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Thursday January 01 1970

Community Workers Protest

category dublin | worker & community struggles and protests | event notice author Friday August 07, 2009 19:39author by Gary Barrett Report this post to the editors

As part of the SIPTU Community Campaign, a protest against the cutbacks in the community sector is being held at 1pm on Parnell Square, Wednesday September 30th.


photos from the June 3rd protest - https://www.indymedia.ie/article/92630
Community sector newsletter - http://www.siptu.ie/community/FileDownload,10968,en.pdf

author by Fred Johnstonpublication date Sun Aug 09, 2009 15:09author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The government has, as usual, targeted the less-well off and the financially vulnerable, just as any dictatorial State would. Meanwhile, there is no sign of any haste to bring the rogue bankers to justice and some developers who owe the banks money are now being propped up by them! The Thomas Cook workers led by example.

author by Sharon. - Individual.publication date Sun Aug 09, 2009 21:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi !

The report of the 'Special Group on Public Service Number and Expenditure Programme' ('An Bord Snip Nua') has recommended , amongst other such travesties , that the 'RAPID' project (http://www.westcd.ie/index.php/services) be axed , along with the 'Job Initiative' programme (http://www.fas.ie/en/communities/job+initiative/default.htm) and the 'CLÁR' programme (http://www.pobail.ie/en/RAPIDandCLAR/CLAR/) .
Also , welfare entitlements for those on 'Community Employment' programmes (http://www.citizensinformation.ie/categories/employment...cheme) will be brought to an end and a range of other vicious attacks against the most vulnerable members of this society are rapidly coming down the pipeline from the millionaire politicians in Leinster House.

I was proud to march with JI / CE etc workers in Dublin on Wednesday June 3rd last and will be doing so again on Wednesday September 30th next - our community centres , local creches and schools etc will not be able to function properly or as safely if their JI / CE workers are let go.
By supporting JI / CE workers we are supporting our communities : let's show those in Leinster House that we won't give up or give in - join the protest march on Wednesday 30th September 2009 , one pm , Parnell Square , Dublin !

Thanks!
Sharon.

Community Sector workers under attack - protest against this injustice on Wednesday 30th September 2009.
Community Sector workers under attack - protest against this injustice on Wednesday 30th September 2009.

Related Link: http://1169andcounting.blogspot.com
author by Larrypublication date Wed Aug 12, 2009 15:22author address author phone Report this post to the editors

not got much faith in the trade unions but i'll be going to this
we should hold a sit down protest in the middle of O'Connell street and really put it up to the govt that we cant survive on the pittance they leave us after hammering us with taxes

author by himselfpublication date Thu Sep 17, 2009 11:25author address author phone Report this post to the editors

///////////////////////////////// WHERE WILL YOU BE ON SEPTEMBER 30TH? /////////////////////////////////////

A VIDEO TO PROMOTE THE COMMUNITY SECTOR MARCH ON SEPTEMBER 30TH.

WATCH IT ON YOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Svgr_5OUQT0
WATCH IT ON VIMEO: http://www.vimeo.com/6609507

SHARE THESE VIDEOS WIDELY!

PLEASE POST THE LINKS TO YOUR FACEBOOK, BEBO, MYSPACE, WEBSITE ETC AND SEND IT OUT OVER EMAIL LISTS.

///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

WHERE WILL YOU BE ON SEPTEMBER 30TH?

This government is already slashing a range of services and programmes. Now, after McCarthy Report, the Community Sector is going to become the focus for their guillotine approach to funding. Already a number of areas have had their budgets reduced.

- Drug Task Force Projects
- CE Scheme Training and material budgets
- Local Partnerships budgets cut up to 16%
- Community Childcare struggling under Subvention
- Overseas Development slashed
- CDPs cut by up to 15%
- Community and voluntary sector cut by 32%
- Older people supports down to €727,000 from €4.3 million

And after on Bord Snip, there's more to come.

- Community Service Programme – €10 million cut
- Community Development Programmes & Partnerships – €44 million cut
- RAPID – Axed
- Job Initiative – Axed
- Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs – Axed
- National Drugs Strategy – €2.6 million cut
- Welfare entitlements for Community Employment – Axed
- Community & Voluntary Sector Supports – €10 million cut
- CLÁR – Axed

We are left wondering is community development a luxury? Is education an optional extra? Is drug rehabilitation an indulgence?

The philosophy that values profits over people is failing, and it is the communities that benefited the least from the Celtic Tiger years that are expected to pay a high price.

But this is not a situation of hopelessness. Communities are coming together in resistance. You can join it too. You won't be alone.

On September 8th 1200 workers and activists marched to the Department of Finance to start the campaign.

At 1pm at Parnell Sq on September 30th 2009, we'll march again. We hope to see you there.

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Liberty Hall, Dublin 1.
Tel: 01-8586419, Fax: 01-8749654

E-mail: community@siptu.ie
http://www.siptu.ie/community/

author by Fred Johnstonpublication date Sat Sep 19, 2009 16:37author address author phone Report this post to the editors

On top of all of these, we read in today's papers that the heads of our universities here in the Republic are all refusing to take a voluntary cut in salary. So why doesn't the government make 'em take the cut? It would be interesting to see how our students feel about this and what they intend to do about it: is there a chance that they will protest? Doubt it. They don't have the mettle any longer of their 'Sixties forebears. But in any case it is one more added arrogant disgrace that these cushioned academics, reduced to being basically CEOs of education companies, should grease their chops while the rest of the country scoops up the crumbs.

author by Sharon. - Individual.publication date Sun Sep 27, 2009 18:00author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi !
Two private buses have been booked for this protest march (Wednesday 30th September 2009) by Clondalkin CDP/JI/CE workers to transport their members and supporters in to Parnell Square on Wednesday morning.
The feedback and support from all concerned in the Dublin 22 area has been massive and , if other areas throughout the State are as well organised and prepared as this one area , then we should witness a huge show of strength through Dublin for the protest march.
If we're going to be axed - or cutback to the extent that we might as well be axed altogether - then it won't be without a fight !
Thanks!
Sharon.

Greedy and wealthy politicians dividing out the money 'saved' by destroying CDP/JI/CE programmes.
Greedy and wealthy politicians dividing out the money 'saved' by destroying CDP/JI/CE programmes.

Related Link: http://1169andcounting.blogspot.com
author by Elsiepublication date Wed Sep 30, 2009 14:02author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Reports coming via Facebook uploads of about 10,000 people at the March so far (13:00).

More than at the anti-NAMA march
More than at the anti-NAMA march

author by Trevor - CADpublication date Wed Sep 30, 2009 15:23author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Today was a great day for community workers and the people of Ireland. The chairman said that the early estimates for it were up to 15000. This is a reminder of what makes Ireland a great country. Well done to all involved and lets keep up the pressure!

Sfa in terms of coverage though on major news outlets. For shame

author by patmurphpublication date Wed Sep 30, 2009 19:13author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I feel it is despicable the cuts that are proposed however I am dissapointed that many I know in my area on CE and JI went on this protest as part of their work hours ???????

author by PBPA - People Before Profit Alliancepublication date Wed Sep 30, 2009 19:17author address author phone Report this post to the editors

During their work hours?
If people don't get out on the streets...there may be no working hours.

Well done to all those who came out!
It's just the beginning- let the winter of discontent begin!

Related Link: http://www.peoplebeforeprofit.ie
author by Sharon. - Individual.publication date Wed Sep 30, 2009 20:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi !
We had a truly up-lifting day today , on the CDP/CE/JI protest march from the Garden of Remembrance to the gates of Leinster House.
Media reports that we have heard have put the figure on the protest at "about five thousand" , in an apparent attempt to give the impression that even all of those who will be affected by the decision (ie over six thousand workers will be directly affected) could not be 'bothered' to join a protest to save their jobs.
The true attendance , in our estimate , was easily between 10,000 and 15,000 protestors , with hundreds of supporters clapping and cheering us on from the footpaths , buses etc.
We need much more of this , and on a frequent basis.
Well done to all who took part - a day well spent!
Thanks,
Sharon.

RSF on CDP/CE/JI protest march , Wed 30 September 2009 , Dublin.
RSF on CDP/CE/JI protest march , Wed 30 September 2009 , Dublin.

Related Link: http://1169andcounting.blogspot.com
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