Workplace News

Aer Lingus workers resist permanent austerity during temporary crisis

As both ground and cabin crews at Aer Lingus vote against management austerity packages, Ruth Coppinger spoke to Aer Lingus workers about what workers have been going through at the airline. “I have young cabin crew colleagues regularly attending soup kitchens for meals and getting help from St Vincent de Paul. My own brother bought my son’s school books this year. ...

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Two new reports find hospitality sector rife with exploitation

By Finn McKenna Before Covid reached Ireland it was an established fact that young people are facing a future precarity, but the pandemic has worsened this prospect. Nowhere is this more evident than in the hospitality and retail sector, where exploitative conditions are rife. Pre-Covid, hospitality workers found themselves facing an array of testing and grinding working conditions, ranging from ...

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No to layoffs at Cork Airport: Re-nationalise Aer Lingus!

By Mick Barry Hundreds of workers are facing temporary layoff in September when Cork Airport shuts for runway repairs. Aer Lingus has announced plans to lay off 198 workers and other big airport employers like OCS and Swissport may take a similar stance. This is even though Aer Lingus and others have received large amounts of state funding during the ...

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Amazon UK destroys 130,000 goods a week: A system built on waste

By Finn McKenna  “’A leaked document showed more than 124,000 items marked as ‘Destroy’ in just a week… This is just ONE warehouse. If you have a system where this is possible — and even profitable — that’s a clear sign that something is fundamentally wrong.” The above quote is from renowned climate activist Greta Thunberg. She was describing the ...

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Debenhams strike day 412: Workers’ action defies Gardaí & removal trucks

A massive Garda operation in Limerick on Monday night to remove stock from the Debenhams store in Limerick failed when one hundred ex-Debenhams workers and supporters staged a sit down protest. At around midnight Gardaí started to block off the roads approaching Debenhams, including access to O’Connell St and Liddy St. Two city blocks were in effect locked down by ...

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Carphone Warehouse closure: latest casualty of retail jobs crisis

By Peter McGregorCarphone Warehouse has moved in recent days to shut down all of their Irish stores, 69 individual stores and 12 within other stores. This move will result in a total of 486 redundancies. The news was followed by the shutting down of Dixons Carphone stores which operate in Airports in Britain and Ireland. The parent company Dixons Carphone, ...

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Debenhams Strike: Taoiseach’s “mediation” process a total betrayal

By Michael O’Brien Over the course of the last decade the Taoiseach Micheál Martin in the Dáil chamber referred to the €64 billion bank bailout of 2008 precisely as a “bailout” no less than 57 times according to the Dáil record. However, yesterday when the contrast was made between that largesse to the banks and the manner in which the ...

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We need fighting trade unionism – lessons & legacy of the Debenhams struggle

By Michael O’Brien As we go to press the struggle by the Debenhams workers for the honouring of the redundancy agreement their union Mandate reached with the employer in 2016 has passed its seventh month, and has long since earned its place in the lore of this country’s labour history.[1] The court injunction granted to the liquidator KPMG against the ...

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Defend the Debenhams strike – no criminalisation of workers

By Councillor Kieran Mahon Now is the time for all to come to the defence of Debenhams workers. The cynical and cowardly move by liquidators, KPMG, to escalate the dispute by seeking legal injunctions comes as workers prepare to mark six months of determined action. This is happening because, on the ground, workers are winning and KPMG are losing. During ...

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