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Union pay campaign in community and voluntary sectors

28 January 2016

Public services union IMPACT has launched a campaign to restore pay and conditions for workers in the community and voluntary sectors. Many of these workers suffered the same kinds of pay cuts imposed on public sector workers during the crisis while their organisations were supposed to take up any slack created by cuts in the public sector. With pay restoration now on the bargaining agenda in public sector, the union wants to make sure that voluntary and community sector workers are not left behind. Read more at > IMPACT

Hospital agrees to keep jobs in-house

18 December 2015

Services union SIPTU has negotiated an agreement with the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore in central Ireland to hire 24 contract cleaners as direct Health Service Executive employees. The unions says that the commitment by management to bring these jobs in-house brings an end to private contractors operating within support grades in the hospital and provides security and decent jobs for workers. Read more at > SIPTU

Pay boost for school secretaries and caretakers

25 November 2015

Following a sustained campaign by public service union IMPACT, an arbitration ruling has recommended four separate pay rises of 2.5% for school secretaries and caretakers between 2016 and 2019. This means these workers who are employed directly by boards of management in State-funded schools, would see their minimum hourly rates increase from €10.25 to €13 an hour over the period. Caretakers and secretaries pay rates vary, as they are determined by the individual board of management of each school, and almost all are paid below the scale paid to equivalent public service workers. The union sees this as a first step in ensuring pay parity for these workers. Read more at > IMPACT

Most unions back Lansdowne Road agreement

14 October 2015

Members of the ICTU confederation’s public service committee voted to accept the Lansdowne Road agreement - the pay and conditions agreement that covers the public sector. The agreement runs until September 2018 and will begin to restore some of the pay cuts that public service workers have faced since 2009. Most workers will get around €2,000 in three phases between January 2016 and September 2017 in a combination of adjustments to the public service pension levy and a partial reversal of the 2010 public service pay cuts. Read more at > ICTU

Care workers fight for ‘twilight’ hours payments

24 September 2015

Social care workers in Galway and Roscommon in the west of Ireland have taken action to resolve a dispute over €7.5 million of unpaid premium payments to the 400 social care staff working in the Brothers of Charity and Ability West services in both counties. The payments involved supplements of time plus a sixth for working between 8pm and midnight. A new offer involving payments backdated over three years was being discussed by the workers. Read more at > IMPACT And at > SIPTU

Unions welcome new collective bargaining legislation

30 July 2015

Legislation just passed in parliament will provide important new rights for trade unions. It allow trade unions to represent members at the Labour Court where employers refuse to recognise unions, and secure legally binding benefits for workers. The legislation also defines what constitutes “collective bargaining” and offers guidelines to help the Labour Court identify if internal bargaining bodies are genuinely independent of their employer. Unions and worker representatives will be able to secure benefits in companies where employers refuse to pay the going rate and there will be stronger statutory protection against the victimisation of workers in such companies. Read more at > IMPACT And at > SIPTU

Unions vote over new public sector deal

16 July 2015

Trade unions across the public sector are balloting their members over a new public sector agreement - the Lansdowne Road agreement - that will include the first steps in restoring some of the pay cuts faced by public sector workers over eight years. Members of the IMPACT trade union have voted three-to-one to back the deal which will include increases of around €2000 for most workers. Not all union executives have yet decided whether to recommend a "yes" vote, while the AHCPS leadership is recommending a "no" vote. The results of ballots from all public sector unions won’t be known until the autumn. Read more at > IMPACT And at > SIPTU And at > CPSU And at > INMO And at > PSEU And at > AHCPS

Unions consult over pay restoration agreement

12 June 2015

Public service unions are consulting members of a new collective agreement - the Lansdowne Road agreement - that will include a range of measures to restore some of the pay cuts that have been implemented over the past six years. The first phase will take place in 2016 with the salary amount above which the pension levy is payable increased to €24,750 (from the current threshold of €15,000). This will reduce the pension levy by €600 per annum for all public servants earning above the threshold. Annualised salaries up to €24,000 will increase by 2.5% those between €24,001 and €31,000 will increase by 1%. There will be further phases later in 2016 and then in 2017. Read more at > IMPACT And at > CPSU And at > SIPTU And at > PSEU And at > INMO And at > AHCPS

Unions welcome new collective bargaining legislation

15 May 2015

Public service unions, including IMPACT and SIPTU, have welcomed the publication of draft legislation on collective bargaining. The legislation should allow trade unions to represent members at the Labour Court where employers refuse to recognise unions, and secure legally binding benefits for workers. It will also mean that unions and worker representatives will be able to secure benefits in companies where employers refuse to pay the going rate. The legislation will also give new and stronger statutory protection against the victimisation of workers in such companies and define what constitutes “collective bargaining”. Read more at > IMPACT And at > SIPTU

Talks in prospect to end emergency pay legislation

29 April 2015

Public service union IMPACT has welcomed the invitation to unions from Brendan Howlin, minister for public expenditure and reform to talks to discuss unwinding the emergency legislation that was used to cut public service pay. With more signs of an economic recovery and pay increases in the private sector, IMPACT wants to start to negotiate a recuperation of the pay lost by its members during the austerity measures. Read more at > IMPACT

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