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Reviewing the weekly news and how those stories impact on workers.

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Reviewing the weekly news and how those stories impact on workers.

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The Week at Work

Latest release on Nov 25, 2020

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Reviewing the weekly news and how those stories impact on workers.

35. ex-Debenhams striker Michelle Gavin explains their dispute

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Michelle Gavin, an ex-Debenhams worker from Waterford with 27 years service, explains the strike and its impact on all workers. The workers have been on strike for 230 days now - in rain, hail and storms. She talks about government inaction and being left high and dry first by the company and then by the State. Michelle also talks about loss and trauma during the strike as well as how she has taken actions she never thought she would.  We hope this will form part of a series of interviews with ex-Debenhams workers. Because they deserve to be heard.

Nov 25 2020

28mins

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Direct Provision, Debenhams, Image Based Violence

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This week we’re joined by People Before Profit Councillor Tina MacVeigh to discuss:

  • Direct Provision
  • Oscar Traynor site campaign victory
  • Image Based Violence leak
  • RTEGate
  • Autism Services
  • Debenhams
  • Lloyds Pharmacy
  • 100 years after Bloody Sunday
  • Declan Ganley suing the state
  • Solas Youth Services

Nov 22 2020

1hr 12mins

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Fine Gael’s obsession with Sinn Fein, domestic violence & Oscar Traynor housing campaign

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This week we’re joined by Eoin O’Broin TD & Sinead Redmond discuss:

  • Sinn Fein: the cause of and solution to all of Fine Gael’s problems;
  • The Teflon Tánaiste;
  • Rewarding Seamus Woulfe;
  • Data centres must provide own power;
  • Oscar Traynor Road Housing Campaign;
  • Dublin Airport drinking sessions;
  • Domestic violence;
  • Vaccines, capitalism and public health;
  • Infections crisis linked to three deaths in Rotunda;
  • Garda corruption;
  • Precarious working in academia;
  • “Eviction-hit hermit nun hellbent on selling bogus cure for cancer”;
  • Slainte Care: a vision, not a plan;
  • Church to pay “penal law” VAT on candles;
  • Wild Mountain Thyme: an accent crime.

Nov 15 2020

1hr 21mins

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President Biden, Undercover Policing Inquiry & water charges are back

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This week we’re joined by our new Washington correspondent Joe Guinan (Anglo-Irish exile in the imperial metropolis · Vice President Democracy Collaborative) & activist Mark Malone (activist, communicator & researcher) to discuss:

The election of Joe Biden; 

Kamala Harris and the glass ceiling; 

Irish coverage of the new President; 

Will another Trump emerge? 

Could Bernie Sanders have won? 

The importance of political education; 

The new Undercover Policing Inquiry; 

Water charges to re-emerge; 

Services for children with special needs; 

Facebook moderates ads for moderators; 

Kingspan and Grenfell tower fire; 

The long-term impact of COVID19; 

Nov 08 2020

1hr 16mins

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#LeoTheLeak, Mother & Baby Homes, Homeless deaths

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This week we’re joined by Paul Murphy TD and Ber Grogan to discuss:

  • #LeoTheLeak;
  • Mother & Baby Homes;
  • Judges won’t sit with Woulfe;
  • Abortion rights campaign in Poland;
  • Pharma Companies manufacturing COVID19 vaccines;
  • Homeless deaths this week;
  • Direct Provision;
  • Glanbia stealing water;
  • Bottled water companies and data centres go unregulated;
  • Coveney seeks compensation for Israeli authorities destroying Palestinian homes;
  • Big tobacco firms use Ireland to avoid tax;
  • Facebook workers and their shitty conditions;
  • Support Ber’s Basket Brigade;
  • Launch of Clare O’Connor Appreciation Society.

You can support us at www.patreon.com/leftbloc 

Nov 01 2020

1hr 11mins

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Mother & Baby Homes, Zero Covid Ireland & Hand Sanitizer deals

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This week we’re joined by Dave Murphy & Diana O’Dwyer from RISE and Rupture Radio Podcast to discuss:

  • The Mother & Baby Homes records;
  • “Silent majority” backs lock-down;
  • Zero Covid Ireland with Socialist Policies (article by Diana);
  • Have we learned anything from the first wave of Covid?;
  • Hand sanitizer that’ll make you sick;
  • CEOs who volunteer for vaccine trials, but don’t really;
  • Far right v far left – sure they’re all “extremists”;
  • Arrest of John Gilligan;
  • Tusla and failure to act on child abuse;
  • Budget 2021 and the ‘baby bounce’ for Fianna Fail;
  • Warnings of Austerity;
  • The Great Gig Economy;
  • “Asking too much of our younger generation” by the party saddling them with debt;
  • Apple tax appeal is appealed by EU.

Oct 25 2020

1hr 10mins

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29. Stardust Inquest, British State Collusion, Covid19 & Budget 2021

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This week we’re joined by Glenn Fitzpatrick and Ciaran Campbell to discuss:

  • The Stardust Inquest
  • British State Collusion in the murder of innocent civilians
  • Covid fallout with Derry worst hit region in UK & Ireland
  • Mother & Baby Homes legislation rushed & hushed
  • Private hospitals oppose providing extra beds to tackle Covid
  • New LPG gas terminals off Irish coast
  • New Look’s failed attempt to use Covid for examinership
  • Private security firms free to Evict without a license
  • Budget allocates compensation for “slop out” cases
  • The media presentation of Budget 2021
  • Airline industry crisis; &
  • Brexit talks

Oct 18 2020

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Budget 2021 & what a Left Budget might look like?

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On this special episode we talk to Mairead Farrell TD (Sinn Fein), Ciaran Nugent (NERI) and Lorna Bogue (Green Party Councillor and Just Transition Greens co-Chair) about what’s in Budget 2021 and what a left Budget would look like.

We talk about the framing of the Budget by the media, housing, education, climate action, cutting the PUP, business supports, tax breaks for high earners, SIPTUs successful pensions campaign, Capital Gains Tax cuts for entrepreneurs, lack of capital infrastructure, live entertainment supports, and we even talk about what’s not in the Budget – like a wealth tax.

Oct 14 2020

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27. Budget 2021, COVID, Climate Action and NAMA

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This week we’re joined by Saoirse McHugh and Conor McCabe to discuss: 

  • The individualisation of Covid and missed opportunities
  • Covid fines
  • Sick pay 
  • Airlines & lobbying power
  • Budget - supports funnelling into private pockets 
  • Climate Action Bill
  • Earth to Dan O Brien - EU debt to GDP is actually low 
  • Carrickmines anniversary
  • Housing agency & Build to rent 
  • Spent Convictions Bill
  • Fergus McCabe
  • Mick Clifford: Fascists = Anti-Fascists?
  • NAMA and no accountability 

Wanna find out more or support our project? Go to www.patreon.com/leftbloc

Oct 11 2020

1hr 12mins

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26. Launch of Left Bloc - a left wing media and political education project

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On this special episode, our hosts David Gibney and Clare O'Connor talk to Stiofán Ó Nualláin, Emma Clancy and John Barry about #LeftBloc, an exciting new media and political education project in Ireland. Included in the media hub is A Worker's Guide to Everything; The Week at Work; Nuall Na NÓg; Offshore; A news based website; and a Climate Justice podcast currently in production. 

If you want to support the project you can do so at www.patreon.com/leftbloc. And don't forget to subscribe and share. Up the workers! 

Oct 10 2020

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25. Dying with Dignity Special with Vicky Phelan & Gino Kenny TD

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On this special episode we talk to Vicky Phelan and Gino Kenny TD about the upcoming vote on the Dying with Dignity Bill and why we need to have this important discussion now. Vicky exposed the cervical cancer scandal and is living with terminal cancer and Gino Kenny has proposed the Bill that would allow those with terminal illnesses to have assistance in achieving a dignified and peaceful end of life. 

Oct 05 2020

38mins

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24. COVID Island, Seamus Wolfe & the KKK, the Green Party oppose a ‘Just Transition’

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This week we are joined by Stiofán Ó Nualláin from Trademark Belfast to discuss: COVID Island, Seamus Wolfe & the KKK, the Green Party oppose a ‘Just Transition’, Michael Darcy & TDs who lobby, education errors, a four day week, wage subsidy scheme & Debenhams, Mairead McGuinness as commissioner for financial services, Cable Street & communists banned from the US.

Oct 04 2020

58mins

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23. COVID & capitalism, Dying with Dignity, flat rate expenses & airline arseholes

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This week we're joined by Independent TD for Donegal, Thomas Pringle, and Community Activist Michelle Byrne to discuss: COVID & capitalism, Third Level Education rankings & student poverty, airline arseholes, flat rate expenses, Debenhams and Estee Lauder strikes, VAT cuts & spreading the virus, businesses seek to restrict protests, Dying with Dignity Bill, co-positions on co-living by Housing Minister, Spike Island sacks union activists, Red C poll, environmentally reckless capitalism, publicly funded private schools and FG Minister interferes with GMIT governance.

Sep 27 2020

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22. Unquiet Graves - British govt collusion with loyalist death squads in Northern Ireland

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In this episode we talk to Bernadette McAliskey and Ciaran Campbell whose families were both targeted by loyalist death squads. We get their reflections on "Unquiet Graves", the documentary about British government collusion with the Glenanne Gang, leading to the murders of more than 120 people, including the Dublin/Monaghan bombings.

Sep 25 2020

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21 Bernadette McAliskey , COVID & working class communities, homeless deaths, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, rise of fascism, Terrence Wheelock

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This week we’re joined by Bernadette McAliskey for a two part discussion. In part one we discuss:
- COVID and working class communities
- Spike in homeless deaths
- Ruth Bader Ginsberg
- Infants taken into State care
- Terrence Wheelock anniversary
- Capital Gains Tax and shareholder dividends
- inequality and the rise of fascism; and
- The consequences of not having all-island Covid Approach

Sep 20 2020

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20. Rise of Far Right, Debenhams, Brexit, Good Friday Agreement, Childrens Mental Health, Red C Poll

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This Week on episode 20 we have Aoife Grace Moore, Ciaran Campbell and Glenn Fitzpatrick with us to discuss the stories of the week. We discuss new Covid strategy, the rise of the far right, violence at far right marches in Dublin, lack of access to adequate mental health supports for children, TriBeca development, Brexit and the withdrawl agreement, the Debenhams strike, the future of Unions and left unity, The Red C polls and much more.

Sep 13 2020

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19. Extra Garda powers, Thiago Cortez's death, banning meal deals and job losses

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This week we’re joined by Clare Daly MEP and Eoghan Fox, Mandate activist to discuss: Banning meal deals & food poverty, Thiago Cortez and the gig economy, extra Garda powers, Debenhams, Tourism job losses, Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin & sexual harassment in UCD, COVID and the retail boom, Ryanair CEO bonus v pay cuts, Tony Abbott, Spike Island toilets, Direct Provision, Mercosur and EU trade deals, a new Commissioner, Occupied Territories Bill, Donald Trump and much more…

Sep 06 2020

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18. Sexism & racism in the Oireachtas, the far right, Phil Hogan, rise in homelessness

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This week we are joined by Senator Eileen Flynn and Mark Malone to discuss: sexism & racism in the Oireachtas, a flood of redundancies ahead? unpacking the far right, Phil Hogan, Israeli settlements, rise in homelessness, the Miami showband massacre, Ministers demanding paintings, tax avoidance of US companies, profit rise for gambling outlets, Sarah McInerney, and much more.

Aug 30 2020

1hr 11mins

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17. Golfgate, far right protests, Covid in Sweden, lobbying power

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This week we’re joined by Irish journalist in Sweden, Philip O’Connor and Sonia Balagopalan, mathematician & socialist to discuss: Golfgate, far right protests & Una McGurk, COVID in Sweden, US elections, the perceptions poll, lobbying power, homes to buy drop but rental properties increase, AirBnB, Troubles compensation and Bank of Ireland job losses.

Aug 23 2020

1hr 10mins

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16. Varadkar’s dog whistle, meat plants, workers’ rights, evictions & homeless deaths

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This week we’re joined by Senator Lynn Boylan (Sinn Fein) & Clare O’Connor (ICHH) to discuss: Varadkar’s dog whistle to white middle class males, meat plants & workers’ rights, hospital waiting lists, evictions & homeless deaths, back to school and manipulating test results for the rich, and much more

Aug 16 2020

1hr 9mins

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