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# forsa

Last week
21st May 2023 - 27th May 2023
# roster tensions
Explainer: Why are HSE bosses calling for a ‘permanent’ seven-day roster for hospital staff?
The HSE has said it wants to avoid a “substantial impact” of overcrowding on hospitals.
Last month
May 2023
# Public Sector Pay
Fórsa warns members may opt for industrial action if pay increases don't match inflation
A survey conducted of the union’s members found that the majority support a ballot for industrial action if inflation-matching pay increased aren’t secured.
This year
Union tells driving testers not to accept cars without valid NCT, against RSA stance
The requirement for a valid certificate was temporarily suspended because of Covid-19 delays.
# Domestic Violence
Paying workers a lower salary under domestic violence leave could put victims at risk, Govt warned
Fórsa said that any change to a victim or survivor’s normal rate of pay could ‘alert’ the abuser.
# Assaults
At least 10 assaults on Irish hospital staff each day, committee to be told
The Oireachtas Health Committee will focus on assaults and attacks on healthcare workers.
# strike action
Fórsa backs indefinite strike action in community and voluntary sector agencies
The union has accused the Government of “dragging its own feet” on the issue.
# Road Safety Authority
Driving testers raised concerns after RSA allowed cars without valid NCT to be used for test
An RSA spokesperson said that there is a responsibility on motorists to ensure their car is always roadworthy.
Last year
# special schools
'Not exactly helpful': Union criticises minister's comments over therapists return to special schools
On the day of the budget, €11.5 million was allocated to see 133 therapists put back into special schools.
# Public Sector Pay
Fórsa union urges members to accept 6.5% pay increase
The executive of Ireland’s largest public service union has backed the public sector pay deal agreed this week.
# periods
Union calls for menstrual health policy in every Irish workplace
Over 70% of respondents in a survey conducted by the union had taken time off work because of their periods.
# regional health areas
Government approves creation of new Regional Health Areas as part of Sláintecare reforms
There will be a total of six RHAs under the new plans approved by the Government.
# Pay and Conditions
School secretaries vote to accept pay scale aligned with public service rates
Previously most secretaries were employed directly by schools, with many earning minimum wage.
# Justice Committee
Policing Bill will 'create confusion and cause a lack of clarity' for gardaí, committee to hear
Garda unions will appear before an Oireachtas committee today.
All time
Unions call for healthcare workers to not be exempt from five-day household Covid rule
Dr Colm Henry said the HSE is finalising its policy around this at the moment.
# voluntary sector
Unions call for 3% pay increase for voluntary and community sector workers
Unions say the sector was severely hit by the recession and workers have not received a pay rise in 12 years.
# Workplace Relations
Irish trade unions voice concern over Amazon worker surveillance and alleged union-busting
“Our employees have the choice of whether or not to join a union,” an Amazon spokesperson said.
# Pay and Conditions
School secretaries to strike outside Department of Public Expenditure over lack of better pay offers
Fórsa has said that civil servants have claimed the Tánaiste’s commitment to standard pay does not change WRC talks.
# Industrial Relations
Industrial relations 'concerns' as Government plans Irish Aviation Authority break up
The law to break up the Irish Aviation Authority is currently before the Seanad.
# Garda dispute
Garda unions begin industrial relations dispute against management over new anti-corruption unit
The unit was launched in June but unions say it was introduced without consultation.
# Unemployment Supports
Employees face income support 'cliff edge' unless supplementary payments extended, says Sinn Féin TD
The Short Term Work Support benefit is coming to a close for many in receipt of it, which will affect workers in industries impacted by Covid-19, particularly aviation.
# Garda drug testing
Industrial relations stand-off looms as representative bodies question mandatory drug testing
The drug testing regime was launched yesterday and is ‘mandatory’ for all garda members.
# covid19
'Vaccine lottery for SNAs': Union says jabs given to all staff in some schools while others overlooked
The union is calling for SNAs to be designated as frontline healthcare workers and prioritised for vaccines.
# rollout
SNAs call for priority access to Covid-19 vaccines
A union representative said many risk passing Covid-19 on to vulnerable students.
# Schools
Government drops plans to re-open schools for special education this Thursday
Fórsa said its workers were genuinely fearful that a return to school was unsafe for students and staff.
Doubt over Thursday re-opening for special education classes amid 'make or break' talks
Deputy CMO insists school closures should be 'last resort' only after criticism from special needs teachers
# Special Needs
Deputy CMO insists school closures should be 'last resort' only after criticism from special needs teachers
Talks are continuing with unions about the reopening of schools for students with special educational needs.
# work from home
Public service employers flouting health rules on workplace attendance, claims Fórsa
The union said there are many more public servants being ordered into the workplace now than last March.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you support a four-day work week?
Fórsa has called for pilot projects in public and private sector organisations to explore the feasibility of introducing a four-day week in Ireland.
# forsa
'Government is seen as the vanguard': Trade union calls for four-day work week pilots
Fórsa says that the pandemic has changed people’s view of a four-day week from “radical” to “feasible”.
# forsa
School secretaries secure agreement for 'regularised' conditions at WRC
The long-standing dispute between the union and the government centres on a two-tier pay system for school secretaries.
# forsa
School secretaries to serve notice of plans for indefinite strike from mid-November
The move was announced by trade union Fórsa, which represents more than 1,000 school secretaries.
# Schools
Less than half of schools providing medical grade face masks to SNAs, survey finds
That’s according to a survey conducted by trade union Fórsa.
# Coronavirus
Lack of safety guidance on schools putting staff and students 'at risk', warns trade union
Fórsa was critical of the Department of Education in a submission to the Dáil’s Covid-19 committee.
# forsa
Aer Lingus workers reject proposals on working conditions
Trade union Fórsa criticised the approach taken by Aer Lingus.
# Covid-19
Aer Lingus cabin crew in Shannon to be temporarily laid off
Staff at Dublin and Cork airports face further pay and roster cuts.
# Front Line
Childcare for healthcare workers - how a promised scheme failed to materialse
The government announced that a childcare scheme for healthcare workers had to be scrapped.
# Covid-19
Healthcare workers to pay €90 for childcare each week under latest government plan
Trade union Fórsa has requested more information on what the plan entails.
# Secretaries
School secretaries to suspend work-to-rule industrial action to allow for WRC talks
Fórsa head of education Andy Pike said the talks needed to yield real and significant progress.
# pay talks
School secretaries to hold national one-day strike and escalate their industrial action
The one-day strike in January will be followed by a work-to-rule from the secretaries, trade union Fórsa said.
# Ryanair
Pilots union seeks High Court order preventing Ryanair from progressing legal action
Ryanair brought proceedings against the union over a planned 48-hour strike last August.
# Dispute
Hundreds of school secretaries begin strike action this morning
Secretaries are calling for better pay and conditions from the Department of Education.