The strike by retained firefighters over pay and staffing was due to go ahead on 26 July after being suspended by the SIPTU union to allow for a Labour Court hearing. At the hearing the employers failed to produce an acceptable offer and the date for action was confirmed by the union. Meanwhile, the Fórsa trade union is balloting members in its health and welfare division over two disputes – one in relation to career development and the other in relation to the excessive use of agency staff and external consultants. Both unions, along with the INMO trade union are also continuing to campaign for the rights of health and care workers in the non-profit sector and the key demand that they should be on pay levels comparable to public service workers doing the same jobs. There has been repeated industrial action in the sector and the unions are calling on the government to act to finally settle the dispute.
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Unions continue to try to win real pay increases for their members working for municipal and provincial government through a campaign that has seen a series of short stoppages organised at different authorities around the country. Recently it was the turn of provincial government workers in Drenthe, local government workers in Purmerend and both local and provincial government workers in Maastricht. [Read more at > FNV-Abvakabo (NL)->http://www.abvakabofnv.nl/nieuws/nieuws/Helft-ambtenaren-Purmerend-voert-actie] [And at > FNV-Abvakabo (NL)->http://www.abvakabofnv.nl/nieuws/nieuws
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