Archive for the ‘Labour issues’ Category

Unions seek €30/week for lower paid, cost-of-living increases for everyone else

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

A follow-up to my recent posting on the break-down of national pay talks in Ireland. The unions have now developed guidelines for local bargaining platforms: Under the guidelines, unions are to seek flat-rate increases of €30 per week for low-paid workers and rises that match inflation - about 5 per cent ...

Irish national pay talks break down

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Talks on a new national social partnership agreement - which includes agreement on pay in public and private workplaces - have broken down in Ireland. Ireland has had centralized agreements covering pay and other issues since the late 1980s. These have ensured a voice for unions (and employers) in setting ...

Activism compendium

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

A number of items today, from a range of sources. First, the picture to the left is of Labour TD Joe Costello, who for the last 5 years has run a weekly protest outside the Mater hospital, calling for better healthcare. Second, potentially good news for grad employees in private universities in ...

Birth control costs shoot up for US students

Monday, November 26th, 2007

One of the many healthcare issues we've found ourself addressing in GEO this semester has been the huge increase in costs of the contraceptive pill from the campus healthcare centre. A New York Times story explains the tortured legislative changes that led drug companies to end their discounts to student ...

Of strikes and solidarity

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

The Writers' strike has garnered quite a bit of support, both from other entertainment workers and from the wider public. One idea for support that originated with fans, before being picked up by the union, is to send pencils to the media moguls that run 6 of the major companies ...

A Critical Ear – latest edition

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

This week's show is now online. It lasts just around an hour, and features Bob Naiman and myself discussing Pakistan, Iran, and the success of Brazil's AIDS drugs policy. Locally we discuss SEIU's possible strike and the growing support from the campus community, and the CCHCC protest about the exclusion ...

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 ...

Happy Labour Day weekend?

Friday, August 31st, 2007

I'm TAing for Bob McChesney's political economy class this semester, and the first book we're reading is Dean Baker's recent text "The United States since 1980" - it's part of a series focusing on different countries over that period. It's a fascinating opportunity to refresh the finer points (in a ...

One fifth of Americans live on average of $7/day

Friday, December 1st, 2006

You know those figures about how 2 billion people live on less than a dollar a day, and half the world's population lives on less than $2? Ever wonder just how far removed from that the developed world is? The answer may surprise you:Seven dollars a day. That’s not the income ...

Nation highlights GEO struggle

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

It's always gratifying to gain media attention, and all the more so when the source is as venerable as the Nation magazine. The GEO made its photo of the week with a picture from a silent protest before one of our bargaining sessions earlier this semester.