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Real cut in the minimum wage rise shows Government’s head is in the clouds

Labour Party spokesperson on employment rights Marie Sherlock has tonight (13th September) said the proposed increase in the minimum wage amounts to a real cut in wages for the lowest paid as we face double digit inflation . The six month wait to January 2023 is simply intolerable as more and more people face poverty…

Senator Marie Sherlock
13 September 2022

Wage support scheme needed to protect jobs this winter

Drogheda’s Premier Periclase plant ‘canary in coalmine’ as redundancy notices set to be issued Planned energy supports won’t be sufficient to stave off job losses in industry  Labour finance spokesperson Ged Nash has called today (Tuesday, 7th September) on the government to create a new short-term wage support scheme to help protect jobs and firms most at…

Ged Nash TD
06 September 2022

Striking journalists deserve respect and fair pay

Labour Party Senator and spokesperson for Employment Affairs, Marie Sherlock. has today (Wednesday, 31st August) said that management at Reach newspapers must respect its workers and negotiate with the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) on fair pay and conditions. Speaking at a solidarity action in support of over 1,150 striking journalists across Ireland and the…

Senator Marie Sherlock
31 August 2022

Government must take the lead and provide pay rises for squeezed workers

Government sitting on Low Pay Commission recommendation on minimum wage  Report must be published now and rise introduced in October, not January  Labour finance spokesperson Ged Nash has said both private and public sector workers need an immediate and significant pay rise to combat the cost of living crisis. Responding to Bank of Ireland’s Economic…

Ged Nash TD
25 July 2022

Lack of imagination will lead to strike action

Labour employment affairs spokesperson, Marie Sherlock has today (Tuesday, 19th July) warned that the lack of imagination shown by the Government to deal with public sector pay will lead to strike action this autumn. Senator Sherlock said: “It’s over a month since the breakdown of negotiations between unions and public sector employers. Workers are frustrated,…

Senator Marie Sherlock
19 July 2022

Maximum temperature limits needed in law for all workplaces

Labour Party Senator and spokesperson for Employment Affairs, Marie Sherlock. has today (Monday, 18th July) called for the immediate introduction of legally defined maximum temperature limits for outdoor and indoor work in Ireland as we face the likelihood of increased summer temperatures. Senator Sherlock said: “Temperatures hitting in excess of 30 degrees may feel like…

Senator Marie Sherlock
18 July 2022

Government must prevent ‘summer of discontent’ across community sector

The Government should immediately engage with trade unions representing workers in the care and community sector following the announcement of industrial action across the sector, beginning next month, according to Labour spokesperson on health and disability, Duncan Smith. “At the weekend SIPTU members in the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) announced that they would conduct a…

Duncan Smith TD
28 June 2022

Richmond Road closure demands govt action on artists’ spaces

Labour arts spokesperson Marie Sherlock has said the closure of Richmond Road studios today (Thursday, 23rdJune) marks a sad day for Dublin and the artists’ community. With 20 artists’ studios in Dublin closing over the past 10 years, Senator Sherlock said government must put a strategy in place to support artistic workplaces. Senator Sherlock said:…

Senator Marie Sherlock
24 June 2022

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