Above: The Seetec office located beside The Seventeen Shops in Cabra. Let us know if you have any experience of Job Path and other “labour activation” schemes via this survey. Irish cinema goers and fans of Ken Loach have been left gasping with horror at the austerity driven language of “labour activation” in the UK and the awful human impact it has. However, has similar to what the veteran director puts under the spotlight in his emotionally charged Palme D’Or winner I Daniel Blake, already reached our shores? Like they say, when … Read More
For Sale: Shrunken Political Party, a poem by Kevin Higgins
A quick look at probable casualties of the election. Whose demise will have you diving into a bowl of jelly and ice cream?
The Labour Party’s popular Connolly Café has raised prices as they’ve been forced to let JobBridge staff go for ‘better optics’ ahead of their disastrous 2016 General Election campaign.
Novara Media is an ambitious London based collective of upstarts seeking to break the mould and limitations of left wing media. Today they set out on a marathon fundraising mission to assemble a 10k war chest. Rashers Tierney caught up with Aaron Bastani to get the lowdown on UK alternative media and what makes Novara different. There’s a healthy renaissance of alternative media in the UK. I can think of Strike Magazine, Resonance FM and stuff like NTS. Now you guys. What’s the need for Novara media and what’s going to … Read More
Some lad from Labour (who sounds like a character out of Dallas) has organised a #livingwage forum today. Labour? A living wage forum? Jaysus, it’s like an episode of Red Dwarf at this stage.
The whole thing is presented as an optional extra for employers, or what iJoan referred to as a “voluntary bench mark”. Get fucking real. The biggest mind melt in this whole fiasco is the spectacle of government ministers talking out of both sides of their mouths.
Take the Tanaiste herself calling on employers to implement the damn thing cos god forbid she’d be bothered using her own legislative powers to do so. On the one hand they go with the rather miserly 50c minimum wage increase (in the face of popular criticism and the rejection of trade unions and migrant groups) and on the other hand they bay about the need for a living wage at events like this.
Senators Lorraine Higgins, Ivana Bacik and John Whelan are this evening bringing a Private Members Bill before the Seanad. The ‘Harmful and Malicious Electronic Communications Bill 2015’, according to the unelectable Higgins, “aims to protect against and mitigate harm caused to individuals by all or any digital communications”. Thing is, so-called cyber bullying is already covered by two pieces of legislation – Prohibition to Incitement of Hatred Act and the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act as pointed out in a brief overview by the Digital Rights Ireland group here. The … Read More
Chris McCall takes a look at a free jacks on the North Quays and provides us with a complementary parable on the state we’re in. I found myself on the North Wall during daylight with an hour to kill and a bladder to empty. I decided to look in to the CHQ Building for the craic. There wasn’t any, but at least I didn’t have to pay to use the jacks. CHQ was a wine and tobacco warehouse originally called Stack A, it opened in 1821 when Georgian Dublin … Read More
In the early 2000’s, activist Joe Carolan cut an unmistakable figure at demonstrations in our dirty old town. For the last decade however he’s been working in New Zealand with the Unite union which, on May 1st of all days, won a victory in the struggle for McDonald’s workers’ rights. Rashers Tierney picked his brains on how they did it. How did an Irish “red” with a fondness for Johnny Cash end up a senior organiser in a union in New Zealand? I first heard about the Unite fast … Read More
Not to be outdone by Fidelma Freely Memes, Galway East Senator Lorraine Higgins has taken to the tweet machine to launch a Condemn-A-Thon. Let he who doth not cast a stone be assumed to have sinned, or something (see 2007 for it’s last relevance). Senator Higgins came to light when roaring about Brickgate a few months ago. Calling Ireland a “Lawless Utopia” (sounds good to us!) we got our first real sight of her only policy – outrage. Prior to this Saturday’s Right to Water demonstrations the media … Read More