Striking is not a Crime- What is the Industrial Relations Act

What is the 1990 industrial relations act? Debenhams workers have been charged for alleged breaches to the 1990 Industrial Relations Act This is the state acting to break their resistance. Next step, the heavy gang, the enforcers of the injunctions, the private balaclava security firm, backed up by the state, the Gardaí The 1990 act is the worst dilution of workers’ rights in the history of this state it gives all the power to employers & decimates workers’ power. The 1990 act is the state attacking workers’ rights, the citizens, in favour of business rights, the ruling class. “Government in […]

SIPTU calls for mandatory sick pay scheme to cover full income of ill workers

SIPTU calls for mandatory sick pay scheme to cover full income of ill workers Date Released: 09 October 2020 SIPTU economist, Michael Taft, has called for the introduction of a mandatory sick pay scheme which ensures that workers receive their full income while they are out of work due to illness. Speaking at a Webinar entitled ‘Healing our Sick Pay System’ and hosted by SIPTU, he said: “A mandatory sick pay scheme must be available for all workers regardless of the sector or company in which they work. Payments from the scheme should cover their full income while they are […]

Unite: News

The Covid-19 pandemic has not been experienced by everyone equally.  As always, working people have been hardest hit, not only by the virus itself – which has been allowed to run rampant in settings such as meat processing plants – but also by the financial consequences of the associated restrictions.  It has become increasingly clear that we are not ‘all in this together’, and elements on the far right are now seeking to exploit public fears and anger to divide workers.   Forward Together is a new alliance of community activists, trade unionists, elected representatives and concerned individuals working together […]

SIPTU welcomes Dáil debate on collective bargaining

SIPTU Deputy General Secretary, Gerry McCormack, has said that robust and comprehensive legislation to grant collective bargaining rights to workers in Ireland is urgent, particularly in light of the Covid-19 crisis and Brexit. He said: “The Covid-19 crisis and the threat of a ‘no deal’ Brexit have reinforced the urgent need for legislation to grant collective bargaining rights to workers in Ireland. The Covid-19 crisis has disproportionately affected the lives of mainly younger, precarious workers across the hospitality, tourism, retail and other low paid employments in the services sector of the economy. “A ‘no deal’ Brexit will also affect tens […]

Government commitment to school secretaries welcomed- Forsa

Fórsa welcomes ‘breakthrough moment in a decades-long inequality’ and says early progress essential to avert planned industrial action Fórsa trade union, which represents more than 1,000 school secretaries in primary and secondary schools nationwide, has welcomed comments made in the Dáil today (Thursday) by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, confirming the current Government’s objective to regularise employment, terms, conditions and pension rights for school secretaries. The comments come the day after the union confirmed it would serve notice of industrial action next week to over 1,000 individual schools and the Department of Education and Skills (DES). The continuing dispute with the DES is due to a […]

Mandate condemns legal action by Debenhams liquidator

Thursday 8 October 2020 Mandate Trade Union has said the joint liquidators of Debenhams, KPMG, in seeking High Court injunctions against three striking workers who are demanding the implementation of their agreed redundancy package was both regrettable and totally avoidable. Mandate General Secretary Gerry Light said these workers are law-abiding and are simply demanding what is owed to them. “It should never have come to this. These workers should have had the protections of the law, but sadly our government refused to back the Debenhams workers and now they’re being intimidated by means of High Court injunctions. “If the government […]

What is the 1990 Industrial Relations Act? Abolish it NOW

What is the 1990 industrial relations act? Debenhams workers have been charged for alleged breaches to the 1990 Industrial Relations Act. This is the state acting to break their resistance. Next step, the heavy gang, the enforcers of the injunctions, the private balaclava’d security firm, backed up by the state, the Gardaí The 1990 act is the worst dilution of workers’ rights in the history of this state it gives all the power to employers & decimates workers’ power. The 1990 act is the state attacking workers’ rights, the citizens, in favour of business rights, the ruling class.   The […]

International Solidarity: Indonesia.

Thousands of students, workers protest new Indonesian law. BANDUNG, Indonesia — Thousands of Indonesian students and workers protested on Wednesday against a new law they say will cripple labor rights and harm the environment, with some clashing with police. One student was apparently shot. Authorities in Bandung, the capital of West Java province, blocked streets leading to the local parliament building and city hall, where clashes between rock-throwing students and riot police broke out late Tuesday when police tried to disperse the protesters. On Wednesday, more than 3,000 protesters, including workers and high school and university students, attempted to reach […]

100 days of Neo Liberal Troika

The FF, FG, Green government is now just over 100 days old.  Here are some of the chaos that has ensued.  29th of June citizens dealt a blow as Daragh O Brien is appointed as housing minister his record on housing thus far.  🚨2016 opposed rent certainty 🚨2016 opposed Focus Ireland amendment 🚨2017 opposed Right to Housing 🚨2018 facilitated failed ‘Housing Budget’ 🚨2019 facilitated ‘confidence’ in E Murphy   6th of July they were considering extending breast screening from two to three years putting women’s lives at risk   7th of July Éamonn Ryan says “our priority are travel agents […]

Fórsa to meet HSE on winter plan

Fórsa says additional resources for health professionals, social care services and supports to frontline staff will be needed to make a success of the HSE’s new winter plan, which was launched earlier this month. The union says it supports the plans aimed to increase community health capacity and reduce demand on hospital services to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 and make progress on a central pillar of the Sláintecare programme. But its head of health, Éamonn Donnelly, said it would fail without a “structured and defined funding model” to invest in community services, underpin supports to frontline staff in hospitals […]