New public sector deal locks in austerity

Trade unions and the Government have negotiated a pay deal for all public sector workers.

New public sector deal locks in austerity

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 […]

Bus Eireann: The struggle is not over

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.

Bus Eireann: The struggle is not over

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 […]

Support Bus Eireann workers and defend bus services.

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.

Support Bus Eireann workers and defend bus 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 […]

Crisis in hospitals; fund services and decent wages.

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.

Crisis in hospitals; fund services and decent wages.

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 […]

Defend Bus Eireann! Defend Public Transport!

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.

Defend Bus Eireann! Defend Public Transport!

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 […]

Grant Thornton report and financial “crisis” at Bus Eireann.

  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 […]

Payback Time for Workers

 Support the ASTI Strike - equal pay for equal work everywhere.

Payback Time for Workers

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 […]

Support the bus workers – they are fighting for us all

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.

Support the bus workers – they are fighting for us all

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 […]

Transdev’s attack on Luas drivers escalates

Transdev’s attack on Luas drivers escalates

All trade unionists must support drivers’ fight. As Socialist Worker went to press, the scheduled strikes on the Luas had been deferred pending talks at the Labour Court initiated by the ICTU president Patricia King. While workers have been told their action must be deferred, the company has continued with its bully boy tactics aimed […]

Workers force Tesco climb down

A show of unity and the threat of pickets on all Tesco stores forced the company to delay its plans to slash the pay of long term staff. The company has also been forced to make more concessions such as a redundancy and once off compensation package.

Workers force Tesco climb down

A show of unity and the threat of pickets on all Tesco stores forced the company to delay its plans to slash the pay of long term staff. The company has also been forced to make more concessions such as a redundancy and once off compensation package. However as we go to print, Tesco’s threats […]

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