Strike Action

  • Nurses and midwives have voted to go on strike over staff shortages and pay.

    95% of members of the INMO voted in favour of industrial action. 

    The executive will meet on January 7th and 8th to discuss the result and set dates for their 24-hour work stoppages


  • Ambulance members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association are holding the first of a series of 24 hour strikes today.

    There have been six previous 10 hour strikes, as part of a long running campaign over trade union representation rights.

    The ambulance branch of the PNA, the National Ambulance Service Representative Association, is not recognised by the HSE.

  • 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.


  • Community Employment supervisors seeking security over pensions will strike today at 6 locations across the country.

    They'll protest at Department of Social Protection offices in Galway, Athlone, Letterkenny, Waterford, Cork and Dublin from midday today.

    Forsa and SIPTU say over 250 supervisors have retired with no occupational pension -  since a 2008 Labour Court recommendation on the issue.

  • HSE support staff at Mayo, Galway, Roscommon and Sligo University Hospitals, as well as Merlin Park and Portiuncla hospitals, are due to take strike action on Thursday in a  row over pay.

    Across the country, 10,000 staff - represented by SIPTU - are set to strike, which is likely to cause significant disruption to health services.

    The action will involve healthcare assistants, porters, household and catering staff and laboratory aides, and will get underway at 8am on Thursday morning.

    The pay dispute follows a job-evaluation process that found the skill levels for HSE support staff had increased significantly in recent years, leading to union claims for pay rises.

    Talks held yesterday at the Workplace Relations Commission ended without agreement, and Paul Bell, SIPTU's health division organiser, says Thursday's strike will now go ahead.

  • Thousands of doctors working in public hospitals who are members of The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) are to begin voting from today for strike action.

    The IMO says it’s seeking a mandate from its 3,500 consultant and non-consultant hospital doctor members for industrial action, up to and including withdrawal of services, over pay and recruitment issues.

    They are looking at strike action on foot of “the Government’s continual failure to meaningfully engage on measures to address the recruitment and retention crisis among the medical profession”.

    The ballot will conclude on Tuesday, December 17th.

    The IMO say its key demands are an immediate end to the current two-tier pay system which sees medical specialists appointed after October 2012 paid considerably less than their longer-serving colleagues.

    It also wants an immediate increase in the number of consultants working in public hospitals.

    Former President of the Irish Medical Organisation, Dr. Matthew Sadlier, says they've been left with no choice but to consider this action.


    The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation will meet today to discuss its plans for a series of 24 hour strikes.

    95 per cent of nurses and midwives voted for industrial action last month in a row over staff shortages and pay.

    If a national strike goes ahead, it would see INMO members providing only lifesaving and emergency care.

    Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has said a pay rise for nurses would be "unaffordable and unsustainable".

    Professor of Employment Law at Maynooth University, Michael Doherty, says it's difficult to see how the strikes can be avoided.



  • Representatives from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation are to meet with the HSE this afternoon.

    The talks, taking at the Workplace Relations Commission, are aimed at averting planned strike action - the first of which is due to take place a week from today.

    The union says that low levels of pay have left the public health service unable to recruit and retain enough nurses and midwives to safely care for patients.

    INMO spokesperson Phil Ní Sheaghdha says that even though "no serious proposals" have been brought forward so far, she's hopeful progress can be made at today's talks:

  • A ballot over strike action is underway among nurses and midwives in a dispute about understaffing and safety in the health service.

    The INMO says low pay is making it impossible to recruit and retain staff, which is risking patient safety, limiting hospital capacity, and contributing to overcrowding.

     Voting will take place in offices, hospitals and workplaces across Ireland until December 13th.

    If the vote is passed, nurses and midwives will stop work for 24 hours.

    Meanwhile, there are 386 patients on hospital trolleys around the country today - including 32 at University Hospital Galway, 21 at Sligo University Hospital and 11 at Mayo University Hospital.




  • Members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association  will strike next month in an escalating campaign of industrial action in their dispute over pay and staff shortages.

    The psychiatric nurses will initially refuse to work overtime on 31st January, or on 5th, 6th and 7th February.

    They will then escalate their industrial action to full strikes on 12, 13, and 14 February.

    95% of PNA members rejected government proposals to address recruitment and retention issues among nurses.

    This follows confirmation earlier this week from the  INMO that they will strike for 24 hours on 30 January, as well as the 5, 7, 12, 13 and 14 February unless their pay demands are addressed.

  • Ryanair has slammed German pilots joining Friday's day of strike action in Europe.

    The airline has cancelled 250 flights to and from the country in what they call an 'unjustified strike'.

    Ryanair has criticised German pilots for joining their counterparts in a 24 hour strike in Ireland, Belgium and Sweden.

    The Vereinigung Cockpit  confirmed industrial action at a press conference earlier over pay and working conditions.

    The airline has criticised the short notice after the VC refused to give 7 days notice so the airline could minimise customer disruption.

    They're also calling on the VC to continue negotiations rather than strikes and consider the the revised proposal on a collective Labour Agreement that they sent them on Friday the 3rd of August.

    Affected customers will be notified this afternoon and can take a refund, free flight move or reroute.

    24 hour stoppages will take place in Ireland, Germany, Belgium and Sweden on Friday while pilots in the Netherlands have yet to decide whether on not they will join the strikes.

  • Up to 500 ambulance workers nationally are planning to strike for a sixth day today.

    The strike action will run from 7am until 5pm - as part of their campaign to be represented by the Psychiatric Nurses Association.

    PNA ambulance branch members claim the HSE is attempting to force them to be members of unions they don't want to join.

    They've warned they're prepared to escalate the strike, and have called an EGM for tomorrow week -18th April in Mullingar to consider further action. 

    Last week's strike saw PNA ambulance staff on the picket lines in Castlebar and Ballina.

    However, staff had to leave the picket line outside the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar to respond to emergency calls.


  • Tesco has called on Mandate trade union to withdraw strike notices at two stores in Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon.

    Mandate members at the two stores in the North West voted overwhelmingly for industrial action.

    However, in a statement the company says the action is unwarranted and the stores will remain open on the two days in December pencilled in for strike action.

    They say they have always abided by agreed procedures and expect the union to do so.

    The union today announced the action is scheduled for Thursday December 6th and Friday 14th over a number of issues.

    Mandate's Ciaran Campbell says if necessary they will look for support from other stores.

  • Hospitals are facing major disruption, after talks to avert a strike by over 40-thousand nurses, ended without agreement last night.

    The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation was locked in three days of talks with the HSE at the Workplace Relations Commission to try and avert the threatened action, which begins on Wednesday.

    It's the first of six 24-hour nationwide work stoppages - and potentially the largest health-service strike in the country's history. 


  • Thousands of Ryanair passengers will be forced to make alternative travel plans today as cabin crew in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Belgium stage a 24-hour strike.

    However there will be no disruption to flights into or out of Ireland West Airport Knock.

    Any passengers affected by cancellations have been informed by text or email and passengers not contacted by Ryanair should check-in as usual for their flight.

    It comes as IALPA pilots at Ryanair have announced a fourth one-day strike for Friday 3 August.

    It's part of an ongoing row with management over seniority, base transfers and annual leave.

    Yesterday the airline confirmed that up to 300 pilots and cabin crew could lose their jobs in October as it scales back its fleet in Dublin.


  • Tomorrow's strike by health workers has been deferred to allow for talks at the Workplace Relations Commission. 

    Siptu representatives have confirmed that a 24 hour workplace stoppage at 38 hospitals and healthcare facilities has been postponed at the request of the WRC. 

    The union says discussions on the implementation of the job evaluation scheme will get underway tomorrow. 

    However it says preparations for strikes next Tuesday and Wednesday will continue.