Workers in St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services have begun the process of balloting for strike action following a dispute with management over outsourcing. According to their union SIPTU, the row comes after management’s decision to use an external supplier for household and catering services at their St. James’s St. premises.
The recent assassination of Qasem Soleimani in Iraq is all over the news. Soleimani was Major General of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, a top military commander who was well known for his abilities. The ostensible reason given by most media pundits for his assasination by the US is that he
A crowd of several hundred anti-racism demonstrators gathered outside Leinster House yesterday to stand against the Far Right’s efforts to divide Irish society. The rally was organised by the Solidarity Alliance against Racism and Fascism (SARF) and was supported by a wide array of faith groups, trade unions, and community
South Dublin County Council has voted to increase rent by an average €156 per year as part of their Annual Budget for 2020. The budget, which was voted on in the council chamber earlier this month, reports an “average increase of €3 across the board”, which works out at an
Kerala is to provide free high-speed internet access to two million families living below the poverty line. The announcement was made on Wednesday, with Kerala’s Finance Minister Dr. T. M. Thomas Isaac of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) saying on Twitter that “Internet connection made a basic a citizen right. Kerala cabinet gives final nod for ₹1548 crores Kerala Fibre
The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) has issued determinations in nine appeals brought by INTO members in relation to the 2013 decision of the Department of Education and Skills (DES) to stop holidays in lieu for teachers on maternity leave (Circular 09/2013). The cases were brought under the Maternity Protection Acts,
On Tuesday Senator Pippa Hackett signed the Roll of Members of Seanad Éireann and took her seat as a member of the 25th Seanad, following the election of Grace O’Sullivan as an MEP. We look at whether it matters that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael stood aside to let the Green Party have the seat. What are we angry about this week? The Green
After a three year battle, Dublin City Council voted on Monday night to privatise the O’Devaney Gardens site. Last night Dublin City Council voted 38 to 19 to accept Bartra Capital’s offer for the public site, which is beside the Phoenix Park, Heuston Station, the Museum Luas stop, and the
Irish Water has issued a boil water notice, the second in just two weeks, to over 600,000 homes across Dublin, Kildare and Meath. Once again, customers supplied by Leixlip Water Treatment Plant are affected by the notice, which has been put in place due to turbidity (cloudy water due to
Management refusal to engage with workers has led to an escalation of the dispute, with a full-day strike set for Monday and pickets outside the school from 9am to 6pm. “Management has consistently refused to address teachers’ concerns or to negotiate with them collectively through the union of their choice, leaving workers with no option but to take industrial action,” said Unite Regional Officer Brendan Byrne.