and jobs in the childcare sector and called for government action to ensure coverage can be maintained at affordable rates into 2020. SIPTU Big Start Co-ordinator, Yvonne McGrath, said: “Continued inaction concerning the dramatic increase in insurance premiums for 2020 will […]

POBAL Report reveals 56% of Childcare professionals earn less than Living Wage

The SIPTU Big Start Campaign has said that the ‘Early Years Sector Profile Report’ by the State funding agency POBAL, which was published today (Monday, 16th December), has revealed that low pay continues to plague the childcare profession. SIPTU Head of Strategic Organising and Campaigns, Darragh O’Connor, said: “The POBAL report clearly shows that the […]

SIPTU members in Rentokil Initial to conduct work stoppage on 20th December

SIPTU members in the Canon Hygiene Division of Rentokil Initial Ltd. based in Santry in Dublin have served notice of a one-day work stoppage on Friday, 20th December. SIPTU Organiser, Peadar Nolan, said: “Our members will conduct their work stoppage between 6.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. on Friday, 20th December. They have been left with no […]

SIPTU says FAI staff were misled in relation to the organisation’s financial situation

SIPTU representatives have stated that union members employed by the FAI were misled by management concerning the financial situation of the organisation which, it has emerged, is heavily in debt. SIPTU representatives have stated that union members employed by the FAI were misled by management concerning the financial situation of the organisation which, it has […]

SIPTU and Unite members in Virgin Media Ireland vote for industrial action

SIPTU and Unite members employed by Virgin Media Ireland have overwhelmingly voted in favour of taking industrial action, up to and including strike action, in a ballot counted today (Monday, 9th December). SIPTU Organiser, Martin Mannion, said: “This dispute concerns an attempt to impose compulsory redundancies and the failure by the company to implement a […]

Inquest highlights the urgent need for emergency ambulance hand-over protocol

SIPTU representatives have today (Thursday 5th December) demanded the introduction of an emergency hand-over protocol to assist ambulance crews who are unable to hand over patients to hospital staff due to overcrowding and lack of bed capacity. The call comes as the Medical Director of the National Ambulance Service, Professor Cathal O'Donnell, told an inquest […]

SIPTU welcomes Pfizer decision to maintain DB Pension benefits for workers

SIPTU representatives have welcomed the decision of Pfizer, the multinational pharmaceutical manufacturer, to maintain its Defined Benefit (DB) Pension scheme for workers at its facilities in Ringaskiddy and Little Island in county Cork. SIPTU Sector Organiser, Alan O’Leary, said: “SIPTU representatives have been involved in very difficult pension talks with senior management at Pfizer for […]

Tara Mines workers postpone protest after flat rate expenses reduction deferred

Tara Mines workers have postponed a protest scheduled to take place outside Leinster House in Dublin tomorrow (Wednesday, 4th December) following confirmation that a drastic reduction in their flat rate expenses, which was due to be implemented on 1st January, has been deferred. SIPTU Sector Organiser, John Regan, said: “Revenue had intended to reduce the […]

SIPTU members in FAI call for urgent meeting with Minister for Sport concerning funding

SIPTU members employed by the FAI are requesting an urgent meeting with the Minister for Sport, Shane Ross, concerning the funding of the organisation in the light of reports of possible major job losses. SIPTU Sector Organiser, Denis Hynes, said: “SIPTU representatives met with our members in the FAI today. At this meeting serious concerns […]

SIPTU calls on National Pen to respect Labour Court recommendation on union recognition

SIPTU representatives have called on National Pen to respect a Labour Court recommendation that it recognise the trade union for collective bargaining purposes for its members working in the company’s production facility and call centre in Dundalk, county Louth. SIPTU Organiser, Denis Sheridan, said: “The Labour Court issued its recommendation in August calling on National […]

SIPTU demands contingency plan to deal with obstruction of ambulance resources

SIPTU representatives have today (Friday 29th November) demanded that an immediate contingency plan is put in place to deal with the unacceptable obstruction of ambulance resources at Cork University Hospital (CUH). SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell said: “Our members are deeply concerned in the CUH and beyond that the overcrowding crisis is now obstructing […]

SIPTU members employed as support staff in major hospitals to ballot for strike action in New Year

SIPTU representatives have today (Friday, 28th December) confirmed that more than 7,000 support grade staff working in major hospitals and other healthcare centres across the state will be balloted for strike action early in the New Year.   The decision follows a Government refusal to concede an increase awarded to them through an independent job […]

SIPTU remembers immense contribution of Jer O’Leary to trade union culture

SIPTU Deputy General Secretary, Ethel Buckley, has expressed the deepest condolences to the family of Jer O’Leary, following the death of the activist who made an immense contribution to the culture of trade unionism in Ireland through his artistic endeavours. Buckley said: “On behalf of the members of our union, I wish to express the […]

SIPTU notes clarity on measures for work permits for non-EAA nursing staff

SIPTU representatives have noted the clarification issued by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, yesterday (Thursday, 20th December), concerning the interim measures introduced to deal with the processing backlog for work permits for non-European Economic Area (EEA) nursing staff. SIPTU Organiser, John McCamley said: “This backlog applies to the processing of the Stamp 4 […]

SIPTU seeks meeting to discuss impact on transport and distribution workers of a no-deal Brexit

SIPTU representatives are seeking a meeting with government officials concerning the recruitment of additional staff and possible impact on existing working conditions in the transport sector in the event of no-deal Brexit. SIPTU TEAC Division Organiser, Greg Ennis, said: “The Irish and EU contingency plans, published yesterday, leave many questions unanswered about how workers in […]

SIPTU highlights implications for workers of no-deal Brexit contingency plans

SIPTU representatives have today (Thursday, 20th December) highlighted the possible impact a no-deal Brexit could have on working people in Ireland, following the publication of contingency plans by the European Commission and the Irish government respectively. SIPTU Deputy General Secretary, Gerry McCormack says: “The agri-food, fisheries, aviation and road transport, pharma-chemicals, electrical machinery, retail and […]

SIPTU collective agreement will ensure good jobs for George Best Hotel workers

SIPTU representatives today (Thursday, 20thDecember) signed an agreement with Signature Living, the management company of the soon to be opened George Best Hotel in Donegall Square, Belfast, ensuring its workers will have their collective bargaining rights recognised, will not be employed on zero hour contracts and will be paid a living wage. At a joint […]

SIPTU secures review of role and responsibilities of ambulance professionals

SIPTU Ambulance Sector representatives have today (Thursday, 20th December) confirmed that agreement has been secured on the conduct of an independent review of the role and responsibilities of ambulance professionals as part of the Public Service Stability Agreement. SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “Our representatives have reached agreement with the management of the […]

SIPTU concerned by Irish Ferries cancelation of services between Rosslare and France

SIPTU representatives have expressed concern over the decision of Irish Ferries to cancel its services from Rosslare Europort, County Wexford, and France from the beginning of 2019. SIPTU Organiser, Paul Cullen, said: “This decision is deeply concerning and disappointing for our members employed in the Rosslare Europort and the surrounding region. “The port has the […]

SIPTU says shutting down of JobPath scheme long overdue

SIPTU representatives have today (Tuesday, 18th December) welcomed a statement by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that the JobPath employment activation scheme might not be needed in the future and they called for priority to be given to job activation measures that have a proven track record of delivering for communities. SIPTU Sector Organiser, Eddie Mullins […]

SIPTU representatives express concern over National Children’s Hospital overspend

SIPTU construction sector representatives have today (Tuesday, 18th December) expressed concerns that the National Children’s Hospital could need additional money to complete the project. They also voiced their disappointment that the notion of possible knock-on negative implications to other construction projects has been floated by the Government. SIPTU Construction Sector Chairman, Eddie Gunnery, said: “While […]

SIPTU seeks meeting with Minister for Health concerning comments on 999 calls

SIPTU is to seek a meeting with the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to discuss comments attributed to him in the media that lives are being put at risk due to the manner in which emergency ambulance calls are handled in the Dublin area. SIPTU Public Administration and Community Division Organiser, Adrian Kane, said: “Our […]

SIPTU seeks immediate action to address work permit backlogs

SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 17th December) sought Government intervention to address the current backlog in processing work permits for up to 35 nursing staff working in the Mater University Hospital, Dublin. Due to these delays existing nursing staff, some of whom have been working for a number of years in the health service, have […]

SIPTU criticises Section 39 employers of inaction over pay dispute

SIPTU representatives have today (Friday, 15th December) criticised Section 39 employers of inaction while their respective organisations are hurtling towards national strike action in January. SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “Our members feel it is now necessary to seek a full hearing at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health in order to have […]

Gene Mealy retires as SIPTU Vice-President

Gene Mealy has today (Thursday, 14th December) retired from his position as SIPTU Vice President, following a meeting of the union’s National Executive Council. Following the meeting, the outgoing SIPTU Vice President thanked the many SIPTU members, activists and staff from across the private, public and community sector with whom he has worked over the […]

International Transport Federation welcome positive step towards ending exploitation on Irish trawlers

International Transport Federation representatives have today (Thursday, 14th, December) welcomed the publication of a Joint Oireachtas Report aimed at halting the exploitation of migrant fishermen working on Irish trawlers. The International Transport Federation (ITF) Co-ordinator, Ken Fleming, said: “Firstly, the report vindicates the ITF position that the current regulatory regime is not fit for purpose […]

Jack O’Connor steps down as SIPTU President

Jack O’Connor will step down from his role as SIPTU General President today (Thursday, 14th December) following a meeting of the Union’s National Executive Council. He has served three consecutive 6-year terms as a National Executive Officer, including 14 and a half years as General President. From mid-2007 to mid-2011 O'Connor was also Vice President, and […]

SIPTU welcomes support of the Taoiseach for the future of RTÉ Orchestras

SIPTU and Musicians’ Union of Ireland (MUI) representatives have welcomed the support expressed yesterday (Tuesday, 12th December) by Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, for the future of the RTÉ orchestras and his call for the Ministers involved to seek to ensure both are maintained. SIPTU Organiser, Graham Macken, said: “Speaking yesterday during Leaders' Questions in the Dáil, […]

SIPTU to meet Yves Rocher management following Cork plant closure announcement

SIPTU representatives are seeking an urgent meeting with the management of Yves Rocher following its announcement last Thursday (7th December) that it intends to close its plant in the Kilbarry Industrial Estate, Cork city, at the end of 2018. SIPTU Organiser, Paul Depuis, said: “The management of Yves Rocher announced at a meeting of its […]

SIPTU firefighters express extreme concern over the lack of aerial appliances

SIPTU members in the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) have expressed extreme concern over the lack of aerial appliances, with only two of the vehicle mounted long ladders available for dispatch in the city and county today (Friday, 8th December), a third below the agreed minimum required. SIPTU Sector Organiser, Brendan O’Brien, said: “Despite our members […]

SIPTU urges AbbVie to engage in talks to avoid an escalation in dispute

SIPTU members have urged the management of the AbbVie Plant in Carrigtwohill, county Cork, to engage in talks in order to avoid an escalation of the industrial dispute at the company concerning their right to union representation. Workers are currently engaged in a 33-hour work stoppage which commenced yesterday (Thursday, 7th December), at 7.00 p.m. […]

SIPTU members in Irish Rail vote to accept Labour Court proposals on pay

SIPTU members in Irish Rail have voted by 75% to 25% to accept a Labour Court recommendation on pay aimed at resolving the dispute at the public transport company, in a ballot counted today (Friday, 8th December) in Liberty Hall, Dublin. The proposals include a 7.5% pay increase over the next three years, backdated to […]

SIPTU says proposed new working hours legalisation needs to be improved

SIPTU representatives have stated that the publication today (Thursday, 7th December) of the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 is a step in the right direction but that the proposed legislation requires further amendment in order to provide adequate protections against precarious work practices. SIPTU Services Division Organiser, Ethel Buckley, said: “While there are positive aspects […]

SIPTU condemns Government plan to top up salary of Sláintecare chief

SIPTU representatives have today (Thursday, 7th December) condemned a Government plan to break from public sector pay norms and ‘top up’ the salary of the official charged with implementing the Sláintecare healthcare reform plan. SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “This plan to break from public sector pay norms is completely intolerable to our […]

SIPTU says proposed public sector retirement changes do not deal with all issues

SIPTU has stated that a Government proposal to allow public sector workers to volunteer to continue in their jobs until 70 years of age only deals with one aspect of the problems associated with the increase in the statutory retirement age. SIPTU Deputy General Secretary for the Public Sector, John King, said: “We are yet […]

SIPTU calls threat to travel pass scheme an unacceptable abuse of the elderly

SIPTU has condemned the threat to the continuation of the over-65 travel pass scheme due to the refusal of the Department of Social Protection to provide extra funding for transport providers to cover the costs of the public service. SIPTU Retired Members National Secretary, Paddy Moran, said: “Our members are very concerned by media reports […]

SIPTU calls on elected representatives to support Bus Éireann jobs and services

SIPTU has called for immediate action by elected representatives to support the public bus network and its staff following media reports today (Wednesday, 11th January) that management has drawn up a plan for massive cutbacks in Bus Éireann. SIPTU Sector Organiser, Willie Noone, said: “Following widespread media reports about the contents of a report given […]

SIPTU supports council motion calling for extra ambulances for Dublin Fire Brigade

SIPTU members have expressed support for a motion which will go before Dublin City Council this evening (Monday, 9th January) calling for additional ambulances to be made available to be utlised by the Dublin Fire Brigade. SIPTU Public Administration and Community Organiser, John King, said: “The Health Information and Quality Authority has identified that there […]

SIPTU to ballot health workers in January for strike action

SIPTU members working as support staff in the health service will today (Wednesday, 28th December) begin preparations for a ballot for strike action in a dispute that results from several breaches by the Department of Health and HSE of the terms of the national public service agreements. This will be followed by a ballot of […]

SIPTU says Edenderry decision must herald wider investment in midlands power plants

SIPTU has welcomed the An Bord Pleanála decision to grant planning permission to Bord na Móna to maintain the operation of its facility in Edenderry, Co Offaly, and stated that the move should also result in further investment in two other power plants in the midlands. SIPTU Organiser, John Regan, said: “The An Bord Pleanála decision announced […]

SIPTU supports Government Bill on the rights of persons with disabilities

SIPTU has stated its support for the Disability (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016 which seeks to address the remaining legislative barriers to the ratification by Ireland of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). The UN CRPD provides the framework to advocate for, protect and ensure the rights of all people […]

SIPTU Meath District Council thanks activists for a memorable commemoration year

The SIPTU Meath District Council has thanked its activists and supporters for ensuring the series of events it held to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising were a success. SIPTU Meath District Council secretary, John Regan, said: “Our year of commemoration began with an event to commemorate the battle of Ashbourne which was held […]

SIPTU members in Bausch and Lomb plant in Waterford accept WRC proposals

SIPTU members in the Bausch and Lomb plant in Waterford, County Waterford, have voted by a substantial majority to accept Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) proposals aimed at resolving a dispute concerning workers’ pay and conditions of employment. SIPTU Manufacturing Division Organiser, Gerry McCormack, said: “Our members have concluded that the WRC proposals offer a satisfactory […]

SIPTU supports protest by Allpro cleaners in Limerick

Cleaners employed by Allpro Ltd are staging a protest today, (Friday 16th December) at the Solas Training Centre in Raheen Business Park, Limerick over the non-payment of their wages. Allpro Ltd took over this State contract on 29th November last and immediately sought to make changes to the worker’s terms and conditions without negotiation or […]

Commemoration of trade union martyr Alicia Brady in Liberty Hall on Friday

A commemoration of the 103rd anniversary of the fatal wounding of Alicia Brady, who was injured by gunfire during the 1913 Lockout, will take place in the Connolly Hall, Liberty Hall, Dublin 1, on Friday, 16th December, at 1.00 p.m. The event will include discussion of the events surrounding the death of the 16-year-old trade […]

SIPTU calls for rethink of Government proposals to deal with the rental crisis

SIPTU has called on the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney, to reconsider his plan to deal with the rental crisis which was released yesterday Tuesday, 13th December) due to its failure to adequately address issues of security for tenants. SIPTU National Campaigns and Equality Organiser, Karan O’Loughlin, said: “There are several […]

Musicians Union of Ireland backs call for Irish music quota on radio stations

The Musicians Union of Ireland (MUI) has voiced its support for a Bill which will be debated in the Dáil this evening (Wednesday, 14th December) which seeks to set a minimum quota for the amount of music produced by Irish artists to be played on radio stations. MUI Organiser, Graham Macken, said: “The Bill proposed […]

National Homeless and Housing Coalition to examine Government Action Plan for Housing

The National Homeless and Housing Coalition has broadly welcomed elements of the Government’s Action Plan for Housing which was published today (Tuesday, 19th July). However, the Coalition will be examining it closely to ensure it has the capacity to achieve the speed and scale of housing delivery that is required to address the current crisis. […]

SIPTU demands removal of barriers to recruitment and retention of mental health

SIPTU has called for the ending of a lower paid new entrants’ grade and the return of allowances for mental health nurses in order to end a crisis in staff recruitment and retention in the service SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “SIPTU representatives are attending a conciliation conference with HSE management at the […]

SIPTU members welcome new oversight group for fire service

The Joint National Full-Time and Retained Fire Service committees of SIPTU have welcomed the announcement by environment minister, Alan Kelly, of the establishment of the Fire Services National Oversight and Implementation Group (FSNOIG). According to SIPTU Organiser, Con Casey, the initiative brings to a close a lengthy dispute between the union and the fire service […]

SIPTU train drivers agree to fresh productivity discussions with Irish Rail

SIPTU train drivers have accepted a Labour Court recommendation to enter discussions on outstanding productivity issues. In a ballot of union members, 75% accepted the proposals for a new round of negotiations with the management of Irish Rail to resolve the long running dispute over productivity payments. SIPTU Assistant Organiser, Paul Cullen, he will be […]

SIPTU secures permanent HSE positions for contract cleaners in Midland Regional Hospital

SIPTU has negotiated an agreement with Midlands Regional Hospital Tullamore (MRHT) to curb the privatisation of cleaning services in the hospital. SIPTU Health Organiser John Hubbard said: “Arising from protracted negotiations an agreement was reached between MRHT management and SIPTU to hire 24 contract cleaners as direct HSE employees within the service. The process has […]

SIPTU cleaners in Letterkenny University Hospital vote for industrial action

SIPTU members working in the domestic services department of Letterkenny University Hospital, County Donegal, have today (Thursday, 10th December) voted overwhelmingly for industrial action, up to and including strike action, in response to a management decision to unilaterally outsource the cleaning of the facility’s Out Patients Department. SIPTU Organiser, Declan Ferry, said: “Management has shown […]

SIPTU welcomes Labour Court recommendation on redundancy terms at Killiney nursing home

SIPTU has welcomed a Labour Court recommendation for increased terms for redeployment and redundancy as a result of the closure of Killiney Grove Nursing Home SIPTU Health Assistant Industrial Organiser, Aideen Carberry, said: “The recommendation is a reflection of our members determination to achieve fairness since the closure of Killiney Grove Nursing Home was announced […]

SIPTU survey finds academic staff in DCU concerned by workload and precarious jobs

An extensive survey of academic staff in Dublin City University (DCU), conducted by SIPTU, has found widespread concerns over increasing workloads and stress associated with the growing use of short term contracts. SIPTU Education Sector Organiser, Louise O’Reilly, said: “It is very significant that out of 470 academic staff at DCU and a further 130 […]

SIPTU calls for compulsory ‘tiger kidnap’ prevention training for cash in transit staff

SIPTU has called on the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, to implement a system of compulsory training and procedures for dealing with the threat of so-called ‘tiger kidnaping’ for cash in transit workers. SIPTU Organiser, Brendan Carr, said: “The Minister for Justice must immediately begin the process of making compulsory training and procedures that have […]

SIPTU disappointment at planned closure of Supervalu stores in Clonmel and Carlow town

SIPTU Organiser, Derek Casserly, has said union members are hugely disappointment at the announcement today by retail chain Supervalu that it intends to close two of its stores, in Clonmel, county Tipperary and Carlow town, at the end of January. “Our members are particularly disappointed at the timing of this announcement three weeks from Christmas […]

SIPTU supports National Demonstration on the Housing and Homeless crisis tomorrow

SIPTU members will march with housing activists from across the country in the National Demonstration on the Housing and Homeless crisis in Dublin tomorrow (Tuesday 1st December). The march begins at the General Post Office, O’Connell Street, at 5.00 p.m. and concludes outside Leinster House, Kildare Street, with a rally. At the event speakers will […]

SIPTU calls on Minister for Health to publish HSE National Ambulance Review

SIPTU has called on the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, to publish the recommendations of the HSE National Ambulance Review so that work on developing the service can commence. SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “SIPTU members will be meeting over the coming month across the country to consider proposals for a ballot on […]

Alicia Brady’s death to be commemorated on Pearse Street

At 1.00 p.m. on Thursday 18th December, the Young Worker’s Network and the SIPTU Dublin District Council will hold a commemoration to mark the 101st anniversary of the day striker ,Alicia Brady, was struck by a bullet during the 1913 Lockout. SIPTU Campaigns and Equality Organiser, Ethel Buckley, will place a wreath at the place […]

Alicia Brady’s death to be commemorated on Pearse Street

At 1.00 p.m. on Thursday 18th December, the Young Worker’s Network and the SIPTU Dublin District Council will hold a commemoration to mark the 101st anniversary of the day striker, Alicia Brady, was struck by a bullet during the 1913 Lockout. SIPTU Campaigns and Equality Organiser, Ethel Buckley, will place a wreath at the place […]

SIPTU says new law on collective bargaining a positive step for Irish workers

SIPTU Vice-President, Patricia King, has said that cabinet approval today for proposed new legislation on collective bargaining can help to improve the terms and conditions of employment for very many Irish workers. She was responding to confirmation from the Government that the cabinet has agreed a revised Heads of Bill on a collective bargaining law […]

SIPTU members reject pension proposals at DAA and SAA by huge majority

SIPTU members in the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) have voted by an overwhelming majority against management proposals to resolve the pensions dispute in the company. The dispute arose due to the large deficit in the Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme (IASS). SIPTU members in the Shannon Airport Authority (SAA) have also rejected the proposals. SIPTU Pensions […]

SIPTU academic staff at NUI Galway to vote on equality audit

SIPTU members on the academic staff of NUI Galway will vote on 8th January on a proposal to call for an external body to carry out a comprehensive equality audit throughout the university to reassure workers that gender equality is practised within the institution. In a statement, the NUI Galway SIPTU Academic Staff Stewards committee, […]

SIPTU calls on Government to respect Labour Court recommendation on community sector talks

SIPTU has called on the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to respect a Labour Court recommendation, published on Thursday, 4th December, which states that policy makers should enter into talks with unions on the future of jobs in the community sector. The recommendation relates to the more than 1000 workers employed in Local […]

Unions seek urgent meeting with Bord Na Móna management over AES sale

The Bord Na Móna Group of Unions has requested an urgent meeting with management to discuss a reported plan to sell its subsidiary waste collection company, AES, which was disclosed in a newspaper report on Sunday (7th December). SIPTU Organiser and Bord Na Móna Group of Unions Secretary, John Regan, said: “Union members in AES […]

Statement by the National Executive Council of SIPTU on the Right2Water Protest

The SIPTU NEC statement of 21st November 2014 concluded: “Therefore, in the absence of a declaration by the Government of its intention to provide every household with an adequate supply of water to meet all its domestic needs, at no direct cost, while retaining a tariff on non-essential use only and to legislate for a […]

SIPTU concern at HEA findings on gender divide in academic appointments

SIPTU members have expressed disappointment and concern at the findings of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) review of the gender divide in senior academic posts across publicly funded higher education institutions. The HEA review has confirmed that while the overall academic staff gender divide in higher education is 50/50, males significantly outnumber females in senior […]

SIPTU describes the HIQA Ambulance Service report as challenging but achievable

SIPTU members in the National Ambulance Service (NAS) and Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) are studying the recommendations contained in the HIQA “Review of pre-hospital emergency care services” which they have described as “challenging but achievable”. SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “In its 12 recommendations the HIQA review group brings clarity to many of […]

Irish Equity warns members of unscrupulous activities of film companies

Irish Equity has called on members to display caution before committing to projects due to the unscrupulous activities of some production companies which include false claims about the other actors involved and the underpayment or non-payment of fees. The call follows reports to Irish Equity over the weekend relating to the activities of a production […]

SIPTU calls for HSE interns to be given permanent posts

SIPTU has demanded that workers employed under the HSE support staff intern scheme be made permanent with immediate effect instead of continuing the creeping privatisation of the health service. SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “The massive spend on agency staff by the HSE has reached €328 million in 2014. It would be much […]

SIPTU welcomes the strong growth of the Irish film industry during 2013

The SIPTU Arts and Culture Sector has welcomed figures from the Irish Film Board which indicate strong growth of the film, television and animation industry during 2013. SIPTU Sector Organiser, Karan O’Loughlin, said: “According to estimates by the Irish Film Board the industry is on track to have generated €168 million of activity during 2013. […]

SIPTU Meath District Council expresses condolences to family of Shane Donnelly

The SIPTU Meath District Council has expressed its sincere condolences to the family of Shane Donnelly who was tragically killed in an accident on Sunday (22nd December). The chief administrator at Meath County Council, and former Navan Town Clerk, Shane played a crucial role in many of the recent developments which have benefited local communities […]

SIPTU calls Lufthansa Technik Airmotive closure a devastating blow for workers

SIPTU has criticised the decision by the management of Lufthansa Technik Airmotive Ireland to serve redundancy notices on its workers today (Friday, 20th December) while negotiations at the Labour Court on redundancy terms were ongoing. SIPTU Organiser, Karl Byrne, said: “Although this news is not unexpected following the announcement in November that the company was […]

LRC to convene hearing on Resources Facilities Services Ltd dispute

SIPTU representatives have agreed to attend a Labour Relations Commission (LRC) hearing concerning the dispute at Resources Facilities Services Ltd, a contract cleaning company, on Thursday, 2nd January. SIPTU Organiser, Ed Kenny, said: “Resources Facilities Services Ltd is contracted to provide cleaning services at Beaumont Hospital. This dispute arose from a management decision to unilaterally […]

SIPTU members in Marks and Spencer accept Labour Court recommendation

SIPTU members in Marks and Spencer have voted by 96% to 4% to accept a Labour Court recommendation in relation to a dispute at the company which resulted from a management decsion to unilaterally close the workers’ defined benefit pension scheme. The company had also proposed to abolish the workers’ Christmas bonus, reduce premium pay […]

SIPTU says third quarter national accounts indicate pick up in domestic demand

SIPTU has stated that the quarterly national accounts, published today (Thursday, 19th December), show a welcome pick-up in domestic demand with real GDP rising by 1.5% in the third quarter of 2013. SIPTU economist, Marie Sherlock, said: “Signs of a turnaround in construction activity during the summer months along with a pick-up in consumer spending […]

SIPTU members in Liebherr to ballot on recommendation in early January

SIPTU members employed in Liebherr Container Cranes, Killarney, Co. Kerry, will ballot in early January on a Labour Court recommendation aimed at resolving a dispute at the company. SIPTU Organiser, Marie Kearney, said: “It is believed that the company has accepted the Labour Court recommendation issued on Friday, 6th December. All SIPTU members at the […]

Cleaners at Beaumont Hospital to escalate dispute

SIPTU members in Resources Facilities Services Ltd, a contract cleaning company, are to take three further days of action at Beaumont Hospital in a dispute resulting from the company decision to implement a cut to workers pay without agreement. SIPTU Organiser, Ed Kenny, said: “Resources Facilities Services Ltd is contracted to provide cleaning services at […]

SIPTU says more detail needed on Medium-Term Economic Strategy

SIPTU has described the Government’s Medium-Term Economic Strategy published today (Tuesday, 17th December) as a reasonable diagnosis of the challenges facing the Irish economy but more detail is needed on how progress can be made. SIPTU Economist, Marie Sherlock, said: “A vision is set out of how Ireland can recover in the years to 2020, […]

SIPTU says social solidarity key to defeating racism

SIPTU has expressed concern at the prevalence of racist incidents as indicated in the first quarterly report from iReport.ie and the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) Ireland, published today (Monday, 16th December). Approximately one racist incident a day is being reported through the iReport system, varying from verbal abuse to physical attacks.SIPTU Campaigns and Equality […]

The Making of the Great 1913 Lockout Tapestry book available to buy now

A limited edition commemorative book outlining the background and production of the 1913 Lockout Tapestry is now available to buy from SIPTU and selected bookshops in Dublin. The Making of the Great 1913 Lockout Tapestry details the background and those who helped produce each of its 30 panels designed by artists Robert Ballagh and Cathy Henderson. […]

SIPTU calls on Beaumont Hospital management to intervene in cleaners dispute

SIPTU has called on the management of Beaumont Hospital to intervene in a dispute involving Resources Facilities Services Ltd, a contract cleaning company, which has implemented a cut to its workers pay without agreement. SIPTU Organiser, Ed Kenny, said: “Resources Facilities Services Ltd is contracted to provide cleaning services in Beaumont Hospital. On the 10th […]