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# ICTU

Last year
2022
# Raise The Roof
Protest and concert calling for action on housing crisis takes place in Dublin
The rally started at Parnell Square and made its way to Government Buildings where a number of speeches were made.
# Pay deal
Revised terms amounting to a 6.5% pay increase accepted by public service workers
The new terms will cover the next 12 months.
Voices
Opinion: Under 20s aren't entitled to the national minimum wage, that has to change
A lower minimum wage for young workers is outdated, out of line with EU norms and potentially breaching employment equality legislation writes Dr Laura Bambrick.
# Higher Education
University lecturers' union to ballot members for industrial action in September
The Irish Federation of University Teachers said it will ballot all members unless an agreement is reached on pay.
# co-ordinated campaign
Teacher unions plan ballots for industrial action over stalled pay talks
The unions noted that workers’ pay has been diminished by soaring inflation.
# pay talks
Public sector pay talks run to 3am but no deal reached
ICTU President Kevin Callinan said some progress was made and negotiations remained civil, but the gap between sides may not be bridged.
# Irish Defence Forces
Irish Military officers granted temporary access to ICTU for pay talks
The representative bodies had been campaigning for better pay and conditions for Irish Defence Forces personnel.
# armed forces
Coveney okays associate membership of ICTU for armed forces ahead of pay talks
Defence Minister Simon Coveney said that the government is aware of the ‘longstanding desire’ of the body to associate with the union
# Industrial Relations
'We have lost faith': Military officers vote overwhelmingly for membership of trade union group
Defence Forces Officers voted 85% in favour of joining the trade union body.
# remote work
Employers should be obliged to provide reasons if they refuse remote work requests - ICTU
The union federation has demanded major amendments to proposed legislation on rights to request remote working arrangements.
# remote working
Proposed remote working legislation lacks 'teeth', say unions and employment lawyers
Trade unions have taken aim at the draft legislation, which they say is stacked in favour of employers over workers.
# bank holliers
Explainer: What does Ireland's new public holiday actually mean for workers and employers?
For the vast bulk of workers within the State, a new public holiday will entitle them to an extra day’s paid leave.
# close contacts
Supermarkets and hauliers struggling with 'higher than normal' rates of staff shortages
Amid industry pressure, the Taoiseach said NPHET will keep the isolation period for close contacts under review.
# covid absences
'Absenteeism': Union officials hit out at use of term to describe workers out for Covid reasons
“Covid-related shortages are not the result of ‘absenteeism’, which is defined as an avoidable absence from work.”
All time
THE MORNING LEAD
ICTU: Scrap 'inadequate' unemployment welfare system and link payments to past earnings
A report by
Ian Curran
With the PUP set to be cut again this week, politicians are being urged to reform the social welfare system.
ICTU general secretary says higher PUP rate highlight paltry nature of Jobseeker's Benefit, Ian Curran writes.
Calls to move to European-style system, where welfare benefits are based on a percentage of past earnings.
Irish flat-rate system dates back to period before independence.
# 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.
# budget 2022
Government should abandon plans for 'unaffordable tax cuts', says ICTU
Instead, Budget 2022 should prioritise spending on public services including early years care.
"Permanent tax cuts" set out in the Summer Economic Statement are "unjustified", ICTU says.
Instead, Budget 2022 should prioritise spending on public services including early years care.
Government should phase out various reliefs related to Capital Acquisitions and Local Property taxes.
# income support
First cuts to Pandemic Unemployment Payment rates take effect from today
Students who have been availing of the scheme will receive their final payments today.
# Workers
ICTU asks government to continue full PUP rate for workers in unopened sectors
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions outlined concerns it has for workers and workplaces ahead of next week’s reopening plans.
# debenhams debacle
'Lawful but preferably not': Debenhams, Clery's and the future of collective redundancies
Debenhams workers have voted to accept a €3 million package, which will end their industrial action.
# Public Sector
Unions agree deal to give 1% pay rise to public servants this year and another in 2022
The package was ratified at a meeting this morning.
# CETA
Green Party to push for postponement of Dáil vote on EU-Canada free trade agreement
TD Neasa Hourigan has told the party that she will vote against the motion if it goes ahead tomorrow.
# ICTU
Public sector staff to get 1% pay rise next year - with another to follow in 2022
Each of the public service unions will now consider the proposal before putting the package to their members.
# PSSA
Talks on new public service pay agreement to start this week
The Public Service Stability Agreement expires at the end of the year.
# Sick Pay
Explainer: Why it's taken a pandemic to get sick pay back on the government agenda
An employment law expert explains the current legal situation and the government’s options.
# Pay dispute
Taoiseach and Mary Lou McDonald clash in Dáil as ICTU withdraws from Low Pay Commission
ICTU was unhappy that members would not recommend an increase of more than 1%.
# protection
'The pandemic exposed big failings': ICTU calls for mandatory sick pay for all workers
The union said up to half of the labour force, including hundreds of thousands of low-paid workers, do not receive sick pay.
Voices
Opinion: The state of sick pay in Ireland is sickening
Ireland is completely out of line with European norms in not requiring employers to continue to pay a worker’s wage if sick and unable to work, writes Dr Laura Bambrick.
# meat plants
'All sorts of a mess': Dáil Covid committee hears from trade unions about meat plant workers' 'tale of woe'
Meat plants accused of ‘union-busting tactics’ by a trade union representative.
# Covid-19
Handshakes and sharing cups banned: How Irish businesses will operate once they reopen
The HSA can order a business to shut down operations if it doesn’t comply with the measures.
# protection
Concern over how physical distancing in workplaces will be 'policed' once restrictions are eased
Unions are monitoring the situation but they say enforcement resources need to be increased.
# Revenue
Women returning from maternity leave ineligible for Covid-19 wage subsidy
Fianna Fáil has called on the government to issue “clear and simple guidance” on this issue.
# Coronavirus
ICTU says employers should pay staff who are directed to self-isolate because of Covid-19
The organisation says there has been “considerable public debate” on the issue in recent days.
# Climate Change
'Fear of being abandoned': Bord na Móna workers hold rally in Shannonbridge
Trade unions said that there was a “fear and anxiety” among workers that good quality replacement jobs wouldn’t be provided.
# top earners
'Unjustifiable gap' between CEO pay and average worker earnings criticised in new report
The ICTU report shows that among the 26 large firms studied, CEO pay rose in 11 of them.
# top brass
Here's what the CEOs in some of Ireland's top companies earn
ICTU has compiled a list of 26 companies with an average CEO pay of €2.3 million.
# nothing to do with us
ICTU says it has 'no role or function' in workers' calls to be released from ESB union
ICTU now says that only union members can make a complaint. However, it is the fact ESB workers are no longer union members that is in dispute.
# Let Me Go
ICTU in receipt of 'over 1,000 emails a week' asking for ESB workers to be released from union
A spokesperson for the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) says it does not have to respond to those mails because it is merely copied on them and is not the intended recipient.
# workers rights
Union membership for soldiers should be considered, finds review
PDFORRA, which represents soldiers, sailors and aircrew has been campaigning for trade union rights.
# exodus
200 ESB Siptu members planning on leaving union in solidarity with expelled workers
Former Connect members numbering in the ‘hundreds’ were recently expelled by Siptu at the request of its sister union.