TD says Ryanair climb-down welcome but workers still prepared to fight

Press Release- Bríd Smith TD, People Before Profit 15/12/2017

Brid Smith says O’Leary statement has boosted workers confidence but fight for full union rights still goes on

People Before Profit TD, Brid Smith, has said she is delighted that Ryanair, who she described as a “notorious anti-union employer”, has said it would be prepared to recognise trade unions.

The move is historic and clearly an attempt to avert strike action that was planned next week by pilots and was gathering huge support among all Ryanair workers.

But the TD warned that given its history of anti-worker and anti-union actions the detail of its commitment to recognise trade unions had to be examined. Read more ›

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Brid Smith TD on the outcome of the Joint Cmte on 8th Amendment

Discussing the outcome of the Joint committee’s vote on Citizen Assembly’s recommendations. A new day is dawning…

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Bríd Smith TD speaking in Dáil debates on Northern Ireland, 13.12.17

The Dáil is debating Northern Ireland – this will be a regular event! I was happy last night to have the opportunity to outline People Before Profit’s attitude to such issues as Brexit, Women’s and and LGBT+ rights, Irish unity & the language, the DUP and corruption. PBP is the only all-Ireland party, bar Sinn Féin, to have elected representative North and South and we welcome these debates wholeheartedly.


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Ryanair accused of 1913 style tactics by TD

“Bullying, blackmail and threats will not stop campaign for the right to union recognition,” says Brid Smith  TD

People Before Profit TD, Brid Smith, has said that a letter sent by Ryanair to pilots in Bergamo Italy should be condemned by the Irish Government and the Minister for Transport Shane Ross.

Deputy Smith said the letter was the worst example of intimidation and bullying by an employer she had seen in 30 years of trade union activity. Read more ›

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Brid Smith TD & Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on date for Repeal referendum

REFERENDUM FOR MAY – That’s what we have to hold Leo and FF to. Yesterday in the Dáil I asked him when, and May is what he said his preference was for, but because FG don’t have the majority they need, they’ll be depending on FF’s co-operation. And we’ll be making sure they’re both held to account.

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Ryanair pilot strike – Bríd discusses on Primetime RTE 1, 12.12.17

Free collective bargaining and dignity at work. That’s what the pilots are striking for. And more power to their collective elbow! I was pleased to speak up for them on RTE’s Primtime programme this evening.

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Tomorrow’s 8th amendment committee will be a historic chance to end 33 years of state oppression of woman says Brid Smith TD

People Before Profit TD and member of the Dáil committee on the 8th amendment has said that tomorrow’s meeting which will vote on a range of issues is a historic opportunity to end the constitutional clause which has brought untold suffering to women.

Welcoming signs that the committee will recommend a simple repeal referendum as well as accept the right of women to choose abortion up to the first 12 weeks, Deputy Smith said that while historic tomorrow’s vote was in reality just the beginning of the end of the 8th amendment. Read more ›

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TD says the state must not collude with any anti-union campaign by Ryanair management

“This is 2017, not a rerun of 1913; workers have the right to be represented by a union,” says Brid Smith TD

Questions remain over state regulator and its oversight in aviation industry says the Dublin South Central TD

People Before Profit TD, Brid Smith, today called for the full support of the trade union movement for the Ryanair pilots based in Ireland and across Europe who have voted for strike action for union recognition.

A large majority of pilots based in Ireland have voted to strike over a range of issues at the airline including the right to be represented by a union of their choice as opposed to a company appointed representative body. Hundreds more pilots based in Italy and Portugal are supporting the union recognition campaign. Read more ›

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TD claims Government health funding does not allow for pay rises for non-HSE workers

“Government Policy responsible for possible strike action in health and social care services,” says Brid Smith TD

People Before Profit TD, Brid Smith, has said that Government policy is directly responsible for a possible strike of over 8,000 staff in the health and social care service which could cause severe disruption to a system already at breaking point.

The TD had asked a number of Dáil questions of the Minister for Health over the funding for so-called section 39 organisations.  Staff in these organisations may be taking strike action as, unlike direct HSE employees, they will not receive any pay restoration under recent pay deals and legislation. Read more ›

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Brid Smith TD welcomes the latest Irish Times Ipsos MRBI poll on Repeal 8th Referendum

PBP Choice banner on the biggest Choice demo yet

Three Fianna Fail committee members indicate support for legal abortion up to 12 weeks gestation, without restriction.

People Before Profit TD Brid Smith is a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment and spoke today about the prospects of a majority report to be voted and agreed on Wednesday 13 December. Read more ›

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