Archive for the ‘Dáil Issues’ Category
On launching the first and most durable women’s trade union in the country, Delia Larkin was critical of the poor pay and conditions women had to endure, insisting they were ‘weary of being white slaves who pass their lives away toiling to fill the pockets of unscrupulous employers’.
There was a wave of strikes in Ireland north and south in the run up to the foundation of the union and many of them involved large numbers of women workers. Mary Galway, Secretary of the Textiles Operatives Society in Belfast played a leading role in mobilising women workers in Belfast and in 1911 lead a very significant strike of over 3,000 mill workers in the city.
The TV licence fee funds public service broadcasts and insures that private media moguls do not get to own all the viewpoints in broadcast media.
What we must avoid is allowing a home broadcasting tax become a tax that is not linked to usage or ownership, if let, this TV tax will become a tax on people for merely existing.
Supporting public service broadcasting is part of protecting media diversity. As the Minister for Communications deliberates on changing from TV licence fee to home broadcasting tax, here are some pointers to be mindful of.
ULA TDs invited a delegation of IBRC workers, along with their union Rep Gareth Murphy from the Irish Bank Official Association, to Leinster House last week. The group gave a succinct and earnest presentation to members of the Oireachtas about how liquidation of the bank will effect their entitlements.
These bank workers told their personal stories of hearing of their fate via the media on the night of Feb 7th. These ordinary people with families and homes and debts to pay became collateral damage when the bank was liquidated overnight. Their employment contracts were terminated with immediate effect and previous commitments with regard to their redundancy terms were slashed. The temporary contracts they were given are just that temporary and time is running out.