Local Authority News 2014

Opposition to Cavan Monaghan Library Amalgamation Grows – IMPACT

This evening, 6th February 2014, the Cavan Branch of IMPACT are meeting with elected representatives, local TD’s and Senators to highlight the issues with the proposals to amalgamate the library and fire services of Cavan and Monaghan. continuereading1


Extra posts and confined competition in local government

The Local Government and Local Services Divisional Executive Committee (DEC) has been considering proposals from local government employers regarding the introduction of graduate recruitment in the sector. continuereading1


Talks on water staffing expected

Local talks over annual service plans for water provision will take place between unions and management from September. Each local authority must produce an annual service plan under its 12-year service level agreement with Irish Water, which guarantees that staff in local authorities will continue to provide water services.


Industrial action withdrawn at South Dublin County Council

IMPACT’s ongoing industrial action at South Dublin County Council has been withdrawn following the union’s acceptance of proposals tabled today (Wednesday 9th) by the Labour Relations Commission (LRC). The union has also suspended tomorrow’s planned strike action at the local authority.


South Dublin County Council dispute talks at LRC adjourned – proposals for consideration due tomorrow

Discussions taking place at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) today, in relation to a dispute between IMPACT trade union and management at South Dublin County Council, have adjourned for the evening.


LRC talks the ‘final opportunity’ to avert Thursday strike in South Dublin County Council

IMPACT has said that tomorrow’s hearing at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) will be the final opportunity to avert strike action at South Dublin County Council later this week.


LRC talks aim to avert 10th July strike in South Dublin County Council

IMPACT will attend a Labour Relations Commission (LRC) hearing this afternoon (Monday) in an attempt to reach an agreement that can avert another strike in South Dublin County Council. The union has said it will stage a second stoppage, on Thursday 10th July, if the LRC process fails to reach an acceptable outcome in the dispute, which was triggered when council management cut the pay of 13 of its staff and revealed plans to do the same to another 150 workers.


IMPACT accepts invitation to Labour Relations Commission in South Dublin council dispute

The Labour Relations Commission (LRC) has today (Wednesday) invited IMPACT and South Dublin County Council to talks on the current dispute over the council’s unilateral imposition of pay cuts on some council staff. IMPACT has accepted the invitation, and a meeting will take place at the LRC next Monday (30th June).


Strike closes South Dublin County Council

600 IMPACT members in South Dublin County Council took strike action today (Tuesday) in a dispute over the unilateral imposition of pay cuts. A second strike is set for Thursday (26th June).


Hundreds protest at South Dublin County Council

Around 400 people joined a demonstration over unilaterally-imposed pay cuts at South Dublin County Council this afternoon (Tuesday). The demonstration, which was organised by IMPACT trade union to coincide with the council’s twentieth anniversary, attracted support from the public and other council unions.


Staff to protest at first South Dublin council meeting

Staff will mount a protest outside at the first meeting of the newly-elected South Dublin County Council today (Friday). Yesterday the workers entered a second week of industrial action after management unilaterally cut the pay of 13 of its staff and revealed plans to do the same to another 150 workers.


Retirement grace period extended

IMPACT has welcomed a Government decision to extend the retirement grace period, set out in the Haddington Road agreement, until 30th June 2015.


Incremental credit for long-term acting ruled out

The Labour Court has said it will not award backdated incremental credit in cases where long-term acting positions are regularised.


Engineering staff breakthrough

Local authority staff who were previously denied access to engineering posts despite obtaining the relevant qualifications will at last be allowed to compete after a successful IMPACT campaign.  They had previously been denied access to the posts on the grounds that they got their relevant experience prior to qualification.


Staffless libraries plan opposed

Representatives of library staff are to consider their response to environment department plans to pilot ‘staffless’ libraries at a meeting in Dublin on Monday (24th March). The department is also considering piloting Sunday opening for libraries.


Seminar on local government’s future planned

Four representatives from each of IMPACT’s local government branches are to be invited to a seminar on the future of local government, which is being organised by the union in advance of the local elections.


Call to action on town councils

IMPACT’s local government division has called on the union’s local authority branches to engage in discussions about staff issues arising from the abolition of town councils. At a special meeting of branches last week, the union’s national secretary Peter Nolan said branches that had not already started talks should immediately seek discussions with council management.