WFTU Solidarity statement with the Indonesia strike against anti-labor policy

The World Federation of Trade Unions, representing more than 105 million workers from 133 countries of the 5 continents salutes the massive strike and demonstration organized by workers, students, farmers, and popular strata in Jakarta, Indonesia against the anti-people and anti-labor policies of the Indonesian government on August 10th, 2022. The international class-oriented trade union movement joins its voice with the WFTU affiliates and the trade union movement in Indonesia demanding withdrawal of the Omnibuslaw, P3 Laws and canceling of the RKUHP Laws as well the canceling of the SISDIKNNAS laws revision.  We also demand effective measures against the rise […]

Unions support Colombian rights

Fórsa has written to the newly elected Colombian government to express support for its political programme and emphasise the union’s continued commitment to supporting implementation of the 2016 peace agreement. In a letter addressed to President Gustavo Petro and Vice-President Francia Márquez, a group of British and Irish unions representing over 6.5 million workers, welcomed policies which contained “the potential for change that could see significant steps away from the violence and deep-rooted inequality that has affected Colombia for so long.” The Justice for Colombia union coalition congratulated Colombian president Gustavo Petro and vice-president Francia Márquez on their hard-won victory. […]

Workers’ rights need to be addressed, warns IHREC

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is warning that workers’ rights in Ireland need to be addressed. In a report to the Council of Europe, the IHREC said it is concerned about inadequate protections for workers, discriminatory policies that affect disabled employees and the prevalence of discrimination and sexual harassment in the labour market. The commission said the failure to acknowledge the social and economic value of care work, mainly provided by women, has led to low pay and conditions. The report highlights that trade unions have no legislative right to be recognised in the workplace for collective bargaining purposes. […]

Dunnes workers lodge life-changing pay claim

UNION SEEKS MINIMUM 7.7% PAY INCREASE FOR ALL WORKERS Dunnes Stores workers today lodged a pay claim with the company seeking significant pay increases, additional annual leave days, improvements to the staff discount scheme and the creation of full-time jobs. Citing increased living costs and the positive contribution of staff to the business during the pandemic, the workers say they should be rewarded fairly for the work they do. “Workers all over the country are struggling right now, yet many employers, like Dunnes Stores, are capable of paying higher wages and improving conditions of employment. Those that can pay, should […]

Mandate say Penneys restructuring must take place through agreement

Thursday 7 July 2022 Mandate Trade Union, which represents more than 5,000 workers in Penneys in Ireland, has said that any restructuring withing the company, which may include redundancies, must take place through agreement with the workers’ representatives. Penneys announced a restructuring process on the 29th June and since then Mandate has been engaged with the company since then. Lorraine O’Brien, Mandate National Coordinator said: “This announcement from the company has caused enormous stress and anxiety for our members. We’ve already had a number of meetings with the members and we will ensure their voices are heard by the company. “Any […]

Fair Employment Bill

In what was a packed public meeting at Unite offices in Dublin City Centre last night ( Thursday 2nd) to launch the Fair Employment Bill. The main speakers outlined the proposals which in time would give workers rights through empowering Trade Unions and to enable workers to gain fair employment rights. The full meeting can be viewed here Fair Employment Bill 2022 Launch  

Radio Interview with TULF. Raidió Reibiliúnach

In this episode we chat with Jimmy Doran, Chair of the Trade Union Left Forum about proposed legislation to replace the regressive 1990 Industrial Relations Act with a new Bill entitled ‘ The Fair Employment Bill 2022’ . The new bill will give back the freedoms tradeunionists had prior to 1990. We urge all workers to support this Bill. The Bill will be launched tomorrow night in the Unite the Union Office in Middle Abbey Street Dublin. The Interview took place on the 1st June. Presented by Danny Coffey Produced by Denise O’Toole

Trade Union Left Forum. Launch Fair Employment Act

An act to restore the cost of living and civil society remits of trade unions, to legislate for a trade union right to access to members and workers in the workplace, to legislate for trade union right to be heard in negotiations on behalf of members where collective bargaining is recognised,  and related maters. Be it enacted by the Oireachtas as follows:    

Interview about The Industrial Relations Act and why it should be abolished.

This interview took place on Thursday 26th May with the Irish Language Station Raidió na Life with a Unite The Union activist. Click on this link

MLSA Industrial Action Enters Second Week

Issued by the Medical Laboratory Scientists Association (MLSA) Industrial Action Week 2 Monday May 23, 2022. Medical Scientists to Step Up Industrial Action Two days of Action to be taken by Medical Scientists this week Medical Scientists to continue on picket lines to resolve – unfilled posts, pay parity, career pathway and increasing demands. Medical Scientists are stepping up their industrial action this week – in frustration over long-standing pay and career development issues. Two days of action are taking place on Tuesday May 24 and Wednesday May 25, following an initial one day of action last week. No approach […]