Rights at work news


Parental leave rights improved

Rights to parental leave have been extended from 14 to 18 weeks. The changes give effect to an EU Council Directive, which implements an agreement between European trade unions and employer groups. Read more HERE.


Workplace safety standards warnings

Health and Safety Authority (HSA) chairman Michael Horgan has warned that the continuing loss of staff at the Authority will lead to a reduction in standards and an increase in workplace injuries and costs. He was commenting as the HSA’s annual report was launched.


Workplace drink and drugs guidelines launched

IMPACT is supporting Irish Congress of Trade Union (ICTU) proposals for consistent and ethical workplace drug and alcohol policies. ICTU says stressful, unsocial, monotonous or highly-pressurised work environments can contribute to drug or alcohol misuse by employees and insists employers must recognise this reality.


European court backs unions on sick leave and annual leave

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that workers who become unfit for work while taking annual leave are subsequently entitled to have their paid annual leave reimbursed. In a determination that followed a request for clarification from Spanish unions, the ECJ said national laws could not overrule this principle.


Workplace injuries and fatalities up

For the second year in a row, the Health and Safety Authority’s (HSA) 2011 annual report paints a worrying picture of increasing workplace fatalities and injuries. Fifty-four people lost their lives at work last year compared to 43 in 2009.


IMPACT seeks strengthened whistleblower bill

IMPACT has asked the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform to recommend stronger provisions in a ‘whistleblowers bill,’ which aims to protect staff who expose financial and other wrongdoing in the workplace.


IMPACT demands stronger union rights before 1913 lockout centenary

The president of IMPACT trade union this evening (Wednesday) called on the Government to legislate to bring Irish collective bargaining rights up to international standards before next years centenary of the 1913 Dublin lockout.