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Laura Bambrick
Policy wonk. Data driven. News addict. Social Affairs Officer with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU). Usual disclaimers apply.
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Laura Bambrick Apr 21
Yep, I was keeping an eye on the passage of the Directive. Govt announced plans to implement 7 weeks over next 3 years in Budget 2019. The Directive gives 3 years to transpose to national law (till 2022) so Directive only requires a further week added to what’s already announced.
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Laura Bambrick Apr 21
That’s gas! But I’ve to admit I was against Hilda’s ending it’s women-only status. Cambridge has 3 women colleges. Hilda’s was Oxford’s last remaining one. Some of Middle Eastern and Indian friends could not have come to study at Oxford but for our status.
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Laura Bambrick Apr 21
Yes, the State’s reluctance to adopt the 1986 directive on equal treatment in social welfare took 11 yrs, 5 High Court hearings, an appeal to the Supreme Court, 3 refs to ECJ & millions in back payments to thousands of women before transposed in national law. Covered in my PhD🙂
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Laura Bambrick Apr 21
That’ll be b/c paid parental leave is being framed by Govt as a Govt initiative not as an EU requirement! The main concern for Ministers appears to be with the cost implications for the public sector pay bill - which b/c of trade union density the payment will be earnings-related
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Laura Bambrick Apr 21
Replying to @welfaremarkets
Have you seen today’s SIndo front-page? (👇🏻 Link not yet available) Ministers arguing against the affordability of paid parental leave because of the cost implications to the (highly unionised) public sector pay bill cos payment will be earnings-related
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Laura Bambrick Apr 21
Replying to @SeamusMRyan
Aw Seamus, that’s great. Happy Easter to you both 🐣
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Laura Bambrick Apr 21
Replying to @r_o_farrell @MarianRTE
True. But, we can’t ignore the fact that even when they do have a right to time to care 90% of fathers across the EU do not use their parental leave entitlements (Borg 2018).
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Laura Bambrick Apr 21
As in the way earnings-related income replacement payments already exist for workers in heavily unionised sectors, such as the civil, public and semi-state sectors, as well as in private sector firms that engage in collective bargaining?
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Laura Bambrick Apr 21
In 1976, when the gender pay-gap was 53%, Govt & business also argued the country couldn’t afford equal pay. The EU Commission refused Ireland’s request for a delay in introducing anti-discrimination pay legislation. And so it became law and it was affordable!
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Laura Bambrick Apr 20
Replying to @MartyOPrey
The best news ever. Thanks, Marty
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Laura Bambrick Apr 20
Replying to @Sean00615319
Thanks, Sean
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Laura Bambrick Apr 20
Replying to @hannahmdeasy
That’s defo a pic you should include in your baby’s memory book x
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Laura Bambrick Apr 20
Replying to @niallshan
Cheers, Niall. It was a great Good Friday alright!
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Laura Bambrick Apr 20
Replying to @NiamhRandall
Thanks, Niamh. Will be good to get back fretting the little stuff again 😊
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Laura Bambrick Apr 20
Replying to @SarahEiruFodla
Thanks, Sarah. The news is still sinking in 24hrs later!
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Laura Bambrick Apr 20
Replying to @smithdamien_
Thanks, Damien
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Laura Bambrick Apr 20
Replying to @Carmelloo @NHSuk
They are the most amazing (and cheerful!) people. I hope the outcome has been good for you and your family too, Carmel x
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Laura Bambrick Apr 20
Replying to @Brian_Lally
Thanks, Brian
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Laura Bambrick Apr 20
Replying to @JFTAXI
Thanks, John
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Laura Bambrick Apr 20
Replying to @kkFarrell
Cheers, Katherine
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