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The death of the Labour Party

midlander12

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Probably, SF have been becoming besties with Trade Unions for a while now. That growing relationship will be a major stumbling point for anyone hoping that SF can get value for money out of the PS.
Yes one of the few faint hopes for them sorting out the HSE was the fact they didn't seem to be overly compromised with any of the (numerous) vested interests - that may no longer be the case.
 

hollandia

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Yes one of the few faint hopes for them sorting out the HSE was the fact they didn't seem to be overly compromised with any of the (numerous) vested interests - that may no longer be the case.
A lot of the problems in the HSE don't stem from it's staff, but stem from how it's run, so I'm not sure that cosying up to the unions is a problem in this regard.
 

midlander12

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A lot of the problems in the HSE don't stem from it's staff, but stem from how it's run, so I'm not sure that cosying up to the unions is a problem in this regard.
I agree with the first part (most of the problems don't in fact), but I think you'll find any significant change will be opposed in some regard by the unions.
 

Franzoni

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As the other poster described it, 'besties'.

I've seen no evidence of that apart from the right2water campaign from a few years ago where my own union took a leading part and i've been a member of a trade union since i was seventeen....that's not to say that people in or supporters of any political party can't be trade unionists and i'm sure a few are.....

In fact the only members of a political party i've seen on a picket line in construction over the years were the Socialist party ......
 
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I agree with the first part (most of the problems don't in fact), but I think you'll find any significant change will be opposed in some regard by the unions.

This shit has nothing to do with the unions.

"For the most senior executives and managers in this staff category, overtime increased by 759 per cent between April to September 2020, compared with the same period in 2019, from a low base."

Only in dysfunctional outfit like the HSE would employees at that level be paid overtime.

Senior executives and managers claimed more than €3.5 million in overtime during the six-month period last year, in 7,656 claims. This compared with €1.5 million in 4,595 claims over the same period in 2019.

For the most senior grades (grades VIII to chief executive) overtime grew from €28,000 in April-September 2019 to €241,000 in the same period last year. The number of claims increased from 46 to 180.

These overpaid incompetents should be being held to account and sacked for waste of taxpayers' money as evidenced by this


Separately, the audit report found that none of over 2,000 ventilators ordered by the HSE at a cost of €81 million at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic was ever used.

Undelivered ventilators
Of the 2,194 ventilators paid for in advance, only 465, costing €10.1 million, were ever delivered, with none being put into clinical use, the final audit report into the contract has found.

According to HSE internal auditors, the quantity of ventilators ordered was “far in excess” of the requirement identified by an expert assessment group.

Of the €81 million prepaid, refunds for cancelled orders of €29.3 million have been received and €9.1 was converted into an order for personal protective equipment.

Legal action is ongoing between the HSE and one supplier over €2.8 million worth of deliveries.
 
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This shit has nothing to do with the unions.

"For the most senior executives and managers in this staff category, overtime increased by 759 per cent between April to September 2020, compared with the same period in 2019, from a low base."

Only in dysfunctional outfit like the HSE would employees at that level be paid overtime.

Senior executives and managers claimed more than €3.5 million in overtime during the six-month period last year, in 7,656 claims. This compared with €1.5 million in 4,595 claims over the same period in 2019.

For the most senior grades (grades VIII to chief executive) overtime grew from €28,000 in April-September 2019 to €241,000 in the same period last year. The number of claims increased from 46 to 180.

These overpaid incompetents should be being held to account and sacked for waste of taxpayers' money as evidenced by this


Separately, the audit report found that none of over 2,000 ventilators ordered by the HSE at a cost of €81 million at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic was ever used.

Undelivered ventilators
Of the 2,194 ventilators paid for in advance, only 465, costing €10.1 million, were ever delivered, with none being put into clinical use, the final audit report into the contract has found.

According to HSE internal auditors, the quantity of ventilators ordered was “far in excess” of the requirement identified by an expert assessment group.

Of the €81 million prepaid, refunds for cancelled orders of €29.3 million have been received and €9.1 was converted into an order for personal protective equipment.

Legal action is ongoing between the HSE and one supplier over €2.8 million worth of deliveries.
Concerns rest in which levels the unions engage with, anecdotally at least knowing a few PS, it always seems the SIPTU reps seem more interested in the managers than the staff. If SF's engagement with the unions is through those who only represent the higher grades, then this will just be another repeat of a pattern all too common in Irish political history. There's a local SF siptu person I'm aware of, me fein wouldn't even begin to describe that person.

It's worth remembering Labour's folly, active socialists in the 70s while in the junior grades, neoliberal cheerleaders of austerity when the same generation was in the senior grades.
 
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