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National Water Charge Protests - Saturday 31st Jan 2015
Community Groups will protest across Ireland

Community Groups around Ireland will protest in towns, cities and villages across Ireland about the water charges on Saturday 31 January. Seek them out and join them!

The government are still planning to privatize Irish Water. If and when this happens, then extra charges will be brought in for your waste water as well. This will be estimated to be equal what goes into your house. After the next election, the government will allow the charges to go up to the target amount of at least €400 to €600 per year per household. This means every time you shower, flush a toilet, clean your hands, wash your clothes, wash your dishes, it will cost you. In poorer areas this will lead to people flushing their toilets less and washing less and cleaning their clothes less and will become a public health issue over the longer run. We must stop this madness now and affirm that water is recognised as a human right and that the Irish government abolish domestic water charges. Please spread the word.

If you care about the future of water for yourself and your children then get out there and make your voice heard on Saturday 31st Jan


Twitter feed https://twitter.com/hashtag/irishwater #IrishWater

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national / workers issues / other press Friday January 13, 2012 - 23:37 by theDetail.tv
PATRICIA Campbell worked as a nurse in the Belfast Trust for over 10 years, with a career that spanned a quarter of a century. However, ever since a minor accidental misdemeanour resulted in her dismissal, she has been engaged in an uphill battle to hold her employers to account. ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / workers issues / event notice Saturday January 07, 2012 - 22:12 by Pól Ó Cionsalígh
I'm calling on everyone to support the Vita Cortex protest outside the Dáil on Thursday 12th January at 1.00pm been organised by SIPTU's Manufacturing Division. What is happening to the Lagan Brick and Vita Cortex Workers will happen to many other Workers very soon unless strong action is taken immediately! ... read full story / add a comment
international / workers issues / news report Saturday January 07, 2012 - 21:55 by Pól Ó Cionsalígh   text 2 comments (last - monday january 09, 2012 - 14:13)
Got this from LabourStart yesterday. This is very disturbing and sinister, and it's not happening in some remote, tin-pot, 3rd World dictatorship!! This is happening in Europe! In Greece, a European Union (EU) Member. And what are the EU, who are so quick to blabber and bleat on about human right's abuses in Libya, Iran, Syria, and other places safely removed from Europe, doing and saying about this? Surprise! Surprise! Nothing, as it's the EU and their austerity policies that have led to this, and it wouldn't surprise me at all if the EU is orchestrating this behind the scenes as an attempt to smash Protests by the People and the Workers against their failed austerity policies. ... read full story / add a comment
national / workers issues / opinion/analysis Thursday January 05, 2012 - 20:52 by Pól Ó Cionsalígh   text 4 comments (last - sunday january 15, 2012 - 20:46)
We Should All Support the Planned Protests by SIPTU for the Vita Cortex Workers at Kinsale Road in Cork City Including the National Mobilisations!! In fact I think Everyone Must Support these Mobilisations And Protests Whether Or Not you're SIPTU Members! I welcome the fact that the TEEU have also pledged their support for the Vita Cortex Workers. ... read full story / add a comment
international / workers issues / opinion/analysis Friday December 30, 2011 - 01:19 by InternationalistGroup
Ports up and down the West Coast were blockaded, from Seattle to San Diego. The blockade was called in solidarity with longshore workers fighting a union-busting assault in Longview, Washington and port truckers seeking union recognition in the ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach. This support should have been greeted. But now the class war on the West Coast docks is coming to a head, and it can't be waged from the outside. Bay Area labor has called for a caravan to Longview. The goal should be a real occupation of the terminal by the workers to prevent the loading of the scab cargo. Longshore militants have called on the longshore unions to shut down every port on the West Coast, and the East and Gulf Coasts, to smash EGT's union-busting. Can it be done? Yes, but only though sharp struggle against the pro-capitalist labor bureaucracy. ... read full story / add a comment
international / workers issues / opinion/analysis Thursday December 22, 2011 - 10:28 by Paddy Hackett
The capitalist crisis can provide the working class with the opportunity to forcefully take power. ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / workers issues / event notice Monday December 19, 2011 - 23:37 by pat c   image 1 image
Sounds of Resistance AFA Xmas gig/social this coming Thursday, the 22nd.

AFA invites you to join us for some festive cheers and beers at Fibbers Rock Bar on Ormond Quay in Dublin this coming Thursday, the 22nd from 8.30pm. Live bands as follows: ... read full story / add a comment
international / workers issues / opinion/analysis Saturday December 17, 2011 - 01:14 by Jolly Red Giant   text 1 comment (last - sunday december 18, 2011 - 00:40)
Today, at Kazakhstan’s independence day, more than 3000 people assembled peacefully in Zhanaozen, to promote the demands of the oil workers who have been on strike since May. Police and special forces attacked the meeting and opened fire on the strikers and their families. By around 10 a.m., London time, 50 had already been killed, with at least 500 more wounded. ... read full story / add a comment
national / workers issues / other press Wednesday November 02, 2011 - 00:30 by An Puc ar Buile   text 1 comment (last - monday november 07, 2011 - 13:13)
This article questions why the current crisis has so far failed to bring us together as a people and why, in the face of the prospect of economic meltdown, we're still merrily clinging to the status quo of individualism and conservatism. It also asks what role a progressive nationalism has to play in getting us out of the crisis. ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / workers issues / event notice Wednesday October 12, 2011 - 22:32 by Pip O'Regan   image 1 image
Protest against Fascist BNP leader Nick Griffin.

Assemble TCD Front Gate 3 pm Saturday 15 October. ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / workers issues / event notice Wednesday October 12, 2011 - 22:27 by Pip O'Regan   text 6 comments (last - friday october 14, 2011 - 15:33)   image 1 image
Protest against Fascist BNP leader Nick Griffin.

Assemble TCD Front Gate 1 pm Friday 14 October. ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / workers issues / event notice Sunday October 02, 2011 - 21:56 by OWEN MCCORMACK
A benefit night with trad/ballads will be held for the Eugene McDonagh defence fund. The gig takes place in the Clifton Court Hotel on Eden quay on sat 22 October from 8 onwards.
A raffle with spot prizes and food will make for a great night out for a good cause.
Eugene was sacked by Dublin bus over an unofficial dispute in 2009. His Unfair dismisal hearing is due on Nov 2 and all proceeds will go toward expences for this case.. ... read full story / add a comment
national / workers issues / event notice Tuesday September 13, 2011 - 13:25 by D_D   text 2 comments (last - friday september 30, 2011 - 11:21)   1 attached file
11 am Saturday 1st October 2011
Teachers Club, Parnell Square, Dublin.

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national / workers issues / press release Monday September 12, 2011 - 13:50 by Paddy Healy   text 1 comment (last - monday september 12, 2011 - 18:20)
A report arising from a statement by the Restaurant Association of Ireland was carried on several RTE news bulletins to-day and was also discussed on Morning Ireland on which a spokesperson was interviewed. The content of the statement is totally misleading. The news item and the interview provide examples of the uncritical broadcasting by RTE of employer propaganda.

The RAI had claimed that the Irish restaurant sector had created 490 new jobs in the months of July and August and that 164 of these had been due to the abolition of JLC/ERO system by the courts on July 7. It went on to argue that the JLC/ERO system should not be restored as it was an obstacle to job creation.

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international / workers issues / other press Friday September 02, 2011 - 21:19 by SWPer
Lee Sustar of Socialist Worker, US writes on developments in the Strian revolutionary movement and US sanctions and and attempts to lead the movement astray.

AFTER NEARLY six months of continuous mobilization in the face of savage repression, the Syrian revolutionary movement is debating its future as the U.S. tries to manipulate the opposition to suit its own aims in the Middle East.

Peter Harling and Robert Malley of the pro-imperialist think tank, the International Crisis Group, correctly point out that these economic changes helped set the stage for the revolution:

"For the most part, the regime has been waging war against its original social constituency. When Hafez al-Assad, Bashar's father, came to power, his regime, dominated by members of the Alawite branch of Islam, embodied the neglected countryside, its peasants and exploited underclass. Today's ruling elite has forgotten its roots. Its members inherited power rather than fought for it, grew up in Damascus, mimicked the ways of the urban upper class with which they mingled, and led a process of economic liberalization at the provinces' expense."

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antrim / workers issues / event notice Tuesday August 23, 2011 - 20:32 by anti-cuts
Residents from South Belfast campaigning against the closure of Belfast City Hospital A&E will be protesting outside Parliament Buildings Stormont on the first day the Assembly meets to present the Minister for Health with thousands of petitions.

The Stop the Cuts Campaign is calling on all groups, communities and workers affected by cuts to join them on 12th September to send a message to the Assembly Executive that we do not support cut to jobs and services. ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / workers issues / event notice Wednesday August 10, 2011 - 12:41 by Paul Murphy MEP

Thousands of Kazakh oil workers are now in their third month of strike action. In their struggle for trade union rights and negotiations over the implementation of a wage agreement, they have faced massive repression and intimidation. Hundreds of workers have now been fired. Their lawyer has been imprisoned for six years for “stirring up social conflict”. The police and riot police have been used against the strikers as well as the company’s security. One of the key trade union activists has now been murdered.

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national / workers issues / opinion/analysis Friday July 29, 2011 - 20:30 by Paddy Healy

Following the surrender of the Labour Party in Cabinet on JLCs, SIPTU has described the proposals as “relatively positive” on RTE Television News, July 28 and has given the government plan “a cautious welcome” (Martin Wall, Irish Times July 29).

This is a dark day for Irelands biggest union which was built by Larkin and Connolly

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national / workers issues / opinion/analysis Thursday July 28, 2011 - 19:50 by Paddy Healy

Labour's Shame on Low Pay-Labour Party has capitulated to Fine Gael by agreeing to cut low pay

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national / workers issues / press release Thursday July 28, 2011 - 19:42 by Paddy Healy

A fuller report from today’s Irish Independent on the Labour capitulation on Low Pay is carried below.

Not alone has the Labour Party agreed to the scrapping of the Sunday premium for low paid workers, it has also agreed to allow employers to claim inability to pay and ,if successful, to pay a lesser rate for normal working days. In circumstances in which demand is being continuously removed from the economy by government, this can only lead to continuous reduction in the direction of the minimum wage and the effective collapse of the system. Compliant employers will be progressively undermined by those paying a lower rate.

The scrapping of the Sunday premium will simply add to the profits of highly successful multi-national retail chains at the expense of their employees.

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