Monthly Archives: February 2014

Unite warns that compulsory labour scheme may violate international conventions

Unemployed need jobs, not workfare says union official Unite pledges to support unemployed members in campaigning for end to compulsory labour February 27th: Responding to the roll-out of the Government’s ‘Gateway’ scheme, which will see up to 3,000 jobseekers forced … Continue reading

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Stagnating earnings bad news for workers, for businesses and for economy

Latest figures underline need for wage increases says Jimmy Kelly February 26th: Commenting on the latest CSO Earnings and Labour Costs figures released today, Unite Regional secretary Jimmy Kelly said: “Last year, weekly earnings fell by over one per cent … Continue reading

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Welcoming Belfast Living Wage progress, Unite says raising wage floors crucial in battle to raise NI living standards

Jimmy Kelly urges councils throughout Northern Ireland to adopt Living Wage in bid to end low pay culture February 25th: Speaking this morning, Unite Regional Secretary Jimmy Kelly welcomed the progress made last week towards Belfast City Council becoming a … Continue reading

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Remarks by Jimmy Kelly at vigil for peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy

February 19th: Speaking at today’s lunchtime vigil for peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy outside Leinster House, Unite Regional Secretary Jimmy Kelly said: “Margaretta D’Arcy has now spent over four weeks in prison, in Limerick and in Mountjoy, because she interfered with … Continue reading

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New Unite research shows that Ireland needs a wage increase

Irish wages lagging well below EU-15 average Time for wages to reflect productivity and profits says Jimmy Kelly Unite today (Tuesday 18 February) released Ireland Needs a Wage Increase. The document shows that Irish wages in the private sector are … Continue reading

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