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Signs of Hope – A continuing series February 3, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Gewerkschaftler suggested this recently:

I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we’re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it “hope dies last”.

Any contributions this week?


1. GW - February 3, 2017

Thank you WBS.

CETA ratification (and further TISA negotiations) by the EU looking more unlikely.

In January the alliance for a referendum to forbid the government from ratifying TTIP, CETA or TISA needed to get 100,000 signatures in a quite stringent process to start a referendum.

They exceeded the necessary number by a factor a 5 with more than half a million people signing. This from a total possible electorate of about 7 million.

This is an example of effective use of EU political structures at a local level to stop a series of agreement designed to hand more power over from the (formally and potentially substantive) democratic sphere to private capitalist interests.

Was it reported in the Irish press?


2. GW - February 5, 2017

I’m somewhat less pessimistic about the outcome of the French Presidential elections at this stage. Should Fillon fail to get into the second round (as seems quite possible) there’s a better chance of Le Pen not being elected.

Thank you Penelope.


3. Alibaba - February 7, 2017

Here’s what can happen to people who are unfairly dismissed, get an award of compensation from the Employment Appeals Tribunal and don’t get the money paid. In this particular case, the woman went on to the Joe Duffy Liveline and hey presto, the employer issues this statement:

“I acknowledge that an award made by the Employment Appeals Tribunal to Claudine Harnesse relating to her employment at Source Sligo, which closed in September 2011, is outstanding.

“The award will now be paid in full to Claudine.

“I apologise to Claudine for the delay in paying this Employment Appeals Tribunal award and for the inconvenience this may have caused her.”

Think of all the people who have won awards and never been paid. One of them told me she was advised that civil legal action would be pointless as it would exhaust the compensation amount. Surely the left should have or must in future demand policy regulation about this.



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