Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19: Childcare facilities close with workers left in distress

Across the state, workers are being thrown into turmoil by the Coronavirus emergency as companies announce closures and layoffs. For more than 25,000 childcare workers, there is huge uncertainty as all childcare facilities across the state have been closed. This was obviously necessary as a public health measure, and many workers continue to be paid from the state subvention. However, ...

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COVID-19: Impact on cultural workers

By Conor Burke The unprecedented crisis that has now emerged around the threat of the corona virus  means that artists, musicians and other  cultural workers have been one of the first and hardest-hit sectors in society. Many cultural centres have been forced to close, meaning art galleries, exhibition spaces and music venues have been. Therefore, planned exhibits and shows have ...

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COVID-19: Invest in public healthcare now!

By Finghín Kelly  The Irish health system is entering the Covid-19 crisis in a very poor position. Before the virus hit, it was already at breaking point. This is a result of chronic underfunding by successive governments stretching back decades and made worse in the last decade of austerity. Despite the spin from the government, the Irish state is actually ...

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North and Coronavirus crisis: Emergency measures needed

No loss of jobs or income! Put public health before private profit! The spread of the novel coronavirus Covid-19 has become a major health crisis, unlike anything seen in a century. At the time of writing, around 156 countries have been impacted, with more than 170,000 infected and more than 6,500 confirmed deaths, including 36 in Britain and 2 in ...

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COVID-19- Demand free mass testing now

By Ruth Coppinger Huge delays are being experienced accessing coronavirus testing through the HSE and the amount of testing has been low. The turnaround for requesting and actually getting test results can be a week or more, causing uncertainty, distress and potentially delayed treatment. But other countries, such as South Korea and Bahrain, have ramped up testing rates, allowing them ...

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COVID-19: Workers’ Rights, Safety and Pay must be protected

By Michael O’Brien Like with governments the world over there has been a reluctant and tardy response in Ireland by the authorities to the Coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of workers, especially in the private sector, are being effectively told to pay the price for the interruption of commerce. The need for the isolation of both those ill from Coronavirus and those ...

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COVID-19: Waive rent and mortgage payments now

The banks have been bailed out to the tune of billions in the last decade. This has been paid for by workers through vicious austerity. The banks have also been gifted generous tax breaks serving to boost their profits by billions. There should be no cuts whatsoever to the incomes of working-class people as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. ...

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Stop profiteering from COVID-19 – Demand price caps now!

Here in Ireland and globally, each day brings news of the rising number of confirmed cases and tragic fatalities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Understandably this has brought about a huge sense of distress, worry and uncertainty amongst workers and young people who are not only living in the fear of a substantial threat to their health and those of ...

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Stock Market Freefall as Fears of Recession Mount

By Daniel Waldron The collapse on the world’s stock exchanges on 9 March was the largest since the beginning of the global capitalist crisis in 2008. The fall on the US stock market at opening time was so severe that it led to a technical trade stoppage after just five minutes. The main reason for the global stock market crashes ...

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Coronavirus and the system

By Michael O’Brien We are at a point now where official estimates in Ireland predict that there will be hundreds of cases of Coronovirus detected within weeks.  This is an issue with implications for public health, workers rights, but also one with domestic global economic and political ramifications. At the time of writing, arresting the spread has necessitated the closure ...

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