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Today is the start of a very profound shift in the Irish workplace - Tanaiste

Posted on October 08, 2015

Today An Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister for Business Ged Nash have welcomed the announcement by Lidl that they will be introducing a living wage to their workforce of 3,800 people. Lidl are the first employer to become a nationwide employer; paying their employees North and South a living wage.

An Tánaiste and Labour Party leader, Joan Burton has described the move by Lidl as a “profound shift in the Irish workplace, when employers begin to embrace the Living Wage”.

[Read the Tanaiste's statement in our media centre.]

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Labour Women launch Childcare Report

Posted on October 07, 2015

Let's talk about childcare

Labour Women have launched their Let’s Talk About Childcare Report which was commissioned by An Tánaiste and Labour Party Leader Joan Burton to explore issues surrounding childcare in Ireland and to make recommendations that will feed into Labour’s General Election manifesto. 

The report was presented to the Party Leader by Deputy Joanna Tuffy, Deputy Ciara Conway, Deputy Arthur Spring and Deputy Michael McCarthy along with representatives of Labour Women.

[Download Let's Talk about Childcare' working group report from our policy section.]

The working group was established in July 2015 to look at at progressive ways to improve childcare in Ireland. An online campaign was carried out using videos, online and offline questionnaires as well as public meetings. 

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Minister O'Sullivan launches Digital Strategy for Schools

Posted on October 07, 2015

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Minister Jan O’Sullivan (Minister for Education and Skills) has today launched the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020. Speaking at the launch at the Mercy Secondary School, Inchicore, Dublin 8, Minister O’Sullivan said: “Giving our students the opportunity to develop 21st century skills is a priority. Technology is embedded in all aspects of our lives, and is bringing our society new advantages and solutions every day. “This five year strategy will achieve our goal of allowing all students to develop 21st century skills.

[Download the Digital Strategy for Schools from our policy section here.]

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Minister Howlin talks about this week's announcement of the Government's Capital Plan

Posted on October 01, 2015

Earlier this week Minister Brendan Howlin and the Tánaiste Joan Burton revealed details of the Capital Plan, 'Building the Recovery' -  a large scale investment programme that will increase the State’s infrastructure, support economic recovery and jobs, support sustainable communities throughout Ireland and provide modern, fit for purpose buildings to deliver services to our citizens.

In the video Minister Howlin talks about the capital plan and how it will make Ireland's infrastructure fit for the 21st century.

You can find out more about the Capital Plan in a previous post we published on Tuesday and you can download 'Building the Recovery' the capital plan from here

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Minister Nash hosts Living Wage forum as Labour pledges to sign up as a Living Wage employer

Posted on September 30, 2015

Living Wage Forum

Speaking at today’s Living Wage forum organized by the Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash TD, the Tanaiste Joan Burton announced the Labour Party is signing up to be a Living Wage employer.

During his contribution Minister Ged Nash said no one wants to see an economic recovery that creates a growing pool of underpaid workers. He added that he looks forward to Government approval to bring the new minimum wage into effect in the New Year.

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Capital plan will support sustainable economic recovery

Posted on September 29, 2015

Capital Investment Plan Launch - Minister Brendan Howlin

Today’s announcement of a €27 billion capital investment plan 'Building the Recovery' by Brendan Howlin, Labour Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, will provide substantial social and economic benefit to our future and it will contribute to making life better for all.

[Download the Capital Investment Plan 2016 - 2021]

Speaking at the launch the Tanaiste Joan Burton said 'economic recovery is not enough'

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Better for Jobs

Posted on August 19, 2015

Things are getting better in Ireland. Slowly and surely, the recovery is becoming more and more visible. It has been a hard road, but the decisions The Labour Party took are starting to pay dividends. We are making things better for jobs. At the peak of the crisis, unemployment hit over 15%. This year, it will reach less than 9%.

Young people know their prospects of getting job in their local community are better than they have been for some time.

Take 27 year old Gemma Crowe for example. This short video shows her returning to work in Ireland having previously emigrated to New Zealand. Please share Gemma's video with your friends, family and colleagues. Labour wants people to have good jobs so that they can live and work in the area where they grew up.

You can help us achieve that, join up and get involved today.

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Minister Lynch announces free GP visits for the over 70s

Posted on July 31, 2015

Minister Kathleen Lynch

Registration is now open which will give people over 70 free GP visits. Today’s announcement by Minister Kathleen Lynch marks the second stage of universal GP care and applied to those aged 70 and over who do not currently hold a medical or GP visit card. The service will commence on August 5th.

[Register for your free GP visit card from this link.]

Minister Kathleen Lynch said the GP visit card shows the Government is committed to strengthening and developing primary care services. 

“As we continue to expand free GP care to those under 18 years of age,, we will also provide more services in primary care,” Minister Lynch said. 

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We are Recruiting

Posted on July 27, 2015

Joan Burton

The Labour Party under the Leadership of Joan Burton, T.D., are now seeking to recruit a new Women & Equality Officer and Social Media Officer, with immediate effect. We are seeking dynamic, professional, committed, energetic and creative people to join our team, based at Labour Party Headquarters.

Women & Equality Officer:

The Women & Equality Officer will work with and provide administrative support for the National Executive of Labour Women, Labour Equality, including Labour LGBT, Labour Disability and Labour Intercultural.   The Women & Equality Officer will be an integral part of the general election team, with particular emphasis on implementing Labour’s Gender Strategies, and will work with and support women candidates and candidates from minority groups seeking election on behalf of the Party.

Social Media Officer:

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Better for Business

Posted on July 24, 2015

Things are getting better for small businesses. And as a result, retail is up, confidence is improving, and more people are at work. You can see this with your own eyes. Shops are opening. Restaurants and cafes are buzzing. People are, at last, able to spend a bit more and enjoy themselves.

Getting to this point hasn’t been easy. But after a tough few years, businesses can begin to plan to grow and expand. Labour wants to help businesses to create the jobs that will help the recovery.

You can help us achieve that, join up and get involved today.  

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