Lloyds picket 20 7 18 – Support rally outside Ballyfermot store

Clips from a brief morning rally of supporters of the Lloyds Pharmacy strike, outside the Ballyfermot store.

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Brid Smith TD on Brexit, the Border, and the GAA

On the Tonight Show TV3, 19.7.18. Topics – Brexit, mostly and the border, and some comments about GAA. Brief clips from the show.

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“Bully boy tactics will not defeat Ryanair workers” says Brid Smith TD.

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Ryanair sackings are attempt intimidate staff in union dispute

TD claims Spanish dismissals show Ryanair contempt for its workers.
 
Bully boy tactics will not defeat Ryanair workers” says Brid Smith TD.
The dismissal of four cabin crew at Ryanair in Spain has been slammed by Brid Smith TD as another example of the real intent of Ryanair’s management in the ongoing dispute with its workforce.
Deputy Smith rejected the company’s justification of the sackings and said fatigue and overworking are real issues at the  airline and workers should have a legal entitlement to refuse to operate outside the hours they are contracted to work.
These sackings highlight the core issues at the heart of the pilots dispute; its about workers having some security and control over the hours and shifts they work; its a basic trade union issue and this fits a pattern where Ryanair attempt to browbeat and bully its workers”

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Brid Smith TD – The Tonight Show

I was on The Tonight Show, 12.7.18. Some clips here – football, Brexit, Palestine, the Presidency….

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Brid Smith TD welcomes Fossil Fuel Bill in the Dáil

Delighted that the bill on Fossil Fuels got through, now lets have more ‘joined up’ thinking from all government departments on this, and lets hope my bill on ending dirty fuel exploration will pass in Sept

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Brid Smith TD speaks of the suffering caused by ‘vaginal mesh’ treatment

A vaginal mesh implant is a treatment given to women who experience pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence. The ‘mesh’ has caused untold suffering for thousands of women and its use has been suspended in the UK. The same must happen here. I called on the Minister to suspend this procedure immediately until more is known. Too many women are suffering.

 

 

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Brid Smith TD supporting the Ryanair pilot’s strike

VICTORY TO THE RYANAIR STRIKERS! Great to see the strikers meet at ALSAA and picket the roundabout at Dublin Airport. Their victory will be important to all workers, skilled and unskilled, who come up against the greed of their millionaire bosses.

 

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Brid Smith TD addresses striking Ryanair pilots meeting 12.7.18

I was humbled to be invited to speak at the meeting of the striking Ryanair pilots today. Their battle with Ryanair is historic and these men and women are heroes.

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Going blind unecessarily – because he’s poor

Patrick Foley, in my constituency, is going blind unecessarily. His problem is he’s poor. He could have the cataract surgery he needs, if he could pay upfront for it, under the NTPF scheme, but he lives only on his allowance as a carer for his wife, who has MS. He would need €3000. He hasn’t got it. So he’s going blind. This recording is of my exchange with Minister Catherine Byrne (minus some of the blah, blah, blah) on the last day of the Dáil before Summer recess

 

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Bríd Smith TD speaks to the Employment Bill amendment

An amendment that we wanted in the new Employment Bill, would protect workers to some small degree. We want existing workers, on low hours, to be offered any extra hours that become available, rather than the company taking on new staff for these hours. But the amendment was voted down

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