Last ditch talks to avert strike action at Allied Bakeries break down after pathetic management pay offer rejected by workers

Last ditch talks to avert strike action at Allied Bakeries break down after pathetic management pay offer rejected by workers Posted on February 14, 2020 by Unite the union NI All-out strike action by workforce confirmed to commence at Allied Bakeries in Belfast from 6am on Sunday [February 16th] Strike action will cripple production and supply of pancakes across UK ahead of Pancake Tuesday Sean McKeever, Regional Officer blasted as ‘pathetic’ the offer made by Allied Bakeries’ negotiators after direct pay talks broke down and confirmed that his members were now preparing for an all-out strike for a fair pay increase to commence from […]

Pension’s Lie and Dammed Lies

Very interesting and informative article from the Socialist Voice The establishment keep repeating the mantra that in twenty years’ time there will be far fewer people working than there are now, and more people in retirement. This has now become the accepted narrative of the mainstream media. And it is a lie. This lie has been repeated so often it has now become fact and the common belief. But quite the opposite is true: the work force in the Republic today is in excess of 2.3 million, which is substantially higher than thirty years ago, when in the 1980s there […]

Vote for Radical Change!

With a week to go before Ireland goes to the poll booths, Mandate is delivering a stark election warning to all voters. Successive Fine Gael and Fine Fail led governments have created an unprecedented  housing crisis, a health care crisis and instilled widespread fear regarding pension age increases and continuing threats to reintroduce water charges and deny the people a referendum on public ownership of our water. Check out Mandate’s General Election 2020 fact sheet on why you should vote for change in General Election 2020. Mandate has focussed on four key issues for our members: Housing; Health; Pension Age […]

Take the profit motivation out of children’s welfare

The Trade Union Left Forum (TULF) supports the protests by childcare workers today, who struggle on minuscule wages doing what is an essential public service. This is against the backdrop of disgraceful practices from employers within the sector, who value profits over the welfare of children and their staff. Currently, more than 60% of educators earn less than the Living Wage of €12.30 per hour and parents are paying some of the highest fees in Europe. Due to low pay and poor working conditions, the average staff turnover is 23% per year. The company that owns Giraffe Childcare, one of […]

‘We’ve been patient for long enough’ – Watch TUI members discuss their experiences of pay discrimination

Enough is Enough. Why we are taking strike action ?

Irish Participation in PESCO – the European defence co-operation entity

29 Jan 2020 Congress has written to political party leaders expressing concern at Irish Participation in PESCO, the European defence co-operation entity Dear Party Leader, At our Biennial Delegate Conference in July 2019, in line with the proud and consistent record of support by the Trade Union movement for Irish neutrality, we noted with dismay the decision by the Government to participate in Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), seen by many as a precursor to an EU army. The pace of development of EU militarisation and Ireland’s involvement has accelerated in recent times and Ireland has committed troops to a German […]

Congress Backs Feb 1 Protest by Bord na Móna Workers

  30 Jan 2020 The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has backed a protest march to be held by Bord na Móna workers in Shannonbridge, County Offaly on Saturday, February 1. The rally and march have been organised by Bord na Móna workers and pensioners in protest at the failure to deliver a Just Transition for the affected workers and communities, across the Midlands. The initiative enjoys widespread support among local communities and energy sector workers in the region. Speaking ahead of the February 1 demonstration in Shannonbridge, Congress General Secretary Patricia King said the failure to implement a fair and Just Transition had created fear and anxiety […]

Unite to ballot membership working in Hovis on significantly improved pay offer

Unite to ballot membership working in Hovis on significantly improved pay offer Posted on January 22, 2020 by Unite the union NI Shop stewards suspend pending all-out strike action planned to commence Friday after company makes new offer Sean McKeever, Unite Regional Officer, confirmed that his union would be balloting members on a fresh pay offer made by the company’s management in the face of all-out strike action. “Strike action is always a last resort for workers and our union. Unfortunately we were left with no alternative but to proceed with plans for all-out strike action as a result of the […]

Launch Of Workers’ Rights Campaign

In what was a packed public meeting at the launch of Trade Union Left Forum ( TULF)  campaign on workers’ rights in the offices of Connect Trade Union Head Office in Dublin today Saturday 18th Jan.  The meeting was addressed by Gareth Murphy, Julia Marcianak from the Ivy Restaurant Solidarity campaign, Brian Nolan The Asssistant General Secretary of the Connect Trade Union, Muireann Dalton Trade Union Activisit and Des Derwin representing the Dublin Trades Union Council. The Organisers would like to thank Connect for use of thier premieses. On this link is a copy of the Workers’ Right Pampflet

Workers’ Right Campaign National Launch Saturday 18th Dublin

Workers’ Right Campaign National Launch Saturday 18th Dublin   Trade Union Left Forum( TULF) are launching their workers’ rights campaign in Dublin on January 18th at 2pm. The launch will take place on the Connect Trade Union office at 2pm 18th Jan 6 Gardiner Row. Dublin D01 Y183. We would encourage all Trade Union Activists and the general public to come along to the public meeting.   Please click on the this link for a copy of the Campaign document1578477695950_KNOW YOUR RIGHTS BOOKLET (1)