International Nurses Day

Our Solidarity with all Nurses throughout the thirty two counties and globally. Please go on this link to read about their vision for the future and some facts and figures. 

Aer Lingus Shannon cabin crew remain laid off until mid-summer

Shannon-based Aer Lingus cabin crew remain laid off from work despite expectations of a return to work in early June. Fórsa trade union has confirmed that a roster published today shows cabin crew will remain laid off until at least the 20th June. The union said the extended layoff is another devastating blow for staff and for the region. The union represents around 5,000 workers in airlines, airports, air navigation bases, aviation regulatory bodies, and air traffic control. Fórsa official Ashley Connolly said the union is calling on Aer Lingus to provide a commitment to Shannon base and to those […]

Blowout in Bessemer: A Postmortem on the Amazon Campaign

Blowout in Bessemer: A Postmortem on the Amazon Campaign   Earlier today the National Labor Relations Board announced the results of the vote on whether workers at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., would join a union. The vote was 738 in favor to 1,798 against. It’s bad news, but it doesn’t mean workers in future Amazon campaigns won’t or can’t win. They can. The results were not surprising, however, for reasons that have more to do with the approach used in the campaign itself than any other factor. The stories of horrific working conditions at Amazon are well-known. Long […]

Trade Union Left Forum May Day Statement:

Trade Union Left Forum May Day Statement: Today May 1st marks international workers day we take this opportunity to salute workers in struggle all around the world. We particularly salute all frontline workers who have been the backbone of the world in overcoming the health pandemic. It is frontline workers be they in the Health Service, manufacturing, retail or transport etc. that have led the fight against the virus. For this we salute you all. Governments none more so than our own, have bungled their way through the pandemic with failed strategies,  slow rollout of vaccine, under funding public health, […]

Mayday message from the Cuban Ambassador to the workers of Ireland

Dublin, April 30th 2021. Greeting message for May Day, International Workers’ Day. Dear Irish Trade Unionists and Workers, The Irish trade union movement occupies a special place in the solidarity movement with Cuba. There are fraternal relations between the main Irish unions and the Central of Workers of Cuba, as well as formidable relations and collaboration between the Irish unions and the Cuban embassy in Dublin. Traditionally, Irish trade unionists and workers have traveled to Cuba on this date and have participated in that massive workers’ party that is celebrated every year in Havana with more than a million people […]

SIPTU members express outrage at deferral of ERO for security industry

SIPTU members in the security industry have expressed outrage at a decision to defer the implementation of pay increases contained in a new Employment Regulation Order (ERO) for the sector until 1st September, 2021. SIPTU Organiser, Brendan Carr, said: “Workers in the security industry have already been waiting months for pay increases and other improvements to their conditions which are contained in this ERO. It is deeply troubling that the Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English, has deferred the implementation of these improvements for three months from the agreed date of 1st June until 1st September 2021. This […]

May Day: Hope Lies in struggle

The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), representing 105 million affiliates in 133 countries of the planet, sends a warm internationalist and combative greeting to the workers around the world, on the occasion of this May Day 2021. All over the world, the class-oriented unions, the militants, commemorate May Day as it deserves it; like workers’ day. As the day that marks the irreconcilable struggle of the workers in each country and throughout the world for the abolition of the exploitation of man by man. As the day that illuminates our struggle for a society whose epicenter will be the […]

Mandate condemns treatment of ex-Debenhams workers on Parnell Street

Friday 23 April 2021 Mandate Trade Union has condemned the heavy-handed tactics of Gardai last night on Parnell Street, Dublin where ex-Debenhams workers were forcefully removed from picket line at the request of KPMG, the Debenhams liquidator. Mandate General Secretary Gerry Light said the incident was entirely unnecessary and preventable. “This incident should never have happened. The workers had decided to ballot for a potential resolution to this dispute at 4:30pm yesterday and then we see these traumatic videos last night where female retail workers, who were treated abysmally by their employer and left without their agreed redundancy packages, are […]

Mandate Trade Union calls for urgent establishment of retail task force following 480 more job losses in Carphone Warehouse

Wednesday 21 April 2021 Mandate General Secretary Gerry Light has called on the Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment, Leo Varadkar, to establish a task force looking into the future of retail in Ireland as a matter of urgency following today’s announcement that almost 500 jobs have been lost in Carphone Warehouse. Mr Light said the government needs to understand that while they’re procrastinating hundreds of jobs are being lost. “Today there are hundreds of Carphone Warehouse workers wondering how they’re going to pay their bills. Those workers join the long list of workers who have lost their jobs in […]

Bank of Ireland and KBC need to confirm staff will transfer with the work says FSU.

Issued : 16 April 2021 No excuse for not establishing a banking forum. John O’Connell, General Secretary of the Financial Services Union (FSU) has called on Bank of Ireland (BOI) and KBC to publish the memorandum of understanding and to confirm that transfer of understanding legislation (TUPE) will apply to any possible sale of KBC to BOI. “The announcement this morning that KBC and BOI have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding is a deeply worrying development for staff, customers and communities. The FSU are calling for immediate clarification from BOI and KBC that transfer of understanding legislation will apply […]