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Welcome to the PSEU Blog. The Views expressed in the PSEU Blog do not necessarily reflect official PSEU policy and are to be considered the opinion of the authors themselves.

TK Whitaker 1916-2017

By Tom Geraghty Wednesday, 11th January 2017 | 0 comments
Ken Whitaker is often referred to as Ireland’s most distinguished public servant. Despite what you might read or hear in our media, this country has been fortunate to have had, and to have still, many distinguished public servants but few would quibble with the plaudits heaped on Mr. Whitaker both now upon his death and during his lifetime.

Employment grows, unemployment falls but does anybody care?

By Tom Geraghty Monday, 9th January 2017 | 0 comments
Commentators on our economy often say that creating employment is the absolute priority. But is it? If so, for whom? After all, the 2011/2016 Government oversaw unemployment fall by about 40% in their term of office. It did not do them much good when it came to a General Election! Should it have mattered? Maybe, the electorate does care and just does not believe that Government deserves any credit for employment growth. Maybe people believe and/or maybe it is so, that our employment creation has little to do with Government. Perhaps, but the electorate in 2011 was fairly unforgiving of an outgoing Government that they blamed for the economic collapse. Maybe that was because the collapse affected not just a minority who lost their jobs but impacted deeply on the living standards of those who remained in work also. That would suggest a very selfish electorate that is largely unconcerned about others losing, or gaining, employment, an electorate that reacts badly if they are affected personally, but only in that case.

The, (even more), unacceptable face of capitalism

By Tom Geraghty Monday, 19th December 2016 | 0 comments
It is worth marking this moment. Having been at the receiving end of a relentless propaganda assault in the opinion pages of Independent Newspapers, and associated broadcast stations, since 2009, Public Servants generally, and myself in particular, are unlikely defenders of the staff of said organisations. However, what we are witnessing in respect of the proposed decimation of the pension arrangements for staff employed by INM is an illustrative and instructive example of the rampant excess of capitalism.

Aleppo

By Sean Carabini Friday, 16th December 2016 | 0 comments
Aleppo haunts me. I cannot help but feel that, although I am not a resident of Aleppo, I am a resident of a world that has allowed something like this to happen.

Walk the PATH

By Niall McGuirk Wednesday, 14th December 2016 | 0 comments
We are all aware of the facts around homelessness, but when faced with the reality, these words take a different turn.  I have read many times that nearly 4,000 people are in emergency accommodation, up to 3,000 in Dublin alone. Added to this over 100 people are preparing themselves to sleep on the streets as darkness descends. 

Walk the PATH

By Niall McGuirk Wednesday, 14th December 2016 | 0 comments
We are all aware of the facts around homelessness, but when faced with the reality, these words take a different turn.  I have read many times that nearly 4,000 people are in emergency accommodation, up to 3,000 in Dublin alone. Added to this over 100 people are preparing themselves to sleep on the streets as darkness descends. 

Public backs Pay Restoration

By Tom Geraghty Tuesday, 29th November 2016 | 0 comments
A Red C opinion poll, published in the Sunday Business Post on Sunday last, has shown that 62% of voters support full public service pay restoration, even if it means a lower cut to the Universal Social Charge (USC). A total of 48% said that they supported public service pay restoration, even if it meant lower spending on infrastructure and 48% backed restoration, even if it meant less spending on public services.

Mick Foster RIP

By Tom Geraghty, General Secretary Friday, 18th November 2016 | 0 comments
When I was first a member of this Union, there were just three officials; my predecessor as General Secretary, Dan Murphy; the late Gerry Sweeney, and Mick Foster. Sadly Mick has now passed on.

Where now? A reflection on the past week.

By Seán Carabini, Assistant General Secretary Wednesday, 16th November 2016 | 0 comments
I think we are all feeling the same thing. As it stands, the world that I actually live in does not resemble the world that I thought I lived in. We are in the midst of a profound change – of a global realignment – of building something different.

Developments in Public Service Pay

By Sean Carabini Friday, 11th November 2016 | 0 comments
Earlier in 2016, speaking at the Industrial Relations News Annual Conference, PSEU General Secretary Tom Geraghty publically called for pay restoration to be speeded up beyond the pace envisaged by the Lansdowne Road Agreement. Simply put, Civil and Public Servants are fed up with the rhetoric that, on one hand, insists that he financial emergency is over but that, on the other hand, won’t restore what was taken from them in the name of the financial emergency.

Pay Developments

By Tom Geraghty, General Secretary Friday, 4th November 2016 | 0 comments
“I told you so” is among the most  smug and irritating of observations. Therefore, I risk causing annoyance but, frankly, I don’t care. In March this year at an Industrial Relations conference, I made the point that the time-frames of the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA), were no longer sustainable and that, in circumstances where the economic and fiscal situations were improving rapidly, it was not realistic to expect Public Servants to wait until after September 2018 for further increases above the terms of that agreement. I referred to the anger of Public Servants who had been picked on first when the fiscal situation imploded but who were now being told to wait before restoration could occur and I predicted IR consequences unless this situation was addressed.

That One Certainty...

By Teresa Barrett, Hon. Secretary DSP Branch Wednesday, 26th October 2016 | 0 comments
The issues of concern to members of the DSP Branch as 2016 unfolds remain those of workloads, change, the availability of family friendly initiatives, and of late transfers. DSP is perhaps the most geographically dispersed of all the PSEU Branches. We have a presence in nearly every sizable town in the Country. There are in excess of 20 locations in Dublin alone.

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