Students on placement have been unable to work part time in other settings due to the risk of infection from Covid-19. These frontline workers need financial support to meet their costs of living and put themselves through their degrees.🤷♂️ #EducationNotExploitation
From top: Dick Dowling plaque on the Town Hall in Tuam, County Galway; Christopher Columbus monument in Galway
People Before Profit has called on local authorities in Galway to remove monuments which the party claims ‘glorify’ slavery and racism.
It wants a monument to Christopher Columbus in Galway to be taken down and is also seeking the removal of a plaque in Tuam, honouring Major Richard (Dick) Dowling, who served with the Confederate army in the US.
The Columbus monument, close to the Spanish Arch, was erected to mark the quincentenary of his 1492 voyage to America.
…People Before Profit says an absence of any reference to Columbus’ “genocidal brutality” on the monument is disrespectful.
Solidarity/People Before Profit launch their housing policy for General Election 2020 outside the De La Salle school site with middle pic above from left: Solidarity PBP candidate for Dublin North West Conor Reddy, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, Brid Smith TD and councillors Hazel De Nortuin and Tina McVeigh.
Increase the supply of social and affordable housing through an extra €2.3 billion in Budget 2019;
Increase the contribution of private builders from 10-20% of their developments – and 30% in strategic areas;
Make it illegal to evict people into homelessness and;
Hold a referendum to enshrine the right to housing in the constitution.
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 Dublin Central candidate Gillian Brien tweetz:
“My posters are getting burned, since Saturday night. Why? I refused to take a leaflet from a male in his 60s, who said ‘I burn in hell for been ally to LGBT+ Community’. While postering Saturday morning, he also said ‘I will see’, repeatedly.”