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Union leader highlights pay increase successes

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Mandate Trade Union members have won more than €20 million in pay increases over the past 24 months, according to the unions’ General Secretary John Douglas.

Mr Douglas was speaking to 300 delegates at the Mandate Biennial Delegate Conference themed Making Work Pay in Killarney where he called for more workers to join unions so they could win pay rises and help the local economy.

“Mandate members in the retail sector have been very successful in achieving higher rates of pay and better security of hours since our last conference two years ago,” he said.

Mandate, which represents 45,000 retail and bar workers in Ireland, have won pay increases from Boots and Tesco (4%), Argos, Dunnes Stores and Penneys (3%), Marks & Spencer (2.5%), Brown Thomas, Superquinn (now Supervalu) and Debenhams (2%).

“Our members spend almost all of their income in local shops, restaurants, bars and other local businesses. By winning these pay increases, Mandate members have put an extra €20m spending power into the local economy, which in turn will protect existing jobs and hopefully create more decent jobs in every community across Ireland,” said Mr Douglas.

Mr Douglas, who is also the President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, encouraged all workers in all industries to join their union and fight for pay increases.

“Irish workers are underpaid by comparison with our European neighbours. We’re also more productive and Irish company profits are rising at a faster rate than the EU average.

“In this context, it is important that Irish workers in profitable businesses seek pay increases so we can grow the domestic economy. The only logical way they can do this is by joining a union and organising their workplaces,” he added.

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Job prospects bright for Galway

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FRS Recruitment General Manager Lynne McCormack.

The number of job opportunities in Galway will grow by fifteen per cent over the coming year – following on from the nine per cent increase experienced here in 2022.

That’s according to FRS Recruitment, which also revealed that 18 of the 26 counties in the Republic experienced an increase in openings in 2022.

And while Galway enjoyed significant level of growth, the counties to experience the highest increases included Dublin (up 36%), Clare (up 31%), Wicklow (up 34%), Sligo (up 15%), Cork (up 15%) and Roscommon, which recorded the highest year on year increase with the number of roles more than doubling (up 101%).

The largest decreases came in Kerry (down 10%), Leitrim, (down 9%) and Louth (down 7%).

Nationally the number of job postings handled by FRS Recruitment rose by 32% in 2022, reaching a total of 107,802 – up from 81,528 in 2021.

Year on year the monthly increase was across eleven of the twelve months and illustrated the return of the market to post pandemic normality, with the level of jobs aligning with 2019, the last pre Covid year of activity.

Despite the surge in opportunities available, the number of people applying for jobs was down last year.

FRS Recruitment recorded a total of 123,305 job responses in 2022 as it became a “candidates’ market” in some sectors. This meant the average response rate per role was at 1.14, down from 1.66 in 2021.

On a sub sector level the largest increase in roles experienced in 2022 was in Banking & Financial Services, which were up 106%. This was followed by opportunities in IT – Software Development (up 67%) and IT – Support Services (up 46%).

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Hospitality group raises €90k

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Lorraine Gallagher (left) and Charlene Hurley of Galway Hospice presented with a cheque for €27,537 by Brian Lynch and Eveanna Ryan of Connacht Hospitality.

The Connacht Hospitality Group this week announced that they raised more than €90,000 for a range of good Irish causes throughout 2022.

The group, which owns well-known Galway establishments including The Connacht Hotel, An Púcán, HYDE Hotel, Residence Hotel and 1520 Bar, as well as the Galway Bay Golf Resort, held a range of events at various stages of 2022 to fundraise for Claddagh Watch Patrol, the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI), Galway Hospice and Make-A-Wish Ireland.

The announcement of over €90,000 worth of funds raised by the Connacht Hospitality Group for national and local charities comes off the back of the past 12 months which saw the group aim to make Corporate Social Responsibility a core part of their identity. This focus allowed them to become more aware of the causes that need assistance while also raising the profile of many of the charities.

The group arranged a diverse array of events to raise funds, and had lots of imaginative ways of grabbing the public’s attention. One event saw people attend HYDE Bar to savour a menu made by a mystery celebrity. In the end, it was revealed that TV personality Gráinne Seoige was the Executive Chef on a night that generated over €8,000 for the NBCRI.

Another event saw staff take part in a ‘Sunrise Swim’ in Salthill – and the public donated in their droves. All money raised went towards Claddagh Watch Patrol, an organisation that works to make Galway’s waterways safer by preventing accidental death and suicide.

One of the most successful fundraisers was the Galway Bay Golf Resort’s Golf Classic, which raised over €22,000 for Galway Hospice.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Finance Minister among key speakers at three-day conference on the regions

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David Minton, Director of the Northern & Western Regional Assembly.

Balanced and sustainable regional development will be top of the agenda when new Finance Minister Michael McGrath addresses a special three-day Regions in Focus 2023 event beginning next Tuesday week, February 7.

The Association of Irish Regions (AIR) event will see a host of leading academics and industry experts gather for workshops, seminars and specialised training from February 7 to 9 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Coolshannagh, Co. Monaghan.

And the future development of counties, including Galway city and county, will be discussed and debated at the event attended by leading figures from industry, academia, and policymaking.

Attendees will also include representatives from Ireland’s three regional assemblies, who will offer their perspectives on the big challenges facing Ireland’s regions, including climate change, regional inequality, and the transition to renewable energy.

David Minton, Director of the Northern and Western Regional Assembly, which covers Galway and the North West, admitted that recent years had been difficult for the region.

“We’ve seen longstanding economic fault lines such as the shortage of housing and reliance on non-renewable energy exacerbated by the war in Ukraine and the continuing fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit, placing further pressure on households and businesses,” he said.

“Events such as Regions in Focus 2023 give us the opportunity to meet with lawmakers and leading experts in industry and academia, to exchange ideas about how to improve the prospects of our respective regions for the benefit of the whole economy.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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