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# Unions

Last month
January 2023
# Paris
France prepares for 'hellish' day of protests over controversial pension reform
The changes would raise the retirement age for most people from 62 to 64 and increase the years of contributions required for a full pension.
Last year
2022
# pay rise
RTÉ and union negotiate 6% pay increase phased in over two years
Members of the RTÉ Trade Union Group will vote on whether they accept the measure.
# 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.
# 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.
# rising inflation
Public service pay talks are now officially underway
The talks will be facilitated by the Workplace Relations Commission from next week.
# 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
# rising inflation
McGrath gives the green light to exploratory talks on public service pay
The talks will centre around the pay for 350,000 people who work in the public sector.
# Assault
'Some teachers get assaulted more than once a week': Review demanded over attacks at schools
Unions have demanded that better supports are available to teachers who have been assaulted by students.
All time
# HSE
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.
# Rock Bottom
Hospitality industry 'not an attractive sector' for returning workers, Oireachtas committee hears
The Oireachtas committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport and Media discussed the issue today.
# recognition
Unions call on Taoiseach to solve row over recognising hardships faced by healthcare workers
The unions said said the delay was “deeply damaging” to the morale of all health care workers.
# covid19
Vaccine priority: All three teacher unions agree to ballot for industrial action if government doesn't meet demands
The three unions tabled a joint motion on the issue.
# school closures
Education Minister: Unions 'refused to accept public health advice' over special schools return
The Fórsa union has said it wanted special education back “as soon as possible” but criticised “running commentary in the media”
# 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
# on the frontline
HSE tells unions that where healthcare workers can't secure childcare, they can remain at home with pay
Previous proposals to support healthcare workers with childcare provision had been described as inadequate by unions.
# 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.
# virgin media
Siptu announces it is to ballot its Virgin Media members over industrial action
The action may include striking.
Voices
Opinion: The Limerick Soviet of 1919 is part of a hidden history of Ireland
This battle was part of a momentous ‘Game of Thrones’ to decide who would rule Ireland: British imperialism, Irish capitalism or the working class, writes Cian Prendiville.
Voices
Opinion: Teaching unions' stance on education plans for students with disabilities sets a worrying precedent
I believe that the unions are targeting industrial action at a minority and that this sets a worrying precedent for all minority groups, writes Adam Harris.
Voices
Opinion: The future of Irish jobs looks precarious
‘If and when’ contracts and other insecure forms of employment are becoming the norm in some industries, we need regulation to make all work decent, writes Marie Sherlock.
# Apology
Aer Lingus CEO apologises to staff for 'hurt and upset' caused by newspaper article
Stephen Kavanagh met with staff and union representatives yesterday evening.
# tourism and transport
Aer Lingus is facing a union showdown over staff profit-sharing demands
After agreeing pay increases with the airline, staff representatives are pushing for a piece of the pie.
# NASRA
Ambulance service staff to take industrial action over union rights
The National Ambulance Service Representative Association has said its members have voted by nearly 98% in favour of industrial action.
# Mayday
European pilots group calls for Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary to resign
Ryanair said that the group in question had “no legal standing or validity”.
# Unions
Siptu stalwart Jack O'Connor to step down as its president
The union said that O’Connor will continue to be “involved” in another capacity.
# Workplace Relations
New 'improved' rosters for Bus Éireann drivers in Navan from Sunday - NBRU
Discussions have been taking place between management and unions over pay, rosters, and drivers’ productivity.
# broadstone
Bus Éireann staff say problems with northeast services 'have nothing to do with absenteeism'
They’re to do with a lack of buses and too many impractical services, say drivers. And they’re not one bit impressed with the situation.
# Unions
Public servants to get first tranche of restoration pay in the New Year
Unions that wish to be included in the deal will have to notify ICTU in writing
# stranded commuters
Bus Éireann management and unions argue over new rosters in latest dispute
For three weeks in April, industrial action at the company brought the State-run transport services to a halt.
# Industrial Relations
Gardaí's right to strike ruled out in new report
Strike action by gardaí was averted last year when a €50 million pay deal was struck in the Labour Court.
# pilots on leave
Flight cancellations: Why is Ryanair switching its calendar year?
Michael O’Leary has denied that the loss of Ryanair pilots to rival airlines is partly to blame for hundreds of flight cancellations.
# breaking point
Dublin Fire Brigade is operating at reduced capacity due to unofficial overtime strikes over pay
Firefighters and paramedics in Dublin want their overtime rate raised to 1.5 times regular pay, in line with the rest of the country and the Dublin City Council standard.
# pluses and minuses
Siptu recommends its members accept government's 'pay restoration' deal
The union said that “on balance”, the pluses outweighed the negatives on the deal.
# it's still on
Leo Varadkar defends his proposed ban on 'essential' public workers' strike
Leo was forced to defend some of his big manifesto promises today.
# drive all night
Light at the end of the tunnel? Bus Éireann talks to resume tomorrow morning
Both sides were up all night last night trying to reach an agreement.
# strike notice
Strikes at six Tesco stores delayed over union notice
The union said it was erring on the side of caution.
# going all-out
Bus Éireann workers to go on all-out strike (and there's no end date)
The dispute will come to a head in three weeks’ time.
# grounded
Up to 40 pilots at Dublin Airport are going on strike from next week
Irish airline CityJet flies to several European cities, including London, Paris and Florence.
# Money Money Money
Now it's the private sector: unions demand 4% increase for all members
Pressure is mounting on government to deal with the public pay row, as private sector unions set to lodge pay claims.
# Under Pressure
Bertie Ahern is "iffy" about how the Garda dispute was resolved
The former Taoiseach isn’t sure if gardaí should have access to industrial relations mechanisms.