The National Women’s Council of Ireland is launching its pre-Budget submission this morning.

From the launch…

National Women’s Council of Ireland

Childcare, Violence against Women, Decent Work: Turn it around for women in Budget 2016

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27 thoughts on “Women And Work

        1. Cup of tea anyone

          But you have to agree that the baby boxes they get are fantastic. Rich and poor women alike look forward to the Baby box.

  1. Neilo

    Scandinavian social provisions require Scandinavian taxation inputs. I think we – the benighted PAYE workers – are paying quite enough already but thanks anyway.

        1. meadowlark

          It doesn’t. But considering how much we are taxed and for how many bloody things, services provided by the state ought to be significantly better than they are. Pick anything. .. Health, transport, gardaí, education. All mismanaged and leaking money. Shame really.

        2. classter

          This is an convenient complaint to make.

          Services aren’t good enough because they are underfunded but you ‘don’t trust’ the govt to provide them so you don’t want to pay tax. Not because you are greedy and short-sighted or anything.

          Similar to how well-off American Republicans are always complaining about the imperfections of the federal govt. It just so happens that their remedy is to ‘starve the beast’.

          Ireland has the most progressive tax system in the OECD, according to the OECD. The middle classes here are not paying enough tax relative to other developed countries.

    1. Neilo

      And with maths like we still leave the wimminz in charge of jobs handling money and that. Who’s with me? *Goes up high**Crickets*

  2. Jake38

    Scandanavian social services require 1) Scandanavian rates of taxation. 2) Scandanavian rates of worker participation (abysmally low in Ireland) to provide taxation. 3) Public service accountability (non-existent in Ireland) and 4) General confidence in public service provision (see 3 above).

  3. Pat

    “Well educated women are forced out of the workforce because they cannot afford childcare”, says a director of American multinational, Symantec…

    1. Dόn Pídgéόní

      And your point? Childcare is expensive even for people who make a decent wage. That’s not surprising.

      1. Jay

        Apparently it never dawned on these “well educated” women that childcare was going to be expensive. You’d swear it was an issue that has never come up before.

        Don’t get me wrong, I think the Scandinavian system is the way to go, and yes, I understand it means more taxation.

        But some of these types of tweets and statistics, it’s just like “yeah, exactly what fupping part of that was unforseeable?”.

        1. Dόn Pídgéόní

          People know how expensive it is, they just don’t know quite how expensive until they are paying it. Much like how you know being a parent is tough until you are one and then you are like “what have I done??!!!”.

          I think one issue is that childcare is still seen as a “women’s” issue when it isn’t, it’s a parental issue. Both parents are paying for that childcare, not just one.

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