• Over 100 staff at Roscommon County Council are staging a one-day strike today in a row over flexi-leave.

    In a statement to Midwest News, their union Forsa, says council management’s refusal to implement a flexi-leave scheme in the local authority has provoked this series of one day strikes, which are commencing today and are due to continue every Tuesday and Thursday. These strikes will impact on all council services.

    Forsa says council management has refused to halt its effective ban on flexi-leave in spite of two binding Labour Court recommendations, two Labour Court clarifications of its position and one Labour Court clarification of its clarifications.

    The union decided to take industrial action it said in the statement, after management refused to concede any progress in Workplace Relations Commission brokered talks, which have been going on for weeks.

    The Roscommon County Council CEO Eugene Cummins told RTE that Labour relations forums have backed his view that flexi-leave must be approved by a line manager based on the council’s business and operational plans.

    The council says the union is seeking an additional 13 days flexi-leave per annum, resulting in some staff having in excess of 50 days leave per year.

    The widely available flexible working scheme allows staff to accumulate an extra day per month – up to 13 days per year – by working additional hours during a normal week.

    Mr Cummins said this morning that if there is a defined business staff can work additional hours and those hours can be transferred into flexi-leave, but to date the problem has been that staff have been generating this leave without permission or purpose, rather than to suit the business needs.

    He said he wants to manage that process more effectively to ensure business continuity is maintained and it can be better audited.

    Padraig Mulligan is a Forsa official and told Midwest News today that this action will continue unless a compromise is reached.

  • Pickets are to be placed at Lloyds Pharmacy outlets in various parts of the country today by Mandate members.

    The union represents 2 hundred and 70 of the company's 9 hundred and 30 staff.

    About 20 stores across Dublin will be affected, as well as outlets in Mullingar, Wicklow Town, Wexford and Sligo, however, a spokesperson for the pharmacy says all its stores remain open.

  • Workers in Section 39 organisations – including Western Care, Ability West and Rehab – have deferred the strike action which was scheduled for this Wednesday, following an agreement facilitated by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), to begin a process that it is hoped will lead to the restoration of pay for thousands of health and social care workers.

    SIPTU has welcomed the news and said that, after months of intense campaigning, they have  secured a viable process for a structured and transparent pay restoration mechanism for thousands of Section 39 workers.

    The Health Minister Simon Harris has also welcomed the deferral of industrial action, and says he’s pleased that services will not be disrupted.

    The HSE will carry out an analysis, with an interim report expected by the end of March.

  • Staff at Roscommon County Council are holding a fourth day of strike action today, in a dispute over flexi time working.

    It comes after the council was criticised for its approach to the issue, by the NOAC - the oversight body for local authorities.

    The strikes are organised by the Fórsa trade union, and are being supported by SIPTU.

    The NOAC has recommended that unions suspend industrial action if Roscommon County Council allows 'family friendly' working practices.

    Peter Nolan from the workers' union Fórsa believes the council must now respond.

  • Strike action by Irish Ryanair pilots is underway for a fifth day - coinciding with industrial action across Europe.

    They're picketing the airline's HQ in Dublin - while pilots in Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium will also walk off the job for 24 hours.

    The company has been forced to cancel almost 400 flights - affecting 25 thousand passengers

    Bernard Harbor from the FORSA trade union says his members are determined to secure their demands.

  • The industrial action at Roscommon county council has been called off.

    RTÉ  is reporting that the terms of a resolution have been agreed to end industrial action over flexi-leave at the  local authority.

    Over 160 staff members had been staging two days of strike action per week over the last two weeks since the dispute began over the refusal of management at the council to approve time off for employees who said they wanted to build it up for family and other engagements.

    Yesterday, another 50 SIPTU members voted to join the strike but talks that took place at the Workplace Relations Commission in Dublin have led to a deal that will end the dispute.

  • There are no signs of a let up in the industrial dispute at Ryanair.

    Dublin based pilots will stage a fourth day of action tomorrow.

    Belgium and Sweden have announced they will strike tomorrow week.

    While unions for German and Dutch based pilots have suggested they'll co-ordinate their action to take place on the same day.

    Tomorrow’s action will have no impact on any flights into or out of Ireland West Airport Knock.