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national / workers issues / opinion/analysis Déardaoin Bealtaine 15, 2014 - 10:10 byPat Waine   text 3 comments (last - dé haoine bealtaine 23, 2014 - 18:12)
The article deals with the challenge to the Left parties and individuals to get their act together and Put a strong opposition to the neo liberal agenda. That calls for them to put aside party sectarianism in the general interest of working people and put realistic goals before people and move things on that ill benefit all the left . ... read full story / add a comment
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international / workers issues / news report Dé Domhnaigh Bealtaine 04, 2014 - 16:18 byAnarchist Collective “Cycle of Fire"   image 1 image
MAY DAY 1886 - 2014
The struggle for a new society without exploitation and oppression from human to human continues until the subversion of the world of the state and capital, the global social revolution, anarchy and communism.
Anarchist Collective “Cycle of Fire”
Anarchist bulletin “Black Flag” ... read full story / add a comment
dublin / workers issues / event notice Dé Céadaoin Aibreán 30, 2014 - 18:49 byWe Are Not Leaving
We’re young workers, the young unemployed and students. We’re people that want to shine a light on the youth crisis in Ireland: unemployment and forced emigration, precarious work & internship culture, fees & grant cuts- not to mention the housing and mental health crises! So, to highlight the bullsh*t facing young people in 2014, we’re hosting the first MayDay Festival in Twisted Pepper Dublin on Friday May 2 and Saturday May 3. ... read full story / add a comment
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dublin / workers issues / event notice Dé Céadaoin Aibreán 30, 2014 - 18:46 byWe Are Not Leaving   image 1 image
We’re young workers, the young unemployed and students. We’re people that want to shine a light on the youth crisis in Ireland: unemployment and forced emigration, precarious work & internship culture, fees & grant cuts- not to mention the housing and mental health crises! So, to highlight the bullsh*t facing young people in 2014, we’re hosting the first MayDay Festival in Twisted Pepper Dublin on Friday May 2 and Saturday May 3. ... read full story / add a comment
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dublin / workers issues / event notice Dé Domhnaigh Aibreán 27, 2014 - 20:02 by1 of Indymedia   image 1 image
Stand Up Fight Back ! May Day Thurs 1st May 6:30pm Parnell Square, Dublin 2. The annual May Day march & rally takes place on Thurs May 1st, assembling at Parnell Square at 6.30pm. Join with the Dublin Council of Trade Unions, workers, communities, youth, students and unemployed to demand an end to Austerity and to stand up for our rights. Please invite people and leaflets will be available from trade union buildings. Bring yourselves, your colleagues and union banners ... read full story / add a comment
Is State dept scumbag Nuland trying to illustrate current US credibility?
international / workers issues / other press Dé Sathairn Feabhra 08, 2014 - 13:01 byfred   text 9 comments (last - déardaoin márta 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 Déardaoin Eanáir 23, 2014 - 21:44 byT   text 7 comments (last - dé domhnaigh feabhra 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 Déardaoin Samhain 14, 2013 - 00:13 byTom 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 Dé Sathairn Samhain 02, 2013 - 15:43 byEamon
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 Dé Sathairn Deireadh Fómhair 19, 2013 - 14:07 byT   text 15 comments (last - déardaoin meitheamh 12, 2014 - 07:47)   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 Dé Céadaoin Deireadh Fómhair 02, 2013 - 23:25 byanon   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 Dé Céadaoin Deireadh Fómhair 02, 2013 - 23:12 bypbp   text 1 comment (last - dé domhnaigh deireadh fómhair 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 Dé Máirt Meán Fómhair 03, 2013 - 20:25 byJolly 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 Dé Céadaoin Bealtaine 29, 2013 - 17:27 byJoe Higgins   text 4 comments (last - déardaoin bealtaine 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 Dé Máirt Bealtaine 21, 2013 - 22:06 byPaul 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 Déardaoin Bealtaine 09, 2013 - 15:10 byTuring   text 2 comments (last - dé sathairn bealtaine 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 Dé Luain Aibreán 29, 2013 - 20:35 byIndependent Workers Union   text 1 comment (last - dé céadaoin bealtaine 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 Dé hAoine Aibreán 05, 2013 - 12:57 byClondalkin Resident   text 16 comments (last - dé máirt aibreán 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 Dé Céadaoin Márta 13, 2013 - 18:45 byElric
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 Dé Sathairn Feabhra 09, 2013 - 18:36 byCaoimhghin Ó Croidheáin   text 15 comments (last - dé sathairn márta 09, 2013 - 07:11)
The recent bonds-for-notes overnight legislation ... read full story / add a comment
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