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Friday 24 March 2023 Dublin: 9°C


23rd March 2023
# shock closure
Siptu to raise millions paid out in dividends by Cartamundi's Ireland site in job losses talks
The company is to close its Waterford factory where 234 people are employed.
Last week
12th March 2023 - 18th March 2023
# Nuremore Hotel
SIPTU members employed at Co Monaghan hotel apply to appoint liquidator following wage issues
Last December, staff at the hotel staged a sit-in protest due to wages allegedly not being paid on time.
This month
March 2023
# Nuremore Hotel
Staff at Co Monaghan hotel vote to refer outstanding issues with employer to WRC
Last December, staff at the hotel staged a sit-in protest due to wages allegedly not being paid on time.
Last month
February 2023
# Industrial Action
Two 24-hour work stoppages by Go Ahead employees to take place in March
The work stoppages, which at least 270 members are expected to take part in, will to take place on 1 and 8 March.
This year
# Dublin Bus
Dublin Bus services to be suspended in west Tallaght from this evening
The NBRU general secretary said a ‘very small minority’ are damaging the ‘ability of Dublin Bus to provide a proper public transport service’.
# Industrial Action
Retained firefighters overwhelmingly vote for strike action in dispute over crisis in service
Over 90% of Siptu members voted for strike action.
# National Ambulance Service
Paramedics at 'breaking point' amid winter surge, SIPTU warns
Overcrowding has “severely impacted” with ambulance crews having to “wait hours on end” to hand over their patients.
Paramedics to vote on industrial action up to and including strike action
Siptu members of the National Ambulance Service will receive ballot papers next week.
Last year
Dublin Airport workers to ballot for industrial action after no-confidence vote in daa management
Workers said that their wages were not paid into their accounts on time this week on top of other issues with the payment system.
Siptu presents Mick Lynch with €20,000 donation in 'solidarity' with striking UK rail workers
SIPTU general secretary Joe Cunningham presented the cheque to Lynch at the Imperial Hotel in Cork.
# Protest
Community workers strike for pay rise amid cost of living crisis
Protests were held in Galway, Waterford and Dublin, calling for the first pay increase for care and community workers in 14 years.
# strike action
SIPTU members in Irish Wheelchair Association vote to strike on 5 July
Some workers have not had a pay rise in 14 years, according to Siptu.
# Dispute
Talks to resume at Bausch and Lomb as Siptu suspends industrial action
Staff held two-hour work stoppages at the plant last weekend.
# Work Stoppage
Workers start industrial action at Bausch + Lomb's Waterford plant after negotiations fail
Siptu argues that the company is not offering workers a sufficient pay rise to support them during the cost of living crisis.
# Industrial Action
Bausch and Lomb management willing to meet union in bid to halt planned work stoppages
The action is due to start at the company’s Waterford plant tomorrow.
# Dispute
Public row rumbles on as SIPTU workers accuse FAI of lack of engagement and criticise strategic plan
The FAI responded by defending the report and expressing ‘disappointment’ at SIPTU’s airing of their issues in the media.
# Job Losses
'Good job in the pandemic lads, now you're gone': Tesco security guards shocked at job losses
Almost 100 Tesco security workers face losing their jobs by the end of the month.
Almost 100 Tesco security workers face losing their jobs by the end of the month, Órla Ryan reports
Security guards said they were verbally abused and spat on during the pandemic and have now been made to feel "disposable"
"I've worked for this company since I was 16 years of age, I literally do not know anything else," one man told us
# staffing concerns
Dublin Fire Brigade agree to new staffing plan to solve long running shortages
Last October, Dublin firefighters balloted for industrial action over the staffing shortages.
# Siptu study
Survey finds over 40% of childcare workers are actively looking for job in another sector
A Siptu childcare study found that low pay is driving workers out of the profession.
All time
# Public Transport
SIPTU is calling for reduced passenger numbers on public transport 'for safety'
The trade union said its representatives had written today to Transport Minister Eamon Ryan
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.
Student nurses Dáil protest: 'I know I'm not staying in Ireland - after I'm qualified, I'm gone'
Trade union representatives and opposition TDs said that paying student nurses was about securing the health service.
# Pay dispute
'Deeply annoyed and frustrated': Contact tracers write to HSE over pay and conditions
“It’s insult[ing] to be paid less than the person sitting beside you because they have a speech and language therapist qualification.”
The HSE had been told that workers are ‘deeply annoyed and frustrated’, Niall O'Connor writes.
The contact tracers are unhappy over a decrease in overtime and changes to roles.
Almost 800 people are trained to work as contact tracers, working from six call centres.
Pfizer seeks US authorisation of Covid vaccine for ages 5-11
Taoiseach: Country 'on track' to see final Covid restrictions lifted in fortnight's time
# 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.
# Dublin Port
Workers agree to suspend strike at Dublin Port for talks with company about pay and safety
72 hours of work stoppages were due to commence from Monday.
# 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.
# money at montrose
Staff at RTÉ reject pay cut plans as union says proposals now 'off the table'
The plan was rejected by 87% by 13%.
# Discord
'Frustrated' SIPTU staff at the FAI hit out at lack of engagement from new CEO Jonathan Hill
The union say they have referred a number of issues to the Workplace Relations Commission.
# Coronavirus
Student nurses 'frustrated' at 'last-minute decision' to redeploy teaching nurses to help with Covid-19 surge
Clinical placements for most student nurses and midwives – due to start tomorrow – have been suspended.
# Code of Conduct
Unions and meat processors agree safety protocol for workers in the industry
Siptu division organiser Greg Ennis said that serial testing must be maintained at meat plants going forward.
# Coronavirus
Union says 20 Direct Provision residents working at meat plant told contracts won't be renewed due to high risk
Mass testing at meat plants has indicated levels of infection among workers is now very low.
# 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.
# covid19
Offaly meat factory announces suspension of operations following criticism for opening this morning
Three other meat factories in Kildare, which is also under regional Covid restrictions, have temporarily closed.
# meat factories
Union calls for 'blanket testing' in meat factories as concern grows over recent clusters
Siptu said it is possible some workers have symptoms but are not getting testing over a fear of losing income.
‘Time to radically reform childcare and break the tension between fees and quality’
In the latest in our Childcare Voices series, Darragh O’Connor of SIPTU outlines why the trade union is calling for big changes in pay and affordability in the sector.
# essential workers
SIPTU calls on cleaning companies to honour 'agreed' 40 cent per hour pay increase
A new Employment Regulation Order for contract cleaners was delayed by the Covid-19 outbreak.
# Cutbacks
Overwhelming majority of Irish people expect austerity to return after the pandemic
Opposition parties and trade unions have made strong statements in recent weeks against possible public spending cuts.
# covid19
Living conditions of migrant workers at meat plants 'should be considered before criticism'
The Chief Medical Officer has said health officials are also looking at transmission risks for these employees outside of work.
# Meat Processing
'Some took it seriously, some didn't': Covid-19 cases in meat plants labelled 'gravely serious'
The Dáil heard yesterday that up to 600 cases had been confirmed in meat plants.