• Community employment supervisors will strike for 5 days next month, in a row with the Government over pensions. 

    The SIPTU and Forsa trade union members will engage in 5 consecutive days of strike action, starting on Monday May 13th. 

    The escalation of industrial action was announced in Dublin today, following a rally at Leinster House

    The unions say the 1,250 staff concerned have no access to an occupational pension scheme, despite a 2008 Labour Court recommendation to introduce one.

    The five consecutive days of strike action in May will disrupt community services, including childcare, elder care, and disability services.


  • Pensions for local authority workers should be funded by central Government, rather than by local councils  - that's the view of Castlebar-based Sinn Fein Councillor Joe McHale.

    It emerged at Mayo County Council's Budget meeting this week that pensions are costing Mayo County Council €6.5 million this year, rising to €7 million in 2019, with some 500 people currently in receipt of pensions from the Mayo authority.

    Councillor Joe McHale says pensions contributions for new entrants to the local authority are now being funded by central Government and he believes legislation should be introduced to ensure the pensions currently being funded by local authorities would come from central funding also.

  • SIPTU Mayo District Council will host a seminar on the Stop67 Campaign to prevent the increase of the state pension age in Breaffy House Hotel this evening.

    Stop67 is the Siptu led campaign to halt the increase of the state pension age to 67 on January 1st 2021.

    SIPTU say they have been hearing from their members since the abolition of the transitional pension scheme in 2014 about the difficulties that the retirement gap has been causing for works.

    SIPTU Mayo District Council Co-ordinator, Pat Flannery says the Stop67 campaign will continue until their objectives are met.

    SIPTU Mayo District Council Co-ordinator, Pat Flannery and the Stop67 seminar takes place this evening at 7pm in Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar.