Archive for September 2019

Centenary Conference of the International Labour Organisation

Posted on September 25, 2019

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Dublin Castle was the setting for a recent conference celebrating the centenary of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) themed around the 1944 Declaration of Philadelphia. The principal author of the Declaration was Irishman Edward J Phelan who had a distinguished career with the ILO and was credited with shaping its values.

Congress was represented by General Secretary Patricia King, Liam Berney Industrial Officer and David Joyce, Policy Officer and Deirdre O’Connor member of the Executive Council of ICTU.

The opening address was given by President Michael D Higgins, who expressed his concern at “new emerging trends in work, and his belief that “we are now witnessing increases in precarious employment, contract working, and ongoing casualisation of labour”.

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High drama in the House of Commons - but Boris Johnston is not the first PM to confront rebel Tories.

Posted on September 04, 2019

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Last night saw extraordinary events in Westminister, 21 Tory rebels taking a stand, one of them even crossing the floor in front of Prime Minister Boris Johnston to join the Liberal Democrats, and a crushing defeat for the British Government.

In a few hours of high drama, MP’s voted by 328 to 301 to seize control of the parliamentary agenda in an effort to avoid a no-deal Brexit. In a night of historic proportions, even Charles Stewart Parnell was invoked by pro-Brexit MP Jacob Rees-Mogg during a fractious debate.  

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