Unite’s archaeological branch – known as Unite Archaeology – was formed in early 2014, and now has around 120 members throughout the Republic of Ireland.
The branch’s first campaign – Digging for a Living Wage – was aimed at ensuring that no archaeologist working in the Republic is paid below the Living Wage, currently €11.50 per hour. The campaign was very successful, and has lifted workers in the commercial archaeology sector out of poverty pay.
In 2016 Unite attended the Labour Court in an attempt to have a Sectoral Employment Order established for commercial archaeologists. Click here to read all the submissions in this case. The application was rejected; the only reason for the rejection given by the Labour Court was that the conditions set out in the 2015 Industrial Relations Act had not been met. At the time of writing (January 2017), Unite is seeking further clarification of the grounds for rejection.
In 2017, Unite Archaeology is continuing the fight to defend and improve our members’ conditions, including the pursuit of pay claims with the companies who opposed the SEO process.
Have a look at our latest newsletter (Autumn 2016) for a flavour of our activities.
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