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The Development Agenda

Posted on August 30, 2017

Theo Morrissey ITUC
Theo Morrissey ITUC

Ahead of the annual Global Solidarity Summer School Theo Morrissey of the International Trade Union Confederation looks at how Sustainable Development can become a global reality and how trade unions can play their part

 

The trade union understanding of development runs far deeper than simply increasing national wealth: instead it focuses on improving quality of life and life chances for the majority of citizens.

Decent Work is central to achieving this goal. It is a key factor in the fight against poverty and inequality in all its forms and in how we achieve a Just Transition to a more sustainable economic model.

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How to Survive a Performance Management Review

Posted on June 23, 2017

Gareth Murphy, FSU - How to Survive a Performance Review
Gareth Murphy, FSU
How to Survive a Performance Review

Workers should be mindful that midterm reviews can be used to undermine their performance but help is at hand, says the FSU’s Gareth Murphy

 

I have been dealing with people undergoing performance management reviews for more than a decade.

It is hugely frustrating for workers when they find objectives are arbitrarily imposed and goalposts are moved. The tendency of some employers to mark people down, regardless of their work, is also a source of enormous frustration.

In my experience, elaborate bureaucratic structures can be used to force people into a rating structure that bears little resemblance to the team or group dynamic.

In a recent survey of a large bank in Ireland, both staff and managers were highly critical of their system. As one manager put it:

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A New Contract for a New Economy

Posted on May 29, 2017

The Digital Economy
The Digital Economy

Congress Equality Officer David Joyce looks at the likley impact of the Digital Economy on the world of work and how we can ensure a 'just transition'

Daily we are bombarded with propaganda that promotes the 'gig' economy as exciting and empowering. It is also referred to as the 'sharing' economy, implying that it operates in a manner that benefits all participants equally.

That is clearly untrue.

What is often overlooked is the fact that workers in this new economy are expected to renounce their rights to employment contracts, regularised working hours, social security and even job security.

In fact none of these standard protections seem to apply once the goods and services are delivered via an app or a web platform.

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Don't Hold the Front Page

Posted on April 26, 2017

Seamus Dooley - Acting NUJ General Secretary
Seamus Dooley
Acting NUJ General Secretary

Ahead of World Press Freedom Day and as Ireland drops in the Press Freedom rankings, NUJ Acting General Secretary Seamus Dooley says yes, there is a crisis in the media and yes, we should be worried 

Those who lament the passing of the traditional newspaper are in danger of sounding like a blacksmith bemoaning the arrival of the automobile.

The digital revolution has swept away old certainties and challenged our assumptions about ‘news’.The fact that everyone can become a reporter is empowering. No longer do you have to buy ink by the barrel in order to exercise power and influence.

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A Victory for Respect, Solidarity, Trade Unions & the Beautiful Game

Posted on April 06, 2017

Women's Football Team - The Irish Women's National Football Team outside Liberty Hall
Women's Football Team
The Irish Women's National Football Team outside Liberty Hall

Ethel Buckley, SIPTU Services Divisional Organiser on how the Irish women’s national football team stood together to win a new deal from the FAI

!n the early hours of Thursday, April 6, SIPTU and Professional Footballers Association of Ireland (PFAI) representatives secured a landmark agreement with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) that our members believe will address their concerns and take their team to the next level.

This hard fought victory can be shared by all workers who are badly treated by their employer. It should give all trade unionists hope that with the right energy, enthusiasm and commitment we can prevail.

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Creating Workplaces that Protect Whistleblowers

Posted on March 23, 2017

Stephanie Casey - Stephanie Casey, Transparency International
Stephanie Casey
Stephanie Casey, Transparency International

Stephanie Casey outlines how we can create a workplace culture that is supportive of whistleblowing. Stephanie is the Integrity at Work Programme Manager with Transparency International Ireland

Whistleblowing is acknowledged as one of the most effective ways to expose institutional wrongdoing

But despite the pivotal role whistleblowers have played in exposing abuse in our financial sector, healthcare and law enforcement systems, they are routinely penalised by employers and viewed with suspicion by work colleagues.

The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 (PDA) offers hope to whistleblowers – and the public – that behaviour and attitudes towards those who speak up will now change.

The PDA was welcomed as a new standard for whistleblower legislation worldwide. Nevertheless, it alone cannot bring about much-needed institutional and cultural reform.

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Europe Needs a Pay Rise

Posted on February 28, 2017

ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentini
ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentini

ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentinioutlines the reasoning behind the organisation's ambitious new campaign - a pay rise for workers across Europe

 

Wages in Europe have collapsed in the last decade.

The cause?

Globalisation, the financial crisis and, above all, the austerity measures that followed from the crisis. Wage cuts and the dismantling of collective bargaining and minimum wage systems have been the principle - and badly chosen - tools of economic adjustment.

Today, after almost a decade of pain for workers, we can say in sadness but absolute confidence that it hasn’t worked. Instead of recovery, we still face stagnation, high levels of unemployment, a fall in demand.

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Workers Cannot Pay the Price for Brexit

Posted on January 27, 2017

Owen Reidy - Owen Reidy, Congress Assistant General Secretary
Owen Reidy
Owen Reidy, Congress Assistant General Secretary

Assistant General Secretary Owen Reidy says Brexit negotiations are too important to be left to politicians in Dublin, London or Brussels. This article also features on the TUC's Touchstone Blog

 

The UK Supreme Court judgement has finally clarified the key role of parliament in triggering Article 50.

That judgement reinforced the centrality of elected politicians to decisions that will shape the future of the UK, as opposed to the Prime Minister assuming Royal Prerogative.

At least now MPs will have the opportunity to challenge and oppose the Prime Minister’s determination to leave the EU in a manner almost designed to inflict the maximum damage to Northern Ireland and its neighbours - economically, socially and politically.

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European Pillar of Social Rights Offers New Hope for Social Europe

Posted on December 16, 2016

Esther Lynch:   - ETUC Confederal Secretary
Esther Lynch:
ETUC Confederal Secretary

The EU is slowly emerging from the worst economic crisis in its history.

One of major casualties of that crisis was the European Social Model, undermined and weakened by the official response to a meltdown in the financial system.

Fundamental social rights and public services have been sacrificed. But an EU focused only in the market will not maintain the support and trust of workers and citizens.

With a third of workers across the EU struggling to make ends meet, Europe urgently needs a new social pact.

We need more Social Europe.

We need a vision that is bold enough to redress the glaring imbalance in the current model, that restores the primacy of livelihoods and living standards in EU policy.

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(UPDATED) LEAKED CETA DECLARATION PROMISES LITTLE, DELIVERS LESS

Posted on October 14, 2016

Rosa Crawford, TUC Policy Officer
Rosa Crawford, TUC Policy Officer

UPDATED Oct 28:  An agreement between the Belgian government and the regional Wallonian parliament removed the last obstacle to the official signing of the CETA trade deal between Belgium and Canada, which took place on October 30. The last minute agreement appears to make some concessions to the Wallonian parliament, particularly on the controversial ISDS 'secret court' system for investors (see below).  The CETA deal will come into force on a temporary basis ('provisional application'). 

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