Monthly Archives: October 2014

Budget 2015: Government squanders recovery as low and average earners, social protection recipients, set to see real drop in living standards

Water charges elephant in room of Government policy as anomaly piled on anomaly Jimmy Kelly warns austerity is entering a new phase: recovery for a few, continued squeeze for the rest October 14th: In an initial response to Budget 2015, … Continue reading

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Unite suspends strike action at NI councils and education boards to consult on improved pay offer

October 10th: Unite announced today that strike action planned for next Tuesday (14 October) by Council and Education & Library Board workers is to be suspended to allow for an improved pay proposal to be put to members in a consultative … Continue reading

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Union shock at JTI announcement of devastating job losses at Ballymena plant

Regional Secretary calls for action at highest levels of government to safeguard employment at Ballymena plant Announcement comes despite corporation’s strong profitability October 8th: Responding to the announcement that 800 jobs could be lost at JTI Gallaher’s base in Ballymena over … Continue reading

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JJ Rhatigan refuses to address root causes of dispute

Unite to seek legal advice regarding possible defamation of members October 7th: In a statement issued today (Tuesday 7 October), trade union Unite dismissed as entirely without foundation claims made by construction company JJ Rhatigan in relation to the ongoing … Continue reading

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Rhatigan crane occupation: citing safety concerns, Unite calls on Minister for Education to intervene

October 7th: Following the overnight occupation by workers of a tower crane on the JJ Rhatigan site at Kishoge Community College in Lucan, trade union Unite has expressed concerns about its members’ safety and has called on Education Minister Jan … Continue reading

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