Irish Rail workers are balloting on a proposed pay deal as Socialist Worker goes to print. This follows two one-day strikes that closed rail and DART services.
By Owen McCormack Despite tough talk from management and the government the strikes were hugely effective and had major impacts on traffic and the economy. The deal on offer is short of the worker’ demand, itself a modest 3.75% a year, and is likely to come with huge productivity measures. The strike is the forth […]
The Bonn Cop23 conference held over two weeks in November is not going to provide any real solutions to climate change.
By Owen McCormack The elaborate conference was supposed to force national governments to live up to and improve on pledges made in Paris two year ago. The problem for international capitalism and for all of us is that even these pledges would see the Earth warm up by over 3 degrees celsius in the coming decades. […]
Trade unions and the Government have negotiated a pay deal for all public sector workers.
Picture: SIPTU recommends this shameful deal Some unions will start voting in the next week. The deal is a major setback and effectively locks in austerity measures brought in during the recession. It awards minuscule pay rises but effectively gives the Government a blank cheque in other areas. It copper fastens pay inequality; newly recruited […]
After three weeks, the Bus Eireann strike was called off to allow for a ballot to take place on Labour Court proposals. The proposed deal was announced at the same time that a separate ballot of Dublin Bus workers in Siptu showed a large majority (67%) had voted to take solidarity action with their Bus Eireann colleagues.
Owen MacCormack The Labour Court deal was timed to stop the dispute spreading to other CIE companies such a Dublin Bus. Management, backed by the Government and Minister Shane Ross, had originally wanted pay cuts of around 30% and widespread new flexible working conditions. They had talked up the scale of crisis and openly threatened […]
At the time of writing Bus Eireann workers have suspended their strike for negotiations but Bus Eireann management are still trying to push in a cost cutting package which will see huge cuts in workers’ pay and savage cuts to services.
While existing workers face a 30% cut in earnings, the company also want flexi-hour contracts for new drivers. They have also announced a swathe of cuts to routes including the scrapping of the Dublin-Derry, Dublin- Clonmel and Westport-Athlone services. The Government and Transport Minister,Shane Ross, pretend it’s got nothing to do with them but the […]
STOP PRESS: As we go to press the nurses and midwives planned action has been called off and the union executive are recommending acceptance of what looks like a poor deal. This is unfortunate but it will do nothing to address the fundamental issues outlined in this article.
Over 35,000 nurses were due to start a work to rule this month over the appalling conditions many now forced to work under especially in A&E s. While the core issue for the nurses’ union is retention of staff, the issue goes to the heart of the crisis in the health service and the attack […]
The Government are trying to dismantle Bus Eireann and savage the pay and conditions of drivers as well as the services provided across the country.
CIE workers united can beat these attacks. Owen McCormack The Government are trying to dismantle Bus Eireann and savage the pay and conditions of drivers as well as the services provided across the country. The plan is to run down the state subsidised service and encourage more private operators using non-union workers on inferior terms […]
A report from accountancy firm Grant ThorntonGrant Thornton report and financial “crisis” at Bus Eireann. is to recommend huge cuts at Bus Eireann in both wages and conditions of staff and of services, especially in the west of Ireland with other routes been contracted out to private operators. The Board of CIE has accepted […]
Support the ASTI Strike - equal pay for equal work everywhere.
After years of accepting austerity, recent months have shown that Ireland’s workers are waking up and ready to fight. From teachers to transport workers to nurses, rumblings of discontent are escalating into a major fight against Government imposed pay restraint and attempts to continue with a policy that means low pay, unequal conditions and continuous […]
Dublin Bus workers, drivers and other Dublin bus employees, held a very successful 2-day strike on Thursday and Friday 8/9 September. They have more action planned for the weeks ahead.
Dublin Bus workers, drivers and other Dublin bus employees, held a very successful 2-day strike on Thursday and Friday 8/9 September. They have more action planned for the weeks ahead. The bus workers have a rock solid case for their 21% pay claim over three years. They have had no pay rise since 2008. They […]