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 […]

Reshaping the Future: The Case for a Four Day Week

NIPSA Policy and Research We continue to promote the view that it is essential for the Trade Union movement to engage in a “battle of ideas” not only to challenge the dominant economic orthodoxy that has brought cuts and privatisation to our members and their families but also to explore alternative policy models that would reshape our society for the better. The latest NIPSA Policy and Research publication, arising from a conference motion proposing NIPSA campaign for the introduction of a four-day week in the NICS, continues this mission. The booklet makes the point that it is essential that all […]

Debenhams workers occupy Waterford store

MANDATE SAYS GOVERNMENT REFUSAL TO LEGISLATE HAS LED TO OCCUPATIONS Mandate Trade Union says the government’s refusal to legislate to protect workers’ agreed redundancy packages has created huge frustration with Debenhams workers and led to several workers occupying the Debenhams store in Waterford. Mandate National Coordinator Jonathan Hogan said the liquidator, KPMG, escalated the dispute last week by sending in individuals to pass official picket lines to pack stock in preparation for removal and this antagonised the workers who have been on strike for 172 days. Mr Hogan said: “Last week we wrote to KPMG seeking clarification of their position, […]

Grant Thornton recommends €17m annual Government support for Post Office Network

  Posted on September 30, 2020 Report says Post Office Network continues to return strong economic and social value ‘Collapse of Post Office Network’ if State support not introduced urgently  An annual Public Service Obligation (PSO) for the Post Office Network of €17m has been recommended in an independent review by business advisors Grant Thornton. READ the full Grant Thornton Report. The report Review of the economic contribution and financial sustainability of the Irish Post Office Network, commissioned by the Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU), recommends that the Government invest with urgency in the Post Office Network, as it provides a multi-fold economic and […]

Estee Lauder workers strike for second day today

Friday 25 September 2020 UNION REFERS DISPUTE TO LABOUR COURT 40 Estee Lauder workers in Dublin Airport are on strike for a second time today (Friday, 25th September) as they seek to prevent compulsory redundancies and stop the company rehiring workers on inferior terms and conditions of employment. The strike will take place from 7am at the Dublin Airport roundabout. Mandate say workers should be afforded the principle of voluntary rather than compulsory redundancy but the terms of the redundancy package must be negotiated including the selection criteria. The Union also wishes to negotiate the terms & conditions of those […]