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Who Remembers Charlie Hebdo?

Posted on January 29, 2015

seamus in paris - NUJ Irish Secretary, Seamus Dooley outside the Charlie Hebdo offices, Paris
seamus in paris
NUJ Irish Secretary, Seamus Dooley outside the Charlie Hebdo offices, Paris

Séamus Dooley, Irish Secretary, NUJ

Every morning I click on the International Federation of Journalists’ website

On the top right hand corner there’s a black countdown clock. It details the number of journalists and media staff killed so far this year.

As I write – on January 29 -  that number stands at 22.

This week my NUJ colleague Jim Boumelha, President of the IFJ  condemned the brutal murder of Mexican journalist Moises Sanchez Cerezo, from the town of Medellín de Bravo, in the state of Veracruz.

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Why European Year for Development is a Trade Union Issue

Posted on January 22, 2015

Davd Joyce, Congress - David Joyce, Equality Officer, Congress
Davd Joyce, Congress
David Joyce, Equality Officer, Congress

David Joyce, Congress Equality Officer

President Michael D Higgins was guest of honour at the Irish launch of the European Year for Development (EYD) in Dublin Castle, which was an appropriate way to mark this potentially critical year – for trade unions and wider society alike.

Over the course of 2015 two United Nations summits will effectively define the parameters for future international policy making:

  • In September, the UN will agree new goals to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – a new ‘Sustainable Development Framework’ – to tackle poverty, inequality and environmental destruction, 
  • In December, the Climate Change Summit in Paris will set new climate action targets, to replace the Kyoto Protocol.

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Freelance Workers to Regain Union Rights

Posted on January 12, 2015

Esther Lynch - Esther Lynch: Legislation & Social Affairs Officer, Irish Congress of Trade Unions
Esther Lynch
Esther Lynch: Legislation & Social Affairs Officer, Irish Congress of Trade Unions

Esther Lynch, Congress Legislation & Social Affairs Officer

A new ruling from the European Court of Justice (CJEU) may force authorities across Europe to reverse policies that have resulted in the effective denial of full union rights to freelance workers, for over a decade.

The ruling – delivered by the court in December - arises from a case taken by Dutch unions which challenged the classification of freelance musicians as individual business ‘undertakings’.

Under competition law this meant they were not entitled to bargain collectively with their employer.

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The Charter of Corporate Rights

Posted on December 12, 2014

David Begg
David Begg

David Begg

Sometime in the not too distant future an Irish government could move to increase the minimum wage or introduce a living wage (http://www.livingwage.ie/), in order to boost growth and living standards.

Nothing very extraordinary in that, except perhaps that it runs counter to current orthodoxy which claims that driving down wages is the only way to secure recovery.

But after six years of this self-defeating nonsense, we are left with embedded depression and over 26 million people out of work across the Eurozone.

In such circumstances, it is entirely rational for electorates and governments to think anew about policies and politics that might actually work.

That would be the norm in any modern, democratic society.

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