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NUJ's Irish Secretary calls report "disappointing" and says it fails to address problems, particularly in the media sector.
The union's Irish Secretary wins assurances on independence of the titles and trade union recognition will continue.
The bill, proposed by Senator Ged Nash, would put all workers on an equal footing where they are carrying out the same duties, but are not legally designated as ‘employees’.
The conference's showpiece was a panel discussion on the gender pay gap and Life Members were celebrated at an evening event in Dublin's Gresham hotel.
The company's current proposals will have a detrimental impact on the local community and quality journalism.
Séamus Dooley, Irish Secretary, told the Oireachtas Committee on Justice & Equality that the right of journalists to protect confidential sources must be enshrined in domestic legislation.
The Irish Secretary condemns attempts to make Philip Ryan produce information before a hearing into alleged planning irregularities, and the publication of Niall O’Connor's number by an MEP.
Through no fault of Kieran Mulvey, former head of the Workplace Relations Committee, the report does not give a “full picture” of the situation in RTE, said Séamus Dooley, NUJ Irish Secretary.
The NUJ office in Dublin is closed and the union's freelance forum has been rescheduled.
The union has called on Communicorp to reconsider the ban on Irish Times journalists appearing on its shows and called on the broadcasting authority to investigate.