May Day is celebrated as a workers' holiday throughout the world. The Labour Party introduced the May Day public holiday in 1994.
Since 1994, we have done a lot more for workers' rights :
Increased the minimum wage - twice.
Introduced collective bargaining rights for all workers
Gave Dads two weeks paternity leave to spend time with their families
While much has been achieved the fight for workers continues. We believe that the next big issue for workers is a Living Wage. We believe that everyone who is working should earn enough to live on. We support the introduction of a Living Wage of €11.50 per hour.
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Today, our Party Leader Joan Burton spoke in the Dáil about a possible British Exit of the European Union. The Tánaiste spoke about the benefits of being a member of the European Union and said that the Union is better and stronger together.
The EU has been an essential force not just in building peace, but spreading democracy. Similarly, it has been an essential force not just in promoting prosperity, but equality and human rights. It was the EU which put equal pay on the agenda, the EU which prioritised the rights of people with disabilities.
Labour Youth wants to see all people paid the same rate of pay for the same work. People's pay should not be subject to discrimination on the grounds of age or gender. We believe that it is crucial in the fight for equality that equal work deserves equal pay.
The Tánaiste spoke about the issues female candidates had to overcome in the General Election, the lack of female voices in ongoing Government negotiations and sexism she faced in the media through out the General Election campaign.
Our Head of Online, Shauneen Armstrong also spoke at the conference over the weekend outlining the role social media played in #GE16 and the role social media will have in political campaigning going forward.
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is our Seanad candidate for the Industrial and Commercial Panel. Read more about his campaign below.
I believe in a more tolerant, more equal, and more diverse Ireland. I am ambitious for our country and I want to continue to champion the ideas that I pursued as a Minister of State.
Crucially, I want to continue my work on drug policy reform. I believe that we must ensure that addicts are given respect and appropriate access to treatment. I fundamentally support the appropriate resourcing of the local and regional drugs task forces and believe that it is important that drug addiction is treated at a local level with local services.
Deputy Willie Penrose has written in today's letters page in the Irish Times saying 'claims made by our political opponents at face value, rather than looking at what we actually achieved' - you can see what he said below.
Today, the 32nd Dail is meeting for the first time.
Speaking in the chamber for the first time since the General Election, I said that while The Labour Party had sought a mandate to continue in government with Fine Gael to rebuild our economy and our society, we accepted that that proposal had not won the support of the Irish people. Nevertheless, we are proud of our work over the last five years. We are proud of how we pulled the country back from the brink, got people working, and delivered a growing economy.
Tánaiste Joan Burton said: “Labour is the only party offering this progressive policy choice and the only party willing and able to deliver it in Government. I want to see us deliver on this programme by returning the current Government.
The Labour Party is the party of work and opportunity, the party that stands up for working people. The recovery we’re driving has already created more than 135,000 new jobs and we will shortly have more than two million people at work.
Speaking at the visit of Teeling Whiskey Distillery, Tánaiste Joan Burton complimented the work of Jack and Stephen Teeling on making a real Irish success story.
"In the immediate future we could forget about Repealing the 8th. We would also be faced with complete stasis on one of the great scandals of modern Irish life: the control exerted by religious vested interests over Irish schools, an issue on which neither of the dominant political parties will take any risks whatsoever. We could also look forward to a wave of privatisation; the ongoing, abysmal treatment of refugees; further cuts in social welfare – and so on.