A boy of ten or twelve carries a sack of coffee beans bigger than his torso up a steep hill. He stops to rub his back, grimacing in pain, then picks up the sack again and carries on. This is the true face of Starbucks and Nespresso, behind the mask of “ethical” corporate branding: children working for 40 hours a week, for about £5 per day.Read More »
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By Diarmuid Naessans, TUI (personal capacity) The Teachers Union of Irelands TUI campaign of strike action for Equal Pay for Equal Work will receive huge support from workers and the general public. New entrant teachers earn 14% less in the early years and 10% less over the first ten years at a time when life choice decisions are made. The ...Read More »
Today’s initial half day strike action by teacher members of UNITE at the Delfin English Language school on Parnell Square for union recognition and improvements in conditions is the culmination of a long organising campaign.Read More »
By Paul Murphy TD A branch of around 100 Dublin Postal Drivers is faced with the prospect of effective expulsion from the Independent Workers Union as the IWU seeks to negotiate a merger with Unite. This is an active branch, representing An Post HGV drivers. They were formerly a branch of the Communications Workers Unions (CWU), but their branch was ...Read More »
By Mick Barry TD An Post announced plans in late June to shut the Cork Mail Centre (CMC) by March 2020 with the loss of 240 jobs. The news was announced at a mass meeting of staff at the end of June. Some drove home from their shift crying. Many had taken out mortgages on the strength of CMC pay ...Read More »
By Michael O’Brien Recent years of economic growth and an increase in employment rates constitutes the greatest part of the government’s claim of recovery. However, the ‘recovery’ in employment rates has not brought an end the cost of living crisis experienced by hundreds of thousands of workers. A real workers’ recovery is needed that combats precarity, struggles for real ...Read More »
By David Vallely NASRA workers fight HSE union busting The current fight for union recognition by workers in the HSE’s National Ambulance Service (NAS) is part of the fallout from the economic crash. The savage attacks on public sector pay during the depths of the austerity years coupled with a harsh regime of overwork and bullying was compounded by the ...Read More »
The National Transport Authority are privatising one-tenth of Dublin Bus. From November 2018 they will outsource the routes to UK company Go-Ahead. The NTA says they are “confident that passengers will benefit from this decision,” but socialists and trade unionists are absolutely certain that workers will suffer from this decision.Read More »
The strike action by Dublin Bus workers is about achieving a decade of pay justice and should be supported by all workers.Read More »
Never ones to waste a good crisis IBEC were quickly out of the traps after the Brexit vote claiming that the ensuing political and economic turmoil meant that bosses in Ireland needed support and in turn workers’ rights must come under the hammer.Read More »