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Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys told the Dáil in July that she was obliged to put the local employment services contracts out for tender. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There is a growing crisis in local employment services and jobs clubs across the country, trade unions will tell an Oireachtas committee on Wednesday.(...)

Siptu and Fórsa members take part in a national day of protest at Government Buildings.Photograph: Tom Honan

The Government is facing “a winter of complete discontent across the entire community sector” unless it addresses the threat of privatisation in local(...)

Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Several hundred staff in local employment services and job clubs are to stage a work stoppage and a protest outside Leinster House in Dublin on Monda(...)

‘We are working with industry across Government to ensure trade is an attractive place for people to work,’ says Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Just 37 apprentices are working in the State’s local authorities, Siptu has said, warning that the Government’s Housing For All plan could fail becaus(...)

The union is calling for a halt to what it describes as moves to allow private companies to bid, as part of a tender process, for State contracts. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The trade union Siptu has claimed that the Government is seeking the privatisation of local employment services. The union on Friday staged a protest(...)

The union said that scores of delegates made clear they would not accept any move by the Government to force them to join Irish Water.

Local authority workers across the country, who are members of Siptu, have warned the Government they are “fully prepared to take swift and immediate (...)

The Government  paper sets   out a plan for Irish Water to separate from the Ervia Group in 2023.

The country’s largest trade union, Siptu, has told the Government that its members working in local authorities will not be forced to move to Irish Wa(...)

Intreo social welfare office. File photo. Photograph: Eric Luke

Workers in both the private and public sectors are being asked by their employers to go into their workplaces unnecessarily rather than operate from h(...)

Siptu welcomed the breakthrough but said the  issue of parity of treatment with colleagues in other State-funded organisations hadn’t gone away.  File photograph: Cate McCurry/PA Wire

Planned strikes by staff in State-funded organisations providing health and social services have been averted following a new deal on pay restoration (...)

Unions have pointed out that   Section 39 personnel have not seen pay restoration, unlike direct State employees.

A rolling series of strikes over pay restoration in State-funded voluntary organisations that provide health and social services will commence in mid-(...)

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