There is growing momentum for a one-day general strike in Ireland.
The ICTU – the equivalent of the British TUC – has issued a directive to all unions to start balloting for industrial action to take place on 30 March.
This follows the magnificent demonstration of over 120,000 workers against the Irish government’s austerity measures last month.
Over 13,000 lower grade civil service workers in the CPSU union held a one-day strike against government pay cuts last week.
A planned strike by bus drivers against 600 job cuts at Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus was postponed for talks, which had started as Socialist Worker went to press.
Meanwhile the fight to save jobs at Waterford Crystal in south east Ireland continues.
Hundreds of workers have been occupying the threatened factory since the end of January after a receiver moved to try to lock them out.
Last week a private equity company KPS Capital Partners took over the firm.
It has yet to commit to saving manufacturing at the plant.
Waterford workers are determined to continue their sit-in until their concerns regarding jobs, pensions and redundancy payments are dealt with.
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