Above: The statue of James Joyce on Talbot St. He was a language teacher too, and certainly showed what could be done with it. Unite the Union are making handy use of this factoid in their memes ahead of the protest tomorrow. Picture sourced from the Wiki Commons. Every summer Dublin’s streets are chock-a-block with language students. It’s a booming industry but remains largely unregulated with scumbag employer tactics like zero hours and bull shit “self-employment” scams leaving teachers in a rather precarious lurch. Unite the Union have sought a meeting with the Minister for Education Richard Bruton to discuss proposed … Read More
Above: The cover illustration that accompanied the print version of this piece from #rabble13 by Brian Burke. A feeling of being put through the ringer, harassed into dampening employment expectations and rightly pissed off that private companies have access to their data – that’s the general picture emerging from a survey carried out by rabble into various labour activation schemes including Job Path. Rashers Tierney gives us the lowdown on how people responded and sketches what we can take from the whole thing. Back in October critics clamored to pour praise on Ken Loach for his I, Daniel … Read More
An incoming event here that should be of interest to those at a loss about how to score victories against the bosses in fragmented and precarious work places. Joe Carolan, him of Globalise Resistance fame a million years ago – and other members of the Unite union from NZ are in town and doing a talk. When we talked to Joe sometime last year he had this to say about how employers use zero hours as a tactic: “Zero Hours contracts are primarily about power. If you don’t suck up to the manager, they’ll cut your hours. If you don’t … Read More
One of our readers got in touch about some shenanigans within the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland that is going to adversely affect a predominantly female and part-time workforce. Ailbhe Ní Bhroin’s ma is a pharmaceutical assistant and she claims that the PSI is basically trying to force her and her colleagues out of the work force. They want to redefine their qualifications some 30 years after conferring them. We’ll let her take over: “Until 1979, the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland offered a Pharmaceutical Assistant’s qualification which, in its most recent incarnation, consisted of 3 years apprenticeship and 1 year’s full-time … Read More
Like any time there’s a bout of industrial action in Ireland, it’s wall to wall commentary in sections of our compliant media on how the dear old consumer gets affected by a strike. On the other hand, Paula Geraghty just came back with these vox pop from the Luas line today. Hear it from the worker’s mouth.
While historical re-enactments are all the rage in this ‘Decade of Centenaries’, and we have seen everything from Ulster Volunteer Forces rallies to Fenian funerals re-enacted by enthusiastic historical societies, it’s unlikely we’ll see anyone recreate the looting of Noblett’s sweet shop come 24 April 2016. Donal Fallon has this tale of proletarian shopping in the rare auld times. Somewhat at odds with the popular narrative of the Easter Rising, widespread looting in the city was one outcome of the breakdown of law and order that came with the outbreak of the insurrection. John Pitts, an academic who studies criminology … Read More
Psst! Do you know someone working behind the bar? Then pass this onto them will you? It’s a survey looking into conditions in the trade recently launched by Mandate, who see this as the first step in establishing what conditions are like out there beyond word of mouth. Share it around folks.
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 food recruitment drive reading an Indymedia article one evening in 2005 … Read More
The idea that everyone ought to be entitled to a minimum basic income as a fundamental right certainly sounds way left field, yet it has piqued the interests of everyone from politicians and CEOs to economists and anti-capitalists, and it’s appeared in all corners of the media, from the Financial Times to Jacobin. Ian Maleny gives us the lowdown. We’re living in a world where damn near everything has a price. No such thing as a free lunch and all that. Perhaps it’s this widely-held belief, that one doesn’t get something for nothing, which makes the concept of an unconditional … Read More
Dalata Hotel Group are the largest hotel operators in Ireland. With a successful IPO they’ve raised enough to buy out up to 25 hotels so why are they looking to get us to pick up the wages for their Commis Chef? Because JobBridge, that’s why. Here’s some detail on how deep their pockets are from Bizplus.ie: “Turnover from operations in the leased hotels and managed hotels has grown strongly in recent years, from €35m in 2011, to €54m in 2012 to €61m in 2013. The operating profit margin before finance costs has improved from 4.4% in 2011 to 8.1% last year.” … Read More