Monthly Archives: February 2009

Harney butchers healthcare in Mid West

By Cian Prendiville

IN A report published in January, plans were announced to effectively close the casualty departments in Ennis, Nenagh and St. John's (Limerick) hospitals, replacing them with nurse-led minor injury units, unable to treat emergencies.

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Unemployment heads towards 500,000 – Demand jobs not dole!

By Paul Murphy

JANUARY 2009 saw the worst ever increase in unemployment. Those signing on to the live register rose by 36,500 to a total of 327,900. Brian Cowen has admitted that unemployment could reach 400,000 by the end of the year, but if it continues at that rate it could pass the half a million mark by the end of 2009.

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Impact’s response to pay cut

Fighting the pay cut: McLoone makes no impact!

By Tadhg Kenehan

THE RESPONSE of the IMPACT leaders to the attack by the government on the wages of public sector workers has demonstrated bankruptcy at the heart of the leadership.  

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CPSU mobilises members to defeat levy

By Denis Keane, CPSU Executive

THE ANNOUNCEMENT of a “pension levy" on public sector workers has been met with a wave of anger by civil service and public sector workers. The reality for public sector workers the majority of whom earn €35,000 per annum or less, is that far from being overpaid, they are already struggling. To quote David Begg, the difference this levy will make to these workers is "the difference between existing and not existing".

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United action can defeat the pay cuts

By Stephen Boyd

TRADE UNION activists in the public sector have reported widespread anger at Brian Cowen’s draconian pay cut of €1.4 billion. Amongst lower paid public sector workers there is seething anger at the scale of the pay cuts, which will leave them struggling to make ends meet.

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DELL – workers win increased redundancy

By Conor Payne

A MONTH after announcing 1,900 redundancies in Limerick, Dell has been forced to make important concessions to workers. Workers have succeeded in forcing the company to provide a better redundancy package, increasing the cap from 52 to 104 weeks pay and improving the pay rates in the package, which previously covered only basic pay.

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Fight cuts in Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann

SHOCK, ANGER and disbelief probably best describe the feelings of Dublin Bus workers at the announcement that 290 workers are to be sacked over the next while. Along with the job losses, over 120 buses, nearly ten per cent of the fleet, are to be axed. On top of this, the company is refusing to pay the increases due under the last partnership deal. Bus Eireann are using similar arguments to sack 300 workers.

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