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The crisis in Northern Ireland’s healthcare system is due to the increasing role of privatisation, the trade union NIPSA has said. Research by the public service workers union has indicated that increasing privatisation was contributing to recent A&E problems and revealed the damage that will result from threatened closures to

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Campaigners against the Shell Corrib gas project in North West Mayo have for over a decade made serious allegations in relation to the failure of the Irish State to commit to democratic principles of accountable and transparent policing. The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) had a large case file of

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With the profits of private companies increasing, trade unions have vowed to secure sizable wage increases for their members across Ireland in order to help revive the economy. According to the retail workers union, Mandate, thousands of its members have secured pay increases in recent weeks. Mandate Communications Officer, David

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The Fine Gael/Labour coalition has ignored the massive impact of emigration when congratulating itself over the rate of unemployment in the Republic declining to under 12%, according to Unite economist, Michael Taft. The Republic’s unemployment rate is now down to the Eurozone average. This led to the Minister for Social

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Cork City Council is paying out over €175,000 a year to private companies to hire steel shutters placed on 500 empty local authority flats and houses while housing lists in the city continue to grow. Workers’ Party representative, James Coughlan, said that the City Council was paying for neglect and

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At a meeting of the Trade Union Left Forum (TULF) in the TEEU offices, Dublin, in January, it was agreed to launch a campaign in defence of public wealth and in opposition to privatisation. Members and activists from a range of unions, public and private-sector, shared their experiences of the

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Several immigrant families in Northern Ireland endured smashed windows, racist graffiti daubed on their homes, and in two incidents in Derry pipe bomb attacks, during the first three months of 2014. According to the most recent statistics for 2013 produced by the PSNI, there are two racist incidents reported, and

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The introduction of a compulsory scheme in the Republic which seeks to force unemployed people to work for 19.5 hours for their dole money and an extra €20 has been condemned by unions and political activists. Under the scheme workers who have been unemployed for more than 24 months “can

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Five years after they lost their jobs Waterford Crystal workers are still waiting to receive tens of thousands of euro in pension entitlements to which the European Court of Justice said they are entitled. In April 2013, the European Court returned a ruling that the pensions of up to 1,700

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Aer Lingus and Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) attempts to legally prevent SIPTU workers from striking have been condemned by unions and political activists as part of a wider attempt to attack trade union rights. The pensions of several thousand workers have evaporated despite their having paid for them throughout their

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