BERNARD HARBOR warns that special deals for some groups of staff will undermine pay recovery for all. The budget included an allocation of €290 million to ensure that gradual public service pay recovery, which finally got underway this year, continues into 2017. These improvements, crystalised in the Lansdowne Road agreement, represent the first positive public […]All public servants must leave ‘FEMPI’ together
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NIALL SHANAHAN, IMPACT’s Communications Officer, is Currently attending the European Foundation’s seminar series on the digitalisation of work in Berlin. He is there, representing ICTU as part of the Irish Tripartite team, to provide a Trade Union perspective on the changing nature of work. This blog, compiled from his joint submission to the Foundation […]Digitalisation of Work
IMPACT is an organisation roughly two-thirds of whose membership are women. It interacts, on behalf of that membership, on a more-or-less daily basis with the print media. For this reason, the way in which national media represent (or don’t) women is a key environmental factor for IMPACT and directly affects the work it does. The following is […]EXTRA! EXTRA!: DIVERSITY AUDIT OF IRISH FRONT PAGES
According to 2013 research carried out for the giant catalogue retailer Argos, more than one in ten parents buys their children toys that they hope will encourage them down a specific career path. This research suggests that there is a direct link between the toys that children play with and the vocational skills and […]Workplace sexism? It’s child’s play
BERNARD HARBOR says the new Public Service Pay Commission could put pay back at the centre of political debate. The Programme for Government’s silence over what exactly its proposed Public Service Pay Commission would do left plenty of scope for interpretation. We were simply told it would “examine pay levels across the public service, […]Pay’s not going away
In her bestselling manual on women in the workplace, Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg writes that “our culture needs to find a robust image of female success”. Our dominant cultural image of the working mother today, she argues, is the ‘bad mother with a briefcase’ or (as blogger Jessica Valenti has called it, ‘the bad feminist […]When it comes to working women we have an image problem
In this week’s blog LUGHAN DEANE looks at what’s really at stake when we talk about TTIP, and what it means if this transatlantic trade deal between the US and the EU goes ahead. Start to talk about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and watch as people’s eyes glaze over. This reaction is understandable. TTIP […]Could Ireland be sued for raising wages?
The economy’s soaring. The recession is over. So the legislation that imposed public service pay cuts and pension levies should simply be repealed? Well, yes and no, says BERNARD HARBOR. Last week, ICTU’s Public Services Committee wrote to public expenditure minister Paschal Donohoe demanding the repeal of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest […]Blog: The way to pay recovery
Joe O’Connor takes a tour around the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership What is TTIP? TTIP stands for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. This proposed trade deal between the US and the EU has been under negotiation since 2013, and is arguably the most significant trade deal in modern history. Until recently, it […]Who gains from TTIP trade deal?
IMPACT’s Limerick seminar showed there are loads of bright ideas on resolving the housing crisis. Now we need action. By Joe O’Connor IMPACT’s Limerick seminar about our campaign on the homelessness and housing crisis recognised that the problem is not confined to Dublin. It’s a national emergency. This was reflected in the strong turnout […]Now let’s act on homelessness