Unite Champions Cup sponsor Unite the Union today launches a major STEM education initiative in partnership with League of Ireland champions Shamrock Rovers and Spheros Sports

Unite delighted to team up with Shamrock Rovers to provide ground-breaking hi-tech interactive education resource to local community in Tallaght and Clondalkin.

Programme launched today in Shamrock Rovers home, Tallaght Stadium, is the first of its kind on island of Ireland.

Initiative will introduce students from schools in Tallaght and Clondalkin to soccer and STEM through hands-on soccer-based coding and maths games. By combining sport with exciting interactive and engaging programming activities children will develop 21st Century hi-tech skills.

The educational resource being launched today comprises six 10 x 6 metre floor mats designed as football pitches, together with 15 interactive robots programmed by the participants to perform tasks, such as playing football. This develops skills in sport, maths, computer programming and coding. Five local teachers have been trained up to roll out this STEM education in the local community.  The programme will begin this September in schools across Tallaght and Clondalkin.

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Tory government’s National Insurance hike aims to make workers pay for costs of rationed and privatised Social Care provision

Jackie Pollock, Unite Regional Secretary

Unite Regional Secretary Jackie Pollock challenged the Tory government on its decision to raise national insurance contributions by 1.25 percent under cover of funding social care in a Covid crisis.

“The increase of 1.25 percent on national insurance from April 2022 will impact workers across the board – the fact that national insurance contributions are capped means that this is a highly regressive form of taxation. The billionaire class, who have watched the value of their financial assets and shareholdings balloon as a result of huge monetary injections by government and the Bank of England, will not make any contribution at all.

“The Tory government dishonestly presents this move as a necessity given the pressures resulting from the Covid pandemic; the reality is that this is an attempt to make working-class people pay for a long-term crisis in the social care system a crisis caused by the interests of profit-makers trumping the quality of care and support offered to older people.

“The £12 billion that this measure is forecast to raise will be wholly insufficient to meet the costs of providing quality social care to all – meaning more privatisation and more rationing. The government will continue to fail to deliver the care needed by those with a lifetime of contributions behind them. Pensioners will still be expected to pay up to £86,000 towards the provision of their own care. All this, just to ensure that the Tories’ friends in big business and the city financial elite do not have to pay anywhere near their fair share.

“At a time of surging inflation, this tax increase threatens a further sharp reduction in workers’ incomes unless it is reflected in increased pay, alongside wider cost of living adjustments. It is essential that workers are collectively organised in trade unions as the only effective way to secure themselves and their families at this time”, Mr Pollock concluded.

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Unite, Shamrock Rovers and Spheros team up to bring science of football home to Tallaght and Clondalkin

Sports initiative to provide educational STEM resource to local community

Programme to be launched 10:30 am on Tuesday September 14th in Tallaght Stadium.

September 7th: As part of its sponsorship of the Unite the Union Champions Cup, Unite has partnered with Shamrock Rovers and Spheros to provide an educational STEM resource to the Tallaght/Clondalkin community. This ground-breaking resource introduces students to football and STEM education through hands-on, football-themed coding and mathematics activities.

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Workers at Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council demand answers on threatened outsourcing of festive lighting

Kieran Ellison Unite Regional Officer

Council workers told decision to outsource was taken at council Development committee meeting of September 2nd without any consultation with representative trade unions

Unite the union challenges economic case for outsourcing of Christmas lighting across entire borough to private contractor, after last year’s debacle on costs of lighting Lisburn

Kieran Ellison, Regional Officer for Unite confirmed that members of his union had been informed that their role in erecting festive lighting was to be outsourced to an unknown private sector operator following a decision taken behind closed doors at last week’s council Development committee. 

If the information provided to our members is accurate, this will be a major blow to the council workers affected and opens the door to much more widespread outsourcing of work by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council. We are particularly disappointed and concerned over the manner in which this decision appears to have been taken: behind closed doors and with absolutely no consultation with representative trade unions. 

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Daa: Company U-turns designed to advance its outsourcing agenda

Union demands that company engage and agree to implement Labour Court recommendation

Unite industrial action ballot to proceed

Unite, which represents craft workers at Dublin Airport Authority, today (Sunday) accused Daa of engaging in a series of U-turns designed to further a new outsourcing agenda which has not been the subject of either the ‘New Ways of Working’ engagement, or Labour Court Recommendation 22381 which has been accepted by Unite, and was also accepted by Daa but later repudiated by the company.  Unite Regional Officer Willie Quigley was commenting on what he termed ‘very concerning and misleading’ correspondence from the Daa following the decision by Unite members to ballot for industrial action – a move driven by the Daa’s decision to abandon the current process and instead to unilaterally pursue a new outsourcing agenda.

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