14 | 10 | 2019

The Workers’ Party has called for an urgent government response to the latest research, published this week, listing Ireland as the world’s biggest tax haven.

Workers’ Party city councillor Éilis Ryan said:
“A report released yesterday by researchers in the University of California (Berkeley), shows that 50% of the foreign profits of US multinationals were put on the accounting books in countries considered to be tax havens. 18% of all profits were put on the books in Ireland – over double the amount put on the books in any other country.

The Workers’ Party has confirmed that it will be organising protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump during his visit to this country next November.

Workers’ Party Cork City Councillor Ted Tynan said that already, within hours of the announcement that Trump is to pay a brief visit here, there has been a groundswell of anger at the proposed visit and it was clear that that thousands of people would take to the streets to protest against the US President.

The Workers’ Party have said that the planned closure of three post offices in Waterford city and county are a missed opportunity for badly-needed public investment in community services in the county. The statement comes following yesterday’s announcement that post offices in Ballinamult, Kilmeaden and Lemybrien, along with 156 other post offices nationwide, will close.

wftu160The World Federation of Trade Unions, which is the militant voice of 92 million workers in 126 countries all over the world, expresses its internationalist support and solidarity to the workers of the Irish airline Ryanair.

Pilots and cabin crew of Ryanair from Ireland, Sweden, German, Spain, Portugal and other countries have been protesting and organizing strikes since July 2018, demanding from the airline to respect the laws and their working rights.

The Workers’ Party have said that the revelation that almost one million people are on the country’s hospital waiting lists should be a source of deep shame for all parties and independents deputies who have served in government over the last two decades.

The party’s County Meath representative, Seamus McDonagh, said that while being the collator of this information, Fianna Fáil was no position to crow about it, being the party which had, along with the PD’s Mary Harney, created the HSE and which maintains the present coalition in power.  Neither could the non-party ministers in the present government  escape blame.

The Workers’ Party have called for the introduction of legislation to “put manners” on rogue employers such as Ryanair which refuse to engage in the state’s industrial relations resolution mechanisms and employ bully-boy tactics against workers.

Workers’ Party Dublin North West representative Gavin Mendel-Gleason, said Ryanair’s industrial relations style was based on stonewalling all approaches by workers’ representatives and deliberately ramping up confrontation.

Photo: Worker's PartyPhoto: Worker's PartyTwo fire appliances in the ‘Bravo’ division of Dublin Fire Brigade (covering Dolphin’s Barn and Tallaght fire stations) were kept off the road this morning due to staff shortages, reducing the number of fire brigades in the area available to respond to emergency calls by 50%.

This is according to information received by Workers’ Party Dublin City Councillor Éilis Ryan.

CP IrelandThe Communist Party of Ireland welcomes the passing by the Seanad of the Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill, introduced by the independent senator Frances Black. The vote of 25 in favour and 20 against is an important and significant first step in what will be a very tough battle to get it through the Dáil and make it the law of this state. The main opposition to the bill came from the Government party, Fine Gael.

The bill, if it becomes law, would prohibit the importing of goods or services from illegal Zionist settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, which violate the Geneva Conventions.

Éilis Ryan. Photo: Worker's PartyÉilis Ryan. Photo: Worker's PartyWorkers’ Party Councillor Éilis Ryan has said that today’s strikes by both Ryanair pilots and LloydsPharmacy workers are a stark reminder of the poor conditions faced by workers in the private sector.

Cllr. Ryan said:
“It is hugely courageous of these workers to take strike action, which can ultimately lead to gains not just for themselves but across the private sector. Things such as proper trade union recognition, increments, salary scales and sick pay schemes, should be basic rights in twenty-first century Ireland – not things warranting a strike.

The Workers’ Party has welcomed a Seanad vote in favour of a ban on the import of goods originating in illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine.

Speaking following the vote this evening, Cllr. Ted Tynan (Workers’ Party, Cork) said:
“This victory was hard-won, fought for for decades by campaigners for the rights of the Palestinian people. It proves once again that political change can be won by concerted grassroots action. Its been shown time and time again that politicians respond to this pressure.”

Irish Water has come in for fresh criticism, for failing to curtail the use of water for commercial purposes, as the country’s drought worsens.

Speaking on the matter, Cllr. Ted Tynan of the Workers’ Party said:
“Unfortunately, because of successive governments’ failure to invest in proper infrastructure for our public water service, we are faced with a water shortage. The dip in rainfall shouldn’t have nearly as drastic an effect as it is, if we had a modern, efficient system.

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