Siptu express their ‘deep dissatisfaction’ with the FAI

Trade union are frustrated with lack of discussion on ongoing industrial relations issues

FAI headquarters at Abbotstown. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

FAI headquarters at Abbotstown. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

 

Siptu members employed by the FAI have expressed “deep dissatisfaction” with the association’s refusal to engage or resolve ongoing industrial relations issues.

“Our members are now calling on the FAI to engage with Siptu in a timely and meaningful manner,” said union organiser Michelle Quinn. “The FAI is in receipt of significant public funding and it should recognise and utilise the states dispute resolution mechanisms including the Workplace Relations Commission.

“In the first instance, it should engage with union members at local level in order to discuss a number of industrial relations issues. These include terms and conditions the retention of roles and the refusal of management to meet and discuss with Siptu on behalf of its members working in the FAI.”

This follows the release last summer of the ‘Towards 2025’ document that included a strategic plan, which included compelling League of Ireland clubs to affiliate with every underage club in their catchment area and for the FAI to form a national residential academy, for elite boys and girls, in Abbotstown that would include the Leaving Certificate.

In response an FAI Spokesperson said: “On October 7th an email was sent from the FAI’s HR Department to SIPTU in response to their request for a meeting. This email offered November 3rd as a potential date for a meeting between the FAI and SIPTU. We are still awaiting a response from SIPTU. The offer to meet on November 3rd remains open and we look forward to a reply from SIPTU to this proposal.”

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