Today is May Day, a global celebration of working people supported and promoted by the international trade union movement. The first Monday in May, a public holiday in honour of Irish working people, is one of our more recently established public holidays, the first was in 1994. The roots of May Day run much deeper.
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The Local Government Oversight Group, which oversees compliance with the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA), has made proposals to resolve a dispute over annual leave for local government workers who are acting up to a higher grade.
Outstanding issues of concern to so-called ‘new entrants’ – staff who entered the public service in 2011 or after – are set to be reviewed, according to a text agreed by public service unions and management.
The national housing and homelessness campaign ‘Raise the Roof’ is staging a national demonstration in Dublin on Saturday 18th May. The coalition, which includes trade unions, student bodies and housing and homelessness organisations, is calling for local authority-led investment in public housing.