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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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Low Pay Commission recommends rise in minimum wage

Posted on July 23, 2015

Ged Nash

“The establishment of the Low Pay Commission illustrates the Government’s determination to tackle the challenge of low pay in a structured and sustainable fashion,” Minister Ged Nash said this week following the recommendation from the Low Pay Commission to increase the Minimum Wage.

Currently the minimum wage is €8.65 and was last increased in 2011 by €1, the Low Pay Commission has recommended the National Minimum Wage should rise by 50cent to €9.15 an hour.

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Collective Bargaining

Posted on July 17, 2015

Collective bargaining Labour Delivers

This week the Oireachtas passed the collective bargaining legislation. The introduction of new collective bargaining legislation will fulfil an important commitment under the Programme for Government.

The measures were the subject of a detailed consultation process with all key stakeholders. For employees, it will significantly enhance their ability to negotiate their working conditions. For employers, it will provide certainty in managing their workplaces in the years ahead.

The legislation will significantly strengthen the rights of workers in companies that refuse to engage in collective bargaining while also giving, for the first time, statutory protection to guard against the victimisation of workers in such companies. Furthermore, this legislation grants every worker in the country the right to union representation.

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Minister White delivers Eircode to all addresses in Ireland

Posted on July 13, 2015

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Today Minister Alex White launched Ireland’s new postcode system Eircode. Over  the next couple of weeks, every home and business in Ireland will receive a letter informing them of their new Eircode for that address.

Minister Alex White said Eircode will make everyone’s lives a little easier.

“It will be easier to deliver mail and parcel to the correct recipients and it will be easier to shop online.

“35% of addresses in Ireland area shared which makes them difficult to identify accurately. From today, the addition of an Eircode to these addresses solves this problem by giving each premises its own unique code.

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Additional 610 SNAs available from September for primary and post-primary schools - Minister O'Sullivan

Posted on July 08, 2015

Jan SNAs

Minister Jan O’Sullivan has welcomed an additional 610 special needs assistant posts for schools available from this September representing an 11.7% increase since this Government came into office.

“Every child with an assessed care need will receive access to SNA support. This is an important principle and will continue in the 2015/16 school year. To achieve that goal I received sanction from Cabinet for up to an additional 610 SNA posts for allocation to schools from September,” Minster O’Sullivan said.

From September there will be 11,820 whole-time SNA posts available in our primary and post-primary schools; an increase of 11.7% since the Government came into office.

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5 Days 5 Ways – Sustainable Education Staff to Ensure Children’s Future - Minister Jan O'Sullivan

Posted on July 03, 2015

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Today, we focus on Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan’s success in the allocation of increased staff in schools and the creation of better career opportunities in the education sector. Much has been achieved by Jan as she strives to protect and reform the education system as it is one of the best ways to invest in our economic recovery.

Despite the challenges we have faced over recent years, Labour has protected class sizes, and increased the number of teachers and SNAs working in our schools. In the last Budget, Labour secured funding for an additional 1,700 teachers, resource teachers and SNAs for our schools.

Recently, we have expanded upon that, and agreement was reached to recruit a further 490 SNAs, so that every child who needs support will have access to it. Increasing the number of staff in education is hugely important, but so too is making sure that those working in education have a decent and secure career.

Jan has implemented new recommendations to give greater stability to young teachers early in their careers. We have also agreed a new set of measures to help SNAs obtain full-time hours, allowing them to build the stable careers they need.

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#5Days5Ways - 21st Century Apprenticeships - Minister Jan O'Sullivan

Posted on July 02, 2015

Day 4 Apprenticeships

Today we focus on the work Labour Minister Jan O'Sullivan is doing to create a new apprenticeships model that will employment opportunities for job seekers.

Minister O’Sullivan established the Apprenticeship Council to examine and review the current model and it was tasked expanding apprenticeships into new sectors of the economy. 

In the coming weeks, the Council will report to Minister O’Sullivan detailing which sectors it recommends to develop new types of apprenticeships.

Over 80 proposals have been received from sectors such as ICT, medical devices, hospitality and manufacturing.

These apprenticeships will provide high-quality professional training and a clear career path for a new generation of job seekers.

As well as creating new types of apprenticeships, we are reviving the numbers enrolling on the traditional apprenticeships.

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