Workplace News

Worker exploitation, soaring profits… A summer of discontent?

By Laura Fitzgerald Predictions of a “summer of discontent” abound with industrial action looming in a number of sectors, both public and private. The state faces industrial disputes and possible strikes in the public sector with teachers, nurses, psychiatric nurses, midwives, Gardaí, as well as bus and rail workers with Irish Rail, Bus Éireann, and Dublin Bus. In the private ...

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Luas workers: Resilient in the face of threats

Luas workers continue to show the way in terms of fighting for a recovery for workers, writes Paul Murphy TD. They bravely rejected by 99% a proposal that would have seen the introduction of a two-tier workforce and increasing the working day from nine hours to nine and a half hours. The response of the company, Transdev, has been vicious. ...

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This rotten system must go- Join the socialists today

By Laura Fitzgerald “Accumulation of wealth at one pole is… at the same time accumulation of misery, agony of toil, slavery, ignorance, brutality, mental degradation, at the opposite pole” – Karl Marx The richest 1% global elite own more wealth than the other 99% of the world’s population. Let’s reflect on that for a moment. There has never, in the ...

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Worker exploitation rife in fishing industry

By Councillor Michael O’Brien The Guardian newspaper recently published a major exposé about the systematic super exploitation of non-EU migrants in the fishing industry in Ireland. However this situation was brought to the government’s attention some years earlier by the office of Joe Higgins TD among others. In early 2013, at the prompting of Ken Fleming of the International Transport ...

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AAA support bus workers strike against privatisation

Labour Party support for NTA stance ‘a disgrace’  Anti Austerity Alliance TDs Joe Higgins, Ruth Coppinger and Paul Murphy have issued the following statement on the bus strikes: “The NTA’s decision to franchise out 10% of Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus routes is all about a race to the bottom both for the wages and conditions of transport workers and ...

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No sell-off to IAG! Re-nationalise Aer Lingus

By Cllr. Mick Barry Willie Walsh’s International Airlines Group (IAG) is still bidding for control of Aer Lingus as The Socialist goes to press. Should IAG succeed in its endeavours Aer Lingus will be 100 percent privatised following its 75% privatisation under the previous Fianna Fail-led administration. Willie Walsh’s ruthless record Willie Walsh is a ruthless capitalist with a track ...

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