Seanad passes FEMPI Bill 2015 giving effect to the terms of the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

On Thursday November 26 Seanad Eireann passed the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill 2015 without amendment giving effect to the terms of the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

The Bill passed Report Stage on 18th November with 106 TDs supporting the legislation and 16 TDs rejecting its passage.

See how your TD voted on FEMPI 2015 here.

The Seanad also backed a government request to the President to sign the FEMPI Bill earlier than the fifth day after the Bill is presented to him.

Seanad debate on FEMPI 2015

Lansdowne Road Agreement – Frequently Asked Questions

Dáil Debate, Wednesday, 18 November 2015, Webcast Recording

The Lansdowne Road Proposals – Ballot Update

We are now half way through our national ballot on the Lansdowne Road Proposals.Turnout so far has been brisk and engagement with members encouraging.

Over the last number of weeks the SIPTU Health Division has held information meetings with members around the country. At these meetings any questions from members and shop stewards were answered.

View SIPTU shop stewards discussing the Landsdowne Road Proposals here

At members request we have complied a frequently asked questions document.

Members should understand that it is very important to secure a YES vote in order to begin the journey towards pay restoration and to make our members more secure in their employment.

Speaking to Divisional Organiser Paul Bell said: “I am asking all members that have not yet cast their ballot to please contact their local organiser to find out when their next ballot is taking place and to use their vote.”

Alternatively, an office ballot will take place on the 4th floor, Health Division Office, Liberty Hall, Dublin 1 on the following dates:

Friday, 10th July 2015 – 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m

Friday, 17th July 2015 – 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m

To download a poster outlining the reasons why SIPTU members should vote yes to the Lansdowne Road Proposals click here

If you would like a postal vote please click here

Liberty Hall Office Ballot

For any SIPTU member unable to cast their ballot on the Lansdowne Road Proposals in their workplace SIPTU has organised an office ballot to take place in the Health Division office, Liberty Hall on the following dates:

  • Friday 10th July between 10am – 1pm
  • Friday 17th July between 2pm – 5pm

Download a poster for the workplace here

View shop stewards discuss the Lansdowne Road proposals here


Members Update: Lansdowne Road Proposals

The balloting of SIPTU Health members on the Lansdowne Road proposals is underway and information meetings are taking place around the country.

Speaking to Divisional Organiser Paul Bell said: “After consulting our members we took the decision to host information meetings around the country to help our Shop Stewards campaign for a YES vote on the Lansdowne Road proposals. We also did this to ensure every member uses their vote before the July 22nd,

It is very important that our members have the opportunity to fully inform themselves about the agreement before they cast their vote.”

So far, we have taken the conversation to Tipperary, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick and Donegal. Our Shop Stewards have been very constructive and engaged throughout our Better Health Care, Better Jobs campaign and they have taken that commitment, passion and enthusiasm to our meetings.

What is very clear is our members know the proposals another step in the journey to recover what was taken from them during the economic crisis.That is the message our members are carrying loud and clear into workplaces across the country and that the recruitment of non-union members of the health service into the union is very important for any future negotiations.

SIPTU Shop Steward, Jane Reynolds told she is hopeful the proposals will be well received by members she represents in her workplace.

“My view is this is a stepping stone towards better pay restoration. Our short term goal must be to get this modest increase back into the pockets of our members over the next two years.

Our SIPTU representatives can then go back to the negotiation table and hopefully get another increase in take home pay for members in the health service.”

SIPTU Health will be hosting meetings in Sligo, Tralee, Wexford next week.

Lansdowne Road Proposals

Vote YES For Pay Recovery and Job Security

The Lansdowne Road Proposals, which you are now being asked to consider, arose from the determined efforts of SIPTU members to secure the restoration of their pay and commitments on job security from employers.

We will be holding information meetings around the country so please get in touch with your local organiser or shop steward if you wish to attend or email to get more details.

Video: Click here to see Divisional Organiser Paul Bell discuss the outcome of the talks.

Download Lansdowne Road documents and leaflets 

  • Click here to download all of the information on Support Grades
  • Click here to download all of the information on Nurses and Midwives
  • Click here to download all of the information on Allied Health Professionals
  • Click here to download all of the information on Interns
  • Click here to download all of the information on Home Helps

Click here to download or view Lansdowne Road Proposals document.

Click here for a full list of pay restoration for health workers.

Click here to order a postal ballot paper.

Click here to get a breakdown of the pension levy adjustments.

FAQs and Irish language text

A comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions document is also available for members and will be updated with answers to the most frequent questions raised at information meetings from around the country. 

An Irish language text of the Lansdowne Road agreement is now also available here