A seriously complex Bill relating to a huge stimulus package, being pushed through with little opportunity for scrutiny. Germany and France have not yet signed up, but we are being pushed to get this done ‘yesterday’. And what about the German banks last time, and the so-called ‘reforms’ ! Last time, to suit the banks, it meant huge cuts with the most vulnerable being hit hardest. And what about businesses that operate both sides of the border? You can’t but help smell a very large rat here.
Bríd gets assurance from Minister English regarding appealing the recent legal ruling against Sectoral Employment Orders, and that the government will meet, not only with Debenhams workers, but also with representatives from Construction, Contract Cleaners and Security companies, most affected by SEOs. She also challenges the contention that the workers rights’ are protected by the law, pointing out that union recognition is still not enshrined in law, some 100 years after the Lockout.
SO WOMEN AND BABIES DON’T MATTER? 28,000 women signed the petition organised by Support Maternity Leave Extension 2020. It would be a simple matter to just agree to the extension for the duration of the Covid crisis, and relatively, the cost is not huge. Yet the government, shamefully, are proposing an alternative that makes no sense. I spoke about this yesterday in the Dáil.
The meat industry has a disgraceful record in relation to Covid with over 1000 cases and no protection for workers. Their representatives appeared before the Dail committee, claiming the complete opposite of what was the reality.
Sodexo are a global, multi Billion Euro/Dollar company with a range of operations that include running prisons. They have been accused of human rights abuses that include the very questionable deaths of black women in prisons. So why on earth do we have a representative of Sodexo on a very sensitive committee – a Committee to Combat Racism!!
BUILDING WORKERS PROTEST Like the titanic, the construction sector is headed for an iceberg and disaster unless we can force a change of direction. A High Court judge has removed the legal protection that building workers enjoy – including set wages, pensions and overtime rates. We need to get these protective measures back The failure of social partnerships means workers must now force the agenda! Friday 10th of July, represents the start of a coordinated effort on behalf off and by construction workers. To save and enhance the rates and rights of those employed in the sector and to establish greater solidarity of purpose with other sectors and the broader public. The rates and rights of workers of all sectors of employment are in jeopardy, but it is in construction that the fight will first take place. In 2007 we were fragmented and disorganised. In 2020 we must be organised to fight back! Join your union, be active in it and fightback! Save Our SEO. Protest, Friday, 10/7/20.
Bríd took the opportunity to raise ‘legacy’ issues with the Taoiseach: 1. Will he make sure there’s not more public money wasted on ‘spin machines’ to make politicians look good? 2. What about justice for Shane O Farrell? 3. Why all the foot-dragging about extending maternity leave during the Covid crisis? New mothers are very anxious.
Outside the National Convention centre, where we are electing the Taoiseach today. With the Rebel women from #Debenhams in Cork
Awful weather but great spirit down outside the National Conference Centre today demanding that the new government recognise workers’ rights, especially those who are victims of the greed of companies like #Debenhams. Jane Crowe, shop steward from Debehams, was our party’s ‘honoured guest’ (each party was allowed one) and we were inside the Centre most of the morning for the vote, but we addressed the gathering just before the demo broke up