Tag Archives: SIPTU

Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Section 39 workers explain why they will go on strike on Valentine’s Day.

There 13,000 Section 39 employees in Ireland. They are not public servants, but their employers are grant-aided by the HSE.

SIPTU says these workers should be included in a recent deal on sleep-over allowances secured with the HSE.

Paddy Cole, at SIPTU writes:

“The Government now has a two-week window to bring the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to the table and face up to its responsibilities to Section 39 workers, their patients and their families.”



Leinster House, Dublin

Protestors (top) seeking pay Justice for Section 39 workers plus (above) Siptu campaign video – Making the difference for Section 39 workers.

The community and voluntary sectors have two two groups of workers.

Section 38 agencies are are funded to provide “a defined level of service on behalf of the HSE” and their staff are included in public service employment numbers.

Section 39 agencies receive grant aid from the HSE to provide services but their employees are not included in the public service roll.

Paddy Cole of Siptu writes:

“Section 39 workers are in our hospices, community hospitals and Rehab facilities. In the intellectual disabilities support sector alone, one in ten workers is employed on a Section 39 contract.

Staff undertake precisely the same work as directly employed HSE staff and must have the same qualifications. The only difference is in the pay packet. It’s time to end this injustice.”

Siptu (Facebook)

This morning.

Heuston Station, Dublin.

Richard Smith (above centre) on holiday from USA walks past train drivers and rail workers as they begin a 24-hour strike, the first of five that will shut down Dart, commuter, and Intercity rail services in the run up to Christmas.

Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie


Heuston Station, Dublin

From left: Greg Ennis of SIPTU and General Secretary of the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) Dermot O’Leary join the picket

The Iarnród Éireann Trade Union Group have written to the Group Secretary of CIE saying it is “long since passed time that leadership was provided” to end the dispute.

Rail unions write to CIE calling for pay proposal (RTÉ)




Paddy Cole, of SIPTU, writes:

Ann Daly is a cleaner and the longest serving staff member in St Cronan’s Senior National School, Swords, County Dublin.

Ann and her colleagues Lorraine and Pauline have been locked out of their jobs for the last week. Their jobs have been outsourced to a cleaning company which has declined to employ them.

The community is behind them and they will remain on the line until they get justice.

You can sign a petition to urge their reinstatment here. Thank you.

Stories from the fronline, SiIPTU (Facebook)

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This afternoon.

Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

SIPTU activists , including Dr Kieran Jack McGinley (pic 2)  launch a campaign entitled ‘Towards a World Class Education Sector’ focused on ending precarious work practices in the Third Level Education Sector through “increasing funding, fully implementing the recommendations of the Cush Report on employment practices for lecturers and conducting a similar report on the conditions of non-academic staff”.


Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Thanks Paddy Cole



Siptu threatens strike ballot unless pay talks begin (Martin Wall, Irish Times)



Dublin Bus strikes suspended as unions ballot workers on new deal (BreakingNews)

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Earlier this afternoon.

In Dublin.

A piper leads a SIPTU Dublin District Council-organised march – involving people dressed up in Irish Citizen Army uniforms – from Liberty Hall to Marino College of Further Education on North Strand Road, where a plaque dedicated to those who served with the ICA, between 1913 and 1923, was unveiled outside the college.

Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie

False Imprisonment!

A specific number of 21,633 direct jobs have been created in the accommodation and food services sector since the VAT reduction in July 2011 apparently.

But some people still aren’t happy.

John King of SIPTU writes:

SIPTU has called on the Government to commit to removing the preferential VAT rate currently enjoyed by the profitable hotel and restaurant sector that includes many businesses that are exploiting low paid workers.

According to new figures released this week the hospitality sector is booming. A new independent survey by accountancy firm Crowe Horwath indicates that the average profit on each hotel room in Ireland grew from €7,347 in 2013 to €9,201 in 2014. The Government introduced a 9% VAT rate for this sector in 2011. This has enabled increased profits.

This situation needs to be tackled now, otherwise the Government’s entire strategy on protecting low paid workers is in real danger of being undermined

SIPTU calls on Government to end VAT benefit for hospitality sector (SIPTU)

Fáilte Ireland welcomes retention of ‘Job-Friendly’ VAT rate

Hotel rates and occupancy rose in 2014 (RTÉ News)



This afternoon

Former workers and supporters and Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin gather outside Clery’s, O’Connell Street, Dublin for a rally organised by SIPTU to protest against the store’s abrupt closure.

(Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)


‘Statutory redundancy only’ for 130 Clerys staff (RTÉ)

Pics via SIPTU, Brian O’DonovanRichard Chambers, Peadar Mac Gaoithín Deirde Farrelly



Free at Noon?


SIPTU calls on public to join rally outside Clery’s (Irish Examiner)