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Info regarding Hours and Pay Rates

We have updated our pages regarding Hourly Rates of Work & Overtime and Hourly Rates of Pay for 2020.


Posted: 21/02/2020

Death of OPATSI president Sean Irwin

It is with great sadness that we inform members of the passing of our President Bro Sean Irwin today.


Posted: 05.10.2019

Sectorial Employment Order for the Construction Sector.

Minister Pat Breen has now signed the sectorial employment order taking effect today. Plasterers are now entitled to legal minimums once working in the construction sector. A minimum rate of pay of €18.93 per hour for Plasterers applies with two rates for General Operatives €17.04 for a category 1 Worker and €18.36 for a category 2 Worker. The minimum rates applicable are as follows:

Category 1 Worker - €17.04 per hour.
Category 2 Worker - €18.36 per hour.

Craft worker - €18.93 per hour

Year 1 - 33% of the Craft Rate - €6.22 per hour
Year 2 - 50% of the Craft Rate - €9.46 per hour
Year 3 - 75% of the Craft Rate - €14.19 per hour
Year 4 - 90% of the Craft Rate - €17.04 per hour

New entrant worker - €13.77 per hour

No Travel time applies under the new law

The order also gives rise to a legal entitlement of a pension, a sick pay scheme and a death in service benefit for Plasterers and other workers listed in the grade group or category of worker to which the order applies.

For further information contact the union.

Posted: 19/10/2017

Another Ireland is possible Conference. 4.11.2017

Ireland is experiencing the worst housing and homelessness crisis in its history. Healthcare waiting lists are at an all time high. We have among the highest prevalence of low pay and insecure work in the world. Our school class sizes are among the highest in the EU. And our political system is rife with corruption and scandals. But it doesn't have to be this way.

The Right2Change Trade Unions (OPATSI, Communications Workers' Union, Mandate Trade Union and Unite the Union) are calling a conference of trade unionists, political activists and community activists to establish whether a coordinated fight-back through cooperation can be established.

We believe another Ireland is possible and we are encouraging everyone else who shares a vision for a fairer, more equal Ireland to join us on Saturday, 4th November 2017 to discuss a pathway towards achieving a truly egalitarian Republic.

We would encourage all members to attend and you can get your tickets here


Posted: 15/09/2017

Opatsi Conference 2017 - Moving Forward Together.

The Opatsi Operative Plasterers & Allied Trades Society of Ireland Biennial Conference (2017) was held at the City of Dublin Workingman's Club at Little Strand Street, Dublin 7 on June 17th 2017.

We're happy to report that it was a very successful gathering with a high turnout and you can read more about it and view details (including a picture gallery) and download a copy of the brochure on the Opatsi Conference 2017 page.


Posted: 26/06/2017