International News. USA Workers on Strike

All over the globe courageous workers are standing firm and fighting for what is theirs. We at TULF salute all of the Proletariat globally and may they stand together in solidarity. Meanwhile in the US Iowa Highway Workers go on strike for more on this story click on this link  

‘No basis for public service pay negotiation’ – Fórsa

Absence of new agreement would create ‘very difficult’ industrial relations environment Fórsa general secretary Kevin Callinan has told members of the union’s Consultative Council today (Thursday) that there is currently no basis for a negotiation with the Government on a new public service pay agreement. The current agreement, the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) expires on 31st December. Kevin addressed the meeting of the union’s branch representatives this morning, and expressed disappointment at the lack of progress made in recent months with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) despite discussions with the DPER minister, Michael McGrath TD, in July. A scheduled […]

KBC refusal to attend the WRC deeply disappointing

Issued : 20 October 2020 KBC has no regard for proper industrial relation mechanism The refusal of KBC to attend a WRC conciliation meeting with the Financial Services Union (FSU) has being described as disappointing and the actions of a Bank that has no regard for the official industrial relations mechanisms in the Republic of Ireland. This is according to Gareth Murphy, Head of Industrial relations and campaigns with the FSU. The FSU had written to the WRC requesting a conciliation meeting on outstanding issues with KBC on proposed redundancies and the closure of hubs KBC have informed the WRC […]

Financial Services Union: Ulster Bank.

Save Our Ulster Bank Helpline Issued : 20 October 2020 Concerned about your future in Ulster Bank? Call our Ulster Bank helpline for members this Wednesday, 21 October 12-6pm. Give us a call on our freephone numbers (ROI) 1800 819 191 (NI-GB) 0800 358 0071 or email us at advice@fsunion.org FSU is committed to working to achieve clarity and to save Ulster Bank. Staff and customers deserve a clear statement for their future. Over the last number of weeks, we have been building a coalition of voices to save our Ulster Bank. We now need to escalate our campaign to Save […]

SIPTU members in Premier Periclase Ltd vote to accept proposals to end strike

Date Released: 16 October 2020 SIPTU members in Premier Periclase Ltd in Drogheda, county Louth, have today (Friday, 16th October) voted to accept proposals contained in a Labour Court recommendation and bring to an end a long running strike at the magnesium production plant. SIPTU Sector Organiser, John Regan, said: “The main issues in this dispute, which resulted in a nine week strike by SIPTU members, was a refusal by management to continue to pay workers who were on sick leave in line with an agreed sick pay scheme and its unilateral decision to shut down the plant for four weeks in June. […]

INTO members rally together for budget gains

16th October 2020 Despite the limitations on lobbying in person ahead of Budget day this year, INTO members successfully made the case for primary education in a series of virtual meetings with politicians across the political sphere. Alongside a robust online lobby, members supported a strong digital advocacy campaign, which saw in just three short weeks, members, parents and the wider community generate a whopping 20,000 emails to public representatives the length and breadth of the country. In every constituency of Ireland, TDs’ and Senators’ inboxes were filled with correspondence calling for lower class sizes. The Budget provided significant gains for our schools, school leaders, teachers and […]

Industrial action risk at Oberstown campus

Fórsa is preparing for the possibility of industrial action at the Oberstown youth detention centre following the placement of a young female detainee into a new mixed-gender unit. The union’s Irish Youth Justice branch has expressed grave concerns over the establishment of a mixed-gender-unit at Oberstown, and cites the incident as further evidence that management at Oberstown is failing to engage or consult with the union on operational matters. Fórsa official Seán McElhinney explained: “The union was not consulted on the policy and we are now conducting an indicative ballot of members at the Oberstown campus. The early indications are […]

Debenhams workers “outraged” by actions of liquidator

Thursday 15 October 2020 Mandate Trade Union has said this morning’s attempts by representatives of the Debenhams liquidators, KPMG, to pack or remove stock has outraged the striking workers across the country. Yesterday KPMG offered a “commitment to notify Mandate at least two hours in advance of the times, and which stores, the Liquidators intend to enter for either the delivery of packing materials or removal of stock.” This morning men in dark clothing with their faces covered arrived at the store and intimidated a grandmother on the picket line. Gerry Light, Mandate General Secretary said: “When we were informed […]

Striking is not a Crime- What is the Industrial Relations Act

What is the 1990 industrial relations act? Debenhams workers have been charged for alleged breaches to the 1990 Industrial Relations Act This is the state acting to break their resistance. Next step, the heavy gang, the enforcers of the injunctions, the private balaclava security firm, backed up by the state, the Gardaí The 1990 act is the worst dilution of workers’ rights in the history of this state it gives all the power to employers & decimates workers’ power. The 1990 act is the state attacking workers’ rights, the citizens, in favour of business rights, the ruling class. “Government in […]

SIPTU calls for mandatory sick pay scheme to cover full income of ill workers

SIPTU calls for mandatory sick pay scheme to cover full income of ill workers Date Released: 09 October 2020 SIPTU economist, Michael Taft, has called for the introduction of a mandatory sick pay scheme which ensures that workers receive their full income while they are out of work due to illness. Speaking at a Webinar entitled ‘Healing our Sick Pay System’ and hosted by SIPTU, he said: “A mandatory sick pay scheme must be available for all workers regardless of the sector or company in which they work. Payments from the scheme should cover their full income while they are […]