Current Issue, 5th March 2014
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Lead News Items
SIPTU’s decision this week to continue with strike plans, while simultaneously engaging with an expert panel set up with Government and Ibec/ICTU support, poses a significant challenge to the IR system – but could bring about an ‘end-game’ in the long-running airport pensions row.
In a stern warning on the standing of ESB’s defined benefit pension scheme, solicitors acting on behalf of the group of unions have said they trust that the company “will ensure the scheme is referred to as a defined benefit scheme and a balance of costs scheme in its Accounts”.
An accepted pay linkage between the Irish food product firm, Keelings Distribution, and its main customer, Tesco, has again been referenced in a Labour Court recommendation on an incentive scheme for new entrants.
Two civil service unions, the PSEU and the CPSU, are to go to arbitration under the dispute resolution terms of the Haddington Road Agreement, on plans by the Department of Social Protection to outsource up to 1,000 case officers jobs to the private sector.
Skills shortages return to the agenda, as employment recovers
Behind recent good news about higher employment numbers are the first signs of skills shortages emerging, not just in sectors like IT and hospitality, but even in construction.
LABOUR COURT REVIEW
Shift work - A Review of Labour Court Cases
This review of Labour Court recommendations examines 16 cases relating to shift work since August 2011, covering themes such as changes to shift work patterns, particularly as part of cost saving plans, as well as compensation for loss of shift earnings. (Read more>)
Aer Lingus makes share award to top managers, but withholds gainsharing
The two most senior managers in Aer Lingus were vested with share awards worth about €600,000 between them last week, even as the long-running airport pensions row was reaching a climax with SIPTU's strike threat. (Read more>)