Trade unions take to the streets – Dublin today, London next month
The Irish Times reports that 100,000 people have gathered in Dublin today at a demonstration organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) to protest at the Government’s handling of the recession. Almost alone among EU Governments, Fianna Fail have opted to make cuts in spending – especially public sector pensions, and unions are up in arms (sorry – have got to their feet and marched!) The ICTU ten-point plan for action is a good example of the practical solutions that unions are putting forward – demonstrating that Obama is right to say that unions are part of the solution, not part of the problem.
British trade unionists will get the chance to follow suit on Saturday 28 March when the TUC and others are calling on us all to Put People First: March for Jobs, Justice and Climate.