I was on The Tonight Sow 21.7.21. The clips here are mainly of the points I made about re-opening hospitality in the face of the rising Covid cases. We’ve come so far, and its been so hard on people. We’ve had the longest lockdown in Europe and we can’t face more. For the sake of another few weeks, till everyone who wants to is vaccinated, why jeopardise public health and an exhausted health service, by opening up too soon.
Tag: Workers’ Rights
16.6.21 Bríd challenges the government’s commitment to, and assumed meaning of, ‘Just Transition’ in the Green’s climate Bill
What’s not to love about a 4 day week? Fórsa trade union are proposing it, Spain has shown that it has positive effects for environment and equality. But M-m-m-m-icheál doesn’t sound convinced. What do you think?
I asked in the Dáil about the Citzens’ Assembly recommendations about treating Carers with the decency and dignity they deserve. Of course I’m still waiting for a satisfactory answer but we’ll keep after them!
Migrant workers are often exploited by unscrupulous employers. It does them, and Irish workers, nothing but harm, because the rate for job becomes the race to the bottom, and only the employer wins. The State makes the process of getting and renewing work permits very difficult, and leaves migrant worker’s vulnerable. Our Bill, presented today, wants to ensure migrant workers rights. As the old trade union slogan goes: AN INJURY TO ONE, IS AN INJURY TO ALL.
300 days of struggle. And the ‘best’ offer the Debenhams workers have received, is money to go back to school, to retrain. Many of these mostly women workers are in their 40’s 50’s and older. So what are they retraining for? The €3 million (between approx. 1200 of them!) would be better used if distributed among the workers who have been so shamefully let down. I spoke on this in Dáil.
In Dáil Éireann 14.1 21
It’s not a coincidence that the profession that has to fight consistently for fair pay and respect is a profession overwhelmingly made up of women. Nursing is one of the most important professions, and yet, they have rotten conditions, and pay. Student nurses are particularly exploited, receiving a pitiful 50euro a week for their placements, despite their intense work on the frontlines. They have contracted Covid in large numbers, due to the high-risk nature of the work. And they still are expected to do it for free. This has to end now.
Two weeks ago, I raised the imminent deportation of two care workers. Yesterday Gary Gannon raised the same question, and the Taoiseach acted as though he knew nothing about it. The Taoiseach is playing pass the parcel with people’s lives. Health workers should not be deported!