Primary Care Fallout

Friday, September 28th, 2012

The scandals around the Irish health minister are a constantly shifting landscape at present, with recent news including the resignation of Labour's junior health minister, Roisin Shortall. Prior to Shortall's resignation, I had submitted a letter to the Irish Times. Since they declined to publish it, I'm sharing it here: A ...

Solidarity, unions, and the unemployed

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

This to me is the key section from George Lakey's piece in the Indypendent's blog: The Depression hit bottom in 1931. More people were jobless there than in any other Nordic country. Unlike in the U.S., the Norwegian union movement kept the people thrown out of work as members, even though ...

Marking Bloomsday

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Two different suggestions today from Labour politicians about appropriate ways to mark Bloomsday. Joe Costello notes that Ireland has one of the lowest numbers of public holidays in Europe (9 per year, only exceeding the 8 of England and Wales) and suggests that making the day a holiday could provide ...

Lessons from Chile: workers’ rights, safety

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Posted on the BBC's live coverage of the miners' rescue effort in Chile: Daniel Owusu-Koranteng, a former Ghanian miner and head of a miners' rights lobby group, tells BBC Focus on Africa that African mining could learn valuable lessons from Chile's experience. "It is a wake up call for all of ...

Call to action: Call the U of I this Wednesday, and support graduate employees

Monday, November 9th, 2009

This Thursday, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees will meet in Springfield. Members of the GEO will be there to remind them of the urgency of reaching agreement on a fair contract. You may not be able to be in Springfield, but you can play your part in persuading ...

Solidarity efforts for WGA

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

As the Writers' strike continues into a second week, word of an interesting solidarity action as many of the blogs that usually cover the content generated by these writers are 'going dark' for a day to express their support. This at the same time that another group of writers, working ...