SLIGO COUNCIL OF TRADE UNIONS
Updated, March 1999
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John Comiskey, Chairperson. Joe McDonagh Hon. Secretary.
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The Eight AnnualIRISH TRADES UNION CONGRESS. Held in The Town Hall Sligo. May 27th, 28th and 29th, 1901. 75 Delegates in attendance. (Photo. Courtesy Mr. Thomas. Dykes)
Issues discussed at the Conference were: Fair Wages Resolution, technical education, night work in bake houses, direct labour on roads, improving women's wages, imports of food, nationalisation of railways, lands and mines, safety, and pensions.
Officers of the Council are elected annually. Representatives to other organisations, statutory bodies, ICTU advisory groups and other committees are appointed at the AGM or when the vacancy occurs. They include:
The local health authority is the North Western Health Board. It covers counties Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo. Representation is made up from various interests, Doctors, Nurses, Public Representatives, etc. There is no provision for a trade union representative.
The unions in line with ICTU policy are contesting this situation.
The Sligo Council of Trade Unions is not a political party. However, individual members are involved in party politics and the SCTU maintains contact with local political representatives. Leaders of the Government and some of the opposition parties meet with SCTU representatives to hear issues of local interest. Irish political parties with public representatives in Sligo can be found at:
Without sufficient electoral support but with some organisation are Democratic Left, the Progressive Democrats and The Green Party. Others with electoral support are:
The next Annual General Meeting of SCTU will be held in January 2000.
Manufacturing employment is in: Healthcare Products, Toolmaking, Mouldmaking, Builders Hardware, Rubber Seals, Plastics, Meat Products, Veterinary Vaccines, Scales and Clocks, Injection Moulding, Concrete Products, Dairy Products, Precision Engineering, Bakery, Video Tapes, Printing,
Other employment is in Agriculture, Construction, Forestry, Education, Health, Local Government and Commerce.
Sligo is twinned with:
Unemployment in Sligo is 3,000+ persons.
SUPPORT AN END TO UNEMPLOYMENT BY ENCOURAGING INVESTMENT IN SLIGO AND THE RETENTION OF JOBS
WHAT WE DO:
Launch of Markievicz Project 1987(Photo Mr. T. Dykes)
Jim McDonald (Chairman) Ian Duggan (V. Chairman) Mr. Ray McSharry TD. (Government Minister for Finance and later EU Commissioner) Ms. Catherine O'Donovan (Supervisor) Joe McDonagh (Hon Secretary) Peter Hennessy (Treasurer)
In 1987, the SCTU founded the Sligo based Markievicz Unemployed Centre. The Leitrim Resource Centre was set up in 1994 in Manorhamilton, County Leitrim and a further premise was established in Mohill, Co. Leitrim in 1997. A new outreach Centre was established in Carrick-on-Shannon in 1998. They are part of the ICTU Network of Centres.
Sligo Recycling Ltd. was formed in 1997 with the objective of creating employment. With new premises supported by Sligo Corporation it is now expanding its operations with financial assistance from the Peace and Reconciliation Fund (£ 68,000). It recycles aluminium, paper, glass, clothing etc. The Company also delivers educational projects in environmental awareness.
The four projects employ between them six full-time staff and fifty-two part-time staff.
The Sligo and Leitrim Centre's support the unemployed through training, education, sourcing employment, providing information and leisure activities. Discount schemes are provided with the support of commercial and sporting organisations. e.g. Sligo Rovers Football Club. Management of the four projects is voluntary and unpaid. The Board is appointed by the SCTU and includes representatives from the workforce and outside interests. Funding and additional support is received from: ICTU, individual Trade Unions, F.A.S., Area Partnership, North Western Health Board, Sligo Corporation, Sligo County Council, Peace and Reconciliation, INTERREG. Community groups, business, church organisations, individuals, charities and the public.
Sligo is designated a "border county" and the Council of Trade Unions support the programme, 'Investing in PEACE. An Interim Programme for Reconstruction.' adopted by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.
Priorities identified are radical programmes on economic issues, community and social programmes and reforms in the administration of justice as essential elements in securing peace.
'Ending violence is only part, though an essential part, of the process of creating a new peaceful and stabilised society in Northern Ireland in which economic prosperity, full employment and equality of opportunity could become the norm.'
EXECUTIVE MEMBERS: Chair: John Comiskey, Manufacturing Science Finance (MSF). Hon Secretary: Joe McDonagh. Graphical, Paper and Media Union. Treasurer: Veronica Cawley. (SIPTU)
The Markievicz Unemployed Centre can be contacted at the same address. Co-ordinator, Padraig Davey. firstname.lastname@example.org Fintan Flannery has been appointed as outreach worked with supporting funding from Peace and Reconcilliation.
The Leitrim Resource Centre can be contacted at Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim. Co-ordinator Gerry Cornyn.
The Mohill Resource Centre can be contacted at Hyde Street, Mohill, Co. Leitrim. Co-ordinator Cara Mooney.
Sligo Recycle Ltd. can be contacted at email@example.com Manager, Maurice Buckley.
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