Monthly Archives: March 2011

EROs & REAs – pay rates under threat

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As part of the so-called National Recovery Plan, a review of the framework of statutory wage setting mechanisms for Employment Regulation Orders (ERO) and Registered Employment Agreement (REA) has been established.  The review is also a commitment under the provisions of the joint EU-IMF Programme for Ireland. The outgoing government had requested that the review be completed within a short timeframe - approximately the end of March.

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Are Sinn Fein a real left opposition?

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In the run into the election, Sinn Fein received a significant boost by the election of the articulate Pearse Doherty, the migration South of Gerry Adams d midst the massive anger in society, its left “posturing” in opposition to the IMF/EU deal, calls for the burning of the bondholders and opposition to austerity saw them take a significant leap from five to 14 TDs.

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Libya: Stop the bombing – No to foreign intervention!

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The UN Security Council’s majority decision to impose a “no-fly zone”, while greeted with joy on the streets of Benghazi and Tobruk, was in no way intended to defend the Libyan revolution. The air strikes’ mounting civilian toll is leading to growing questioning of these attacks that is leading to pressure on governments, like South Africa, that originally supported, or abstained on, the UN decision, to distance themselves from what is taking place.

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A socialist programme for economic recovery

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The premise of Fine Gael and Labour’s Programme for Government is that there is no alternative to continuing the austerity policies of Fianna Fail. socialistparty.net questions this assertion and argues for socialist policies to redevelop the economy.

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Libya: No to Western military intervention

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The UN Security Council’s majority decision to enact a militarily-imposed ‘no-fly-zone’ against Libya, while greeted with joy on the streets of Benghazi and Tobruk, is in no way intended to defend the Libyan revolution.

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