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Can the EU Social Summit Deliver for Working People?

Posted on November 16, 2017

Esther Lynch - ETUC Confederal Secretary
Esther Lynch
ETUC Confederal Secretary

As the Social Summit opens in Gothenburg, the ETUC's Esther Lynch asks if the EU can deliver real gains for working people

‘Fair Jobs and Growth’ is a key focus of the much-heralded Social Summit in Gothenburg, a theme that many feel has been long neglected by an EU more concerned with fiscal rules than the well-being of working people.

And there is something concrete and worthwhile to discuss: President Juncker’s European Pillar of Social Rights.

The Pillar comprises 20 commitments and rights including “the right to fair wages”, the right to a high level of health and safety protection at work and “the right to adequate social protection.”

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Are Young People Hostile to Trade Unions?

Posted on October 19, 2017

Love Unions - Promoting trade unions
Love Unions
Promoting trade unions

Kurt Vandaele, Senior Researcher at the European Trade Union Institute, looks at how young workers can be attracted into trade unions 

 

The percentage of employees paying union dues has almost universally declined across Europe in recent decades. Moreover, much of the unions’ existing membership base is generally ‘greying’, with many members aged in their mid-40s to early 50s, as Figure 1 below shows.

 

 Fig 1: Median Age of Union Members

 Figure 1. Median age of union members in 2014 and its change compared to 2004 in Europe. Source: European Social Survey. The original survey question refers to membership of a union or similar organisation. *Italy: 2012 data.

 

In terms of organising, young people are considered to be the most ‘problematic’ of the different categories of under-represented groups in unions.

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End Corporate Greed: The World Needs a Pay Rise

Posted on October 03, 2017

Sharan Burrow, ITUC - Sharan Burrow addresses BDC 2017
Sharan Burrow, ITUC
Sharan Burrow addresses BDC 2017

To mark World Day for Decent Work Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) says its time to end corporate greed and raise wages globally

The global economic model has failed working people. It is driven by corporate greed and is working against sustainable development. It is time to change the rules and the governments who signed up to act on the Sustainable Development Goals need to do just that.

In fact 85 per cent of people want the rules of the global economy rewritten.

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No Homes To Go To

Posted on September 22, 2017

Housing Campaign Launch - At the launch  of the Housing Campaign, Sept 20, RIA Dawson Street
Housing Campaign Launch
At the launch of the Housing Campaign, Sept 20, RIA Dawson Street

Congress Communications Officer Macdara Doyle on plans to build a broad coalition to press for resolution of the housing crisis

For more than a century social housing in Ireland was successfully constructed, provided and maintained by local authorities.

Indeed in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s spending on social housing in this country was amongst the highest in Europe.

Those were turbulent decades for the newly-emerged state, as it struggled to cope with successive and deep crises: the destructive legacy of the Civil War, the impact of the Wall Street Crash and global depression, Economic War with Britain in the 1930s, followed by the outbreak of World War II in 1939 and then the near economic collapse of the 1950s.

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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 - NUJ
Seamus Dooley
NUJ

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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