Date Published: 01-Nov-2012
The Construction Industry Federation has called on workers and trade unions who protested in the city today to resolve any disputes through the official channels.
It follows a protest held by the Construction Workers Group and trade union representatives today at the entrance to the Arts Millennium building in NUIG on University Road.
The group of over 40 protestors claimed that trade union officials have been denied access to a publically funded project on campus at NUIG.
They allege this is contrary to industry custom and prevents the union from ensuring Registered Employment Agreements are complied with.
However local project contractor and MD Padraic Rhatigan has stressed that it’s the policy of the company to comply fully with REA conditions.
He adds that there is no dispute with employees on the Newcastle site and the company is fully conscious of its legal obligations.
The Construction Industry Federation says there is a legally binding dispute process as part of Registered Employment Agreements.
Conor O’Connell of the CFI told FYI Galway that any grievances should be dealt with through this official channel instead of on the streets.
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.