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international / workers issues / opinion/analysis Friday April 01, 2011 - 15:19 by Sean Matthews-personal capacity
Last Saturday, 26 March saw up to half a million take part in a TUC organised anti-cuts protest in London. In the aftermath of the protest there has been much controversy about the 700 strong black bloc that broke away from the protest to throw paint at and break the windows of banks, luxury car dealers and the 4,000 a night Ritz hotel in Central London. ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / workers issues / event notice Wednesday March 30, 2011 - 11:30 by owenmccormack
Protest in support of sacked trade unionist
Owen McCormack - Trade unionist owenmccormack2002 at yahoo dot co dot uk

One year anniversary of shop stewards dismissal

Defend trade union rights.
Support sacked Dublin Bus shop steward.

Protest Rally Wed April 6th, from 12 till 2pm

Outside NBRU office on Parnell Sq West, Dublin 1.
It is 12 months since Dublin Bus dismissed Eugene McDonagh, the National Executive of the NBRU in Harristown Garage over an unofficial dispute in 2009.

The dispute arose over management’s decision to rush in changes on drivers schedules’ without adequate consultation. The unofficial action affected five garages over three days and involved over a thousand drivers. But Eugene was the only worker sacked after a lengthy investigation that involved widespread intimidation and threats against drivers by management.

... read full story / add a comment
dublin / workers issues / press release Sunday March 27, 2011 - 18:32 by owen mccormack   text 1 comment (last - tuesday march 29, 2011 - 11:11)
Defend trade union rights.
Support sacked Dublin Bus shop steward.

Protest Rally Wed April 6th, from 12 till 2pm

Outside NBRU office on Parnell Sq West, Dublin 1.
It is 12 months since Dublin Bus dismissed Eugene McDonagh, the National Executive of the NBRU in Harristown Garage over an unofficial dispute in 2009.

The dispute arose over management’s decision to rush in changes on drivers schedules’ without adequate consultation. The unofficial action affected five garages over three days and involved over a thousand drivers. But Eugene was the only worker sacked after a lengthy investigation that involved widespread intimidation and threats against drivers by management.

... read full story / add a comment
dublin / workers issues / event notice Tuesday March 22, 2011 - 23:42 by Alan MacSimoin
This year's Dublin May Day march and rally will be held on Sunday May 1st, assembling at Parnell Square at 11.30 and marching to Liberty Hall. The theme this year is 'Resisting Austerity'.

Ask your union to bring its banner.

Organised by the Dublin Council of Trade Unions

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for one short history of May Day and why we still celebrate it, see http://struggle.ws/pdfs/mayleaf.pdf ... read full story / add a comment
SUPPORT GERRARD MCDONNELL
dublin / workers issues / event notice Wednesday March 09, 2011 - 20:53 by Nessieos   image 1 image
Asking for ONE HOUR of your life to support a 63 year old ex-docker who is facing a fine and possibly incarcaration over action on the stike! Please come to the Criminal Courts Parkgate St, Dublin at 10am next Wednesday march 16th ... read full story / add a comment
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antrim / workers issues / press release Thursday March 03, 2011 - 12:08 by PRO   image 1 image
SIPTU, the union for Boots workers here, called together workers from across the stores to listen to the concerns of their membership and to work together on a coherent plan for the year ahead. The meeting, which took place in the Europa Hotel, Belfast, on 1st March, was a resounding success for what has been achieved so far - and what can be achieved in the future with their input. ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / workers issues / press release Thursday February 17, 2011 - 17:21 by pat c   text 3 comments (last - tuesday february 22, 2011 - 07:31)
SIPTU members at the Davenport Hotel in Dublin mounted pickets this morning after being taken off the roster for refusing to sign new contracts reducing their national minimum wage rate by almost €1 an hour. When the legislation was being passed, the Minister for Finance, Brian Lenihan, gave assurances that existing employees of companies on €8.65 an hour could not have it reduced without their consent. However, the workers concerned, all women from Eastern Europe, have been brought into three meetings over the past three weeks and repeatedly told they must sign the new contracts or face being taken off the roster. They were not given a copy of the new contract, either in English or in their own languages.

*For further information contact:
*SIPTU Sector Organiser, Pat Ward; 087 228 348
*Padraig Yeates, PYE Communications; 087 260 5297 ... read full story / add a comment
national / workers issues / feature Saturday February 12, 2011 - 17:27 by Trade Union TV   text 1 comment (last - sunday march 04, 2012 - 01:10)   video 1 video file
Student nurses are fighting the worst of cuts a total pay cut in their training forcing them to work for free for the health service. ... read full story / add a comment
national / workers issues / opinion/analysis Tuesday December 14, 2010 - 14:42 by Paddy Healy
Only IFUT and TUI proposed doing anything about Public Sector Pension Cuts. INTO and INMO mentioned the cuts in statements. There was no mention of the cuts on Websites of the following bodies: ICTU, SIPTU, ASTI, CPSU, PSEU, IMPACT. Union responses are pasted below.

While INTO, ASTI, TUI are running a campaign against the pension rip-off of new public servants announced in the Budget, there is no mention of this issue by the silent unions above. It is believed that ICTU has refused to oppose the new “pension Scheme” which is in effect a tax because the individual gets less out than was contributed (Trident Report to Teaching Unions). There is no proposal by any union to do anything about the pay cut for new entrants. This decision breaches a whole range of existing industrial relations agreements and agreed circular letters. ... read full story / add a comment
kerry / workers issues / event notice Wednesday December 01, 2010 - 09:29 by PbP
Tralee Budget-day Protest

Kerry Unites Against Cutbacks!

Tuesday December 7th, 1.00pm.
Venue: Outside Allied Irish Bank, Tralee. ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / workers issues / event notice Wednesday November 24, 2010 - 17:31 by pat c   text 6 comments (last - tuesday november 30, 2010 - 14:13)
A meeting of the National Public Service Alliance will take place in the Teachers Club, Parnell Square on Tuesday, Nov 30, at 8.00 pm. The meeting is designed to enable resistance to be organised to the unjust measures proposed in the Four Year Plan

All public service workers are invited. ... read full story / add a comment
international / workers issues / opinion/analysis Wednesday November 24, 2010 - 17:12 by john throne   text 1 comment (last - sunday december 12, 2010 - 12:29)
The Celtic Tiger has imploded. The capitalists and their politicians in Ireland and internationally say there is no alternative but to make the working class pay. TINA, that is There Is No Alternative, TINA, is back again. This was a powerful propaganda weapon that Thatcher and her international allies used in the past. Convincing the working class that there was no alternative. TINA.

The opinion and analysis explained here exposes this for the lie that it is. It explains a concrete alternative. TIAA. There Is An Alternative. TIAA. IThis alternative is to make the rich and the corporations which caused this catastrophe pay. TIAA.

This piece also explains the need for any alternative to address the consciousness of the working class and how this consciousness is not yet convinced that it itself, that is the working class, can actually run things themselves. It explains the need for a practical achievable alternative for which the working class can fight. ... read full story / add a comment
national / workers issues / opinion/analysis Saturday October 23, 2010 - 16:18 by SQ
It may come as a surprise to union members but the government and the trade union general secretaries have now revealed that further pay cuts are in fact provided for under the provisions of the Croke Park agreement.

The Irish Independent of 23rd October reported that the department of finance "is strongly considering reducing wage levels for all new recruits to the public sector by a flat 10pc in the Budget". See this link:
http://www.independent.ie/national-news/budget-plan-to-....html ... read full story / add a comment
national / workers issues / opinion/analysis Sunday October 17, 2010 - 18:36 by Anne Mc Shane   text 24 comments (last - tuesday november 02, 2010 - 15:36)
Working class people throughout Ireland are suffering deep anxiety. With poverty, homelessness and unemployment escalating, the feeling is that we are on the edge of a phenomenal disaster.

That sense of dread has been exploited by a government bent on even more savage attacks on public spending. We had been told previously that we were facing €3 billion in cuts this December. Now it is certain to be much more. A new four year economic plan is to be imposed aimed at reducing the economic deficit to 3% by 2014. So there could be up to €7 billion in cuts this December, with more to follow. This will mean increases in taxes, in particular the introduction of taxes on the low-paid. It will also mean unprecedented attacks on health-care, social welfare, child benefit, pensions, education and just about every area of social provision. ... read full story / add a comment
international / workers issues / opinion/analysis Saturday October 16, 2010 - 15:48 by john throne
In 1973 the democratically elected Allende government which was trying to improve conditions for the Chilean workers and peasants was overthrown by a US backed dictatorship. The thug Pinochet was put in power. It slaughtered tens of thousands of workers and peasants. Pinera the President of Chile we see with his phony grin and his brother were backers of the dictatorship. We need to reach out to the miners to help them use their worldwide fame and strength to organize an international tour to organize the organized and to build solidarity with all workers. ... read full story / add a comment
tipperary / workers issues / press release Tuesday September 28, 2010 - 18:18 by Cllr Seamus Healy
Cllr. Seamus Healy, Chairperson Save Our Acute Hospital Services Committee, has called on Minister Martin Mansergh T.D. to publicly support South Tipperary General Hospital and to publicly call on the Minister for Health and the Health Service Executive to stop the so-called reconfiguration process.

Minister Mansergah’s Fianna Fáil colleague, Wexford Minister Sean Connick T.D. has already publicly called, on Monday’s Morning Ireland programme, for the reconfiguration of Wexford General Hospital to be parked.
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dublin / workers issues / event notice Saturday September 25, 2010 - 14:23 by Owen McCormack   text 5 comments (last - wednesday october 06, 2010 - 09:33)
Fund raiser in support of sacked trade unionist.

A night of Ballads, Blues and food!

DATE;Friday 22 October at 8.00pm

VENUE; Dublin Workingmens Club,
Strand St Little, (Off Capel Street & opp Nealons Pub).
MUSIC; Ballads and Blues.
Tickets 15 Euro waged
7 Unwaged.

All proceeds go to the Eugene McDonagh defense fund.

... read full story / add a comment
dublin / workers issues / event notice Thursday September 23, 2010 - 23:11 by Trade Unionist
UNITE candidate Jerry Hicks, Harristown bus worker Eugene Mc Donagh speak out Teachers Club, Parnell Square on Thursday 30th at 7-30 ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / workers issues / event notice Wednesday September 22, 2010 - 22:20 by pat c   text 5 comments (last - wednesday september 29, 2010 - 10:17)
End the cuts & bailouts! Let the bankers pay for their crisis!

Protest against the government at the re-opening of the Dail starting from Anglo Irish Bank, Stephens Green 29th September 12.30 pm.

The 29th September marks an international day of protest that has been called by the European Trade Union Confederation against the policies being pursued across the continent making working people and the unemployed and anybody who depends on public services pay for the economic crisis. The day will be marked by a general strike in Spain and mass demonstrations organised by the trade union movement in the rest of Europe.
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sligo / workers issues / press release Tuesday September 14, 2010 - 17:34 by Cancer Campaigner   text 6 comments (last - saturday september 18, 2010 - 17:05)   image 3 images
Brian Cowen is visiting Sligo on Friday next the 17th to attend a Chamber dinner. A vigil is being organised to meet him and to demonstarte against the continued attack on our health services and health workers. If you are nearby come and join us for an hour of silent dignified protest. ... read full story / add a comment
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