Campaigns & Issues

Health unions ballot for action on pay

Health unions ballot for action on pay

Almost 12 months have passed since health unions in Northern Ireland began negotiations on pay, terms and conditions. These discussions began as a result of the acceptance of the Agenda for Change Refresh Agreement by health unions in England and Wales in 2018.

Stop cuts to our fire service!

Stop cuts to our fire service!

We must oppose these cuts which could put lives at risk and demand the necessary funding – a relative pittance – is put in place urgently. We know money can be found when it suits the political establishment, for junkets and handout to big business. It is a question of political priorities. A campaign of community protests and trade union action can win.

15/02/2019 PNA members during a PNA (Psychiatric Nursing Association) Strike over Union recognition at the Dublin South central ambulance station on Davitt Road,Dublin Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Ambulance staff say, “Our union, our choice!”

Since January 2018, there has been a protracted industrial dispute in the South between the Health Service Executive (HSE) and front-line ambulance service workers represented by the National Ambulance Service Representative Association (NASRA) over recognition and the workers’ right to choose which union represents them.

Support civil servants’ strike against poverty pay

Support civil servants’ strike against poverty pay

This is a crucial battle which deserves the support of all working-class people. A victory for the civil servants would act to boost the confidence of workers across both the public and private sectors and show that it is possible to fight back against poverty pay and austerity.

“Our Union, Our Choice”- Interview with Tony Gregg, NASRA Branch Secretary

“Our Union, Our Choice”- Interview with Tony Gregg, NASRA Branch Secretary

Thanks for talking to The Socialist, Tony. On the 31 May we saw the seventh day of strike action of ambulance workers organised by NASRA. What is the dispute about and what is its significance? The dispute is essentially about workers’ right to choose the union that represents them rather than the […]

Equal pay for young workers

Today, any worker aged under 18 can be paid as little as £4.35 an hour. This is almost half the minimum rate for workers aged 25 and over, at £8.21. Why are there special rules for young workers?

Fermanagh workers stand up to poverty pay

Fermanagh workers stand up to poverty pay

In April, following an intense organising effort, Unite members at Balcas – a Fermanagh-based wood mill – voted overwhelmingly for strike action, commencing with a two-day stoppage.

Public sector workers prepare for pay battles

Public sector workers prepare for pay battles

At the end of February, the Department of Health for Northern Ireland enforced a pay ‘award’ on health workers. This was imposed above the heads of the trade unions after an intense period of negotiations reached an impasse and workers gave overwhelming support for industrial action, including strike action, in consultative ballots conducted by the unions.