What Do We Want?



A protest by the The Construction Group of Unions outside St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, the Department of Education, Marlborough Street, Dublin today as part of a campaign opposing the “continued abuse of skilled workers on school projects”.

They say:

“Workers are being forced to work as self-employed, despite the fact that they are clearly employees. This is done to drive wages even lower and to deny the workers concerned their pension and death-in-service entitlements as well as legal protection for holiday pay and other basic employment rights.”


Construction workers protest over pay and conditions (IrishTimes)

(Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)

7 thoughts on “What Do We Want?

    1. All the good ones fly south for winter

      It’s almost like they’re not any good at this stuff.

  1. Tony the Toy Gur

    “No future for out youth” reads one of the signs.

    I’m sure there is a future, but if you want a handy number so you have enough money to spend your free time getting wasted and shouting at a football on the TV, then sorry, we cannot guarantee that.

    1. scottser

      if a person works hard all week, who the fupp are you to say what they should or shouldn’t spend their money on? and why do you think that construction workers only want a handy number? critical thinking doesn’t take up a huge amount of your time, does it?

  2. Odis

    I thought there was some sort of trick whereby “independent contractors” had to provide a tax exemption number/certificate (provided by the revenue commissioners) to the major contractor, or the major contractor would be liable to pay an extra 30 or 40 % tax, on any outgoing payments to the independent contractor.

    A scheme originally designed to prevent “lump tax fraud”, which incidentally provided a financial disincentive for this sort of employment malpractice.

    Or has all this changed? If that’s the case expect “Interns” to become “Independently Contracted Interns” some time soon.

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