Tag Archives: SIPTU

No cutting of Dublin Bus workers’ annual leave

By Michael O’Brien Dublin Bus management are steamrolling through their policy of enforced annual leave. I was given sight of a list of sixty drivers’ names that has been posted up on the wall in Harristown Garage yesterday, where they are being told they must take next Monday off. The officialdom of the two unions that organise there are effectively ...

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Workers cannot wait to safeguard their health – unions must act

By Mick Barry TD On Weds 25 March 1,000 workers at Moy Park Portadown walked off the job demanding proper health and safety protections for the workforce. The same day nearly 100 workers at a Larry Goodman meat plant – ABP in Lurgan – did the same thing for the same reason. On Friday 27 March workers at Linden Meats ...

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Non-medical support staff vote for strike action

By Carol Brogan As we go to press, SIPTU have announced 20 June as the day for 24 hour strike by 10,000 non-medical support staff. Health Support Staff voted by 94% in favour of strike action, while separately 97% of HSE hospital chefs also voted in favour of strike action. Porters, healthcare assistants, cleaners, laboratory aides, surgical instrument technicians, etc ...

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What kind of trade union movement we need

By Michael O’Brien When the nurses and midwives embarked upon their strike action it was clear that they were not just up against the government, the HSE and a right-wing media. Unfortunately, they effectively found themselves up against the leaderships of other public service trade unions. SIPTU Senior Health Sector official and Labour party councillor Paul Bell was the most ...

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Oppose union busting: Victory to striking paramedics

Ambulance paramedics, advance paramedics and emergency medical technicians are striking today for union recognition and against the Government’s hard line union busting position. NASRA and the PNA are the union of choice for a very substantial bloc of ambulance workers. Some 1,800 people work in the national ambulance service, 600 of these workers want to be represented by NASRA. However, ...

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Fighting union busting- Solidarity with striking ambulance workers

By Mick Barry TD Hundreds of ambulance paramedics, advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians placed pickets on HSE ambulance depots across the country on Tuesday, 22 January. The workers are members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) and are locked in a battle with the HSE over the issue of union recognition. The strike came just eight days before the ...

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Striking against wage restraint- Full support for nurses and midwives

By Ciaran McKenna Nurses and midwives, who are members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) are scheduled to begin strike action on 30 January. It is to be the first day in a series of 24 hour strikes by the union and the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA). With “friends” like these The usual arguments are being made by ...

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Solidarity with nurses and midwives!

Full support for Nurses — a gain for them is a gain for all workers & for our health service Socialist Party members and Solidarity TDs Ruth Coppinger, Paul Murphy and Mick Barry have called for full support by all workers for nurses and midwives in their upcoming national strikes. “Nurses should get the full support of all workers and ...

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Jobstown trial: Burton shamefully claims Connolly’s mantle

By Solidarity Councillor and Socialist Party member Michael O’Brien The claim by Joan Burton today in the witness box that she is in effect a direct political descendant of James Connolly by virtue of being an ex- leader of the Labour Party drew a combination of gasps and sniggers from most people assembled in the courtroom. A cursory search for ...

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30% pay cut: Bus Éireann declares war on workers

By Mick Barry TD Bus Éireann’s proposals for a 30% cut in take-home pay for their drivers, possible compulsory redundancies and casualisation of work represent a declaration of war. Owing to the precedent that it would set, it represents a declaration of war not merely on bus drivers but on all public transport workers and the working class as a whole. ...

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