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national / workers issues / press release Thursday July 10, 2014 00:05 by pbp   text 1 comment (last - friday july 11, 2014 10:53)
The ghost of William Martin Murphy is haunting Greyhound, one of Dublin’s largest waste collection companies. In one of the most daring attacks on organised workers in recent years, the company’s owners are demanding that workers accept a pay cut of 35 percent.

One morning in May workers arrived at their depot and were surprised to find new cabins in front of their place of work. Their managers were sitting inside them and, as each worker tried to enter the depot, they were asked to sign a document that would alter their conditions of work read full story / add a comment
The Herald today
dublin / workers issues / news report Wednesday May 28, 2014 13:13 by Andrew   text 1 comment (last - friday may 30, 2014 00:16)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
The Herald contains a bizarre full page whinge from the owner of the Paris Bakery about how the publicity their failure to pay their workers received has 'destroyed my life.' It's heartening as the occupation enters its 6th day to see that both Yannick Forel and Ruth Savill have come under enough pressure from the workers to feel the need to make public statements. But they need to meet with the workers and make arrangements to pay the estimated 130,000 in wages owed. read full story / add a comment
international / workers issues / opinion/analysis Sunday May 18, 2014 18:09 by Paddy Hackett
State expenditure, as a whole, constitutes an enormous deduction from total surplus value. This largely unproductive spending involves an enormous contraction in the accumulation of capital. It is a deduction that has been growing significantly in the aftermath of the 2nd World War. In the present period of growing problems, regarding the accumulation of capital, there have been continuing feeble attempts to shrink the state or at least reduce the annual rate of state spending. read full story / add a comment
national / workers issues / opinion/analysis Thursday May 15, 2014 10:10 by Pat Waine   text 3 comments (last - friday may 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 Sunday May 04, 2014 16:18 by Anarchist 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
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international / workers issues / press release Monday March 17, 2014 10:07 by Sara   image 1 image
Philippines, March 2014 -- With less than four months remaining before the upcoming “death” of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP)’s land distribution component on June 30 2014, 300 farmers from the Save Agrarian Reform Alliance (SARA) today trooped to Malacanang Presidential Palace, calling for a drastic acceleration and overhaul of the implementation of the land reform effort.
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Honorio “ Norvict” Baculao
international / workers issues / press release Wednesday December 04, 2013 07:11 by Citizens Action Party (Akbayan)   image 2 images
Akbayan Partylist condemns the cold-blooded murder of its fisherfolk leader Honorio “ Norvict” Baculao in Bohol. Ka Norvict, as he is fondly called by comrades in the civil society community and social movements, had just attended a municipal assembly of civil society groups and basic sectors in Getafe, Bohol on Tuesday when he was shot in the head by a lone gunman. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and comrades who are grieving his loss.

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international / workers issues / opinion/analysis Thursday November 28, 2013 17:53 by José Antonio Gutiérrez D.
On November 19th the Tánaiste (Vice-Prime Minister in Ireland) Eamon Gilmore, addressed the parliamentary questions raised by TDs Maureen O’Sullivan, Clare Daly and Seán Crowe, in relation to growing concerns about the escalation of political repression in Colombia. In recent months, scores of left-wing activists, trade union organisers, protesters and human rights’ defenders have been murdered. Many more have been imprisoned, injured and harassed. read full story / add a comment
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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national / workers issues / feature Saturday October 19, 2013 14:07 by T   text 15 comments (last - thursday june 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
international / workers issues / opinion/analysis Tuesday September 17, 2013 17:51 by Cara   text 45 comments (last - tuesday november 26, 2013 12:53)   image 1 image   video 2 video files   2 attached files
At Belfast Docks ITGWU continued the swing to the Right - which began when they sacked Jim Larkin - the same Jim Larkin that Jack O'Connor and SIPTU are honouring - with tongues firmly in cheeks and laughing all the way to the bank with their massive salaries. read full story / add a comment
national / workers issues / press release Monday September 16, 2013 23:55 by Socail Justice
Ireland could and should have a Universal Pension for everyone over 65. it could be paid for principally by standard rating the current tax-break for private pensions. More than 80% of benefit of the current tax break goes to the 20% with highest earnings. A Universal Pension would be simpler, fairer and more just as well as being sustainable in the decades ahead.

No existing pensioner would lose out and many would experience an increase in the Universal Pension. In particular, those adults aged 66 years and older, in respect of whom reduced payments are now made due to their status as ‘Qualified Adults’, would receive a Universal Pension in their own right. 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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international / workers issues / opinion/analysis Sunday August 11, 2013 16:43 by john (Sean) Throne   text 1 comment (last - monday august 12, 2013 16:14)
This looks at the recent relative success of the Committe for a Workers International (CWI) in the election in Seattle. It tries to do so in an non sectarian manner. It also seeks for a balanced view of the CWI. In this it looks at the continuing left sectarian ways of the CWI and its mistaken internal life. read full story / add a comment
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international / workers issues / news report Monday August 05, 2013 14:10 by Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL)   text 1 comment (last - monday august 05, 2013 17:02)   image 3 images
BARELY two weeks after the death of Antonio “Dodong” Petalcorin, the transport leader who was murdered by a paid assassin in Davao City, another local leader of NCTU-APL in Cotabato City was gunned down in a brazen daytime attack again, which makes a mockery of justice and underscores the reign of impunity in the country.

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international / workers issues / news report Friday July 26, 2013 11:28 by PM, APL, Sentro-Nagkaisa   image 5 images
Three years ago, President Aquino promised to substantially reduce poverty, create quality and secure jobs, and end the reign of impunity, among others. He promised “inclusive growth”. Workers have had enough of these broken promises. read full story / add a comment
SIPTU Community Members on the March
national / workers issues / news report Thursday July 04, 2013 15:27 by Darragh O'Connor   text 3 comments (last - friday march 14, 2014 12:05)   image 1 image
Workers in Local Development Companies are campaigning to protect jobs and make Minister Phil Hogan engage with their union. You can support them by signing the petition here: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/minister-phil-hog...nment read full story / add a comment
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
international / workers issues / press release Monday May 13, 2013 20:10 by Turing
Press statement: Joe Higgins TD

Joe Higgins TD seeks topical issue debate tomorrow in Dáil on Bus Eireann strike

Challenge Minister Varadkar on his desire to engineer privatisation of company

Despite possibility of talks there is no basis to call of strike until cuts in pay and conditions are rescinded

Following on from his previous statement of support for the striking Bus Eireann workers and his subsequent visits to the picket lines in Broadstone and Busaras Joe Higgins TD has today submitted a request to the Ceann Comhairle for a topical issue debate to be held in the Dáil tomorrow on the dispute:

"I want an opportunity tomorrow to put directly to Minister Varadkar the points that the workers on the picket line made to me about this dispute. It is undeniable that Minister Varadkar supports the wholesale privatisation of Bus Eireann and is willing to use his position in government to help engineer that end. I want to put to him directly points that were made to me about the levels of six figure executive pay in the firm, recent pay hikes these top brass have obtained and the €70 million that has been banked by CIE. It has been raised with me and party colleagues by some of the workers that the government want the company to financially sink as a prelude to selling it off. read full story / add a comment
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