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
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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 So the legislation that imposed public service pay cuts and pension levies should simply be repealed?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
A research paper entitled ‘Which Countries in Europe Have the Best Gender Equality in the Workplace?’ was published recently by the recruitment company Glassdoor. The analysis spans 18 Western-European countries and uses a 19th, the United States, as a benchmark. The focus of the research is on the status of women in the workplace. The […]IMPACT blog: Massive Pay Penalty for Motherhood in Ireland
IMPACT trade union members have unanimously backed a motion calling on the government to increase the number of refugees accepted into the country under refugee relocation and resettlement programmes. IMPACT has consistently supported a humanitarian and compassionate response to asylum seekers. Last year IMPACT deputy general secretary, Kevin Callinan, expressed the union’s concerns to the escalating humanitarian crisis […]IMPACT conference blog: Refugee crisis
IMPACT trade union’s Forensic Science branch has told the union’s conference in Killarney that the capacity of Forensic Science Ireland to carry out its evidence gathering function is under threat due to inadequate facilities. Stephen Clifford told delegates that the recent escalation in gangland crime adds a further strain on already stretched resources. Stephen said, “Forensic […]Increase in violent crime putting extra pressure on forensic science services