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RESIST ATTACKS ON PAY AND CONITIONS OF ALL WORKERS

 

Varadkar Pledges to Increase Public Sector pay  https://wp.me/pKzXa-Mv

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AS Promises, such as They are, fall to be delivered after the Election-Its Just an Election Promise

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Taoiseach’s Promises on increases in Pay and PRSI Pensions are full of Escape Clauses (No mention of Occupational PS Pensions)

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Varadkar insisted that he was still committed to achieving a budget surplus of €3 billion in the coming years, in line with current government policy. He said this was the “overriding commitment”, meaning that it would be prioritised ahead of the promises on tax cuts and public sector pay.

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Pay rises must be linked to reforms in public service, says Taoiseach

Michael Brennan,Political Editor Sunday Business Post, 29th Dec, 2019

 

Leo Varadkar has promised pay rises for public sector workers, tax cuts and state pension(PRSI) increases in the run-up to the forthcoming general election.

The Taoiseach said the increases for public sector workers should be “faster than the cost of living”. The commitments are likely to feature in Fine Gael’s election manifesto, which is still being drawn up.

Negotiations on a new public sector pay deal are due to begin in the coming months because the current agreement expires at the end of next year. Varadkar said it was inevitable that a new pay deal with the country’s 300,000 public servants would be negotiated during the course of 2020.

“We anticipate that it would allow public sector pay to continue to rise. I can see a rise faster than the cost of living. That’s what people generally want, for their pay to go up faster than the rate of inflation,” he said.

The current three-year public sector pay deal has delivered average annual rises of 2 per cent.

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Varadkar declined to say if this was the best rate of increase that public servants could hope for in the new deal, given economic threats such as Brexit and the risk of a sudden drop in corporation tax revenue.

“We also need to make sure it’s affordable for the taxpayer. We need to make sure it’s sustainable. We don’t want to go back to the past where we had massive pay increases one year and pay cuts a year later. We want people to know that their pay increases are forever and won’t be taken away again,” he said.

The government’s revised budget estimates show that the current public sector pay bill for 2020 is €19.7 billion, which is 4.4 per cent up on the 2019 figure due to pay increases and additional recruitment. The exchequer pensions bill for retired public servants in 2020 is €3.4 billion, which is up 5.5 per cent on the previous year (2019).

Varadkar said he had been “glad” to be able to counter pay cuts experienced by public sector workers during his term in government, because they “work very hard and do a very good job in the round for our country”.

“We also need to make sure that as we increase pay for public service, that that is linked to reforms in the way our public service works. And we’re seeing big reforms now in the gardaí, for example,” he said.

Varadkar confirmed that Fine Gael was still committed to increase the entrant point for the top rate of tax from €35,300 to €50,000, which would cost €2.3 billion if implemented in a single year.

He claimed that Fine Gael was “the only party in the Dáil that believes in tax cuts for middle Ireland” and said he had been able to do “much less” in tax cuts than he would have liked due to the fact that budgets had to be negotiated with “coalition partners, and also Fianna Fáil”.

“Our exact tax proposition will be in the manifesto and that will involve making sure that fewer people pay the highest rate of tax, and a number of other measures as well. You may ask, why should people believe us? I’d say believe us because we actually have reduced income tax and USC in the last couple of budgets,” he said.

Varadkar also committed to further increases in the €238-per-week state pension, which he said had gone up by €15 a week under the current government. He said the precise details were a matter for the Fine Gael election manifesto.

“What we would intend for future budgets though is to get back to the position where every year we increase the pension, and increase it at a rate that is either linked to the cost of living or linked to the increase in earnings so there’s a decent pension increase every year for all those people who paid into the pension fund for those years,” he said.

The Taoiseach’s commitments on public sector pay rises, tax increases and state pension increases will raise questions about the impact on the public finances.

Varadkar insisted that he was still committed to achieving a budget surplus of €3 billion in the coming years, in line with current government policy. He said this was the “overriding commitment”, meaning that it would be prioritised ahead of the promises on tax cuts and public sector pay. “We need to break out of the boom and bust cycle,” he said.

 

——————————————————ORGANISE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR BUS WORKERS NOW!

They are fighting for all workers. !!!!! All workers should support them!

I have asked BUSWORKERS ACTION GROUP to call a meeting open to trade union reps and shop stewards from all unions, so that we can organise all forms of support possible including financial support for Bus Eireann workers.

I have read the Labour Court Recommendation in Bus Workers Dispute

The company told the Labour Court it is insolvent, which the court stated was of “gravest significance for those who work in Bus Éireann”

I Note the appalling position in which bus Eireann Workers have been placed by SIPTU leaders toleration of changing the status of Bus Eireann by law so that a state owned company , like a private company, can be guilty of reckless trading unless having become “insolvent” it is put into examinership or liquidation (National Transport Authority Act 1999) Strikers are now faced with the choice of 200 redundancies and worsened pay and conditions in the Labour Court Recommendation or wait for the company to be wound up with the loss of all jobs!!! The fruit of scandalous trade union leadership collaboration with Bertie and Harney is now coming home to roost! The Labour Party,to which SIPTU is affiliated was in power with FG in 2013 when the National Transport Authority was allowed to put out 10% of routes, including the most profitable, to tender to private providers who are only required to pay the minimum wage to employees. When the workers reject this recommendation we must start collections for them throughout the trade union movement They are fighting for us all!

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From Bus Workers Action Group

Why we should support the Bus Eireann Workers.;

 

The Bus Eireann strike has huge implications for all CIE and transport workers, especially in Dublin bus.

Bus Eireann management want to dramatically cut drivers earnings. The result would mean cuts in take home pay of up to 30%. Driver’s basic pay is only €32,000; it is other payments and overtime that have brought up the low basic. The plan would reduce the levels of pay and general conditions to those in the private non-union sector.

THE FACTS;
• The Government have cut the subsidy every year from 2009 to 2015, falling from 49 million to 33 million. (It rose last year for the first time in seven years)
Compared to other countries?
Bus Eireann gets around 12% of a state subsidy (as a % of their total revenue). In comparison, here are some figures for other country’s national bus carriers;
Belgium 78%
Switzerland 51%
Holland 49%.
• While private operators receive 70% of the cash fare when they carry passengers using the free travel scheme, Bus Eireann only receives 40% of the cash fare. If the full cost of the scheme was paid, the Government would have to give the company another 17 million euro!

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• The NTA have issued licences to private non-union operators, flooding the busy intercity routes and increasing set capacity by over 100% on some routes.
While many private routes can operate direct, Bus Eireann routes are expected to service smaller towns and villages. The result is private operators can for example run a service from Limerick to Dublin that is 3 euro cheaper and I hour faster than the Bus Eireann service. Not surprisingly, Bus Eireann has lost large numbers of passengers on these routes.
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The policy of Government and the NTA is to drive wages down in Bus Eireann. It’s a race to the bottom and it won’t stop there. The NTA wants to tender out 10% of Dublin Bus routes and some rail routes. Its ultimate goal is to tender out ALL public service routes so that non-union, cheaper labour can drive down conditions and wages to the levels of the non-union sector. The only competition they want is in workers’ pay and conditions. Your pension, sick scheme, everything we fought for over the years is at risk, maybe not today, but if they defeat Bus Eireann the policy will spread. That is why we must stand with the workers of Bus Eireann .
All CIE workers must fight this attack together, we should march, protest and strike together to defend jobs, services and conditions and send the Government and NTA a clear signal that we won’t be defeated one by one.

NBRU Calls ON MINISTERS JOHN HALLIGAN, FINIAN MCGRATH, Boxer MORAN TO SUPPORT BUS EIREANN STRIKERS on RTE NEWS AT ONE

FULL SUPPORT FOR BUS ÉIREANN WORKERS!

STOP 30% PAY CUT!

ALL WORKERS IN DANGER IF ATTACK BY GOVERNMENT AN BOSSES SUCCEED

Be Prepared For ALL FORMS OF SUPPORT- INDUSTRIAL ACTION, FINANCIAL, POLITICAL

Seamus Healy TD in Dáil:  “The attack on Bus Éireann workers is a deliberate and vicious assault, not only on their pay but on their conditions. . It is attack on all workers, whether they be in the public or the private sector, and it is the thin end of the wedge for privatisation. The company must and will be defeated and strike action, including a sympathetic strike, is the right and only response to this vicious attack on workers by the company.”

Clonmel to Dublin and Derry to Dublin Bus Éireann Services have now been Abolished by Management

Tipperary Residents Are Entitled To The Same Public Transport Service as the People In The Ministers Constituency of Dublin Rathdown –Seamus Healy TD in Dáil

The attack on Bus Éireann workers is a deliberate and vicious assault, not only on their pay but on their conditions. . It is attack on all workers, whether they be in the public or the private sector, and it is the thin end of the wedge for privatisation. The company must and will be defeated and strike action, including a sympathetic strike, is the right and only response to this vicious attack on workers by the company.

Listen to speech   https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MNbRbxAk2_4

Dail Record  Seamus Healy TD

It is entirely proper that the Minister’s constituents and the people of Dublin have good quality public transport such as the DART, Luas and bus services, both in Dublin and from Dublin to all the major towns and cities throughout the country. The towns in my constituency such as Ballina, Nenagh, Roscrea, Templemore, Tipperary town, Carrick-on-Suir, Cashel and Clonmel have substantially fewer transport rights and substandard bus and rail service. We have lost our bus routes in Carrick-on-Suir and the Minister and Iarnród Éireann want to close our rail lines through Ballybrophy, as well as the Limerick-Waterford line, where trains are cancelled almost on a daily basis and which is earmarked for closure by the Government. My constituents are entitled to the same adequate, good-quality transport service as are the people of Dublin. Far from cuts and the closure of routes, we need more services. The Minister should enact legislation to ensure more good quality transport services for all. The public, the elderly and social welfare recipients, wherever they are in the country, are entitled to a good quality public transport service at reasonable rates. Public transport services should not be subject to market forces as they are public services.

The current difficulties are as a result of Government policy going back at least as far as 2009, which has been continued under the Minister and the current Government. The subvention has been reduced from €44 million in 2009 to €33 million currently and the difficulty is anything but an industrial relations dispute. It is a policy issue that has been driven by the Minister and the Government. The difficult financial state of affairs of the company is largely as a result of the reduction in the subsidy and the free travel scheme, which is inadequately subvented by the Government.

The attack on Bus Éireann workers is a deliberate and vicious assault, not only on their pay but on their conditions. A 30% reduction in pay is absolutely unacceptable and must and will be opposed trenchantly by the workers. It is more than an attack on the workers at Bus Éireann, however. It is attack on all workers, whether they be in the public or the private sector, and it is the thin end of the wedge for privatisation. The company must and will be defeated and strike action, including a sympathetic strike, is the right and only response to this vicious attack on workers by the company.

 

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FULL SUPPORT FOR BUS ÉIREANN WORKERS!

STOP 30% PAY CUT!

ALL WORKERS IN DANGER IF ATTACK BY GOVERNMENT AN BOSSES SUCCEED

Be Prepared For ALL FORMS OF SUPPORT- INDUSTRIAL ACTION, FINANCIAL, POLITICAL

USE THE SYMPATHETIC STRIKE-LARKIN’S WEAPON THAT BUILT OUR MOVEMENT

 

THIS IS AN HISTORIC BATTLE FOR ALL WORKERS

NOW THAT TAX COMPETITION FOR FOREIGN DIRECT  INVESTMENT IS NO LONGER EFFECTIVE, IRISH ELITE SEEKS TO COMPETE THROUGH LOWER PAY

REMEMBER THIS Last September  25/09/2016

HALLIGAN and McGRATH CHALLENGED BY BUSWORKERS

National Bus and Rail Workers Union (NBRU) has challenged Ross’s INDEPENDENT ALLIANCE COllEAGUES including ministers Halligan and McGrath“to respond the question which is, do they support the minister on his handling of the crisis which is unfolding in Bus Eireann” 

Excerpts From Sunday Times   http://wp.me/pKzXa-ls

Transport Minister Shane Ross is set to come under pressure from his Independent Alliance colleagues this week after junior minister John Halligan backed bus eireann workers against planned pay cuts-Sunday Times Justine McCarthy 25/09/2016

But Where is Finian McGrath Hiding?

From Paddy Healy   086-4183732    25/09/2016

Support the Bus Workers -For A Day of Solidarity Action!

Full Piece http://wp.me/pKzXa-ls
The five trade unions representing workers at Dublin Bus have organised a solidarity march on Tuesday, 27th September 2016.

Stand Up To Lord Ross,The Independent Alliance,Fine Gael,CIE
The Outcome of the Transport Disputes will Affect all Workers

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