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Signs of Hope – A continuing series May 11, 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. Joe - May 11, 2017

Feck it. I’m putting this in here instead of What you want to say.

Article in today’s online Irish Examiner flagging unions’ approach to forthcoming public sector pay talks. Basically, capitulation before they even begin.

After a line on how the unions will surrender on pensions, we get this:

“A senior union source close to the upcoming talks has also said that pay restoration will be difficult in 2018 and there will be no front-loading of the unwinding of pay cuts next year.”


Ed - May 11, 2017

SIPTU and IMPACT is it? ‘No front-loading’ indeed. I thought ‘front-loading’ was the height of virtue a few years back, but I suppose that’s just for ‘pain’.


EWI - May 11, 2017

It’s indeed IMPACT leading the way to pre-emptive surrender (with this crap scheduled, as ever, for the intervening year between the biennial IMPACT conferences). We’ll see if SIPTU activists grab the throats of the apparatchiks and force action, as they’ve done in the recent past.


2. GW - May 12, 2017

A fascist wasn’t elected President of France last weekend.


3. GW - May 12, 2017

The continuing campaign to stop CETA got a major fillip yesterday. Remember we already stopped TTIP – a major success for trans-EU grassroots organising.

We took the EC’s refusal to consider a European Citizens Initiative against CETA and TTIP to the the European Court of Justice. The ECJ upheld our complaint and stated that the European Commissions ostensible reasons for refusing the ECI were inadmissible. The anti-TTIP and CETA coalition got 3.3 million signatures from EU citizens in favour of the referendum

This has both confirmed the validity of an ECI to direct the EC in matters trade agreements but could also strengthen the chances of defeating CETA in the German constitutional court or through a referendum in the Netherlands.


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