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# unite - Wednesday 25 January, 2012

EBS workers call off strike over '13th month' payment EBS

EBS workers call off strike over '13th month' payment

Staff at the building society were due to walk out tomorrrow, but have agreed to LRC talks with management.

# unite - Wednesday 11 January, 2012

EBS staff to hold second strike over ’13th month’ payment

Staff will picket EBS branches and the offices of its parent bank AIB, in protest at the withholding of a December payment.

# unite - Tuesday 20 December, 2011

Union: We'll picket AIB too if striking EBS workers are not paid EBS

Union: We'll picket AIB too if striking EBS workers are not paid

However, Unite said it was hopeful the decision not to make a Christmas payment would be reversed.

EBS staff begin strike action over '13th month' payment EBS

EBS staff begin strike action over '13th month' payment

Staff at the State-owned building society say their ‘Scrooge-like’ employer is withholding an annual payment of four weeks’ pay.

# unite - Monday 19 December, 2011

Hundreds of EBS staff to go on strike tomorrow over Christmas payment EBS

Hundreds of EBS staff to go on strike tomorrow over Christmas payment

Some staff are picketing tomorrow over the building society’s decision to cancel a traditional ’13-month’ payment.

# unite - Saturday 26 November, 2011

In pictures: unions lead march against austerity in Dublin Anti-austerity This post contains images

In pictures: unions lead march against austerity in Dublin

Turnout was reported to be less than two-thousand people.

Thousands expected for Dublin protest against austerity

The trade union-backed rally is to take place in Dublin city centre from noon today.

# unite - Tuesday 22 November, 2011

Aviva to close all 26 Irish branches by June next year - report

Earlier today the company announced its CEO in Ireland is to step down at the end of the year amid widespread restructuring of its Irish operations.

Aviva Ireland CEO Dermot Browne to resign

Dermot Browne will step down at the end of the year.

# unite - Monday 14 November, 2011

Survey finds bank staff have 'chronic' lack of confidence in management

Less than half of bank employees are happy in their current working environment, according to the survey of Irish banking staff.

# unite - Thursday 3 November, 2011

Aviva workers vote in favour of industrial action

It follows the recent announcement that 950 jobs are to be cut at the insurance company.

# unite - Wednesday 2 November, 2011

Irish Life workers vote against industrial action

Members were balloted on possible industrial action following what UNITE said was a lack of information on a possible sell-off.

# unite - Tuesday 25 October, 2011

UNITE to meet Aviva management in Dublin today

Representatives from the union said that they will be letting AVIVA know “the fury and determination of staff” following the recent announcement about job losses.

# unite - Saturday 22 October, 2011

Cork Aviva staff agree to ballot on industrial action

Over 200 staff at the insurer in Cork agree unanimously to vote on industrial action – the third group agreeing to a ballot.

# unite - Friday 21 October, 2011

Aviva staff to ballot for industrial action next week

A ballot on industrial action over job losses at the firm could open as early as next Tuesday.

# unite - Wednesday 19 October, 2011

Aviva staff to ballot for industrial action over job losses

UNITE members vote unanimously to ballot their members for industrial action, following the news that 950 jobs are to be lost.

# unite - Tuesday 18 October, 2011

Aviva staff to meet management amid fears for hundreds of jobs

Meetings have been called for 10am tomorrow as speculation grows that the company will announce redundancies.

Hundreds of Irish Life staff to vote on industrial action

Employees have agreed to the ballot tonight amid fears over the proposed sell-off of the institution.

# unite - Monday 17 October, 2011

Irish Life staff may pursue industrial action over State sell-off

Hundreds of staff will vote tomorrow on whether to take industrial action over the possible breakup and sale of the company.

# unite - Wednesday 5 October, 2011

Unions to meet with Aviva over fears for 1,000 jobs

Officials and representatives of the UNITE union will managers later today, fearing that 1,000 of its 2,100 staff could be laid off.

# unite - Wednesday 21 September, 2011

Aviva managers ‘refuse to deny’ 500 job losses on the way

Fears are growing that hundreds of jobs could be cut after unions met with managers at the insurance giant this morning.

# unite - Tuesday 20 September, 2011

UNITE 'stands firm' on ESB industrial action ESB

UNITE 'stands firm' on ESB industrial action

The union said that its members were clear on their intention that if the State disposed of the company they would undertake industrial action.

# unite - Monday 19 September, 2011

Strife at the ESB as unions clash over strike plans

The TEEU has hit out at fellow union Unite, saying it is “not appropriate” to threaten shutdown of Ireland’s electricity supply.

# unite - Thursday 15 September, 2011

UNITE official fully expects ESB workers to vote for industrial action

Jimmy Kelly says workers had already indicated their desire to strike if the government tried to dispose of it.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: ESB workers to vote on strike action, is Norris preparing for one last tilt at the Áras? And Ireland’s newest blogger – you’ve probably heard of him…

# unite - Wednesday 14 September, 2011

UNITE to ballot members on industrial action over ESB sell off ESB

UNITE to ballot members on industrial action over ESB sell off

The decision follows an announcement by the government today that it would sell off a minority stake in the state-owned utility company.

# unite - Friday 2 September, 2011

Union chief who branded members 'spoilt' will lead their pay talks

Brendan Ogle will represent the ESB workers who he said enjoyed “gravy” benefits, buying foreign property and cars.

# unite - Saturday 27 August, 2011

The Daily Fix: Saturday

In your Saturday Fix: Gardaí probe Tallaght murder; what Gay Mitchell is doing about his clemency appeal letters; a blow for Al Qaeda and a solution for how to spend your Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

Watch: Union chief admits ESB staff are 'spoilt'

Brendan Ogle has come under fire for comments made in a speech earlier this year as ESB announced price hikes for consumers yesterday.

# unite - Friday 8 July, 2011

Lufthansa Technik meeting over Dublin jobs fears

Over 460 workers at Rathcoole-based plant told earlier this week that their jobs were in danger over an overtime ban.

# unite - Tuesday 5 July, 2011

Fears for Dublin jobs over industrial dispute

Lufthansa Technik Airmotive dispute saw workers’ unions introduce overtime ban three months ago, which the company claims is harming operations.

# unite - Monday 13 June, 2011

Connaught Telegraph suspends industrial action pending outcome of talks

Workers at the newspaper threatened to strike after being told last Friday of plans to outsource positions, however action has been suspended for now.

# unite - Friday 10 June, 2011

Connaught Telegraph staff go on strike over production plans

Journalists and other workers at the 183-year-old Mayo paper are protesting at plans to relocate production to Mullingar.

# unite - Tuesday 8 March, 2011

Take 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Female worker was told her pregnancy is 'a condition, not a f***ing illness'

The incident happened within the last month and has been revealed by the trade union UNITE to mark International Women’s Day.

# unite - Friday 4 March, 2011

Labour grassroots members oppose coalition with Fine Gael

Labour grassroots members oppose coalition with Fine Gael

Labour councillors, the national chair of Labour Youth and the Unite trade union have voiced their opposition to a Labour-Fine Gael coalition – saying the country needs a strong opposition.

# unite - Friday 29 October, 2010

Drogheda hospital to vote on industrial action

The 295 UNITE trade union members at the hospital will vote on whether to engage in industrial action.

# unite - Tuesday 17 August, 2010

AN AIRPORT STRIKE threatened for six airports in the UK this month has been called off.

Thousands of passengers at Heathrow, Stansted, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports would have been affected by the strike.

The strike was cancelled after a day of talks between the Unite trade union, representing airport engineers and ground staff, and the BAA. BAA runs the airports.

After nine hours of negotiations, a new pay offer was presented to the union. Workers had rejected a previous pay deal, but are now being urged to accept the new agreement.

BAA said it was pleased that an agreement on pay was reached that is “fair to staff but which also reflects the difficult economic climate.”

# unite - Thursday 12 August, 2010

GROUND STAFF at British operator BAA has voted to strike following a dispute over pay.

The news will be a concern  for passengers who are booked to fly through Heathrow, Stansted, Glasgow, and Edinburgh airports.

The Unite trade union, which represents the ground staff at BAA, says that it will meet with key representatives on Monday to discuss what form the action is likely to take.

Despite British Prime Minister David Cameron saying that strike would be damaging to the ecomony the union remains firm on its resolve, saying that staff have already accepted many unfavourable cuts. Staff accepted a pay freeze in 2009, and this year the BAA offered staff a 1% rise, plus 0.5%, which was conditional on changes to a sickness agreement.

Unite says that it also wants workers to receive a performance-related bonus, which it says BAA promised to staff if the company reached a certain financial target.

Similarly, the smaller Prospect union said 53% of its members had voted in favour of strike action. Prospect represents around 100 BAA workers based at Heathrow, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Southampton and Stansted airports.