Archive for April 23, 2010

Psychiatric Nurses oppose conscription for “HSE army”

April 23, 2010 Leave a comment

In Yesterday’s Irish Times:

Meanwhile, at the Psychiatric Nurse Association (PNA) conference in Carlow yesterday, general secretary Des Kavanagh said the public sector should not be afraid of rejecting the public services pay and reform deal. He could find no good reason why public servants should accept the Croke Park agreement, he said.

“I am strongly of the view that for nurses to sign up for these proposals is akin to volunteering for conscription to a HSE army in which we surrender all of our rights and agree to obey our managers without protest, no matter how badly the service deteriorates,” he told the association’s annual conference in Carlow yesterday.

He criticised the proposed agreement, labelling it “absolutely blunt and indiscriminate”.

While he said that rejection of the deal would be “unprecedented” he added that, by accepting it, members would be endorsing “all of the worst cuts the HSE is trying to impose”.

He added that a requirement that unions would not take industrial action until 2014 was a “gagging clause” that sought to ensure obedience and compliance.

Right to Work Campaign Protest, Tues 11th May

April 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Enough is Enough!




March to the Dail

We Want Jobs and Public Services
Tuesday 11th May, Assemble 7.30 Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square Dublin

• Fintan O’Toole (Journalist)
• John Kidd (SIPTU Firefighters)
• Janette Byrne (Patients Together)
• Walter Cullen (Unite trade union)
• John Bisset (Canal Communities Project)
• Professor Kathleen Lynch (UCD)
• Siobhan O ’Donoghue (Community Workers Co-op)
Organised by: Right to Work Campaign tel: 087-2604143 Email:
Sponsored by Unite trade union

• €33 billion of OUR money has already been put into the banks.
• This government is destroying our public services to pay for the bill.
• Instead of pouring vast sums into these banks, we should take them into public control and make the wealthy pay for their economic crimes.
• We need to change economic policy to help the half a million people who are unemployed.
• We should set up a public works programme to provide jobs and build up our public services.
• We should resist wage cuts. Wage cuts mean less spending in our economy – and more jobs losses.


Don’t just sit at home and get angry. People power is the only way to bring real change. So come out on the streets and make your voice heard. This government needs to receive one big message:



The Right to Work Campaign brings together trade unionists, community activists and the unemployed to say: BAIL OUT JOBS AND SERVICES, NOT BANKS
We won’t let this government divide us between public sector and private sector workers, migrant and non-migrant. We want solidarity – not divide and rule tactics.
After the March to the Dail, we invite you to the Right to Work National Conference
Saturday May 22nd in the UNITE Hall 55-56 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1, starting at 12pm.
This is a conference of Resistance and Solidarity
and we want to hear your suggestions for how to step up our campaign.
If you want to know more about our conference or get involved with the Right to Work Campaign
• Text JOIN to 087 2604143
• E Mail:
• Write to: Right to Work Campaign, 42 Woodavens, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

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Public Services Agreement Worsened by Debt Revision

April 23, 2010 Leave a comment

As Government Debt Position Revised, Public Services Agreement Already Changed by “unforeseen budgetary deterioration”

ICTU Pig Emerging From Poke

As can be seen from clauses below, the effect of the Public Services Pay agreement has already been changed. If the rich are not taxed, Government will now have to cut spending by a further 2 billion Euro in order to achieve the 3% target. ICTU allowed this target to be written into the Public Services Agreement as well as a government escape clause

If EU insists that the further 18 billion to be put into Anglo is classified as debt, the achievement of the 3% target would involve even more horrendous deterioration in public services.

I appeal to Jack O’Connor ,David Begg and Peter McLoone—Throw out this agreement immediately and rally all suffering from the greed of the rich and their government to campaign for a really “Better Fairer Way”