• Industrial action is taking place at First Choice Credit Unions in Ballyhaunis, Achill and Castlebar this afternoon by SIPTU staff members.

    The staff concerned say the issue is in a dispute over pay, travel time and other terms and conditions at the company.

    SIPTU Sector Organiser Pat Flannery told Midwest News today discussions have taken place with management this morning and some progress has been made, so further action has been suspended pending further discussions.

  • Maintenance workers at Mayo University Hospital are undertaking a series of lunchtime protests, over changes in their contracts.

    Over the past number of weeks, the maintenance workers - who are members of SIPTU and Connect trade unions - have been protesting outside the hospital on their lunchbreak.

    They claim a number of changes are being made to their contracts of employment, without any negotiation with the HSE or hospital management.

  • Workers in Section 39 organisations – including Western Care, Ability West and Rehab – have deferred the strike action which was scheduled for this Wednesday, following an agreement facilitated by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), to begin a process that it is hoped will lead to the restoration of pay for thousands of health and social care workers.

    SIPTU has welcomed the news and said that, after months of intense campaigning, they have  secured a viable process for a structured and transparent pay restoration mechanism for thousands of Section 39 workers.

    The Health Minister Simon Harris has also welcomed the deferral of industrial action, and says he’s pleased that services will not be disrupted.

    The HSE will carry out an analysis, with an interim report expected by the end of March.

  • SIPTU is calling on management at the Coca Cola plant in Ballina to fully implement a Labour Court recommendation recognising the right of workers in the plant to collective trade union representation.

    The Labour Court has recommended in favour of SIPTU's claim to have negotiation rights for workers in the concentrate manufacturing facility, but the union claims management has refused to implement the recommendation.

    Over 100 workers at the Coca Cola plant in Ballina are members of SIPTU, and the union is calling on management to immediately implement the Labour Court recommendation and engage with the union to negotiate terms and conditions of employment for members.

    Midwest News has asked Coca-Cola for a comment on the matter and we are awaiting a response. 


    A branch of SIPTU representing Local Authority Professional Officers has served notice of industrial action on Roscommon County Council, in support of their colleagues in the Fórsa trade union who are involved in a dispute over flexitime.

    Over 150 staff at Roscommon County Council are holding a fourth day of strike action today, and have vowed to continue striking every Tuesday and Thursday until the dispute is resolved.

    Their union is calling for the restoration of a flexitime scheme, which has not been available to staff since early last year.

    Yesterday, the National Public Service Oversight Body criticised Roscommon County Council management's failure to facilitate access to family-friendly work policies.

    The Local Authority Professional Officers of SIPTU have now served notice of industrial action, which will see almost 50 engineers and planned employed by Roscommon County Council joining the work stoppages unless a resolution is found to this dispute.


  • This Friday and Saturday, the SIPTU Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon District Council will hold a seminar at Lissadell House in Sligo to mark the centenary of women's suffrage.

    The Markievicz / Partridge seminar will mark 100 years of the achievements made by women in the Irish trade union movement and in Irish politics.

    The event will recognise the contribution Countess Markievicz made to the trade union movement and women in politics, and her ancestral home - Lissadell House - will host the event.

    One of the owners of Lissadell House Constance Cassidy is among the speakers at the 2-day event, along with Minister of State for Education Mary Mitchell-O'Connor, Tish Gibbons of SIPTU and Labour historian Therese Moriarty.