Report recommends continuing training opportunities for SNAs

A new report – ‘The Role of the Special Needs Assistant’ – was launched last week (Thursday 21st January) by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection. The report has recommended that SNAs should be provided with opportunities to avail of continuous professional development training relevant to their work and similar to that […]

Report recommends continuing training opportunities for SNAs

Proposals agreed to resolve marriage registrars’ dispute

Management proposals to resolve a dispute, concerning new responsibilities for marriage registrars, were considered and agreed last week by the IMPACT Health and Welfare Divisional Executive (DEC). The dispute centres around new responsibilities contained in the Civil Registration (Amendement) Act 2014, specifically in relation to so-called ‘sham’ marriages, requiring HSE registrars to identify applications for […]

Proposals agreed to resolve marriage registrars’ dispute

Responding to the refugee crisis

IMPACT deputy general secretary Kevin Callinan has said that the current refugee crisis demands a pan-European humanitarian response. “This refugee crisis is something that hasn’t happened overnight, it is something that has been building, it needs a pan-European response with members of every European State playing their full part in this,” he said. In a letter […]

Responding to the refugee crisis

IMPACT wins agreement on SNA post arrangements

IMPACT has finalised an agreement with the Department of Education and Skills on a revised circular to deal with our dispute over the fragmentation of special needs assistants (SNA) posts. The agreement follows a ballot for industrial action by SNAs in March this year. Subsequently, the Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’ Sullivan TD, […]

IMPACT wins agreement on SNA post arrangements

Low paid childcare workers should not have to up-skill at own expense – IMPACT

Delegates voted to support early childhood care workers who are low paid but expected to up-skill and re-train at their own expense at the IMPACT health and welfare conference in Ennis today 7th May 2015. Clodagh Kavanagh, from the Cork branch said it was unfair that “creche workers are being asked to up-skill and retrain, […]

Low paid childcare workers should not have to up-skill at own expense – IMPACT

Low Pay Commission needs to consider ‘no pay’ as well as ‘low pay’ – IMPACT

IMPACT, Ireland’s largest public service trade union, has launched a report today (Monday 13th April) called JobBridge: Time to start again? which asks for the JobBridge scheme to be scrapped and for the Low Pay Commission to examine the prevalence of open market unpaid internships. Kevin Callinan, Deputy General Secretary with IMPACT trade union, commissioned […]

Low Pay Commission needs to consider ‘no pay’ as well as ‘low pay’ – IMPACT

JobBridge programme needs to be dissolved – IMPACT

JobBridge programme needs to be dissolved – IMPACT Union report says targeted programmes are needed IMPACT, Ireland’s largest public sector trade union, launches the report JobBridge: Time to start again?  tomorrow (Monday 13th April) and has said that the ‘one size fits all’ JobBridge programme needs to be dissolved. The report calls for targeted programmes aimed at distinct […]

JobBridge programme needs to be dissolved – IMPACT

IMPACT education division passes emergency motion to support Dunnes workers

IMPACT delegates at their divisional conference in Galway have passed an emergency motion to support Dunnes Stores workers who have suffered negative consequences after taking strike action last week. The union’s education division represents school caretakers and secretaries, schools completion workers, special needs assistants, as well as clerical, library, management and student support staff in […]

IMPACT education division passes emergency motion to support Dunnes workers

IMPACT supports striking Dunnes Stores workers

IMPACT’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) has pledged its full support to the strike next Thursday (2nd April) by workers in Dunnes Stores. At a meeting of the CEC yesterday (Thursday), members of the executive voiced their support, and called on IMPACT members to support the campaign for decent work by Dunnes Stores workers. IMPACT president […]

IMPACT supports striking Dunnes Stores workers

Pension levy “a sensible place to start” on pay recovery

IMPACT general secretary Shay Cody has said that, in terms of achieving pay improvement in the public sector, he hoped that there would be a consensus between the employer and unions that the pension levy would be “a sensible place to start.” Shay was taking part in a discussion about pay restoration on the Today […]

Pension levy “a sensible place to start” on pay recovery