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United Left Alliance
Press statement
January 27th 2013.

The United Left Alliance regrets the decision taken by Joe Higgins TD and the Socialist Party to leave the Alliance. We believe that they have made a serious mistake. The need for a new, broad and inclusive left, which will not on principle enter right wing governments with either Fine Gael or Fianna Fail is today more urgent than ever.

Faced with a massive attack on jobs, pay, pensions, working conditions, welfare payments and entitlements, health and education and other essential social services, working people need an independent and radical political movement which will seek to represent them, help organise them, and above all, fight on their behalf.

The ULA was formed with the intention to bring together existing left groups along with individual members to help lay the basis over time to enable a new party of the left to come into existence. It was inevitable that there would be difficulties in bringing together groups who have had a long period of independent activity and indeed rivalry.

We believe it is necessary to work to overcome such problems and to create the conditions in which the ULA can achieve its undoubted potential.

It is unfortunate that the Socialist Party feels it necessary to create or exaggerate political differences to justify their action in leaving the Alliance. In reality their decision reflects an inability to put the urgent task of building a broader movement to more effectively represent working people before the narrow interests of their own small grouping.

Richard Boyd Barrett TD. Clare Daly TD. Joan Collins TD.

Economy

For five years now, the Greek people have been on the receiving end of a massive programme of forced austerity.  Living standards have fallen, on average, by at least a quarter. Unemployment has risen to 1 in 4 of the labour force; youth unemployment is, officially, a staggering 50% and the real figure is far higher.  Suicide rates have risen by 40%– a shocking indicator of the human cost of this failed neo-liberal ideology.

Right from 2008, there has been massive opposition to austerity in Greece.  Large-scale protests, student walk-outs, occupations of businesses and government offices, and strikes, including general strikes, have all become common occurrences across the country.  That the Greek state, despite three changes in government in the last five years, has ignored these protests and continued with austerity, is only one element in a broader erosion of the very fabric of Greek democracy.
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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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Video Archive 2013

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Motion to abolish Property Tax

Priority Question, Pyrite Remediation and role of Homebond

Leaders Questions on the G8

Leaders Questions with  Eamon Gilmore/ Labour are the same as Fine Geal

Motion of no Confidence in Minister for Justice

Financial Emergency Measures in the Public interest bill 2013

Brendan Howlin and public sector recruitment embargo

Topicl Questions, T.S.B. pension scheme

Leaders Questions

Minister for Justice

Taxi Regulation Bill 2012

Bus Eireann

Oral Questions Minister for Transport

Leaders Questions 14/05/2013

Leaders Questions 09/05/2013

Oral Questions (adoption records)

Housing Amendment Bill 2013

Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) 2013

Oral Questions Minister for Justice

Science Foundation Ireland Bill pt 1

Science Foundation Ireland Bill pt 2

Land conveyancing bill

Leaders Questions

Action on X rally 29 April

Croke Park 2 No means No

Leaders Questions 23/04/.2013

Leaders Questions

Symphysiotomy

Animal Health and Welfare

Animal Health and Welfare

Leaders Questions

Mali

Criminal Justice Spent Convictions

Questions Minister for Education

Defense Forces Amnesty Bill 2013

Property Tax Debate 1

Property Tax Debate 2

Sale of Irish Forests