01/16/2019 Comments are off Patrick Cole

SIPTU meets HSE on nurses pay

SIPTU nursing representatives met with the HSE today on the measures required to advance the pay and conditions of employment of our nursing and midwifery members, having regard to the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA).

SIPTU representatives urged the health service employers to consider the recommendation of the Public Service Pay Commission that the parties to the PSSA should examine the adequacy of current pay arrangements and should do so as a matter of urgency.
SIPTU fully supports the right of all workers to fight for better pay and conditions in the most effective manner as determined by union members.

12/27/2018 Comments are off Patrick Cole

Video: New Ambition. New Direction

It has been an eventful year for our union which is ending on a very positive note.

The union is making a difference in improving the quality of the lives of our members through its effective industrial, organising and campaigning work.

Under the Public Service Stability Agreement  (PSSA), all SIPTU members working in the public health service, earning up to €30,000 will see an increase of 1% in their wages from January. 

The pension levy threshold will also rise to €32,000, increasing pay by €325 a year for the majority of SIPTU members. 

The deal, which was negotiated by SIPTU and other unions in 2017, will also deliver another 1.75% salary adjustment in September 2019. 

Further pay restoration and another adjustment in the pension levy threshold are also due next year.

The PSSA will also see an end to the pension levy on any non-pensionable elements of public service incomes from January 2019.

Three significant changes to the public service ‘additional superannuation contribution,’ which replaced the so-called pension levy under the Public Service Stability Agreement, will also come into force on 1st January.

  • First, the threshold for paying the levy will rise to €32,000, bringing a net improvement of €325 a year for most civil and public servants. Those who currently earn less than €30,000 a year, who do not benefit from this change, will instead get a 1% pay increase next month.
  • Secondly, there’s a further boost for those who joined the public service after January 2013 and who are in the single public service pension scheme, which was introduced at that time. They will now pay only two-thirds of the additional contribution rate – a figure that will fall to one-third next year. This reflects the fact that the benefits of the single scheme are different from those in the older scheme.
  • Thirdly, the contribution will no longer be payable on any non-pensionable elements of public service incomes from January 2019.

Earlier this year, SIPTU and other ICTU unions, also insisted on early measures to address the ‘new entrants’ pay issue even though, under the agreement, this was not bound to be dealt with until 2020 at the earliest.

The Public Service Committee of Congress also insisted that the Public Service Pay Commission started its work on recruitment and retention issues in the health service.  Our submission can be read here

Non-pay provisions in the PSSA include strong protections against outsourcing and a fix on professional registration fees.

For Section 39 workers, €1000 in pay restoration will be paid from April 2019. 

Payments will also be made in 2020 and 2021. 

These proposals ensure that, after a long and hard fought campaign, our members working in Section 39 organisations will get full pay restoration.

It goes without saying that as a union we have a lot more  to do to cover the lost ground suffered by many workers during the economic downturn.

However, we are on the right track and must continue to assert our rights as a movement to ensure fairness at work and justice in society.

Our collective success relies completely on the energy and commitment of the many thousands of SIPTU activists in workplaces across the country. 

As we prepare for a New Year and new challenges we, together, can face them with confidence in the growing strength of our union.

11/16/2018 Comments are off Patrick Cole

Application form

Email ask@siptuhealth.ie for a NEW APPLICATION FORM

SIPTU Health Division – when you sign up to SIPTU you can opt-in to receive SIPTU Rewards including:

€80 OFF Car Insurance*

– subject to a minimum premium of €334.65

€75 OFF Health Insurance**

€30 OFF Home Insurance***

– subject to a minimum premium of €279.92

Lowest price Life Insurance PLUS a 5% discount****

from the insurers we quote

Tax Return Service – no refund, no fee+

SIPTU Health Application Form

Terms & Conditions of SIPTU Rewards

To avail of these discounts, you must have signed up to SIPTU Rewards within 3 months of joining SIPTU on or after 04/10/18. The offers above are effective from 04/10/18, subject to change and are only available through certain Schemes. You must request a quote within 1 year of joining for car, home and health offers and these must be requested over the phone. Only one discount can be used with each eligible proposal. You can only avail of a Rewards / Advantages Programme once through Cornmarket. Discounts above must be requested at quotation stage and cannot be issued retrospectively.

*Only available to new Cornmarket Car Insurance Customers who are SIPTU Rewards members taking out car insurance through Cornmarket’s Nurses & Midwives’ Car Insurance Scheme underwritten by Aviva Insurance Limited. €80 off subject to a minimum premium of €334.65. Actual discount is made up of €50 off plus an extra 10% off your premium. €50 discount available for existing Cornmarket Car Insurance Customers who join SIPTU Rewards (available at the next renewal date). Underwriter criteria, terms & conditions apply. Aviva Insurance Limited, trading as Aviva, is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority in the U.K. and is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland for conduct of business rules.

**Savings based on waiving our administration fee.

***Only available to SIPTU members taking out an Aviva home insurance policy through Cornmarket. €30 off is based on the minimum premium of €279.92. Underwriter criteria, terms & conditions apply. Aviva Insurance Limited, trading as Aviva, is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority in the U.K. and is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland for conduct of business rules.

****Lowest price Life Insurance based on the insurers we quote for, subject to a minimum premium of €15 per month. Lowest Pricematch offer is €13.13 per month for Mortgage Protection Plans and €15.00 per month on Level Term plans. We offer an additional 5% discount (where the premium is more than €15 per month). Aviva Life & Pensions UK Limited, trading as Aviva Life & Pensions Ireland, is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority in the UK and is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland for conduct of business rules. Irish Life Assurance plc is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.

† Cornmarket’s Tax Return Service is not a regulated financial product. This service is provided by Cornmarket Retail Trading Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cornmarket Group Financial Services Ltd. Telephone calls may be recorded for quality control and training purposes. This service is available one year after joining SIPTU Rewards. If you would like them to claim a refund on your behalf, a fee of €45 plus 15% of your refund will apply – subject to a minimum refund of €51.75 (offer available to singly or jointly assessed PAYE income earners, who do not have any non-PAYE income and are not existing members of Cornmarket’s Tax Return Service.

11/01/2018 Comments are off Patrick Cole

SIPTU Ambulance Sector pursing pay, professional development and professional status.

SIPTU Ambulance Service Professionals are not engaged in any form of industrial action and continue to provide vital public services to our most vulnerable citizens and all citizens

SIPTU Health Division and SIPTU National Ambulance Service Sector are continuing to pursue matters concerning remuneration, professional development and professional status.

These issues are the subject of an agreed process.

Further information will be issued in due course.

10/29/2018 Comments are off Patrick Cole

We Shall Overcome: Liberty Hall remembers

On Saturday 10th November a group of trade unionists, human rights campaigners and musicians of the We Shall Overcome Committee will host a seminar and concert in Liberty Hall to mark the 50th anniversary of the Northern Ireland civil rights movement.

Book tickets here

The choice of location emphasises the role of trade unions and those campaigning for social justice in the history of that struggle and in similar challenges faced today.

The seminar, with speakers including solicitor and human rights campaigner Michael Farrell, Advocate for the Homeless Fr Peter McVerry, ICTU President Sheila Nunan, and community and political activist Bernadette McAliskey, will link the lessons of 50 years ago to current struggles in housing, workers’ rights, discrimination and racism.

The concert will give musical expression to the fight for social justice with singers and musicians including Tommy Sands and Niamh Parsons.

In 1945, while the members of CIO Food & Tobacco Workers Union Local 15 were on strike in Charleston, South Carolina, a woman called Lucille Simmons came down to the picket line to sing for them.

The song she chose was an old African-American spiritual called I’ll Overcome Some Day.

She changed the song title to We Will Overcome reflecting the solidarity of struggle.

When the strike was over the song was picked up by another woman, social activist and folk song collector, Zilphia Horton, who, in turn, passed it on to Pete Seeger. By the time he performed it at his famous 1963 Carnegie Hall concert, both the name and tempo had changed to become the iconic We Shall Overcome.

It became the soundtrack to the civil rights movement in the U.S. and echoed across the Atlantic to Britain’s backyard where people also demanded their civil rights in the late 1960s.

After decades of discrimination by the then-Unionist government against nationalists, particularly in housing, employment and local government, the struggle for civil rights burst on to the streets and towns of the North in the autumn of 1968.

Actions protesting discrimination in housing were followed by a civil rights march in Derry on 5th October that year. The march was batoned off the streets by the Royal Ulster Constabulary before the eyes of the world. It was a seminal moment in modern Irish and world history.

What followed was a dam burst of the pent-up grievances of a whole community.

Marches and pickets were organised by the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA), involving many from the trade union movement as well as republicans, and by the militant student body, People’s Democracy.

The Unionist government at Stormont eventually and reluctantly responded with proposals which were too little and too late.

When another march, organised by People’s Democracy, was ambushed at Burntollet Bridge 10 miles from Derry in early January 1969, the long full-time whistle began to blow for a regime which was described decades later by Unionist leader David Trimble as “a cold house for Catholics”.

He might have included, for good measure, the left, workers, trade unionists, liberals and anyone unwilling to bow to the sectarian state of Northern Ireland.

10/17/2018 Comments are off Patrick Cole

Section 39 WRC Proposals

SIPTU members in Section 39 members considering the proposals for full pay restoration it should focus on the progress they have made since the launch of their pay justice campaign.

While there is still some road left to travel it is very important that we consider the success of our campaign to date.

Thanks to the efforts of members, shop stewards and activists the Government and Section 39 employers are in no doubt of the determination to win pay justice.

The Government’s strategy for dealing with Section 39 workers from the start was very simple. They firstly imposed cuts in pay and attempted to break the pay relationship with public service pay scales.

They also fought hard to maintain this position by continually stressing that Section 39 Health and Social Care workers are not public servants.

They have now had to accept that such an approach will not be accepted.

Three steps to Section 39 Full Pay Restoration:

  • €1,000 from 30th April 2019
  • 50% of outstanding restoration paid on 1st October 2020
  • Final payment completing 100% restoration paid on 1st October 2021

08/26/2018 Comments are off Patrick Cole

App CPD Offer

SIPTU in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland is now offering our members the opportunity to undertake the following short interdisciplinary Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses.


  • Safeguarding the Vulnerable Adult at Risk of Abuse – Click here
  • Leadership-in-Action – Click here
  • Regulatory Standards in Healthcare – Click here
  • Maintaining Professional Competence (Online)
  • Strategic Management in Action – Click here
  • Understand the Factors Influencing Safety and Quality in Healthcare – Click here
  • CPD Planning/Maintaining a Portfolio – Click here
  • Leadership Development and Succession Planning – Click here

* All courses are accredited by the RSCI and the NMBI

SIPTU Health Division members can receive of a special introductory offer of €50 per course by emailing ask@siptuhealth.ie

To book a course fill in the box below.

The first 100 applicants will enter a draw to win a new iPad mini.


08/10/2018 Comments are off Patrick Cole

SIPTU call on Minister Harris to intervene in Section 39 pay dispute

SIPTU representatives have today (Friday, 10th August) called for a face-to-face meeting with  Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to discuss breaking the deadlock concerning pay restoration for thousands of Section 39 Organisation workers providing vital health services.

The call was made by workers as they conducted a lunchtime demonstration outside the Department of Health on Miesian Plaza, Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, ahead of a scheduled one-day national strike on Tuesday, 18th September.

SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “The countdown is on for a major strike by Section 39 Organisation workers across the country. We have 39 days left for the Minister to intervene, to break the deadlock and insist his Government honours the commitments made on the floor of the Dáil that Section 39 workers would receive pay justice in 2018.

“An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, himself even acknowledges that Section 39 Organisation workers are entitled to pay restoration by way of an established pay link with public sector health service workers. However, the Government is continuing to sit on its hands, hoping this dispute will go away. It will not.

“The fact is our members have in excess of ten Labour Court recommendations in their favour confirming that pay restoration should apply to them in line with their counterparts in the public service. Our members are determined to see these recommendations honoured in full across the sector.”

He added: “To date Section 39 employers have been happy to put their heads in the sand while our union does all the heavy lifting on securing funding from Government so workers can achieve pay restoration. Our members believe that they are working much harder than their employers, the Health Service Executive and Department of Health to avoid a strike. It’s time for the decision makers to shoulder some responsibility or face the consequences of a strike in September.”

07/22/2018 Comments are off Patrick Cole

Leadership Development and Succession Planning

Thursday 6th December 2018

Leadership Development and Succession Planning

Ms Linda Coughlan

Programme Summary:

This programme provides participants with the knowledge to understand the current challenges facing the Irish healthcare system. The content will focus on how factors such as workforce planning, leadership style, leadership competencies, leadership development and succession planning can contribute to the resolution of key challenges, while exploring these factors in the context of the quality imperative and patient safety.


Programme Aims:

  1. To provide participants with up-to-date, evidenced based knowledge to critically develop nurses’ theoretical and practical understanding of the leadership skills required for the future of the health care system.
  2. To support participants in enhancing their confidence, skills and competences, with regard to the critical understanding and application of their leadership skills.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the programme, participants should be able to:

  1. Develop a critical understanding of current leadership challenges in Healthcare
  2. Critically discuss possible solutions to these challenges
  3. Critically evaluate leadership styles and their application in healthcare
  4. Develop a critical understanding of the role of leadership in quality healthcare systems
  5. Critically evaluate the development of leaders for the future

Apply here

06/27/2018 Comments are off Patrick Cole

SIPTU suspends planned industrial action at St Luke’s General Hospital

SIPTU representatives have today (Wednesday, 27th June) confirmed that members working as psychiatric nurses at St Luke’s General Hospital in county Kilkenny have suspended planned industrial action.

SIPTU Sector Organiser, Marie Butler, said: “Our members’ decision to suspend their industrial action follows a firm commitment by management to put in place a sustainable plan to end the ongoing overcrowding crisis in the Department of Psychiatry. This plan includes our members’ proposal to establish a working group to review and to enhance the bed management role in the Department of Psychiatry.

“This a significant win for our members who strongly believe that the role of bed management is key to resolving the overcrowding crisis.”

She added: “Our members, and those they care for, will benefit greatly from this result as professional care should always be given in a safe and calm environment.”