A range of opinion and comment by Fórsa staff, officers and external contributors.
Workplace menstrual health policies benefit employers too
Simple measures can help to create a more comfortable place of work for staff dealing with period pain, menopause and conditions such as endometriosis.
Covid – one health worker’s story
As part of the RESPECT = RECOGNITION campaign, we invited a few Fórsa members to tell us about their experience of working during the Covid pandemic. JACKIE BROWN works in emergency department admin at one of Dublin's main acute hospitals, and provided this thoughtful account.
Overworked and Underpaid: A Collective Injustice
Seán McElhinney writes about how service managers in St Michael’s House are overworked and underpaid compared to those in other Section 38 organisations.
Pride – a movement for the workers,...
Queer liberation and the labour movement have walked hand in hand for decades. But have they strayed apart in recent times? In this month of
How collective bargaining can benefit staff, employers...
Ireland is an outlier among longstanding EU nations when it comes to collective bargaining coverage, and new research published by Fórsa suggests we’re close to non-compliance with international law on the right to be represented by a trade union.
May Day 2021: An appetite for change
From the battle for the eight-hour workday to achieving decent terms and conditions for all; we’re not quite there yet, but the Covid-19 pandemic has
IWD2021: I don’t want to be a...
This blog was written by Hazel Gavigan, Fórsa Communications Unit, for Fórsa’s International Women’s Day series.
IWD2021: The disproportionate effect of Covid-19 on...
This blog was written by Róisín McKane, Fórsa Communications Unit, for Fórsa’s International Women’s Day series.
IWD 2021: Collective bargaining and the gender...
This blog was written by Mehak Dugal, Fórsa Communications Unit, for Fórsa’s International Women’s Day series.
IWD2021: How unions can shrink the gender...
This guest blog was written by Ethel Buckley, Deputy General Secretary for Organising and Membership Development for SIPTU for Fórsa's International Women's Day series.
IWD 2021: Domestic violence workplace policies
This blog post was written by Melissa Brennan, Chair of the Fórsa Women’s Activists Network, for International Women’s Day
IWD 2021: Women’s representation in the union
This blog post was written by Melissa Brennan, Chair of the Fórsa Women’s Activists Network, for International Women's Day
The end in sight: Covid vaccines and...
Covid vaccines and workplace safety: Niall Shanahan looks at the responsibilities of employers and workers as vaccination roll out marks the beginning of the end
A four-day week is an essential step...
The pandemic has taught us that it's better to work smarter, not longer, and it's time to seriously consider a shorter working week. First published
Guest blog: SLTs and the Covid response
Speech and language therapists give their experience of the pandemic response, adapting to this ‘new normal’ as their service constantly evolves.
A new social and economic model
Fórsa summer series blog: The first of Fórsa’s summer series examined what a new social and economic model could look like in a post-Covid world.
HSCPs: Fitness to practise and union support
Hazel Gavigan writes about Fórsa's unique fitness to practise support, guidance and professional legal advice service for Health and Social Care Professionals.
Hidden Hero blog: Dublin City Libraries
Dublin City Libraries, in partnership with the Dublin Volunteer Centre are operating a free book delivery service for Covid-19 cocooners.
Ireland must catch the European winds of...
Fórsa general secretary Kevin Callinan says incoming Irish Government must avoid political choices that could hurt ordinary workers and their families.
Ireland, the pandemic and the EU recovery...
Kevin Callinan looks at the associated costs with the current pandemic and how they have led to anxiety, with some commentators sounding alarm bells.
Hidden Hero blog: Cork Institute of Technology...
School’s out but the staff at CIT Library are still on hand to provide student support during Covid-19.
Guest blog: ‘COVID-RUARY’
SLT manager Aideen O'Riordain gives us a glimpse of the intensity of clinical work in the midst of a global pandemic.
Life during Covid: Two Foals
Kathleen O'Doherty provides the first in a series of personal perspectives and uplifting stories to cheer us up in these difficult times.
Covid-19: Our ‘1945 moment’?
Kevin Callinan and Joe Cunningham of SIPTU make the case for a necessary shift in European public policy for post-Covid-19 recovery.
Coy parties leave public service pay in...
Fórsa's head of communications gives his analysis on where the parties stand on pay and other issues ahead of Saturday's #GE2020 vote.
Blog: Occupied, a warm welcome in hostile...
Fórsa’s Head of Education ANDY PIKE on his recent trip looking at education in Palestine. Published 15th November 2019
Blog: Fórsa magazine: Issue No.7 (Summer-Autumn 2019)
Niall Shanahan gives an overview of the latest edition. Posted Monday 1st July 2019.
Distinguished service awards 2019
This year's awards to longtime activists who have made an outstanding contribution to the work of the union.
An end to workplace violence
Prohibiting violence and harassment in the world of work by David Joyce, ICTU
Sligo podcast takes to the air
Stronger Together is the official podcast of Fórsa’s Sligo Health and Local Government branch Thursday 30th May 2019
In search of lost time
Restoring pre-crisis working hours by Senior General Secretary Designate Kevin Callinan. Monday 6th May 2019
Digging deep for Castlecomer doc
Retired member Martin Bridgeman's radio documentary series - Tuesday 23rd April 2019