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# Working Conditions

Last year
2022
Voices
Opinion: Are international doctors only here to fill the roster gaps?
Dr Liqa ur Rehman writes that non-EU doctors working in our health system are in a constant battle of survival.
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# Working Conditions
Government to consider limiting the time period an employer can put a worker on probation
The Tánaiste said he wants to ensure reasonable periods of notice are given to employees when their work is unpredictable in nature.
# Working Conditions
Bezos attracts criticism for thanking Amazon workers after space flight
The company is facing increasing pressure to improve working conditions.
# Working Conditions
Channel 4 launches new policy to support workers experiencing menopause
New flexible working arrangements and menopause awareness briefings for management are to be introduced.
# zero hours contract
McDonald's staff hold first-ever UK strike over pay and working conditions
Around 40 workers gathered outside two restaurants, before attending a protest outside parliament.
Voices
'If we want better people working in childcare, we need better working terms'
Policy is driving precarious work for professionals in childcare, writes Sinead Pembroke.
# Working Conditions
'A total lack of respect': Firefighters in Galway protest after claims of unpaid expenses
Over 20 firefighters demonstrated today.
# Take a Break
Gardaí will be legally entitled to rest breaks under new legislation
Gardaí who had worked eight hour shifts, without any breaks, while on witness protection duty brought the challenge against the ban.
# informed choices
Find out if your high-street clothes are ethically made
A new website offers consumers an easy way to check up on retailers’ labour and environmental track records.
# Resources
Is your town getting a swanky new garda station?
30 locations across the country will benefit from garda building improvements in the next six years.
# slammed
Amazon's boss hits back at claims it's a 'soulless, dystopian workplace'
A report claimed that Amazon’s employees are pushed hard and work long hours so they wouldn’t be seen as a “major weakness”.
# enough is enough
Academics at Irish colleges stressed over 'flex' hours contracts
Union says academics’ working hours are far greater than established norms.
# get up stand up
Experts say desk workers should stand four hours a day - we tested it out
And we weren’t big fans of the idea – but maybe we’re just lazy.
# Drogheda
Nurses travel to Blackrock to protest against €150 registration fee
The action was set to start on Wednesday in Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda.
# Haddington Road
Scrapping rent allowance for garda recruits will 'create friction' in ranks
The GRA said the withdrawal of the allowance would essentially be a pay cut for recruits.
Voices
Opinion: What has the State done to protect citizens' human rights?
It’s important to understand the experience of the people affected by our six-year recession and impacted by harsh austerity measures.
# Apology
Samsung pledges compensation for factory workers who contracted incurable diseases
The company’s CEO said that it would employ a third party to “make due compensation” to victims and their families.
# Teachers
ASTI recommends members reject Haddington Road deal
The Central Executive Committee decided today that the Haddington Road proposals should be put to a members’ vote.
# Ryanair
Ryanair Pilot Group calls on O'Leary to negotiate single contract
The group wants O’Leary to negotiate a single contract that applies to all pilots flying for the airline.
Voices
Column: NCHD working hours are part of a bigger picture for young Irish workers
While the pressures on young doctors are unique, Government decisions have focused the worst effects of the crisis on workers who are 35 and under across all sectors, write Dan Hayden and Dr Antoine Murray.
# Anniversary
Michael D to lead 1913 Lockout commemoration this weekend
Saturday will mark the 100th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, one of the key events of the Lockout.
# Your Say
Poll: Will the Bangladesh factory collapse change the way you shop?
As the death toll passes 1,000, we want to know: Will this incident have an impact on your shopping habits?
# agri accidents
"One moment off-balance and my leg was gone"
Farmers involved in agricultural accidents tell their stories to warn others of work hazards.
# sit up straight
How modern technology is destroying your posture at work
Recognise any of these nine bad positions?
Voices
Column: Working conditions in hospitals are so bad that sometimes I get no sleep at all
Writing under the condition of anonymity, one junior doctor describes a typical work week in a busy Dublin hospital.
# China
14 people die in fire at underwear factory
Arson suspected in the blaze in Shantou in south China.
# Bangladesh
Workers protest 'deathtrap' factories
Meanwhile, a second blaze broke out a 12-storey factory building, sparking new wave of panic.
# Health
Blood platelet service to be cancelled due to staff shortage
Blood Transfusion Service finding it difficult to retain staff for specialised job with anti-social hours.
# Forced Labour
Restaurant worker awarded €86,000 after years of forced labour in Dublin
Muhammad Younis from Pakistan was forced to work in what have been described as chronic conditions in a Clondalkin restaurant for seven years.
# Working Conditions
H&M to launch probe after workers faint at Cambodian factory
Despite claims that conditions are improving at Cambodian garment factories, almost 300 people were taken ill last week and worries about persistent discrimination and forced overtime remain.
# Nike
Nike workers in Indonesia say they are kicked and slapped
In one factory producing Converse runners, workers have described being hit and called names, and made to stand in the blazing sun.
# Aer Lingus
Talks between Aer Lingus and pilots continue through the night
Negotiations have failed to find a resolution to the dispute over rosters. Pilots are threatening to begin industrial action tomorrow.
# Human Rights
Monsoon's internal audit reveals the use of child labour and underpaid workers
The popular high street retailer and pioneer of ethical fashion has uncovered evidence it has been benefiting from child labour in India.