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# Trade Union

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# 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.
# mick lynch
Profile: The UK rail union boss with Irish roots who’s crushing interviews and citing Connolly
From “the craic” to James Connolly, Mick Lynch’s Irish heritage has shaped his political views.
# 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.
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# 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
# Schools
INTO calls on government to delay reopening of schools until 11 January at earliest
Cabinet is meeting today to discuss the “rapid” and “exponential” growth in Covid-19 infections.
# 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”.
# 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.
# Workers
Unions agree additional protections for workers with Construction Industry Federation
The agreement between the Trade Union Federation and the CIF was signed today.
# Debenhams
'These workers deserve respect': Debenhams staff stage protests outside 11 stores across country
The closure of the Irish branches of Debenhams saw the loss of 2,000 jobs.
# radiography
Student radiographers will be offered three-month paid contract from 18 May
The students had been calling on Simon Harris to pay them for their work during the pandemic.
# Construction
Union calls for immediate closure of construction sites
It comes after criticism that the construction industry is not responding quickly enough to the ongoing Covid-19 emergency.
# Section 39
Hundreds of healthcare workers to strike today in dispute over pay restoration
Siptu members employed by Section 39 organisations are taking strike action across the country.
'The hypocrisy of it really bothers me': Secondary school teachers on why they're striking today
Over 90% of the Teachers Union of Ireland’s 19,000 members voted in favour of taking industrial action today.
# when I'm 65
State pension: Taoiseach says 65-year-olds will still have to sign on under Fine Gael's new plan
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed to reporters today that the transitional pension would only apply to 66-year-olds.
# better pay
Road safety camera company GoSafe reaches pay agreement
Up to 35 staff members at the company voted to go on strike in September.
# Survey
Four out of five people who experience sexual harassment at work don't report it
The Christmas party has long been identified as the most common off-site location of workplace sexual harassment, the survey said.
# Pay increase
Labour Court recommends pay increase of 2.25% for 5,000 workers at Penneys
However, 2.25% falls short of the 3.4% increase that the Mandate union was seeking on behalf of its members.
# 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.
# Employment
'It's like having a bank holiday every week': Trade union calls for four-day work week
A number of organisations have come together in support of the idea, saying productivity levels could be maintained or even increased.
# Trade Union
Ambulance staff announce three more days of strike action
The dispute centres on a row over trade union membership.
# Coast Guard
Explainer: Why are Irish Coast Guard search-and-rescue helicopter pilots taking industrial action?
From Thursday, the pilots will engage in a work-to-rule action.
# support our secretaries
'Signing on the dole embarrases them the most': School secretaries launch campaign for equal pay
Kathleen O’Doherty from Donegal has written to eight Education Ministers about school secretaries’ pay.
# future of work
'A four-day work week could lead to greater productivity and wealth'
Fewer working hours could benefit both individuals and the economy, Kevin Callinan writes.
# digging in
'A poorly-paid job in horrendous conditions': Archaeologists' strikes to continue as they demand better wages
The union has disputed the claim of a 65% increase in wages in the last four years, as its members’ contracts currently stipulate an hourly wage of €12.50.
# Apprenticeships
Trade union unanimously votes to launch campaign to get more women involved in apprenticeships
It said more must be done to get women into the trade.
'A towering figure in the struggle': Tributes after death of women's rights campaigner Sylvia Meehan
“Her death marks the passing of a remarkable woman of whom it can truly be said: ‘She made a difference’.”
# Industrial Action
Pickets set to be placed at over 30 branches of Lloyds Pharmacy tomorrow
Lloyds Pharmacy last week issued a statement outlining it had agreed on a new deal.
# Up In The Air
Ryanair cabin crew to be represented by trade union for first time
Fórsa said it’s looking forward to “securing improvements in terms and conditions” for employees.
# Sports Direct
Mandate trade union seeks meeting over future of House of Fraser Dundrum
It emerged today that the chain was bought up by the British group Sports Direct.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think it's beneficial to be in a union?
According to trade union organiser Paul Dillon, Ireland has the weakest trade union recognition laws in Western Europe.
'For those concerned about the decline in real wages, there is a solution - join a trade union'
Productivity at work is up, but we need to see decent pay rises and career progression for all workers. Trade union membership is the key to this, writes Paul Dillon.
# Ryanair
The Ryanair strike started this morning and there could be more days of action to come
The industrial action began at 1am this morning.
# gig economy
Trade union: 'RTÉ can no longer justify bogus employment contracts'
A report found that a quarter of RTÉ freelance contracts have features “akin to employment”.
# Emergency Services
Siptu calls for remuneration for members who 'worked tirelessly' during Storm Emma
The trade union wants “a uniform response by local authorities to extreme weather events”.
# General Election
Ex-Siptu boss Jack O'Connor's name put forward as Labour candidate
O’Connor was the general president of the Ireland’s largest trade union for over 14 years.
# Let's talk
Ryanair pilots suspend strike planned for Wednesday
The company will now meet union representatives tomorrow night.
# lansdowne 2.0
Public service pay deal is 'fair to workers and taxpayers' - Donohoe
A draft deal to succeed the Lansdowne Road agreement was reached late last night.
# Pay dispute
Tesco workers at nine stores to strike 'indefinitely' from Valentine's Day
Up to 15 stores could be affected by the strike action next week, with more ballots due tonight.
# Pay deal
Another pay dispute in the Labour Court - this time it's Irish Rail
Iarnród Éireann, or Irish Rail, want efficiency improvements before they implement the pay deal. Workers say that’s not what was agreed.
# Dispute
'Workers didn't cause the problem': Union warns public will be affected by Bus Éireann cuts
Plans to cut overtime emerged last week and unions have warned people in rural areas would be particularly affected.