02/22/2019 Comments are off Patrick Cole
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SIPTU nursing and midwifery members seek full clarification of new nursing contract

SIPTU nursing and midwifery members, working across acute hospital settings, will vote on a recent Labour Court recommendation once full details of a new contract for nurses and midwives is negotiated. The decision follows a meeting today (Friday, 22nd February) of the SIPTU Nursing and Midwives Sector Committee in Liberty Hall, Dublin.

SIPTU Nursing Sector Organiser, Kevin Figgis, said: “Our committee met today to discuss in detail the recommendation of the Labour Court. The committee acknowledged that a central part of the negotiation is a new contract of employment for an enhanced nurse practitioner. The specific details of this contract are to be negotiated over the next number of weeks. Having fully considered the recommendation, it was the view of the committee that such an important adjustment to terms and conditions requires the establishment of the full facts so that members can be best positioned to vote in a ballot to accept any proposed changes.”

SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said:  “Our national committee confirmed that any ballot on the recommendation will not proceed until all aspects of the revised contract is concluded with the employers.  Ultimately, we believe that our members must have the final say when it comes to any change to terms and conditions.”

02/20/2019 Comments are off Patrick Cole
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Labour Court Adjourns

Labour Court has adjourned to consider the Union position on behalf of Mental Health Nurses. SIPTU submission delivered.

Court will communicate to SIPTU later today on its recommendation. Updates to follow.

02/18/2019 Comments are off Patrick Cole
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SIPTU Nursing representatives to attend Labour Court this Wednesday

Conciliation in relation to a dispute concerning mental health services concluded today (Monday 18th February) at the Workplace Relations Commission without agreement.

The dispute will be heard on Wednesday 20th February 2019.

A meeting of the SIPTU Nurse Midwife Local Representatives Committee will be held on Friday, 22nd February in Liberty Hall. A full update will be provided at the meeting and explanatory documents will be issued for the attention of members.

02/16/2019 Comments are off Patrick Cole
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Labour Court date set for mental health services dispute

On Friday, 15th February SIPTU Health Division representatives attended a hearing of the Labour Court in relation to a dispute concerning mental health services.

Following consultation with the Chairman of the Labour Court, the hearing was deferred to allow for conciliation at the Workplace Relations Commission on Monday 18th February.

The Court has stated that it will hear the dispute on Wednesday 20th February. As a result, it will be necessary to defer the planned meeting of the SIPTU Nurse Midwife Local Representatives Committee until Friday, 22nd February 2019 at 11:30hrs in Liberty Hall, Dublin 1.

A full update will be provided at the meeting and explanatory documents will be issued for the attention of members.

02/13/2019 Comments are off Patrick Cole
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SIPTU meet HSE on Labour Court Recommendation

SIPTU Health Division representatives met today (Wednesday 13th, February) with national Health Service Executive (HSE) representatives to seek clarification on a number of points outlined in the recent Labour Court recommendation (LCR 21901)

Communications between the parties will continue while a number of details of the recommendation, which aims to deal with the dispute around nursing and midwifery recruitment and retention, are clarified.

Members of the SIPTU Nursing and Midwifery National Sector Committee will meet next week (Wednesday 20th, February) to discuss LCR 21901

Updates available on the SIPTU Health App.

02/12/2019 Comments are off SIPTU
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SIPTU members to consult over Labour Court recommendation in nursing dispute

SIPTU members in health and other public services will engage in consultation on the implications of the Labour Court recommendation arising from the claims submitted by the nursing unions, according to the Union’s deputy general secretary, John King.

He said: “We have noted the statement by the Government that the proposals outlined in the Labour Court recommendation are consistent with the terms of the Public Service Stability Agreement. We will give careful consideration to the detail of the recommendation and will be consulting widely with our members in the health division and others across the public service in local government, education and state bodies.”

He added: “SIPTU representatives will also be meeting with the Public Service Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions in the coming days to discuss the recommendation.”

02/11/2019 Comments are off Patrick Cole
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Members’ update: Nurses and Midwives LCR

SIPTU Health Division representatives were invited to a Labour Court hearing this afternoon (Monday, 11th February) for talks aimed at resolving a dispute in nursing and midwifery services across the public health service.

This evening, SIPTU Health Division representatives also accepted an invitation from the Labour Court to attend a hearing regarding a dispute in Mental Health Services. Confirmation of a time and date will be issued to members’ in due course.

SIPTU Health Division members can get a copy of the Labour Court recommendation by filling in this form.

Non-members can join SIPTU here 

02/01/2019 Comments are off Patrick Cole
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SIPTU engage with management on the implementation of job evaluation scheme

SIPTU Health representatives have today (Friday, 1st February) engaged with the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on the implementation of phase one and two of a job evaluation scheme for thousands of support grade workers in the health service.

Further talks are expected in the near future to progress and clarify, issues of interest to SIPTU members, including the key issue of upgrading.

The engagement is part of the terms of the Public Service Stability Agreement. An agreement endorsed by a large majority of SIPTU members in August 2017.

01/24/2019 Comments are off Patrick Cole
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SIPTU Health Members Update

This update is presented to SIPTU Health Division members about the forthcoming industrial action planned to begin on the 30th January 2019.

The purpose of this update is to ensure members are advised about appropriate conduct and respect during the action.

SIPTU is not in dispute with another union.

This update is designed to ensure that no action is taken by a SIPTU member which may be deemed to undermine the industrial dispute. The guidance points below are consistent with the formal request made of our union by the General Secretary of the INMO.

It should be noted that specific queries relating to local arrangements should be addressed to your local SIPTU Health Organiser.

  • SIPTU members should not undertake any action which may be deemed to undermine the industrial action
  • SIPTU members should not accept any responsibility for any roles or duties not normally assigned to them during their regular work and which may be deemed to undermine the industrial action
  • SIPTU members should work their normal duty roster during the industrial action. Members should not accept any proposed change to their rota. This includes any proposed change of duty roster including day, time or location if the request for change originates because of or may be deemed to undermine the industrial action
  • SIPTU members should attend their normal place of duty. Members should not agree to be reassigned if the purpose of that request originates from or is deemed to undermine the industrial action
  • SIPTU members should contact their local SIPTU Health Official if any matters relating to the industrial action are identified. Please contact our head office on 01-8586468 if you need contact details for your local health organiser

SIPTU will support our members through the course of the industrial action. Our union respects the rights of other trade unions to utilise whatever course of action they deem appropriate to advance the pay and conditions of their members and we will not undermine same.

SIPTU has not balloted for industrial action as we support adherence to the public service agreement and the use of provisions provided for within it to advance all matters relating to pay for our members.

Our union will continue to use those procedures to advance all issues relating to pay for our members within the health service.

The HSE and Department of Public Expenditure & Reform has confirmed all SIPTU members will continue to benefit from the terms of the Public Service Stability Agreement including Recommendations of the Public Service Pay Commission.

We will continue to issue updates to our members and trust these are of assistance.

01/23/2019 Comments are off Patrick Cole
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WRC talks resume tomorrow 1:30pm

SIPTU Nursing representatives attended talks today (Wednesday 23rd January) under the auspices of the Workplace Relations Commission, concerning the recruitment and retention of nursing and midwifery professionals.

Talks have adjourned for the evening. SIPTU representatives will resume talks tomorrow (Thursday 24th January) at 1.30pm.

Updates will be available on the SIPTU Health Division App and website.