The Workers Charter strikes the right balance between the needs of business and a worker's right to basic job security and a decent rate of pay. It will form a key plank of the party’s manifesto in the upcoming general election.
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”.
Ireland’s export markets continue to go from strength to strength with news that in 2012 over €16.2 billion worth of goods where exported from our shores.
Surpassing the €15.2bn record set in 2011 by Enterprise Ireland client companies, the 2012 figures have set a new record. Products from the Engineering, Software, Internationally Traded Services and Medical Devices sectors made up the majority of the exports, and reports show that there has been strong trade with the USA, as well as with countries in Asia Pacific and South America.
With the world economy predicted to grow slightly in 2013, it’s hoped that Ireland will be best placed to capitalise on this, and even further increase our export footfall across the globe.
Launched today, the Action Plan for Jobs 2013 offers a blue print of the Government's plans to get more people back to work this year. Containing a number of action focused initiatives, which are all geared to create much needed jobs, the Action Plan for Jobs 2013 includes a specific focus on helping to further stimulate profitable industries such as the it, Healthcare and energy sector.
The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn TD, has today outlined his response to the report of the Advisory Group to the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the primary sector saying 'there is a compelling need for the patronage of our schools to reflect the changes that have already taken place in wider society'.
The Forum, which was a commitment in the Programme for Government, published its findings in April and responding to the report Minister Quinn spoke of how Ireland has changed 'demographically and socially'.
"We now have a much more diverse population than we had even two decades ago. In addition, many people's views about the place of religion in society and in their own lives have undergone profound change.
The Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock TD, has welcomed news that as part of the Government's Action Plan for Jobs, new Business Development Managers have been appointed to 37 Community Enterprise Centres across the country.
With a fund of €1.6million, the new managers will be tasked with protecting and growing businesses in communities across Ireland.
The 37 centres predict that with this new resource, 850 additional jobs can be created by 2014. You can find out more in the Department of Enterprise's news centre and Minister Sherlock also explained more about the announcement which you can listen to in the audio below.
Senator Denis Landy proposed the motion and in this post he explains why the motion was tabled. You can see his contribution in the accompanying video; we have also included links to the contributions from other Labour Senators at the bottom of this post.
It is crucial that we assist small business and get them up and running again, the knock on effect will further progress the economy and secure Ireland's growth and prosperity.
When a retailer opens up shop in the morning, he/she is a worker, a business person and an employer all enmeshed together.
The European Headquarters of Facebook in Dublin today was the location for the launch of JobBridge' - The National Internship Scheme which was launched by Minister Joan Burton. In attendance were business leaders and people from the community and voluntary sectors.
JobBridge is aiming to provide 5,000 internship places to the unemployed over the next two years.
It is part of the Governments 'Jobs Initiative' which will offer 20,900 education, training and work experience places for the unemployed as well as the 'Springboard' initiative which will provide 6,000 places on a range of 200 part-time courses.
The launch was a great success and a step in the right direction for getting Ireland working again.
Today is one of those days when I'm delighted to be part of a government with Labour at its heart. Our Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton has published the Bill which will see a €1 hourly increase in the minimum wage after the 1st July.
This measure means a lot to the thousands of people who are struggling to make ends meet; to pay rent and mortgages and to put food on the table for their families.