Support for the First Source employees

Support  for the First Source Employees

The First Source building at Springtown Industrial Estate, Derry.

The First Source building at Springtown Industrial Estate, Derry.

 

Tom King of the IWU issued the statement below as employees of Derry call centre Firstsource struggle to overturn the suspension of around a tenth of the entire workforce.

 

 

 

 

The controversy has continued to gather momentum as workers who claim they were suspended without warning or explanation have spoken out and approached local representatives for help.

Whilst the Independent Workers Union “IWU”  welcome this decision by First Source to clear some of the workers off any wrongdoings, there are still a number of workers awaiting notification to the outcome of their internal investigation, meetings. We hope the decision is the same and that all workers can return to work ASAP.

The Derry Trades Union council and its unions have played a pivotal roll in highlighting and securing the suspensions were overturned and we strongly advise all workers to join a union and not only to prevent this from happening again but so that we can negotiate better terms and conditions for the workforce.

We would also like to thank the public for their continued support for the workers throughout the last 2 weeks!

Tom King Nat Exc “IWU”

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New Year message from union president

Patricia Campbell president IWU

Patricia Campbell president IWU

As we enter this year of 2015, working people in all parts of Ireland are facing a series of difficult challenges.

In spite of claims by government in Dublin that austerity is working and the economy is improving, far too many working people are experiencing hardship and anxiety. There is unemployment, poorly paid employment and increasing, unjust taxation for the many while the elite continue to prosper.

In the northern 6-Counties, working people will be subject to an increasingly savage cutting of the social welfare net by a cruel neo-liberal regime in London.  Exacerbating these hardships will be the soon to be introduced reduction in corporate taxation rate with an equivalent reduction in the block grant from the exchequer.  This is a concession to capital, which will lead to misery for the less well off.

In spite of these attacks on the working class, there is evidence of a fight-back by working people and that is welcomed by the Independent Workers Union, which promises to support such efforts throughout the days to come. However difficult the struggle there is no option but to continue the fight. The alternative is to surrender our future to the vultures of capital and that is as disastrous as it is unacceptable as it is unimaginable. The Independent Workers Union is confident, therefore, that this year will be one of progress for our class and we look forward to being part of the campaign.

May I therefore take this opportunity to thank my colleagues for their endeavours throughout the past year and wish you all well for this coming year.

Patricia Campbell, president Independent Workers Union

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Russell Brand says take day off for water protests

 

Russell Brand & Brendan Ogle

Russell Brand & Brendan Ogle

British comic Russell Brand has urged Irish people to take the day off work on Wednesday to join the protest against water charges.

In the latest instalment of his YouTube video series, The Trews, he discussed water protests with Brendan Ogle of Unite union.

Mr Brand said the water meters would mean the Government was charging people for the “water they have already paid for”.

Irish Times

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Independent Workers Union in Belfast

Discussing class politics in the Skainos Centre in East Belfast

Chair and IWU panel at Skainos Centre in Belfast

Chair and IWU panel at Skainos Centre in Belfast

Dr James Wilson introduces the discussion at Skainos

Dr James Wilson introduces the discussion at Skainos

Bill Cogan & Paul Stewart speaking at the Skainos event

Bill Cogan & Paul Stewart speaking at the Skainos event

 

Training in the Farset Centre on Belfast’s Springfield Road

TradeMark's Mel Corry delivers training to IWU members

TradeMark's Mel Corry delivers training to IWU members

TradeMark trainers photographed with IWU members at all-day training season in Belfast

TradeMark trainers photographed with IWU members at all-day training season in Belfast

 

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