Hungry Bellies: Exploring inequality and deprivation in Ireland

In this paper we provide detailed evidence of the growing economic inequality in Ireland (South) in 2021. We do so firstly to vindicate the work of all those volunteers, modern day heroes, who assist our most vulnerable people and families on a daily basis. The research data we present is elevated above mere academic commentary by Six sections detailing the current lived experiences of experts in the field from Penny Dinners (Cork), the Muslim Sisters of Eire, Inner City Helping Homeless, the Traveller Visibility Group, SPARK (Single Parents for the Right’s of Kids) and Ber Grogan’s amazing ‘Basket Brigade’. But […]

The WFTU on the forthcoming attack on Rafah – Palestine

As the murderous State of Israel intensifies the bloodshed of the Palestinian people, the World Federation of Trade Unions condemns the fierce attacks against civilians and the forthcoming attack in Rafah. After more than 4 months of genocidal attacks and forced evacuations to “safe areas” of the Gaza Strip, now the massacre is continued and intensified with the relentlessly bombing of Rafah, where 1.5 million civilians are crammed into a small piece of land. These inhumane actions are contributing to the worsening of the conditions experienced by the Palestinians, and are preventing access to the humanitarian aid necessary for survival. […]

National campaign to promote the benefits of trade union membership

The trade union movement has come together to create a national public relations campaign to promote the benefits of trade union membership.   The publicity campaign is aimed at raising awareness of trade unions particularly among young workers. The campaign launched formally on Valentine’s Day with the announcement of Union Week. which will take place between 29th April and 6th May 2024. Union Week will involve a week of activity highlighting the work and achievements of trade unions. It will be an opportunity to showcase the positive impact that trade unions have on workers’ lives and on broader society as […]

Strike action on Translink bus and rail services today in absence of pay offer

Joint Transport Union press release Bus and rail workers to conduct sixth one-day strike action on 1 February  A further three strike dates in February are planned in campaign to secure a cost-of-living pay increase More than 3,000 workers at Translink are to commence a further 24-hour stoppage tomorrow (Thursday 1 February) in the cost of living pay dispute. Members of the transport unions, Unite, GMB and SIPTU, will begin their sixth one day strike on a staggered basis from midnight. The strike will bring all bus and rail services across the  Six Counties to a standstill. The strikes are […]

GLOBAL UNIONS SUPPORT THE ARGENTINE 24 JANUARY GENERAL STRIKE

Statement by the Council of Global Unions (CGU), 22 January 2024 The Council of Global Unions expressed unwavering support and solidarity with the unionists, civil and human rights defenders, and the people of Argentina struggling to defend democracy in the face of repressive measures proposed by the new Javier Milei administration. We fully support the Argentine 24 January general strike and call on affiliates to participate in solidarity actions in their countries. The new president of Argentina has put forward a raft of draconian, anti-democratic legislation that threatens decades of progress and hard-fought social protections. Trade unions around the word […]

Why did 150,000 public sector workers go on strike in the North

Official figures show that between April 2022 and April 2023, real pay (adjusted for inflation) in the public sector fell by 7.2%. That decline came on the heels of real pay falling by more than 4% between April 2021 and April 2022, and two decades of no growth in public sector real pay. While there is much talk about an “Irish Sea border” because of post-Brexit trade arrangements, a sea border of sorts already exists when it comes to public sector earnings. Differences in public sector pay between the North and the UK are substantial and even greater over the […]

Solidarity with the 175,000 workers on strike in the north today for an inflation linked cost of living pay increase

TULF stands in solidarity with the 15 trade unions representing 170,000 workers taking part in the Generalised Day of Strike Action across the 6 counties. The co-ordinated day of strikes is the most significant, militant action by the organised working class in the north for a generation. We call on the British Secretary of State for the 6 counties to immediately accede to the demands of the public sector unions. Over the past year the strike actions in pursuit of the unions’ demands have had unprecedented support from union members and the general public. Unfortunately, even though he has admitted […]

Initial public sector pay offer lacks credibility

The officers of the Public Services Committee (PSC) of the Irish Congress of trade Unions (ICTU) met with affiliate and non-affiliated unions and associations this morning to provide an update on the public sector pay talks, which adjourned at 3am this morning. Unions expressed concern that the Government’s initial pay offering last night illustrated its lack of preparedness to complete a sustainable and robust multi-year pay deal, and further undermined perceptions of the Government’s approach to the process of securing a new agreement. Speaking after the meeting, PSC chair and Fórsa general secretary Kevin Callinan said, in failing to meet […]

Update Fair Employment Bill 2022

#Solidarity with Independent Councillor Cieran Perry for proposing the motion and with Dublin City Council who last night voted in favour of supporting replacing the anti-worker 1990 Industrial Relations Act with the Fair Employment Bill 2022 (2) The 1990 act was introduced as a control mechanism on trade unions. The act introduced many changes to the accepted norms of industrial relations up to that time. It banned support strikes, solidarity action, political strikes, sit-ins and immediate action. It isolated individual workers and introduced 7 day notice. It puts many conditions and restrictions around balloting for industrial action so much so […]

Public transport funding needed to ensure cost of living pay increase for workforce

Workers from Unite, GMB and SIPTU will take 24-hour strike action commencing from 00.01am Friday [1 December] in pursuit of a cost of living pay increase.  The strike action will affect bus and rail services across Northern Ireland and the action by members of all three public transport unions is likely to mean that no services will operate throughout the day. The strike is the first to occur on bus and rail since 2015.  The industrial action follows coordinated strike ballots held by the three unions which returned overwhelming support for industrial action. Bus workers in Unite voted 96.5 per cent for […]