We are a haven for bad employers and no wonder – our country is sold to international investors as a low waged, few rights for workers, light-touch regulation and low corporate tax rates. No wonder have 4000 children homeless, 200,000 children living in poverty. Contrast that with the vision of the first Dáil, 100 years ago. I spoke about this yesterday in the Dáil.
Bríd responds to queries on the following issues Special advisers to Junior Ministers; Politicians pay ;PUP and Wage Subsidy cut; Low Pay; Covid committee debates and Maternity care in Covid
WE’RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER!!! I don’t think so. Our schools were, and continue to be, under-resourced. How can our teachers – too few in number – control Covid? I talked about this on The Late Debate (that’s me there, like the bold child in the corner!!) Sept 15th
Whilst we welcome any Bill that improves workers rights in this country, it bears pointing out the incredibly poor standard of workers rights in this country are due in no small part to Labour’s previous actions in government.
In this speech, Brid delivers a blistering attack on the cuts to services, in particular youth services, in deprived communities. Is this related to anti-social behaviour and fireworks? Of course it is. And what should be the response of the Gardaí? Bríd outlines what she believes is the appropriate in current circumstances.
Aramark are a huge company making millions, billions indeed, globally. AIB bank hired them to provide catering services at their head office. And now both walk away from workers with decades of commitment to their job like workers don’t even matter. And this is becoming a pattern – Debenhams for instance, among others. That’s why solidarity is so important.
Bríd seeks information on the high proportion of Covid deaths occurring in our Nursing Homes but is poorly facilitated by the Chair
This is a shout out for the Aramark strikers – this is just to explain the background. I hope to have other posts of the strikers themselves, soon
Many Frontline workers have no sick-pay scheme – they’re employed by agencies that don’t offer one. What a choice then if they feel ill – TEST AND GET NO MONEY FOR 2 WEEKS OR DON’T TEST, AND PUT YOURSELF AND OTHERS AT RISK (but at least you’ll have the rent money)!!!!! I sit on the government special Covid committee and there is NO SENSE OF URGENCY about these risks, and others, to carers or patients. I spoke about this recently on The Late Debate on RTE radio 1, Sept 17 (I think)
Bríd outlines how poor is our progress in reducing emissions and achieving targets. She also rails against carbon tax and outlines alternatives to them.