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Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link Ah, no John, don?t do it? 12:09 Sat Apr 19, 2014 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link This weekend I?ll mostly be listening to? the Creatures (Siouxsie Sioux and Budgie) 03:17 Sat Apr 19, 2014 | WorldbyStorm

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Dublin Opinion
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

offsite link GOTTA LOVE THIS COUNTRY 18:11 Wed Apr 16, 2014

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offsite link PLAYING OUT THE STRING WITH THE ANGLO TRIAL 18:16 Sun Apr 13, 2014

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NAMA Wine Lake

offsite link Farewell from NWL Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake

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MediaBite
A shot at bias in the media

offsite link Separating the News from the Noise Thu Apr 04, 2013 21:14

offsite link Blessed with nothing but good intentions Fri Feb 22, 2013 18:04

offsite link The Household Charge - How They Failed to Shape Our Perspectives Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:48

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offsite link The Forgotten Constituency: The Majority and The Irish Economic Crisis Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:49

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Is State dept scumbag Nuland trying to illustrate current US credibility?
international / workers issues / other press Saturday February 08, 2014 - 13:01 by fred   text 9 comments (last - thursday march 06, 2014 - 08:58)   image 1 image   video 2 video files
US state dept diplomat Nuland "mutt" and Geoff are caught out nicely, in a hacked and leaked phone call. In what is probably the most brazen feat of brass necked hypocrisy I've ever seen, the mainstream media have tried to make it about how awful the russians are for spying on them. And this after the Snowden revelations!! "Fuck the EU" they say. But by far the worst thing about this is how they treat this uprising they are stoking with the aid of far right fascist thugs trained by NATO on the Russian border, like it's just some sort of a chess game.
And of course the EU don't care much about the insult because they are all on exactly the same page, as the second part of the transcript clearly illustrates. Read on.... ... read full story / add a comment
Kyiv City Hall, occupied by the Ukrainian opposition led by Svoboda and turned into their “Revolutionary HQs”. The cross in the circle is a neo-nazi symbol.
international / workers issues / other press Thursday January 23, 2014 - 21:44 by T   text 7 comments (last - sunday february 09, 2014 - 18:46)   image 2 images
Asheville Fm radio, based in western North Carolina, aired a fascinating interview with an anarcho-syndicalist named Denys, from the Autonomous Worker’s Union in Ukraine. In the interview, Denys debunks many of the myths surrounding the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine, and explains motives behind the stories and propaganda being circulated around the protests.

Why is the Free Association Agreement with the EU (which would mostly benefit the ultra-rich oligarchs of Ukraine) deliberately being
construed as actual integration? Ukrainian leaders backed off from signing it at the last minute. Meanwhile, Russia is trying to pull
Ukraine into her Customs Union by offering Kyiv a deal for promised purchases of billions of euro of Ukrainian products, and a 30 percent
discount on Russian Natural Gas.

Denys explains that when the protests broke, the political class of Ukraine was taken by surprise. However, the opposition, a coalition
leaning towards far-right (with fascist Svoboda being the most visible of them all) quickly regrouped and turned the street into their PR
machine. The opposition had massive demonstrations in their plans, as fascist Svobodas leader declared in an interview in March 2013. Evidence emerged of the opposition leaders plans to overthrow the current government with the financial and political support of Germany’s
conservative Angela Merkel, the EU leaders from Brussels, and with visible support of the United States, whose envoy, conservative John
McCain was the guest star of the Euromaidan.

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national / workers issues / news report Thursday November 14, 2013 - 00:13 by Tom C   video 1 video file   audio 1 audio file
In a case even a rightwinger would support, Milnes Foods strikers are continuing their work stoppages .While progress has been made in areas, the right to collective bargaining, union representation, pro-rata pay for the cleaners and mechanics are some of the outstanding issues in this bitter dispute between some seventeen or so brave SIPTU strikers and the company of Milne Foods, of Birr in Co. Offaly. A Labour Court hearing is lated for December 12th. They are on one day work stoppages each Friday from now to Christmas, support from all would be appreciated.
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international / workers issues / event notice Saturday November 02, 2013 - 15:43 by Eamon
The Progressive Film Club in association with Dublin community TV and anti-fascist action Ireland present two films

3pm: Into the Fire: The Hidden Victims of Austerity in Greece (2013)

4pm: The Inquiry (2013)

At The New Theatre

Saturday 30th November

43 East Essex street

Dublin 2 ... read full story / add a comment
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national / workers issues / feature Saturday October 19, 2013 - 14:07 by T   text 14 comments (last - monday march 24, 2014 - 18:10)   image 11 images
The future is not good for pensions and the further away you are from retirement the bleaker is the prospect that you will get anything like you have paid in. A number of factors have come into play to cause major trouble and nearly all of these affect the underlying basic fundamentals required for a pension system to work and along with the continual counter coup to remove the social gains of the past century by the financial elite, the prospects remain grim. ... read full story / add a comment
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dublin / workers issues / event notice Wednesday October 02, 2013 - 23:25 by anon   image 1 image
Another Austerity Budget is looming: The government is currently discussing how to implement €3.1bn of austerity in October’s Budget (and another €2bn in 2015). The impact of previous budget cuts are devastating those on lower incomes and in poverty, the public health system, special needs supports, the unemployed, those in mortgage arrears etc. Austerity is destroying our society and economy.

Speakers: Michael Taft (UNITE Trade Union), Mary Murphy (COF) and Siobhán O'Donoghue (Migrants Rights Centre Ireland) ... read full story / add a comment
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national / workers issues / event notice Wednesday October 02, 2013 - 23:12 by pbp   text 1 comment (last - sunday october 13, 2013 - 23:13)   image 5 images
Assembling at 1 pm on Saturday 12th October at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, Dublin, to march to the GPO.

The budget for 2014 is expected to take yet another €3 billion out of the economy, at a rate of two to one in favour of cuts over taxation. This will affect health, education, social protection and community services. It will not create one new job.

Alternative sources of revenue exist: ... read full story / add a comment
international / workers issues / news report Tuesday September 03, 2013 - 20:25 by Jolly Red Giant
Upwards of 80,000 miners working in the goldmines in South Africa have begun strike action in a pay dispute with the mining bosses. A further 40,000 goldminers could join the strike in the coming days. Workers are demanding pay increases of between 60%-150% for workers earning around €400 per month. The mining bosses have offered increases of approximate 6.1% (just below the rate of inflation)
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national / workers issues / press release Wednesday May 29, 2013 - 17:27 by Joe Higgins   text 4 comments (last - thursday may 30, 2013 - 18:02)
Explaining his decision to vote against the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill which Minister Howlin introduced as a big stick for the unions whose memberships reject the Haddington Road sell out Joe Higgins TD said:

“This bill essentially affords the government as an employer an amount of power over certain public sector employees that no other employer enjoys in law. It is a throwback to the days of William Martin Murphy.

“Regardless of the rotten ‘yes’ stand of some union leaders with regard to the Haddington Road Agreement it is a scandal that they and ICTU are either silent on the passing of this oppressive legislation or worse that they use it as a means of scaring their members to voting ‘yes’ to this re-hash of Croke Park 2.

“I support the efforts of the No 2 Croke Park 2 campaign in helping co-ordinate the rank and file opposition to this pay deal and to this draconian bill that has been rushed through the Dáil. ... read full story / add a comment
Shanganagh Water Workers take up their pickets at 6.30am this morning
national / workers issues / news report Tuesday May 21, 2013 - 22:06 by Paul Gavan   image 1 image
SIPTU members at Shanganagh Waste Water Treatment Plant, Co. Dublin, began strike action today (Tuesday, 21st May) at 6.30 a.m. in response to their employer’s failure to refer a dispute relating to pay and shift premium payments to the Labour Court. ... read full story / add a comment
national / workers issues / press release Thursday May 09, 2013 - 15:10 by Turing   text 2 comments (last - saturday may 11, 2013 - 18:39)
9 May 2013

Press statement: Joe Higgins TD

Supreme Court ruling on Registered Employment Agreements poses need for organising drive by union movement as first step in protection of conditions

Commenting on today's Supreme Court ruling that Registered Employment Agreements are unconstitutional Joe Higgins TD said:

"The striking down by the Supreme Court of the REAs will be seen by employers and sub contractors as a signal for a savage attack on the wages and conditions of workers. The trade union movement should immediately declare that any such attacks will be met by all out action and must now go on the offensive to ensure that wages and conditions provided for by the REAs remain intact.

"Today's ruling is further proof that the judiciary in the final analysis contains an inherent bias against the interests of working people. Employers have allies in the top echelons of the state who are prepared to strike down the legal underpining of conditions in the private sector that exceed the statutory minimum wage. ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / workers issues / event notice Monday April 29, 2013 - 20:35 by Independent Workers Union   text 1 comment (last - wednesday may 01, 2013 - 13:48)
Independent Workers Union May Day Event. Commemorating the Centenary of the Dublin Lockout in Speech, Prose and Song. Wednesday 01/05/2013. Ceremony at the James Connolly Statue, Beresford Place near Liberty Hall and the Custom House, Dublin, starting at 5.30 p.m. Gathering afterwards in Cleary’s Public House, 36 Amiens Street for light refreshments. ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / workers issues / news report Friday April 05, 2013 - 12:57 by Clondalkin Resident   text 16 comments (last - tuesday april 16, 2013 - 14:38)
Hi All:

As of last Thursday ( March 28th 2013 ) FAS funding for the DBD Jobs Club, in Bawnogue ( Clondalkin ) has been withdrawn completely without any satisfactory explanation.

The Jobs Club Leader has been told that he is about to be made redundant and all services from our Jobs Club is to be withdrawn immediately.

Over the last 10 years, The Jobs Club has provided a very valuable service to local jobseekers over and it is unthinkable that, when its needed most, the area will be deprived of this valuable service. ... read full story / add a comment
international / workers issues / press release Wednesday March 13, 2013 - 18:45 by Elric
The Chair of the Grass Roots Left Gerry Downing was summarily dismissed on Tuesday 12th by Metroline Travel at its Cricklewood garage a spurious charge of “inappropriate behaviour towards members of the public whilst driving a route 210”

The dismissal was clearly politically motivated during the election campaign of Jerry Hicks for General Secretary of Unite. It comes on the heel of the libel action taken by Unite against Gerry and the Weekly Worker by Unite’s Regional Industrial Officer Wayne King over an article defending sacked Sovereign buses Convenor Abdul Omer Mohsin on 12 January 2012. This action was initiated by Thompson’s solicitors on 5 December, the day after the snap General Secretary election was called by the Executive Council on 4 December.

His letter to Unite’s General Secretary and Executive Council on 30 December remains unanswered. Gerry has been a thorn in the side of Metroline for over two decades as he says in his submission to the hearing:
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international / workers issues / opinion/analysis Saturday February 09, 2013 - 18:36 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin   text 15 comments (last - saturday march 09, 2013 - 07:11)
The recent bonds-for-notes overnight legislation ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / workers issues / event notice Monday January 21, 2013 - 19:25 by ICTU
Seminar - Making the Case for Decent Work
24 January 2013

Making the Case for Decent Work - Seminar -

Registration - 9.30am

Advance registration for this event is essential to guarantee a place. ... read full story / add a comment
national / workers issues / opinion/analysis Sunday December 09, 2012 - 20:26 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin   text 3 comments (last - sunday december 23, 2012 - 23:19)
Targeting young families, the elderly and the sick, as the government slashes child benefits, triples prescription charges and rubber-stamps controversial property tax. ... read full story / add a comment
March to the Dail this evening for the Budget 2012 protest. Image courtsey WSM photo stream
national / workers issues / news report Wednesday December 05, 2012 - 22:21 by T   text 8 comments (last - saturday december 08, 2012 - 15:46)   image 6 images
The key points so far are increases to PRSI working out at about €250 per year per person. Children allowance cut by €10. Property tax set around €500 per year for a Celtic Tiger era house. 10 cents on the pint.

Cuts to electricity allowance and telephone allowance for OAPs. The devil will be in the details. ... read full story / add a comment
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cork / workers issues / event notice Sunday December 02, 2012 - 22:22 by Eric   text 1 comment (last - wednesday december 05, 2012 - 14:14)   image 1 image
When: (This) Thursday at 6pm

Where: Assemble outside The Opera House, Cork

What to Do: Spread the word. Bring your friends, work mates and neighbours. Bring placards, noise and banners. All welcome. People organising for the the Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes anti-budget protest on Sat 8th are invited to distribute leaflets about it at our march.

We encourage people to come to both events.
It's time to standup and fight! ... read full story / add a comment
national / workers issues / press release Tuesday November 13, 2012 - 16:33 by Paul Gavan
SIPTU Press Release: 13th November 2012

New figures from the Department of Social Protection have shown a dramatic fall in the participation rate of lone parents in Community Employment (CE) schemes, according to SIPTU. ... read full story / add a comment
UK Indymedia Features

Sat Apr 19, 2014 11:55 UK Indymedia Features

offsite link Women's battle against undercover policing: Week of Action Wed Mar 12, 2014 17:08 | Police Spies Out of Lives | en

offsite link Updates to the Indymedia Newswire Sun Feb 16, 2014 20:44 | IMC UK | en

offsite link New squatting law starts to crumble - Keep squatting! Mon Nov 11, 2013 20:31 | imc-uk & housing war | en

offsite link Attack on The Casa Fri Nov 08, 2013 16:32 | UK Indymedia | en

offsite link Tower Hamlets - Round Two Sat Aug 24, 2013 08:10 | Jo Makepeace | en

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