Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This year we want to share with you some of the folks doing similar work to us in Ireland. This is Fórsa, the second largest union on the island of Ireland and by far the largest trade union voice in the Irish civil and public service.

The union was formed on 2nd January 2018 following the amalgamation of the Civil and Public Services Union (CPSU), IMPACT and the Public Service Executive Union (PSEU). The union boasts a rich legacy through each of its founding unions, and represents over 85,000 members working in the public service, as well as the commercial sector, state agencies, some private companies and in the community and voluntary sector.

Fórsa is the Gaelic word meaning a ‘force’ or body of people, as well as meaning ‘leverage’.