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Last week
24th September 2023 - 30th September 2023
Health and community workers to strike 'indefinitely' from 17 October over staffing concerns
The unions said the sector is facing a “crisis” in staff recruitment and retention.
Last month
September 2023
Thousands of local authority workers begin industrial action today
Participating local authority staff will no longer respond to queries from politicians.
This year
Health and social workers in eight areas to strike over career progression dispute
Those going on strike include physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social workers.
Emerald Airlines pilot industrial action suspended ahead of Fórsa and airline management meeting
Fórsa had issued notice to Emerald Airlines of a 24-hour work stoppage which was due to take place this Friday.
Fórsa seeks meeting with Emerald Airlines management in effort to resolve pilots dispute
Pilots served notice of 24-hour work stoppage on Thursday, to take place ahead of the August bank holiday weekend.
Emerald Airlines pilots serve 24-hour work stoppage notice ahead of August bank holiday weekend
Emerald Airlines is the carrier which holds the regional franchise for Aer Lingus.
'Fear and dread' among Cork librarians over far-right anti-LGBTQI+ protests
Protestors carried Forsa banners, rainbow flags and placards denouncing the far-right and “Cork City Council – Protect your workers”.
Protest planned to support Cork library staff following 'intimidation' over LGBTQ books
Staff and supporters will march on Cork City Hall to demand that the local authority protect its staff.
Pilots at Emerald Airlines to begin industrial action today due to 'ongoing trade dispute'
Last week, 82% of members balloted voted in favour of industrial action.
Pilots at Emerald Airlines to undertake industrial action due to 'ongoing trade dispute'
82% of its members voted in favour of industrial action, which will commence from next Saturday, 24 June.
Explainer: Why are HSE bosses calling for a ‘permanent’ seven-day roster for hospital staff?
The HSE has said it wants to avoid a “substantial impact” of overcrowding on hospitals.
Fórsa warns members may opt for industrial action if pay increases don't match inflation
A survey conducted of the union’s members found that the majority support a ballot for industrial action if inflation-matching pay increased aren’t secured.
Union tells driving testers not to accept cars without valid NCT, against RSA stance
The requirement for a valid certificate was temporarily suspended because of Covid-19 delays.
Paying workers a lower salary under domestic violence leave could put victims at risk, Govt warned
Fórsa said that any change to a victim or survivor’s normal rate of pay could ‘alert’ the abuser.
At least 10 assaults on Irish hospital staff each day, committee to be told
The Oireachtas Health Committee will focus on assaults and attacks on healthcare workers.
Fórsa backs indefinite strike action in community and voluntary sector agencies
The union has accused the Government of “dragging its own feet” on the issue.
Driving testers raised concerns after RSA allowed cars without valid NCT to be used for test
An RSA spokesperson said that there is a responsibility on motorists to ensure their car is always roadworthy.
Last year
'Not exactly helpful': Union criticises minister's comments over therapists return to special schools
On the day of the budget, €11.5 million was allocated to see 133 therapists put back into special schools.
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.
Union calls for menstrual health policy in every Irish workplace
Over 70% of respondents in a survey conducted by the union had taken time off work because of their periods.
Government approves creation of new Regional Health Areas as part of Sláintecare reforms
There will be a total of six RHAs under the new plans approved by the Government.
School secretaries vote to accept pay scale aligned with public service rates
Previously most secretaries were employed directly by schools, with many earning minimum wage.
Policing Bill will 'create confusion and cause a lack of clarity' for gardaí, committee to hear
Garda unions will appear before an Oireachtas committee today.
All time
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.
Unions call for 3% pay increase for voluntary and community sector workers
Unions say the sector was severely hit by the recession and workers have not received a pay rise in 12 years.
Irish trade unions voice concern over Amazon worker surveillance and alleged union-busting
“Our employees have the choice of whether or not to join a union,” an Amazon spokesperson said.
School secretaries to strike outside Department of Public Expenditure over lack of better pay offers
Fórsa has said that civil servants have claimed the Tánaiste’s commitment to standard pay does not change WRC talks.
Industrial relations 'concerns' as Government plans Irish Aviation Authority break up
The law to break up the Irish Aviation Authority is currently before the Seanad.
Garda unions begin industrial relations dispute against management over new anti-corruption unit
The unit was launched in June but unions say it was introduced without consultation.
Employees face income support 'cliff edge' unless supplementary payments extended, says Sinn Féin TD
The Short Term Work Support benefit is coming to a close for many in receipt of it, which will affect workers in industries impacted by Covid-19, particularly aviation.
Industrial relations stand-off looms as representative bodies question mandatory drug testing
The drug testing regime was launched yesterday and is ‘mandatory’ for all garda members.
'Vaccine lottery for SNAs': Union says jabs given to all staff in some schools while others overlooked
The union is calling for SNAs to be designated as frontline healthcare workers and prioritised for vaccines.
SNAs call for priority access to Covid-19 vaccines
A union representative said many risk passing Covid-19 on to vulnerable students.
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
Deputy CMO insists school closures should be 'last resort' only after criticism from special needs teachers
Talks are continuing with unions about the reopening of schools for students with special educational needs.
Public service employers flouting health rules on workplace attendance, claims Fórsa
The union said there are many more public servants being ordered into the workplace now than last March.
Poll: Would you support a four-day work week?
Fórsa has called for pilot projects in public and private sector organisations to explore the feasibility of introducing a four-day week in Ireland.
'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”.
School secretaries secure agreement for 'regularised' conditions at WRC
The long-standing dispute between the union and the government centres on a two-tier pay system for school secretaries.
School secretaries to serve notice of plans for indefinite strike from mid-November
The move was announced by trade union Fórsa, which represents more than 1,000 school secretaries.