Unions seeking 4% annual pay rise over three years
July 28th: Unite, which represents workers throughout the construction sector, today (Wednesday) said that the amended Sectoral Employment Order being sought by unions will ensure stability as the sector recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns, while also providing employers with a level playing field. Unite is a member of the ICTU’s Construction Industry Committee which has made a submission to the Labour Court seeking an amended SEO.
Commenting, Regional Officer Tom Fitzgerald said:
“All the indications are that the construction sector is rebounding strongly as we emerge from the pandemic. The amended SEO being sought by unions will not only provide stability but will also make it more difficult for rogue operators to undercut good employers.
As indoor hospitality re-opens, over half of respondents report non-adherence to Covid guidelines
July 26th: Unite, which represents hospitality workers, today (Monday) released the findings of a survey of hospitality workers in the sector. As indoor hospitality re-opens, the research presents a worrying picture of an industry characterised by low pay, bullying and discrimination against women and migrant workers. The report, Hidden Truths: the reality of work in Ireland’s hospitality and tourism sector, is available for download here. Scroll down for a summary of the findings.
Commenting on the findings, Unite Hospitality and Tourism Coordinator Julia Marciniak said:
“This survey helps provide a solid evidence base for what hospitality workers have always known: the sector is dominated by low pay, insecure contracts and poor working practices, bullying and discrimination. It is clear that we need to re-boot the sector to ensure that it provides good jobs.
Union accuses DAA of singling out members for discriminatory treatment
Unite, which represents craft workers at Dublin Airport, this evening (Friday) warned the DAA against any attempt to outsource work in Asset Care. The warning follows a statement by the DAA this evening in which the company indicates its intention to commence engagement regarding the provision of frontline maintenance services through third party providers, notwithstanding the fact that the Labour Court recommendation to which the company’s statement refers has not been rejected by Unite.
Commenting, Unite Regional Officer Willie Quigley said:
“In their statement, the DAA refers to a lack of ‘meaningful progress’. Unite would argue that any lack of progress may have been due to an absence of meaningful engagement on the part of the company.
Two mass workplace meetings at Enniskillen timber mill vote to initiate strike ballot for proper recognition of Covid lockdown effort
Management claims that Covid recognition payment is included in a two and a half-year old pay deal are completely rejected by workforce
Gareth Scott, Regional Officer for Unite confirmed that his union would proceed to ballot its membership at Balcas after two workplace meetings voted for the move in face of the continued failure of bosses to recognise their efforts in working throughout the Covid lockdown. from 2019 show profits of £6.3 million
“Alongside workers in hospitals and in nursing homes, Balcas workers were among the few who were told they had to continue working throughout the Covid lockdown as their work was deemed essential. Management claimed that the timber mill needed to continue producing in order to supply the wood-pellet fired heating systems of government buildings, nursing homes and hospitals and provide pallets for the transport of food and medical supplies.
“The decision to continue full-scale production throughout the lockdown exposed the workers to elevated risk with many falling ill during Covid outbreaks.
“Unite shop stewards at Balcas sought a special Covid recognition payment for the workers’ efforts and sacrifice. During recent pay talks to conclude a three-year pay deal, management refused to discuss any additional payment stating it was a separate issue that could be discussed at a later date. Now bosses claim the recognition for working through Covid is reflected in the pay deal which they are telling workers is better than a one-off payment.
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