The View From a Front Line Worker in Belfast.

It’s been six months since the Coronavirus pandemic began and with the Government Furlough scheme being reduced from 1st September employees may start to return to work in the coming weeks. Given the nature of my job, I work on the streets with people who are homeless, I was classed as a front line worker and therefore worked through the last six months, albeit in a reduced capacity. From the start I was paired up with a co-worker who I would work with on shift for the foreseeable future. for further reading click on this link      

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Congress withdraws from Low Pay Commission

Congress withdraws from Low Pay Commission 22 Sep 2020 The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has announced it has withdrawn from the Government established Low Pay Commission. Commenting on the decision, Patricia King, ICTU General Secretary said “we have been engaged in extensive discussion at the Low Pay Commission on proposed changes to the National Minimum Wage to be issued to the government for consideration. It became very clear to myself and Gerry Light General Secretary of Mandate, this evening that other members of the Commission were not prepared to propose an increase for 2021 beyond 1%, i.e. 10 cent. We could not in conscience […]

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Aramark staff mount unofficial picket after receiving week’s notice of job loss

Aramark staff mount unofficial picket after receiving week’s notice of job loss see report from the Irish Times    Catering staff at the former Allied Irish Bank (AIB) headquarters in Ballsbridge, Dublin say they were “dumped after years of loyalty” when given just a week’s notice earlier this month that their “jobs were gone”. Kitchen and restaurant staff, who remained working at the restaurant after AIB moved most of its workforce to a new headquarters in the city-centre in 2019, have mounted an unofficial picket at the site. While their union Siptu says 12 members are involved, their employer Aramark say only eight are involved in […]

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