January 17, 2013 at 1:25 pm #81787Quote:Staff at two HMV stores in the Republic of Ireland are staging sit-in protests following the closure of the music and DVD chain's 16 outlets in the country.
Doubtless they want ther stores to stay open, but at least fighting back will make employers more wary, and might get them better lay-off terms.
The rish have taken a hell of a kicking over recent years, and haven't protested as hard as Greece/Portugal/Spain, etc. maybe this is the start of a bit more militancy. Pople will stay quiescent to keep jobs, but when they have that taken away, they have nothing to lose but their chains.January 17, 2013 at 1:59 pm #91797Quote:A NEW scheme to put long-term unemployed to work as council workers is being planned by the Government.Up to 3,000 people on the dole for more than two years will be put to work at street cleaning, cutting grass and carrying out road works
While such a scheme might not be too bad, in and of itself, it will have to be managed in a way so as not to remove the stick of unemployment. The work won't be meaningful, nor will it be useful work, if that threatens the profits of a commercial firm that would want to do the work.January 17, 2013 at 3:51 pm #91798HollyHeadParticipantYoung Master Smeet wrote:…. Pople will stay quiescent to keep jobs, but when they have that taken away, they have nothing to lose but their chains.
Or, in the case of the "loss" of HMV, "nothing to lose but their chain stores"?January 18, 2013 at 10:58 am #91799
Ian Bone has ben doing his 'memory of the class' routine again, and reminds us of the Limerick Soviethttp://ianbone.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/limerick-workers-occupy-hmv-shop-shades-of-the-limerick-soviet/http://www.limericksoviet.com/Quote:The Limerick Soviet (Irish: Sóivéid Luimnigh) was a self-declared soviet that existed from 15 to 27 April 1919. At the beginning of the Irish War of Independence, a general strike was organised by the Limerick Trades and Labour Council, as a protest against the British army's declaration of a "Special Military Area" under the Defence of the Realm Act, which covered most of Limerick city and a part of the county. The soviet ran the city for the period, printed its own money and organised the supply of food. 
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