Archive for October 2019

The Marriage Bar : A Ban on Employing Married Women

Posted on October 14, 2019

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The Marriage Bar required single women to resign from their job upon getting married and disqualified married women from applying for vacancies. They were in common use up until the 1970s, which means that there are women alive today with first-hand experience of the Bar.

ICTU Social Policy Office DR LAURA BAMBRICK explains the Marriage Bar and how Congress would like to hear from women whose contracts ended on marriage, in order to record their memories of this important part of labour history.

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A Short-Time Work Scheme would help us battle the worst effects of Brexit

Posted on October 07, 2019

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Dr Tom McDonnell, Senior Economist, Nevin Economic Research Institute

Every economic downturn is unique but often involve some form of demand-side or supply-side shock.

A ‘demand-side’ shock occurs when businesses and households collectively reduce their spending in the economy. Good examples include stock market or property crashes that lead to a general loss of confidence in future economic prospects. Supply-side shocks tend to be more damaging to the economy over the long-run. This is because they can affect a country’s long-run productive potential and its ability to grow into the future. Good examples include increases in energy prices or in the cost of trade, or political turmoil and prolonged uncertainty, that chokes-off investment in capital goods and new technology.  

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