Unite commemorates legacy of LGBT activist, Mark Ashton, by launching a bursary for young people’s solidarity projects

Greg SachnoUnite the union will launch its Mark Ashton bursary this evening [7pm, Thursday May 18th] as part of LGBT awareness week.

The bursary worth up to £300 will be available is aimed at young people developing projects which shows solidarity with the LGBT community

The Chair of Unite’s LGBT committee, Francis Loughlin, spoke ahead of today’s launch event which will be held in the Conference room of Unite’s Antrim Road offices:

“This evening we will be launching our Mark Ashton bursary as part of the events organised across the city for LGBT Awareness week. The bursary will be launched by Jimmy Kelly, Ireland Secretary of Unite.
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English Language Teaching: draft legislation leaves teachers behind

unite-white-out-of-redUnite slams absence of labour standards from proposed legislation

Union unsuccessfully sought meeting with Education Minister Bruton

May 18th: Unite, which represents English Language Teachers, said today that the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Amendment) Bill published this week ‘leaves teachers behind’.  Heads 21-23 of the proposed legislation focus on facilities for international learners.

Commenting, Unite Regional Organiser Roy Hassey said:

“Our members were angry but not surprised to see that there is not a single mention of teachers in the draft legislation.

“Instead, much of the focus is on encouraging and facilitating language colleges to obtain an International Education Mark – whereas many colleges would be better advised to strive for a Fair Employment Mark”, Mr Hassey pointed out.

“English Language Teaching is booming on the backs of workers, with precarious employment conditions rife and some teachers earning as little as €13 per hour.

“Unite was disappointed that, in March, Education and Skills Minister Richard Bruton declined our request to meet with him and discuss our members’ concerns.

“We will continue exerting political and industrial pressure to ensure that ELT jobs are decent jobs”, Mr Hassey concluded.


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Department of Infrastructure must reject cherry-picking by private sector bus operators

Unite Conference 21Application by Hannon Coach targets most lucrative bus route in Northern Ireland

License application from private sector will undermine cross-subsidisation model

May 17th: Unite the union’s deputy Regional Secretary, Jackie Pollock, called on the Department of Infrastructure to reject an application from County Antrim-based private sector Hannon Coach for a license to operate an express service between Belfast and Derry/Londonderry:

“The application made by Hannon coach is for an express service operating directly between Belfast and Derry/Londonderry. They seek to base their service in the Europa bus centre, Belfast and Foyle Street station in Derry/Londonderry and compete directly with Translink’s Goldliner service operating from these publicly-funded transport hubs. Continue reading

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Unite to host Warrenpoint Election Hustings

unite-white-out-of-redPolitical debate set for Warrenpoint Town Hall on Thursday [18th May] from 7.30-9.30

May 15th: Speaking ahead of the hustings event, Unite Newry Industrial branch Vice-Chair Ronan Turley invited the public to attend and get the answers to the questions that matter most:

“Unite the union has organised election hustings events in a number of towns in previous elections. Our local branch thought we should organise one and invited all the candidates running in the upcoming parliamentary election to attend. Continue reading

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Bus Eireann: Unite members vote to accept Labour Court recommendation

unite-white-out-of-redUnion calls on Government to announce timeline for promised stakeholder forum

Unite, which represents craft workers in Bus Eireann, announced today that its members have voted to accept the recommendation issued by the Labour Court last month.

Pointing out that the terms of the recommendation demand heavy sacrifices of Bus Eireann workers, Mr Quigley said that both management and the government bear responsibility for the crisis facing the company, and demanded that a timeline be announced for the establishment of a stakeholder forum to discuss the future of public transport in Ireland.

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