Trade Unions , unemployment and workers’ rights

A free event by the IER

7th July 2021 – 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

About this event

Historically successive governments have created and/or maintained a reserve army of unemployed workers. This economic manipulation is ideological in nature and seeks to hold down pay and conditions for workers. This is underpinned by duplicitous economic arguments about supply and demand, so that business owners and shareholders can award themselves more money. Workers suffer as a result, and the unemployed descend in to destitution. This is bad for the economy, bad for workers and bad for public health.



The event will be chaired by our Director Carolyn Jones.

Martin Cavanagh, the Deputy President of PCS and President of PCS DWP group will be discussing Social Security – the need for a safety net and meaningful employment.

Brett Sparkes from Unite the union will be talking on Community branch support and organising the community.

Helen O’Connor from The People’s Assembly is going to talk to the need for a People’s march for jobs.

Tony Burke from CTUF will discuss the present case for reducing working time for workers, with no loss of pay, to help prevent mass unemployment after the Covid-19 pandemic.