News Archive - 2011
16 - 12 -11 | Plastering Course
Would all members who wish to partake in a course for plastering please contact the head office. This course will be run in Dublin. This course can help you in obtaining your National Craft Certificate if you did not finish your time in FAS. Please email your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
20 - 08 -11 | Bro. Barry Murphy - New Cork representative
The National Executive Council wish to inform members in Cork that Bro. Barry Murphy is their new representative in Cork. Bro. Murphy has been a member of the Union for over 33 years. Bro. Murphy is the only representative for the Union in the Cork region. Bro. Murphy’s contact details can be found on our contact page.
20 - 08 -11 | Clare branch dissolved
The National Executive Council have dissolved the Clare branch of the Union. In its decision they have also removed Mr Paddy Kenneally as the representative in Clare for the Union. Members are advised not to take any instruction from anyone from the ex-Clare branch. Members in Clare can contact the Regional office in Limerick for assistance.
28 - 08 -11 | Construction company director convicted
Construction company director convicted on seven charges for non remittance of pension contributions.
In Ardee District Court on Monday 9 May 2011, Louis Tighe, director of H.T.E Limited (In Liquidation), pleaded guilty to seven offences of failing to remit pension contributions to the Construction Workers Pension Scheme (CWPS). Judge Clyne imposed a fine on Tighe of €3,500. He was also ordered to pay €5,000 in legal costs.
The Pensions Board supervises occupational pension schemes and monitors employers' compliance with the legislation relating to the collection and remittance of pension contributions.
Commenting on the conviction in this case, the Chief Executive of the Pensions Board, Mr. Brendan Kennedy, said, "The conviction today should act as a warning to all employers and company directors that The Pensions Board treats the failure of the employer to remit pension contributions to the trustees of the pension scheme as a very serious offence. The Board is currently preparing prosecutions of a number of other employers and directors. We advise any employer with outstanding pension contributions to contact the pension scheme to regularise their position.".
28 - 08 -11 | Judicial review judgement vindicates pensions Ombudsman
Judicial review judgement vindicates pensions Ombudsman decision in favour of Widow
High court Judge delivers harsh views on Cork Building Company -- "The manner in which the application (company) had conducted itself throughout this sorry saga has been characterised by fraud and deceit"
The High Court today (12 January, 2011) awarded costs to the Pensions Ombudsman following a judgement on Judicial Review proceedings initiated by Star Homes (Middleton) Ltd which upheld a decision by the Pensions Ombudsman directing the company to pay €70,000 to the widow of an employee who had died. Read More Here...
14-07-11 | Bro. Con Collins - Retirement
Bro. Con Collins retired from Dublin city council last month after many years service. Bro. Collins has been a member for over fifty years. The Dublin branch committee wish Con well in his retirement as he heads off to Australia to see his family and his grand Daughter. Best wishes Con and thank you for all your support for over fifty years.
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09-07-11 | National Conference 9th July.
On the 9th of July the union had it's National conference which was held in the Workman's club in Dublin. A new National Executive Council was elected by ballot. The new National Executive Council met after the conference and appointed a new Resident Executive Council in accordance with our rule book. Mr Dudley Potter spoke to delegates regarding the high court decision regarding Joint Labour Committee's (JLC) and how this will impact on workers in other industries.
The Conference passed several resolutions, one in regards to a new rule book for the union. The conference also resolved that the National Executive council set up a branch in Cork and members from Cork who attended the conference were delighted with the outcome. One Cork member remarked that it was a positive move and that the ordinary members in Cork could play a role in their union as they were never allowed to be involved in any aspect of their branch business because of the last regime. Overall the conference was a success and all attending felt it was another positive move in the union going forward.
14-03-11 | Bro. Brian Quinn - Regional Organiser
The National Executive Council have appointed Bro. Brian Quinn as a Regional Organiser. Brian has been a member for the last 21 years. He will be organising Members in the Limerick, Tipperary, Kerry and surrounding areas. If any member has issues, they can contact Brian at our Regional Office in Limerick. You will find these details on the contact page.
24-02-11 | Billy Curtin - Cork Branch
We wish to advise members that Billy Curtin is no longer the Branch Secretary of the Cork Branch since the 30th of November 2010. As Such Mr Curtin can no longer act for or on behalf of the Society. For any Plasterer in the Cork area in need of assistance you can contact the General Secretary at the Unions Head Office for assistance.
24-02-11 | Bro Michael Convey - Retirement
The Dublin Branch would like to wish Bro. Michael Convey the very best in his retirement from Dublin City Council. Michael has been a long standing member of the Union for many years. At a function arranged for Michael by his work colleagues the General Secretary Billy Wall made a presentation to Michael for his long standing with the Union. Best wishes Michael.
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24-02-11 | DIT Courses
The Union has recently been in talks with the Dublin Institute of Technology in regards to introducing courses allowing Plasterers to achieve their National Craft Certificate. Any member that would be interested in obtaining their certificate can make contact with the Head Office. Of Course, the bigger the interest from members the easier our case is. There are other courses available to Plasterers that will update and up skill in new methods within the industry. The General Secretary Billy Wall is still in talks with college and we will keep you updated as this develops.
24-02-11 | Rate changes for plasterers
The rates for Plasterers have been reduced by 7.5% by the Labour Court. This rate is for Plasterers in the Construction Industry and not Plasterers in Local Authorities These new rates are applicable to anyone taking up employment with a company after the 4th of February 2011. Any member already in employment will have to give their permission to their employer to reduce their rate of pay and entitlements. If you are in employment and your employer has reduced your rate of pay since the 4th of February 2011 contact the head office and we will advise you of your rights and what you can do.