Thousands school secretaries have taken strike action today. They are protesting over a measly pay offer and to demand job security. People Before Profit fully supports the school secretaries. It is a disgrace that the Workplace Relations Commission awarded them a tiny 1.5% increase. They deserve far more. They should be put on the payroll of the Department of Education and given proper job security. It is our hope that the teachers union will come out fully in support of their colleagues.
clips of Brid’s take on the Public Services Card (the Big Brother card?), and aspects of Fine Gael’s legacy and relationship to Fianna Fail.
clips of Brid’s take on the proposed commemoration of the Black and Tans and the raising the pension eligability age to 67.
People Before Profit TD says Varadkar’s RIC commemoration comments unbecoming of an Irish Taoiseach
People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith has said that the comments by Leo Varadkar about commemorations of the RIC that he is ‘disappointed to hear that some people are going to boycott the event were “unbecoming of a Taoiseach and shows a nonchalant attitude to the brutality of imperialist rule in Ireland and it shows the government’s hostility to all struggles, even the one that created the Irish State”.Read more »
Kieran Mulvey has been appointed Commissioner for Just Transition. He attended our Climate Committee today and we had an opportunity to raise concerns. One point I raised is that management of Bord na Mona seem a great pains to avoid engagement with the Workerplace Relations Commission, which the workers very definitely want and need. Workers loosing their jobs need justice.
Our soldiers and sailors are workers and they have a right to proper recognition of their union, PDFORRA, and to be in ICTU. I asked today in the Dáil why the delay over this. The dithering is not acceptable. The forces are loosing members hand over fist because of bad pay and conditions;we’re loosing the very people we rely on during floods and storms to save our communities. This is not good enough.
While violence against women is increasing, nine of our 26 counties have no women’s refuge. The State has only one third of the refuges needed by women and children fleeing domestic violence. Yet Tusla handed back, unspent, €60 million of money earmarked for children in need, to Minister Zapone – when all over the country people trying to provide a service are being told ‘sorry, no funding’. Those in power misuse their position, and our money. FF / FG have to go.
In the Dail environment committee, we had an opportunity to question government and Coillte officials on policies relating to forestry. Each member has 10 mins in which to put questons and receive answers