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8th February BNM Group of Unions members in Littleton Plant accept redundancy proposal

By Anna Farrell

 

Members of the Bord na Móna (BNM) Group of Unions in the company’s peat briquette production facility in Littleton, County Tipperary, have voted 94% in favour of proposed redundancy terms in a ballot counted this evening (Thursday, 8th February).

Bord na Móna Group of Unions Secretary and SIPTU Organiser, John Regan, said: “The redundancy terms apply to union members in the BNM fuels and peat business based in Littleton. It has been agreed that the plant will continue after the 31st March this year with the redeployment of 40 jobs.

“The terms also include the continuation of an excellent outplacement training programme, which was agreed after the company announced it intended to close the briquette factory.”

Unite the Union Organiser, Ed Thompson, said: “Redeployment options have been agreed with a one year settling in period, if during which a worker believes the move is not working out for them they can leave on the agreed redundancy terms. A worker’s pay and terms and conditions of employment are fully protected for the duration of the redeployment.”

Connect Trade Union official, Darren Erangey, said: “The redundancy terms include six weeks’ pay per year of service inclusive of statutory entitlements, plus allowances, a €500 voucher and other benefits.”

For further information contact:

Connect Trade Union Regional Secretary, Darren Erangey : 087 6858796

 

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Mechanical possible SEO for the Industry 29th January 2018

By Anna Farrell

Irelands largest Craft Union warns Mechanical, Electrical and Construction employers that new Sectoral Employment Orders will only offer Industrial peace on sites where they are applied in conjunction with existing National Collective Employment Agreements.

In response to Minister Breen’s acceptance of the Labour Court recommendation for the Mechanical Sector Employment Order, which must go before the Houses of the Oireachtas, Connect Trade Union Asst. General Secretary Brian Nolan warned Employers and industry not to mistake the enactment of any Sectoral Employment Order as a reason to re-write the National Collective Employment Agreements.

Connect Trade Union (formerly TEEU/UCATT) represent Craft and Skilled Workers through-out the Mechanical, Electrical Contracting & Construction sectors all of which have longstanding collective Agreements.

Mr. Nolan said “Our Collective Agreements within the Mechanical, Electrical Contracting & Constructions Sectors continue to provide terms & conditions of employment for thousands of Workers beyond those covered by the SEO’s. Any suggestion that terms & conditions of employment which are not mentioned in an SEO such as “travel allowance/subsistence” are no longer applicable will be considered as an attack on workers that will be met with the full force of Connect Trade Union.”

In extending the warning to all corners of the industry Mr. Nolan added “In order to avoid disputes, large scale FDI projects, publically funded projects (such as Schools and Hospitals) along with smaller scale projects should refer to National Collective Employment Agreements during the tender process and ensure on-site compliance through-out”.

Contact Brian Nolan, Assistant General Secretary,

Landline: 018719903

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BNM Group of Unions members in Littleton Plant to vote on redundancy proposal 19th January 2018

By Anna Farrell

 

Members of the Bord na Móna (BNM) Group of Unions in the company’s peat briquette production facility in Littleton, County Tipperary, will vote in a ballot, to be held within the next two weeks, on proposed redundancy terms which were finalised in talks that concluded last night (Thursday, 19th January).

Bord na Móna Group of Unions Secretary and SIPTU Organiser, John Regan, said: “The redundancy proposal applies to union members in the BNM fuels and peat business based in Littleton. It was finalised following weeks of hard negotiations. It has been agreed that the plant will continue after the 31st March this year with the redeployment of 40 jobs. Members in the plant will be balloted on the redundancy proposals within the next two weeks with a recommendation for acceptance by the union committee.

“An excellent outplacement training programme, which was agreed at the early stages of the talks shortly after the company announced it intended to close the briquette factory, will continue.”

Unite the Union Organiser, Ed Thompson, said: “The proposed redundancy terms include six weeks’ pay per year of service inclusive of statutory entitlements, plus allowances, a €500 voucher and other benefits. Redeployment options have been agreed with a one year settling in period. If, during this period, a worker believes the move is not working out for them they can leave on the agreed redundancy terms. A worker’s pay and terms and conditions of employment are fully protected for the duration of the redeployment.

Connect Trade Union official, Darren Erangey, said: “Retirees have been let down by the company in that they will not receive any additional payment, other than the €500 voucher, in recognition of many loyal years of service.”

Connect Trade Union official, Darren Erangey:

Bord na Móna Group of Unions Secretary and SIPTU Organiser, John Regan: 

Unite official, Ed Thompson:

 

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Ryanair Confirms Union Recognition in letter to IMPACT 21st December 2017

By Anna Farrell

NEWS RELEASE FROM IMPACT TRADE UNION

Ryanair management has today (Thursday) confirmed in writing that it now recognises IMPACT as the representative of the airline’s pilots for collective bargaining purposes, with immediate effect. IMPACT says it has accepted an invitation from company management to attend a meeting on 3rd January 2018 to agree a comprehensive recognition agreement that will establish collective bargaining procedures in the airline.

The union cautioned that it expected management to reach agreement on procedures quickly so that the parties could move on to negotiate substantial issues around pilots’ pay and working conditions. On this basis, IMPACT said the company’s confirmation that it recognised the union, with effect from today (21st December), and would conclude a comprehensive agreement, meant the danger of industrial action had receded for the present.

IMPACT official Ashley Connolly said union recognition in Ryanair was an historic achievement that would resonate beyond the company. “This advance is good news for Ryanair pilots, passengers and shareholders. We also think it will assist thousands of workers elsewhere, who want independent workplace representation but whose anti-union employers had been encouraged and emboldened by Ryanair’s previous antipathy towards IMPACT and other unions.

“This breakthrough, which was made possible by the principled resolve of Ryanair pilots, should be an encouragement to workers across the economy. IMPACT will now immediately start work to make union recognition in Ryanair a practical reality by working with management to establish a formal collective bargaining agreement, and then by using this opportunity to win improved security, terms, and working conditions for the airline’s pilots.”

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Update on Irish Rail Dispute 9th December 2018

By Anna Farrell

TEEU Member have voted in favour of Labour Court Recommendation LCR 21605

Sean Heading,

Regional Secretary

                                    

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Update on Irish Rail Dispute 10th November

By Anna Farrell

JOINT PRESS RELEASE

Trade union members in Irish Rail will vote on a Labour Court recommendation aimed at resolving the dispute at the public transport company. The decision to ballot workers was taken at a meeting of representatives of the Irish Rail Trade Union Group in Liberty Hall, Dublin, this evening (Friday, 10th November).

A decision was also taken to suspend all planned industrial action by Irish Rail workers until the ballot is concluded.

The proposals include annual pay increases of 2.5% for three years.

These will come into effect on

  • 1st December, 2017

  • 1st December 2018

  • 1st December 2019

A voucher to the value of €500 will also be provided to workers in December 2017.

The Irish Rail Trade Union Group includes representatives of SIPTU, NBRU, TEEU, Unite and TSSA.

A link to the Recommednation is below.

Click here to view Recommendation 

 

Sean Heading (TEEU)    Dermot O’Leary(NBRU)     Greg Ennis(SIPTU)    William Quigley(UNITE)     Patrick McCusker(TSSA) 

                                    

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Update on Irish Rail Dispute 9th November

By Anna Farrell

JOINT PRESS RELEASE

Irish Rail dispute

A Labour Court hearing took place on Thursday 9th November 2017. Following submissions made by all parties, the Court stated that it believed it could issue a recommendation that would assist in resolving the current industrial dispute at Irish Rail.

The Court further indicated that the Recommendation will be issued tomorrow evening.

The Trade Union Group will be meeting Friday evening at 16:30 hrs to consider the Recommendation.

Both the Employer and Union Submissions presented at the Labour Court hearing are below.

Click here for Trade Union Group Submission

Click here for Company Submission 

 

Dermot O’Leary     Greg Ennis      William Quigley                 Patrick McCusker               Sean Heading

NBRU                        SIPTU                           UNITE                                    TSSA                                      TEEU

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Update on Irish Rail Dispute

By Anna Farrell

 

The TEEU have accepted an invitation to attend the Labour Court at 11.30 a.m. tomorrow Thursday 9th of November regarding the current pay dispute

A further update will follow.

8th November 2017

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Notice to All TEEU Members Iarnrod Éireann Re Pending Dispute

By Anna Farrell

Notice to TEEU Members regarding the Pending Dispute with Iarnrod Eireann, Picketing and Dispute Benefit.

 

Link to Notice

 

26th October 2017

 

 

 

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Iarnrod Éireann Result TEEU Ballot for Industrial Action

By Anna Farrell

The Results of the TEEU ballot for Industrial Action are now available.

Please click here to view document.

25th October 2017

 

 

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Iarnrod Éireann Trade Union Group Press Release – Series of Rolling 24 Hours Stoppages

By Anna Farrell

Union Members at Iarnród Éireann announce a series of rolling 24 hour stoppages

Following a meeting this afternoon, the Trade Union Group representing all workers at Irish Rail, in pursuance of a long overdue flat pay award, have decided to serve notice on the Company for the following series of industrial actions:

Wednesday November 1st 24 hour Work Stoppage full withdrawal of labour and the placing of pickets

  1. Tuesday   November 7th 24 hour Work Stoppage full withdrawal of labour and the placing of pickets
  2. Tuesday November 14th 24 hour Work Stoppage full withdrawal of labour and the placing of pickets
  3. Thursday November 23rd 24 hour Work Stoppage full withdrawal of labour and the placing of pickets
  4. Friday December 8th 24 hour Work Stoppage full withdrawal of labour and the placing of pickets

The Trade Union Group will conduct reviews on an ongoing basis and may decide to escalate the action by way of increased frequency and duration.

The responsibility for this dispute lies squarely with the CEO and his management team at Irish Rail. The treatment meted out to staff over the last number of months, and in particular the debacle which occurred at the WRC last evening, has been nothing short of contemptuous and will make a resolution to this dispute even more difficult, if not now impossible.

It is an unfortunate consequence that tens of thousands of commuters are now going to be discommoded as a result of the intransigence of Irish Rail.

 

Dermot O’Leary Greg Ennis     Willie Quigley  Patrick McCusker   Sean Heading

NBRU                     SIPTU                UNITE                           TSSA                          TEEU

20th October 2017

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Iarnrod Éireann Trade Union Group Press Release – WRC Talks Collapse

By Anna Farrell

 “Despite the best efforts of the WRC, Irish Rail senior management have once again demonstrated their total disdain for their own staff and those that rely on Irish Rail services.

 We have spent the last twelve hours engaging in what we understood to be last ditch efforts to produce a proposal on pay which could be presented to our members, and in so doing stave off what we consider to be unnecessary industrial action. Such action will discommode tens of thousands of commuters over the coming weeks, in the run-up to Christmas and beyond.

We had forewarned the Company in advance of today’s discussions that those that appeared at the WRC on behalf of Irish Rail should be able to come to the table with a clear mandate to negotiate. Regrettably, once again we have experienced the situation where those outside of the negotiating process has undermined and sabotaged any prospects of concluding settlement proposals and we would call into question the CEO’s role in this debacle.

Consequently, trade unions will now proceed to conclude and count their respective ballots ,with announcements tomorrow afternoon on the details relating to the anticipated roll-out on the industrial action/strike action across the rail network in the coming weeks”

 Dermot O’Leary Greg Ennis     Willie Quigley  Patrick McCusker   Sean Heading

NBRU                     SIPTU             UNITE                  TSSA                          TEEU

20th October 2017

 

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Good news for all TEEU-UCATT members employed in the Construction Sector

By Anna Farrell

Minister Breen today signed off the Sectoral Employment Order for the Construction Sector giving legal effect to the rates of pay and pension/sick pay & mortality benefit scheme.

The order will see rate increases that will see Craft Workers pay increase to €18.93 per hour.

Overtime rates will also be protected.

Employers that refuse to pay may be pursued under the new legislation.

Other entitlements such as travel time remain as before (set out in the National Collective Employment Agreement) and are protected through the Collective Strength of Trade Union workplaces. So make sure your colleagues are in the Union.

They can join by logging onto www.teeu.ie and Apprentices Go Free.

If your employer does not apply the terms of the Sectoral Employment Order or the National Collective Employment Agreement contact the Construction Hotline 01 8719 903 or email construction@teeu.ie

To view contents of full Order click here

Brian Nolan,                                                                                     Thomas Faulkner,

Assistant General Secretary                                                          National Construction Official (Civils).

19th  October 2017

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Statement by Irish Water Consultative Group

By Anna Farrell

At a meeting of Irish Water Consultative Group held on 28th September 2017 Irish Water announced that they wish to make significant changes to the way water services are delivered. In short they announced that the Board of Ervia (the parent company of Irish Water) had decided that they would not be entering into a further service level agreement with local authorities and that they wished to exit the current service level agreements prior to the expiry date of 2025, preferably in 2021. Click hear to read full statement.

10th October 2017

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Country’s Largest Craft Union Votes to Accept Public Service Agreement

By Anna Farrell

The Technical Engineering and Electrical Union has announced that members working in the public 16-25-07patkavdeskservice have voted by secret postal ballot to accept the terms of the ‘Public Service Stability Agreement, 2018 – 2020’.

Acknowledging the outcome of the ballot, Paddy Kavanagh, General Secretary of the TEEU said, “We will work tirelessly to ensure that the important commitments contained in the agreement are met. These include:

  • Pay restoration
  • Increased apprenticeships
  • Protection of new entrants to the sector
  • Direct labour being accepted as the preferred method of providing top quality public service employment
  • Best practice on labour law compliance, and strict adherence to health and safety standards on public service projects
  • Protections against outsourcing
  • The continued unwinding of FEMPI.

“Our priority now is to ensure full implementation of the agreement on our members’ behalf.”

Paddy Kavanagh

21st July, 2017

 

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TEEU issues cautious welcome for new Sectoral Employment Order in Construction sector 18th July

By Anna Farrell

The General Secretary of the Technical Engineering and Electrical Union, Paddy Kavanagh, has given a16-25-07patkavdesk guarded welcome to the Labour Court’s recommendation for a Sectoral Employment Order that could see significant pay increases for construction workers.

He said that, “The TEEU welcomes the prospect of the potential pay increase that may arise for our members across all construction grades as recommended by the Court, as part of a new Sectoral Employment Order.

“However, it is too early for members to start celebrating just yet. There are outstanding issues to be addressed relating to remuneration, travel time, pension/sick pay and mortality benefit schemes by the Court. We will be examining the details of the Sectoral Employment Order very carefully to ensure members benefit fully from the resurgence of activity within the construction sector.

“Nevertheless, the SEO is proof of just what can be achieved by unions working together as the TEEU and UCATT demonstrated earlier this year. This strategic initiative was a development that has clearly shown construction unions are on the offensive, combining their resources to pursue joint common objectives.”

Mr Kavanagh called on all construction workers to join the appropriate union and demand all their entitlements “from the moment they start work on site. This is the only way to ensure employers fulfil their obligations.”

 

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Notice TEEU Office Closure

By Anna Farrell

Due to Staff Training the  Head Office TEEU and offices in Waterford & Limerick will remain closed from 1.00 p.m. on Thursday 29th June 2017 and will re-open at 9.00 a.m. on Monday 3rd July 2017.

Our Offices in Cork & Galway will remain open for this period.

 

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Bord Na Mona Group of Unions to engage with Management 17th May

By Anna Farrell

 

BNM Group of Unions to engage with management on future of Littleton plant

Bord na Móna (BNM) Group of Unions members, employed in the company’s peat briquette production facility in Littleton, County Tipperary, gave their representatives a mandate to negotiate with management on the future of the plant at a general meeting held in Littleton Community Centre, yesterday evening (Tuesday, 16th May).

BNM Group of Unions Secretary and SIPTU Organiser, John Regan, said: “At the meeting of members of SIPTU, the TEEU and Unite trade unions there was expression of real disappointment concerning the manner in which the company has treated workers in relation to its announcement that it is seeking to close the Littleton plant.

“However, the workers have decided that they are prepared to provide management with the opportunity to put matters right by engaging meaningfully with their union representatives in agreeing an overall package concerning the possible closure of the plant.”

Unite Official, Ed Thompson, said: “The mandate that representatives of the BNM Group of Unions has been given covers a wide range of issues. These include, if there is agreement to end the operation of the plant, that there can only be voluntary redundancies and that a substantial redundancy package must form part of any wind down arrangement.

TEEU Official, Darren Erangey, said: “Our members have also mandated that any wind down arrangement must include the provision of future employment opportunities to workers whose positions are lost, outplacement training and an up-skilling programme.”

 

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Update on Bus Eireann Dispute Friday 12th May 2017

By Anna Farrell
Bus Eireann members have voted in favour of Labour Court Recommendation 21438.

Sean Heading,

Regional Secretary

TEEU.

 

 

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Release on the Report of the Public Service Pay Commission

By Anna Farrell

News Release from ICTU Public Services Committee 9th May 2017

Re Unions call for rapid talks on pay recovery

The ICTU Public Services Committee (PSC) today (Tuesday) called for early talks on public service pay recovery following the publication of the report of the Public Service Pay Commission (PSPC), which said “there is a basis for the parties to enter into negotiations for a further collective agreement to extend the Lansdowne Road Agreement.”

The PSC noted the PSPC’s conclusions that there is now near-parity between average public service pay and private sector earnings, and that average public service earnings were currently 8% lower than in 2008.

The PSC said it had anticipated the Commission’s finding that public service pensions were, on average, more valuable than the average available in the private sector, and that pay negotiations should address this in the context of the unwinding of FEMPI measures, including the Pension-Related Deduction, or so-called ‘pension levy.’

A spokesperson for the PSC said: “We welcome today’s publication of the report of the Public Service Pay Commission which, among other things, provides a good summary of the sacrifices public servants made in the years following the economic crash. It’s now time to move swiftly into negotiations with a view to accelerating pay recovery for workers whose incomes are significantly lower than they were nine years ago.

“Our priorities in the talks will be to restore incomes as quickly as is sustainably possible, and to protect the value of retirement incomes.”
The spokesperson noted that public servants currently pay over 20% of their earnings above €28,750 towards their pensions, once you take account of pension contributions, PRSI and the so-called pension levy.

Link to Summary of Commission’s findings.

PSPC Summary May 2017

Link to full Document is below.

http://paycommission.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/Report-of-the-Public-Service-Pay-Commission-May-2017.pdf

 

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