Current Issue, 26th November 2014
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Lead News Items
Despite reports last weekend that the Government is giving Irish Water the go-ahead to “bring in a voluntary redundancy scheme to reduce its 4,500 workers”, the company can only apply a voluntary redundancy scheme to its own employees, of which there are currently 531.
SIPTU members in Bausch & Lomb have welcomed the announcement by its Canadian owners, Valeant, to invest €41 million in its Waterford facility over the next 18 months. The decision comes just months after successful negotiations on a major cost restructuring deal.
The Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation will be seeking a reversion to the 37-hour week that existed prior to the Haddington Road Agreement in ‘pay restoration’ talks that are set to be held between the public service unions and the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform (DPer) in 2015.
TEEU re-states 5% pay claim, as membership tracks economic recovery
The Technical Electrical & Engineering Union (TEEU) has re-stated its general intent to seek wage rises of up to 5%, a position that the union originally put forward at its last biennial conference in 2012. In the meantime the union's membership levels have recovered in line with the improvements in the economy, including the construction sector. (Read more>)
HEALTH & SAFETY
Employer conference links IR to health & safety
In the wake of fresh data showing the level of days lost to absenteeism has dropped since the crisis, Ibec hosted its annual occupational health and safety (OSH) conference - themed 'State of the Nation' - which looked at how the Courts treat illness and stress-related claims in the workplace. (Read more>)
Employers & unions have "no option but to be influenced by legal norms and procedures" - Kerr
The Labour Court's increasing responsibility in dealing with rights-based legal matters - not limited to industrial relations 'disputes of interest' - is a trend evident over several decades, one of a "changing landscape" that has brought about the emergence of "workplace relations", according to Anthony Kerr BL.