SIPTU seeks urgent talks with Aer Lingus over planned job losses

SIPTU seeks urgent talks with Aer Lingus over planned job losses Date Released: 19 June 2020 SIPTU representatives are calling for an urgent meeting with Aer Lingus management following todays (Friday, 19th June) announcement of 500 planned redundancies at the airline. SIPTU Aviation Sector Organiser Neil McGowan said: “The announcement from management that it has informed the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty. that it plans to reduce the numbers at the airline by 500 workers has shocked and upset our members in Aer Lingus. “SIPTU representatives will seek to ensure that the as many jobs as […]

International News: Malaysia: Stop union busting at Edgenta UEMS

Malaysia: Stop union busting at Edgenta UEMS In partnership with the National Union of Workers in Hospital Support and Allied Services. NUWHSAS is a national union representing all cleaning workers employed by private concessionaire companies providing cleaning services at all Government Hospitals in Malaysia.   UEM Group Berhad, a Malaysian government linked company (GLC), through its subsidiary, Edgenta UEMS, is currently engaged in a vicious union busting campaign, aggressively victimizing frontline hospital cleaners and their worksite union officials. Since early 2020, the hospital janitors have been confronted by problems of widespread union busting activities in all its hospitals, like deliberate changing […]

Congress warns that safety cannot be compromised as workers gradually return to the workplace

Congress warns that safety cannot be compromised as workers gradually return to the workplace 4 Jun 2020 Patricia King, General Secretary of the ICTU said today, “It is crucial as we move to Phase 2 that we ensure the re-opening of the economy is done in a safe manner and in line with public health guidance”.  She was speaking on the eve of the likely cabinet decision to move to Phase 2 as we gradually emerge from the Covid-19 crisis. The General Secretary said “now more than ever we must re-double our focus and ensure that as workers return to their […]

Covid-19 TULF View

The Covid-19 pandemic represents a crisis of unprecedented proportions for the working classes and yet the response of the leadership of the large trade unions has been lacklustre to put it mildly. In an Irish Times article co-authored with SIPTU General Secretary Joe Cunningham (“Social solidarity must be central to post-emergency” April 20th), and again in a lengthy article on Fórsa’s website (“Ireland, the Pandemic and the EU Recovery Plan”), Fórsa’s General Secretary Kevin Callinan has articulated a vision for the way forward based on social partnership (re-packaged as “social dialogue”) at both Irish and EU level. The Trade Union […]

SIPTU calls on Programme for Government negotiators to stop pension age increase

Press Release SIPTU calls on Programme for Government negotiators to stop pension age increase Date Released: 28 May 2020 SIPTU representatives have called on Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party to ensure that the deferral of the planned pension age increase to 67 next year is included in any agreed Programme for Government. SIPTU research, Michal Taft said: “The campaign to stop the increase in the pension age to 67 next year and to establish a Stakeholders Forum to examine the future of our pension system won the support of many voters in the general election earlier this […]

National Return to Work Safely Protocol

Exposure to COVID-19 is a public health risk which affects all citizens. The COVID-19 pandemic also has implications for all workplaces as it can present a health risk to workers and other persons at a place of work. The reopening of the economy goes hand-in-hand with the provision of public health measures to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 as well as the existing occupational health and safety measures. Watch this video

SIPTU representatives call on Aer Lingus to ensure current pay arrangements continue

SIPTU representatives call on Aer Lingus to ensure current pay arrangements continue Date Released: 22 May 2020 SIPTU representatives at Aer Lingus have called on the company to continue with current pay arrangements following a statement by the company that it will unilaterally cut pay and working hours after 21st June. SIPTU Sector Organiser, Neil McGowan said: “The management of Aer Lingus has informed union representatives that the current pay arrangements for staff will continue until 21st June. However, it said that, after this date, it intends to unilaterally make further reductions in working hours and pay, including lay-offs in some […]

High visibility and Covid-19: returning to the post-lockdown workplace

In the current crisis, we are hearing a lot about digital tools to track, monitor and share data about people. In the workplace, technology has the potential to help us respond to the health pandemic – and causes concerns about data, privacy and power. Digital monitoring and data gathering by employers has been growing at pace over the past few years. There is already evidence that workers are either unaware or being excluded from information and decision-making about workplace surveillance. Our own research at Prospect shows that most workers are unsure what data is currently collected about them by employers. The workplace […]

Dorel Giurca, 53, died of Covid-19 on May 8th

Dorel Giurca, 53, died of Covid-19 on May 8th. He had been earning €10.80 an hour working as a cleaner in St James’s Hospital in Dublin.   His wife Mirela, who has Covid-19, said from her hospital bed “I don’t know how I will live without him”.   Momentum Support Ltd, Dorel’s former employer, say they have adhered strictly to the protocols and guidelines that have been put in place by the relevant authorities in response to Covid-19.   Clearly, the company didn’t do enough to protect Dorel.    Dorel died keeping people safe for €10.80 per hour. He was […]

International: Plug social protection gaps in developing countries to prevent future crises

GENEVA (ILO News) – The COVID-19 crisis  has exposed devastating gaps in social protection coverage in developing countries, and recovery will only be sustained and future crises prevented if they can transform their ad hoc crisis response measures into comprehensive social protection systems, according to new analysis from the International Labour Organization (ILO). Two briefing papers released by the ILO warn that the current gaps in social protection could compromise recovery plans, expose millions to poverty, and affect global readiness to cope with similar crises in future. The papers take a detailed look at the role of social protection measures in addressing […]