Protests

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Protests, Worker's Rights

Over 4,000 nurses and other health workers, ambulance and fire crews, Gardai and other public sector workers who work 24/7 held a fantastic and militant rally in Tallaght this week. They are in my opinion absolutely right in saying they can’t, and won’t take any further cuts in pay.
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Environment, Worker's Rights

Dublin Fire Fighter

SIPTU Fire Fighters held an emergency meeting this week to discuss their reaction to the launching of the Department of Environment’s policy document, ‘Keeping Communities Safe’.  The KCS document has now been adopted as National Policy. All it has achieved has been to force the hands of the unions in calling for a ballot for industrial action.

Last weeks EGM, attended by Retained Fire Fighters from 34 Services across the country, rejected the document’s proposals and agreed to resist its implementation by strike action if necessary. 
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Health, Worker's Rights

Student Nurses Protest Wage Cuts

The recent announcement by the HSE to recruit 1,000 new graduates at 80% of the current salary is a blatant attack on the living standards of essential front line workers. Nursing and midwifery graduates, qualifying in 2009, started on the second point of the salary scale, which was €33,470.  In January 2011, the government imposed a 10% cut to all new entrants into the public sector, which reduced salaries to €28,539. In February 2012, the Department of Health issued a circular directing management to put newly qualified nurses/midwives on the first point of the salary scale which is €27,211. In December 2012, the government announced that they were going to recruit 1,000 newly qualified nurses/midwives on two year contracts at only 80% of the 1st point of the staff nurse salary scale, which equates to €22,000 per year. This means that newly qualified nurses/midwives will have incurred a cut of €11,470 in just three years.   This 34% salary cut is a discriminatory attempt to undermine the working conditions of professional frontline workers.
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International, Worker's Rights

America’s largest retail chain Walmart is facing a very black Friday with strikes being reported in seven states so far today.   The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) plans strike action today in 1,000 locations across the U.S.

The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally known as Black Friday, is the biggest shopping day in the American retail calendar.  Black Friday marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping period; a time when retail workers are faced with long hours and large volumes of customers for no extra pay.

The Walmart Company earned profits of $16bn last year and reported a 9% increase in earnings for the third quarter of 2012.  That’s $3.6bn in profits to be shared among a small group of shareholders while the workers are paid an average wage of $8.80 per hour.  The Walmart family represent the largest shareholding block and earn more than the combined earnings of the bottom 40% of American workers.
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