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Demonstration tomorrow, Wednesday 29th May, against Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill 2013 May 28, 2013

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Economy, Irish Politics, The Left.
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5pm outside Dail Eireann to protest against the draconian Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill 2013.

There is a Press Conference beforehand in Buswell’s Hotel at 4pm.

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1. Cass Flower (@cassflower) - May 28, 2013

Who has called this protest,. WBS ? It certainly is worth supporting.

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EWI - May 28, 2013

The teacher’s unions (or maybe more accurately, prominent union activists in each).

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EWI - May 28, 2013

The rest of the text:

This proposed legislation poses a serious threat to trade union and democratic rights in this country. The bill, if passed, will cut wages and pensions. It also contains a coercive clause which threatens to freeze the increments due to workers in the public sector unless, as outlined in the explanation to the bill, they are covered by a collective agreement that modifies the terms of the incremental suspension and which has been registered with the Labour Relations Commission.

The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill 2013 is a serious threat to trade union and democratic rights in this country. The bill, if passed, will cut wages and pensions. It also contains a coercive clause which threatens to freeze the increments due to workers in the public sector unless, as outlined in the explanation to the bill, they are covered by a collective agreement that modifies the terms of the incremental suspension and which has been registered with the Labour Relations Commission.

The fundamental right of workers to vote on any proposal on the basis of its merits is being undermined completely. The right of a trade union to defend its members is being obliterated. At present, the government is attempting to intimidate workers into accepting the Haddington Road proposals. The proposed legislation changes the landscape in Ireland. It is an anti-worker, anti-trade union and anti-democratic legislation.

We believe it must be opposed by all trade unions and by everyone that cares for democratic principles. We are, therefore, issuing an open call to all trade union leaders and to all TDs to immediately condemn the proposed legislation. To not do so is to stand against democracy and workers.

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2. Paddy Healy - May 28, 2013

The demonstration and press conference has been called by the grass roots trade union body No2CrokePark2. There will be speakers from several unions including SIPTU, IMPACT, UNITE,CPSU as well as from teaching unions at the press conference. All TDs and Senators have been invited to the events

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3. Cass Flower (@cassflower) - May 28, 2013

Thanks. I’ll spread it about.

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4. Paddy Healy - May 28, 2013

My Letter in Irish Times today
Appeal to reject Bill to cut pay and pensions
Irish Times, Tuesday May 28, 2013, 18:00
Sir, – The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill gives Government power to unilaterally cut pay and pensions, to change allowances, to freeze increments and to change conditions of service including working hours in the public service (Home News, May 24th). It enshrines in law a more penal version of the original Government demands made to unions in the recent Croke Park II process.
It has a key coercive clause. It contains a provision “for a suspension of incremental progression for three years for all public servants unless they are covered by a collective agreement that modifies the terms of the incremental suspension and which has been registered with the Labour Relations Commission”. This means that unless a trade union signs up to the agreement, even if the pay of members is under €65,000, its members’ increments will be frozen for three years. This is a draconian measure far beyond anything contained in the original Croke Park II proposals.
Union members or executives may vote for or against Croke Park II as revised. That is their privilege and their right. But what are the consequences if trade unions do not immediately reject this Bill by declaring that they will not register an agreement with a public service employer under its provisions? They would be forcing their members to vote on current proposals with the only choice being “Haddington Road” or worse. They would be enabling the Government to impose the legislation on all other unions and public service workers. They would be sanctioning pension cuts on members who have no vote on any proposals.
By doing this they would be becoming quasi-arms of government. They would be assenting to a version of corporatism which would undermine the right to free trade unions and to free trade union activity by individuals in the public service. They would be assenting to an unprecedented erosion of trade union rights in Ireland into the indefinite future. Unions can make this legislation unworkable if they refuse to register their agreement with the LRC even if they agree to “Haddington Road”.
As a former president of the TUI and a former member of the executive of Dublin Council of Trade Unions, I appeal to all unions to reject this Bill by making it clear immediately, that irrespective of their decision on Haddington Road, they will not register such an agreement under the provisions of this anti-worker, anti-trade union Bill. – Yours, etc,
PADDY HEALY,

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5. Tomboktu - May 29, 2013
CMK - May 30, 2013

Well spotted.

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