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What goes around, comes around… April 19, 2016

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

…RTÉ notes that ASTI has decided not to endorse David Begg for the Seanad…

Why so?

In a statement posted today on its website, the union said Mr Begg had engaged in public criticism of the ASTI’s position at critical junctures in ASTI campaigns against national public service agreements.

It is understood the statement relates to comments made by Mr Begg in 2013 when ASTI members were balloting on the Haddington Road Agreement.

Seems fair enough.


1. Paddy Healy - April 19, 2016

A proposal to nominate David Begg at TUI Executive failed to get a seconder some weeks ago

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2. Paddy Healy - April 19, 2016

David Begg Seanad Candidate-Read on
Croke Park II rejected as two major unions vote No
RTE News Wednesday 17 April 2013 13.05
The Croke Park II proposals included pay cuts, increment freezes and longer working hours for no extra pay
The Croke Park II proposals to cut the public sector pay bill have been comprehensively rejected by public sector workers.
Two of the country’s biggest trade unions, SIPTU and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, have voted against the deal, meaning it will not now be ratified.
The proposals included pay cuts, increment freezes and longer working weeks for no extra pay.
The rejection is seen as a blow for the Government, which needs to secure €300m in savings from the public sector pay bill this year . . . . .

Tuesday 07 May 2013 16.41
David Begg says there has to be a negotiated settlement of the dispute over Croke Park II
The General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, David Begg, has said unions who say they are not willing to accept any cuts or changes to working conditions are not being realistic.
Irish Examiner
‘Bilateral talks on pay deal the way forward’

May 06, 2013
By Stephen Rogers
Irish Examiner Reporter
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) has offered to coordinate bilateral talks between the Government and public service trade unions on an agreement to replace the failed Croke Park II proposals.
Ictu general secretary David Begg claimed unions who are not willing to take cuts or changes to their working conditions are “not being realistic”.

Unite backs motion opposing Haddington Road pay deal
Dan Keenan, In Belfast
Last Updated: Monday, June 24, 2013, 11:57
Unite, the largest trade union in Britain and Ireland, has backed an emergency motion at its Belfast conference opposing the Haddington Road proposals on public sector cuts.
Proposing the motion, Unite regional secretary Jimmy Kelly, said: “Three times the Government has attacked the wages and conditions of public sector workers. This year the first attempt at cutting wages under Croke Park II was massively rejected by public sector workers, in some cases even contrary to the recommendations of their own unions.”
He said the Government, following this, had again resorted to “coercive anti-union legislation designed to impose wage cuts and put a gun to public sector workers;’ heads”(Financial Emergency Measures in Public Interest Act –FEMPI Act)
“Not only did this constitute a gross interference in workers’ rights to ballot freely, it also sets a precedent which may be used against private sector workers in similar circumstances,” he added
He said the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) must launch an immediate campaign to have the legislation repealed and he called on the trade union movement to secure the support of the Labour Party in calling for repeal

Pensions Authority role not a crock of gold, says David Begg

Irish Examiner Friday, January 15, 2016
By Juno McEnroe
Political Correspondent
Former trade union leader David Begg has defended his appointment as chairman of a State board, saying his €20,500-a year pay for the role is “not a crock of gold”.
The former ICTU general secretary also confirmed to the Irish Examiner that he is considering running as an Independent for the Seanad.
Mr Begg said he had been approached about becoming chairman of the Pensions Authority, a position which pays around €100,000 over a five-year period.
There has been criticism of his appointment, made directly by Tánaiste Joan Burton this week, which did not involve an appointments process or it being advertised.
Instead, Ms Burton, in her capacity as Social Protection Minister, used a little-known clause in public appointment rules to appoint Mr Begg.
Lack of transparency about the appointment, as well as Mr Begg’s previous support for Labour as a trade union leader, has led to charges of “cronyism”.
Mr Begg strongly disputes this. “I didn’t seek it, I was asked to do it, a month or six weeks ago. I said at the time I wasn’t expecting it.”


3. David Flood - April 19, 2016

Delighted to see it Couldn’t have happened to a nicer traitor union bureaucrat.


4. 1798Mike - April 19, 2016

The ASTI has a new General Secretary, who is clearly more respectful of the elected teachers who comprise the executive bodies of the Union .
Previous General Secretaries would have worked might & main to stop such a decision, and if that failed, rubbish it to contacts at the Irish Times as the work of out-of-touch & unrepresentative “hardliners”.


5. Paddy Healy - April 19, 2016

Former ASTI Gen SEC Pat King and Former TUI Gen Sec Jim Dorney are endorsing Begg in a personal capacity!!
UPDATE:David Begg must explain Role of Central Bank
More wp.me/pKzXa-kL

Scroll Down for Record of David Begg on Board of Central Bank Before and During the Financial Crash
David Begg Was on the Board of Central Bank for 14 years prior to 2010
Wikipedia on Central Bank of Ireland
FROM WIKIPEDIA:10 months before the banking crash Central Bank Of Ireland made a statement saying- “The Irish banking system continues to be well-placed to withstand adverse economic and sectoral developments in the short to medium term. The underlying fundamentals of the residential market continue to appear strong and the current trend in monthly price developments does not imply a sharp correction. The central scenario therefore is for a soft landing”[


6. Paddy Healy - April 19, 2016

TUI Not Endorsing Begg for Seanad

Senator Gerard Craughwell proposed to a meeting of TUI Executive a few weeks ago that TUI nominate David Begg for election to Seanad Eireann on NUI panel

The proposal failed to get a seconder

Senator Craughwell then withdrew the proposal

Senator Craughwell has not been nominated by ICTU on the Industrial Relations panel for Seanad Eireann


7. Paddy Healy - April 27, 2016

Begg Eliminated Having Received one fifth of a quota on first count

Former minister for justice Michael McDowell was the first to be elected to the Seanad on the National University of Ireland panel.
He was elected on the 26th count having exceeded the quota of 9,074 narrowly ahead of outgoing senator Ronan Mullen who was elected on the same count.
Mr Mullen was 700 votes ahead of Mr McDowell on the first count but the former leader of the Progressive Democrats pulled ahead on the 26th count following a transfer of 834 votes from David Begg, the former general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions who was eliminated on the 25th count.
Alice-Mary Higgins, daughter of the President, was elected to the final seat on the 28th count.
David Begg received one fifth or 20% of a quota on the first count

First count Tally
Ronan Mullen 7,362.
Michael McDowell 5,661.
Pádraig Ó Céidigh 2,475.
Alice-Mary Higgins 2,055.
David Begg 1,836.
Dr Martin Daly 1,523.
Laura Harmon 1,479.
Ellen O’Malley Dunlop 1,454.


8. Jolly Red Giant - April 28, 2016

Ha ha ha – the McDowell gets elected on Begg’s transfers – says it all really about the former commissar (and Jesuit trained) leader of ICTU.


9. CL - April 28, 2016


10. Paddy Healy - April 30, 2016

Analysis of Election Results on NUI Panel
Michael McDowell, Former Progressive Democrat leader, received the highest transfer or almost one third of the Begg Transfers!!!!
David Begg Eliminated in NUI Seanad Election Having Received One Fifth of a Quota on First Count
MORE: http://wp.me/pKzXa-kL
Extreme conservative candidates Mullen, McDowell and business owner O’Ceidigh received between them in total 59.75% or almost 60% of Begg’s Transfers
Despite this, powerful equality campaigne ,Alice Mary Higgins was elected to the third and final seat.
TUI and ASTI hadrefused to endorse Begg


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