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  • Revolution in Ireland 1918-21 » Blog » About Us » The People's College for Continuing Education and Training
    People s College lecture on the Irish Revolution continues with Dr John Borgonovo s lecture is entitled Revolution in Ireland 1918 21 the political and military re conquest of Ireland and British responses About Us About the College College Staff Student Committee Clubs Societies Affiliated Unions The People s Blog Lecturers Blog Archive June 2015 May 2015 Archive for 2014 Blog Authors Latest Entries Madeleine Flame These are the Things

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  • Open Government or culture of secrecy? » Blog » About Us » The People's College for Continuing Education and Training
    and how the legislation relates to Trade Unionism and the wider general public Eithne opens the discussion with some background to the Freedom of Information and how the legislation has changed since it was introduced by her Dept in 1997 why it was introduced and how the legislation has opened up Government About Us About the College College Staff Student Committee Clubs Societies Affiliated Unions The People s Blog Lecturers

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  • Fraternality yours » Blog » About Us » The People's College for Continuing Education and Training
    on February 19 2014 Norine Greene and Mags O Brien share their stories and experience in a lecture as part of our Trade Union Lecture Series About Us About the College College Staff Student Committee Clubs Societies Affiliated Unions The People s Blog Lecturers Blog Archive June 2015 May 2015 Archive for 2014 Blog Authors Latest Entries Madeleine Flame These are the Things Economics Lecture from Dr Tom Healy Blog

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  • The Myth of Gender Equality » Blog » About Us » The People's College for Continuing Education and Training
    the Rising the War of Independence and the Civil War In some quarters the anti Treaty activists in Cumann na mBan were blamed for the 1922 23 conflict Citizen Army women in particular have long been held up as models of gender equality Historian Ann Mathews questions this assumption Dr Ann Mathews lectures in NUI Maynooth She is specialist on women s history in early 20th century Ireland especially during

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  • Emasculation of rights – a presentation in time-lapse » Blog » About Us » The People's College for Continuing Education and Training
    an inference based on an inference Of course it is entirely reasonable to assume that the right to form a union implies the right to join one already formed but to go further and assume an equal constitutional right not to associate is departing further from the natural meaning of the words in the constitution Be that as it may this reasoning has become a landmark judgement But even if justified in the circumstances of that dispute should it have universal application The right to form unions enshrined in the constitution is not absolute apart from being subject to public order and morality the legislature has the power and has regularly used it to regulate and control its exercise in the public interest But the Court interpreted right to not associate was and remains unqualified and an apparently absolute right Could there be no circumstances where compulsion might be warranted As judges know well barristers and solicitors are required to join and maintain membership of their respective societies presumably in the public interest What about employment contracts that require membership of a specified union Many employers have in the past insisted on this in order to avoid having competing unions organising within their workplaces Although founded on what could be regarded as overstretched reasoning an unqualified right not to join a union has become an unchallenged and apparently unchallengeable interpretation of a constitutional provision intended to enshrine the right of workers to organise themselves in unions No negotiation rights Another interpretation of the constitution that gained wide currency dealt with what if any obligation is placed on an employer as a consequence of their employees being organised in a union The landmark case is Abbott and Whelan v ITGWU and South Eastern Health Board which was decided in 1982 A group of employees of the South Eastern Health Board who had resigned from the ITGWU and joined the ATGWU sought to have their new union represent them The employer refused to deal with the ATGWU and the workers took legal action on the basis that the constitutional right to join a trade union carried with it the consequent right to have their union recognized by the employer The High Court dismissed their challenge holding that while there was a constitutional right to join a union this did not place any obligation on the employer to deal with that union It has to be admitted that the result was not an unwelcome one within the echelons of the Irish trade union movement at the time It was the outcome of an inter union dispute and disputes between unions over membership and negotiation rights are expected to be resolved under ICTU internal procedures rather than the courts It was only later that the implications of the judgement became clear Despite occasional conflict union recognition was not a major issue at the time Invariable multinational companies concluded single union recognition agreements But within a few years this situation had changed and the ruling offered significant support to a growing body of employers determined to resist unionisation The ruling that the constitutional right to form associations and unions places no obligation on employers to engage with them since reiterated in judgements of the Supreme Court can be justified on the narrow grounds that the Constitution makes no such demands on employers If the Fitzpatrick v Educational Company of Ireland judgement involved a level of judicial activism here judicial restraint was exercised There seems to have been little consideration by the Court of what the purpose of this section of the Constitution was and what in reality does the constitutional right confer Workers form and join unions so that they can represent them in dealings with their employer concerning pay and conditions of employment If they are prevented from so doing they are of no real benefit to their members and the right conferred in the Constitution is worthless Surely this was not the intention Much later Justice Susan Denham in delivering a judgement of the Supreme Court on an unrelated matter commenting on the Court s approach to interpreting legislation said the literal rule should not be applied if it obtains an absurd result which is pointless and which negates the intention of the legislature emphasis added An approach one might have been expected to apply in this case It is not unusual for rights provided to some to impose a duty on others at least to the extent of not frustrating the exercise of that right There have been instances of employers making it a requirement for acceptance into employment that the employee will not join a union or in other ways discouraging employees from joining a union Would that not be seen as an attempt to curtail rights bestowed The courts have not been tested on this point but to date legal commentary suggests that there are no circumstances in which employers can be held to have regard to workers constitutional right to associate The right of an individual to be represented within a process that might result in adverse findings against him or her is an accepted aspect of fair procedures Why should this not apply in respect of collective issues Recently Judges themselves have called for the establishment of a judicial council where they would be represented on matters relating to their pay and conditions This presumably would require legislation i e a law that would make it mandatory on their employer the State However representation of ordinary employees by their union seems to be another matter entirely As we shall see the remarks of at least one eminent justice implies that any law that attempted to oblige an employer to deal with unions would be unconstitutional Ryanair Judgement and the demise of the 2001 and 2004 Acts Let us now look at what was said in the Ryanair Judgement in 2007 The details are well known and it is not my intention to reprise the case in any detail

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  • Blog » About Us » The People's College for Continuing Education and Training
    hunkered under parasols in the back garden the men huddled in groups making the same old jokes about the weather It s the hottest day of the year so far The younger kids are sprawled on the grass occasionally rousing themselves to play but soon collapsing back into stunned heaps their efforts to relieve the boredom arrested by the heat Read the full entry Economics Lecture from Dr Tom Healy Posted on December 21 2014 Exciting times at the People s College Posted on June 13 2014 Welcome to the People s College Set up in 1948 to provide workers education we continue to provide general adult education languages social political studies literature art appreciation and cultural activities as well as personal development basic education and communication skills for trade unionists their families and the general public The People s College is part of the European Workers Education movement which emphasises education for democracy This involves creating a space where workers can study reflect on and react to their continually changing society as well as develop their intellectual social and creative potential An integral part of the system is the active participation of the students in the decision making process and organisational structures of the College Read the full entry History of DCTU Lecture Posted on April 07 2014 We organised a lecture on the History of the Dublin Council of Trade Union The speakers were Shay Cody General Secretary IMPACT Peter Rigney Industrial Officer ICTU who have both written extensively on the subject There were contributions from our President Jim Dorney and Sam Nolan from DCTU Massive thanks to Paula Geraghty for the video and all her help throughout the course of the lectures Please follow her on Twitter Facebook and Trade Union TV Imprisonment during the Irish Revolution

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  • ‘From A Hermitage to Harlem’ » Blog » About Us » The People's College for Continuing Education and Training
    day was willing to support Home Rule in 1914 but at Easter 1916 was proclaimed the President of the Irish Republic declared by the republican insurgents The lecture was delivered in the INTO building on Parnell Square on the 5th of February 2014 Brian Crowley is the curator of the Pearse Museum in St Enda s in Rathfarnham in Dublin He is the author of Patrick Pearse A Life in

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  • Blog » About Us » The People's College for Continuing Education and Training
    Trade Union TV Imprisonment during the Irish Revolution Posted on April 01 2014 In the last in the Irish Revolution series tells the story of the 20 000 men and women that were imprisoned in Ireland north and south during the Irish Revolutionary period Will Murphy is a lecturer in Irish Studies at the Mater Dei Institute of Education Dublin City University He is a co editor of The Gaelic Athletic Association 1884 2009 2009 His Political Imprisonment and the Irish 1912 1921 has just been published by Oxford University Press Video The Right to Collective Bargaining Posted on March 25 2014 Senator Ivana Bacik spoke with students and guests on the right to collective bargaining and on the shape of pending Government legislation Brother against Brother Posted on March 24 2014 Seventh of a programme of lectures on the Irish Revolution by The People s College John Dorney s lecture is entitled Brother against Brother Political violence in the Irish Civil War 1922 23 Impact of EU Legislation Posted on March 20 2014 Blair Horan former General Secretary of the CSPU discusses the social and economical impact of EU Legislation on the Trade Union movement with students and guests Padraig Og O Ruairc on the Truce Posted on March 18 2014 In theory the truce declared on July 11 1921 between Irish republican and British forces inaugurated a period of peace in Ireland that was concluded with the signing of the Anglo Irish Treaty in 1921 In fact it saw continued political violence throughout the country and especially in the north east as well as a spate of strikes and land agitation The truce period also concluded with the outbreak of civil war between Irish nationalists in late June 1922 Historian Padraig Og O Ruairc investigates the outbreak of

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