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national / workers issues / news report Dé Máirt Nollaig 13, 2011 15:49 byPól Ó Cionsalígh   text 2 comments (last - déardaoin nollaig 15, 2011 21:09)
The rate of job destruction has accelerated in the quarter July to September 2011. On a seasonally adjusted basis, employment fell by 20,500 (-1.1%) in the quarter. This follows on from a seasonally adjusted fall in employment of 4,100 (-0.2%) in Q2 2011. This means that 20,500 more jobs were destroyed than were created in the quarter.  Minister Bruton's "Job Creation" measures had already been introduced in June. The continuation of the FF/Green austerity programme by Lab/FG destroyed far more jobs than were created(if any) by the Bruton measures. read full story / add a comment
international / workers issues / opinion/analysis Dé Domhnaigh Nollaig 11, 2011 23:02 byPól Ó Cionsalígh
It's outrageous. The average tax break from the Bush tax cuts enjoyed by the top 1 percent of Americans is larger than the average income of the rest of the 99 percent. read full story / add a comment
national / workers issues / press release Dé Luain Samhain 28, 2011 13:12 byWorkers Solidarity Movement PRO
Anarchist organisation Workers Solidarity Movement (WSM) has welcomed Wednesday’s public sector strike and called for this to be “the start of a sustained campaign of opposition to the government’s attacks on workers and the unemployed.” read full story / add a comment
antrim / workers issues / opinion/analysis Dé Máirt Samhain 15, 2011 21:11 bySean Matthews
The sixty million payoff to prison officers in Northern Ireland could be much better spent on addressing the causes of crime such as poverty, social deprivation and prison rehabilitation. Prison officers who served during the Troubles could walk away from their jobs with packages of more than £120,000 plus pension as part of a £60m redundancy programme aimed at ‘modernising’ the service. read full story / add a comment
national / workers issues / press release Dé Céadaoin Samhain 02, 2011 00:49 byPádraig Ó Gráinne   text 1 comment (last - dé céadaoin samhain 02, 2011 15:52)
Office of An Taoiseach Merrion Square Dublin 2 Éire read full story / add a comment
international / workers issues / news report Dé Céadaoin Deireadh Fómhair 19, 2011 09:57 byalterthess   text 2 comments (last - déardaoin deireadh fómhair 20, 2011 19:05)
Alterthess.gr is covering the 48hr general strike in Greece and offers an alternative update on current events. read full story / add a comment
international / workers issues / press release Dé Céadaoin Deireadh Fómhair 19, 2011 08:38 byWilliam Gomes   1 attached file
I convey my deepest condolences to the people and government on the death of Veteran journalist, writer and intellectual Mr. Hameed Akhtar who succumb to cancer in Lahore on Sunday, 16 October at the age of 87. read full story / add a comment
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cork / workers issues / news report Dé hAoine Meán Fómhair 23, 2011 13:53 byKevin Doyle   text 1 comment (last - dé haoine samhain 01, 2013 06:26)   image 1 image
Interview with a former worker with Crystal Clean Valet Servics about her struggle to reclaim money she is owed for worked hours and unpaid holiday days. read full story / add a comment
national / workers issues / press release Dé Luain Meán Fómhair 12, 2011 13:50 byPaddy Healy   text 1 comment (last - dé luain meán fómhair 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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national / workers issues / opinion/analysis Dé Domhnaigh Meán Fómhair 04, 2011 19:02 byDes Dalton   text 1 comment (last - dé luain meán fómhair 05, 2011 16:38)
A time of economic crisis provides a moment in time when the revolutionary can more readily get the ear of the people. At such times people are open to the possibility of radical change. It is of such a juncture that Lenin wrote: “A revolution is impossible without a revolutionary situation” however he also warned “not every revolutionary situation leads to revolution”.

A climate of economic crisis not only opens up possibilities for the genuine revolutionary but also for the false prophet of racism and fascism. read full story / add a comment
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national / workers issues / press release Déardaoin Lúnasa 25, 2011 09:55 byPRO   image 1 image   video 1 video file
As part of their ‘communities uniting’ campaign in the north, SIPTU are giving voice to community workers through an online series of interviews, ‘We are SIPTU.’

The series of interviews will be continually updated to YouTube, allowing people to easily access and get an insight into the everyday work of community activists, the services they provide, and the cuts facing projects. To access the interviews click on the following link;

http://www.youtube.com/user/siptunorth#grid/user/169914...66C8E
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national / workers issues / press release Dé Céadaoin Lúnasa 17, 2011 17:12 bySIPTU Community   1 attached file

The SIPTU Community Campaign will be holding a series of regional forums entitled “Building a Strong Union Voice & Defending the Community Sector”. The forums will discuss the current and imminent threats facing the community sector and how community workers can best unite to protect projects, jobs and communities.

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national / workers issues / opinion/analysis Dé hAoine Iúil 29, 2011 20:30 byPaddy 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 Déardaoin Iúil 28, 2011 19:50 byPaddy 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 Déardaoin Iúil 28, 2011 19:42 byPaddy 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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national / workers issues / press release Déardaoin Meitheamh 30, 2011 15:22 bySeán Ó Murchú
A national internship scheme has been launched today in an effort to bring people off the unemployment register and back into the workforce.

This sounds great Geraldine McNamara Republican Sinn Fein PRO said, but when we are told that the person on the scheme will receive a mere fifty euro per week on top of their existing payment then we should start to worry. read full story / add a comment
national / workers issues / opinion/analysis Dé Luain Meitheamh 27, 2011 16:43 bySIPTUPR   video 1 video file
Renowned UK based Academic Eilis Lawlor explains why Cleaners are more valuable to society than Bankers! read full story / add a comment
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national / workers issues / press release Dé Sathairn Meitheamh 25, 2011 15:26 byPRO   text 1 comment (last - dé luain meitheamh 27, 2011 13:23)   image 4 images   video 1 video file
SIPTU, the trade union representing Boots workers held a day of action at the company’s flagship store in Donegall Place, Belfast today (Sat 25th June) to highlight Boots attack on low paid workers despite achieving record profits of over £1 billion last year.

Workers held a protest for over 2 hours and handed out thousands of leaflets to bring attention to Boots withdrawal of basic terms and conditions of employment.

Mayor of Belfast Niall O'Donnghaile, a former Boots worker attended the protest to show his support.
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national / workers issues / opinion/analysis Dé hAoine Meitheamh 24, 2011 14:39 bySIPTUPR   video 1 video file
Renowned UK based Academic Eilis Lawlor explains why Cleaners are valuable to society than Bankers! read full story / add a comment
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national / workers issues / press release Dé hAoine Meitheamh 24, 2011 14:14 bySIPTUPR   image 1 image   video 1 video file
Contract cleaners protested outside the Department of Enterprise against proposals to dismantle their Employment Regulation Order (ERO)which sets pay and conditions for their sector.
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