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Dr. Sam McConkey recently sat down and spoke to LookLeft on the government’s response to COVID-19. LL: What do you make of the rate at which the government has decided to enter less restricted phases of lockdown? How big of a role have business lobbyists played in this? McConkey: I’m

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Cathie Shiels looks at the experience of those working on the frontlines and living in Direct Provision during Covid-19 and what trade unions can do to help. “Breakfast is served at 8am, but that’s too late for me, as I’m already on my way to work”, says Charity, a 29

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The corporate embrace of working from home will hurt workers, especially women workers, and trade unions must adapt, writes Padraig Mannion. CSO figures show that at the end of 2019 there were over 2,360,000 in employment in the Republic of Ireland. Unemployment was less than 5%, 118,000 people.  Four months

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A debt jubilee is needed to ensure a just recovery, writes Conor McCabe. Debt is a creature of accountancy and the law. It has no physical presence but has a coercive power due to state enforcement of its mechanisms. Rent, for its part, is essentially parasitic. In times of crisis

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Minister for Health Simon Harris has wrongly claimed that there have been eighteen coronaviruses before Covid-19. Harris said on RTÉ 2FM that there “has been 18 other coronaviruses”, implying that the current pandemic was given its name because it is the 19th coronavirus. Attempting to dismiss the blunder, he attributed

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In the coming weeks it will be members of the working class that will be given the task of reviving the economy and society of Ireland. It will not be financiers moving money digitally, legal professionals or even tech sector programmers, working from the safety of their home offices that

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As part of a series on frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19, LookLeft speaks to a firefighter and paramedic about the pandemic, the response, and what the public can do to help. We cover the majority of the emergency ambulance cases in the Dublin area, as well as firefighting

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The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear who our society’s real essential workers are. In the first of a series of interviews with frontline workers, LookLeft speaks to a young worker in a major grocery retailer. I’m a general assistant for a major grocery retailer in North Dublin. The workload

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Management in Dunnes Stores have confirmed the company will pay workers a 10% COVID-19 premium payment backdated to the 9th March 2020 following pressure from a Mandate Trade Union petition signed by more than 3,000 workers. This brings Dunnes in line with other retailers including Aldi and Tesco, who were the

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