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IMPACT Audio Bulletin
Fórsa - it's time to vote
After #Ophelia
New entrant talks underway
SNAs back industrial action
Civil servants demand WRC access
Legal view sought on Ryanair
Save with the new IMPACT discount scheme
Also in this issue
CE supervisors campaign gathers pace
IMPACT rejects calls by childcare providers to reduce qualification standards
Unions oppose Irish Water plans
Ibec on board for gender pay gap reporting
Garda civilian staff boost welcomed
SNA branch training focuses on emotional and sensory needs of students
Employer input into education benefits 'larger corporations'
Fixed allowance increases sought
Labour history conference
#YourBestShot: Promoting the flu vaccine for health workers
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After #Ophelia
Advice and thanks to IMPACT members
by Lughan Deane
 
Following storm Ophelia, which saw a red weather warning in place for all counties, IMPACT is issuing this advice to members:

“IMPACT expects that all members will be paid for Monday 16th October 2017. We would oppose any attempt by employers to assign an annual leave day for the absence. In the event of any dispute, the union will fully support members – utilising third party dispute resolution mechanisms if necessary.”
 
 
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New entrant talks underway
IMPACT demanded early talks when members backed new pay deal
by Bernard Harbor
 
The outstanding issue is the existence of two additional scale points for staff employed since 2011
The outstanding issue is the existence of two additional scale points for staff employed since 2011
Union representatives met public service management last week to discuss new entrant pay issues. IMPACT had demanded early talks on the issue when it announced its members’ overwhelming support of the new Public Service Stability Agreement – subsequently accepted by a large majority of unions – last July.

The first meeting took place in the context of the recent ratification of the deal, which includes a process for dealing with outstanding issues affecting staff who entered the public service in 2011 and after.
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SNAs back industrial action
Ballot prompted by recurring delays to publish SNA allocations before end of academic year
by Niall Shanahan
 
IMPACT's 8,000 special needs assistants (SNAs) members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action over recurring delays, by the Department of Education and Skills, to publish SNA allocations before the end of the academic year.

In a nationwide ballot of four SNA branches, 97% backed industrial action, up to and including strike action if necessary.

IMPACT assistant general secretary Barry Cunningham said the ballot result demonstrated the depth of feeling among SNAs over the issue. "Our members reached the conclusion that the department simply isn't listening, and their frustration is expressed in the huge support for this ballot," he said.

News coverage:  Special Needs Assistants vote in favour of industrial action (RTE, includes report from RTE's SixOne news Saturday 14th October 2017)
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Civil servants demand WRC access
“This is about fair access to dispute resolution services for all workers in our economy" - IMPACT national secretary Andy Pike
by Bernard Harbor
 
IMPACT has amplified its longstanding demand that civil servants get the same right to appeal to the State’s industrial relations machinery as other workers. The demand came after the Cabinet accepted an interdepartmental report recommendation that Garda associations should have access to the Labour Court and Workplace Relations Commission.

The union says the move will leave Ireland’s 30,000 civil servants virtually alone in being denied access to mainstream industrial relations conciliation and arbitration expertise.
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Legal view sought on Ryanair
by Bernard Harbor
 
The move comes amid a crisis at the airline, which has left tens of thousands of customers in the lurch because it can’t retain enough pilots to meet its flight schedules.
The move comes amid a crisis at the airline, which has left tens of thousands of customers in the lurch because it can’t retain enough pilots to meet its flight schedules.
IMPACT’s Central Executive Committee has sought legal opinion on the convoluted employment arrangements in place for many Ryanair pilots. The union has accused company management of using arms-length ‘zero hours’ contracts to undermine employees’ rights and avoid independent trade union representation.

The move comes amid a crisis at the airline, which has left tens of thousands of customers in the lurch because it can’t retain enough pilots to meet its flight schedules.
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IMPACT BENEFITS
Save with the new IMPACT discount scheme
Scheme provides discounts on hundreds of brands
by Martina O'Leary
 
IMPACT has officially launched its new group scheme for members.

Offering discounts from hundreds of brands and retailers, the scheme is uniquely provided to members of IMPACT as a benefit of their union membership.
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