Liberty Hall, North Dock, Dublin 1
People Before Profit’s Richard Boyd Barrett (left) and Brid Smith launch the party’s “Charter of Workers Rights” at the James Connolly Memorial Statue.
The charter proposes a shorter working week, a living wage of €15 an hour, mandatory sick and maternity pay on the full rate, union recognition for all workers and a right to strike.
Mr Boyd Barret said:
“Our workers are the most productive of anywhere in the Western world with the highest levels of productivity, but they have the lowest share of the national economic cake
We have one of the youngest populations anywhere in Europe and the plan of both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, I’m fearful, is to have us working longer than any other worker in Europe, before they are entitled to their pension and that doesn’t add up
I think there is a historic shift happening in Irish politics away from the two party system of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael with a majority of people looking for an alternative.”
After outlining their Charter of Workers Rights, Bríd Smith entertained the gathered media singing a verse of “James Connolly“.
People Before Profit propose shorter working week and longer holidays (RTÉ)
Spotted over Scotland.
The cloud that looks like James Connolly.
Via Barry McColgan
Buswells Hotel, Dublin.
Artist Robert Ballagh (left), and James Connolly‘s great grandson, James Connolly Heron (right), presenting Stephen Rea, with a Jim Fitzpatrick limited edition print of the Scotland-born socialist martry as part of ‘Reclaim the Vision of 1916’.
Reclaim the Vision of 1916 is a group of artists, academics, trade unionists, community activists, journalists and other interested citizens who believe Ireland can be “reinvigorated by the ideals of the signatories of the Proclamation”.
Also that there can be no “equivalence between those who died in the struggle to create an Irish Republic and those who perished in defence of the British Empire”.
James Connolly Heron, grandson of James Connolly, and Aleida Guevera, daughter of Che Guevera outside 16, Moore Street, Dublin, rebel HQ in the dying hours of the 1916 Rising. Ms Guevera was made an honorary member of the Save Number 16 Moore Street campaign.
(Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)