The dispute at the Delfin English Language School continues. The teachers have been out now for two half days and will be out again all day next Monday.  To date management have made no attempt to resolve the dispute. Failure to resolve the dispute may see further action in coming weeks.

Shane, one of the strikers told PBP:

“We want better pay and conditions and to be paid for all the unpaid work we do. They have to recognise the time we put into preparing classes. All we asking for is a chance to negotiate.

“The mood is very good and spirits are very high. We are all supporting each other. Everyone here is passionate about this dispute and also about their jobs. The students are also supportive. None of us want to be out here but the School needs to engage with us and deal with our grievances.

“We welcome support from all.”

TEFL Workers’ Union who work in Delfin London organised a London support demo last Monday near Delfin London to coincide with the strike in Ireland.

The teachers are asking people to join them on Monday. They ask people to make a plan to picket over lunch “Picnic at the picket”.

This is an important dispute that must be won. Workers in the industry and across the movement must get behind the Delfin strikers. People Before Profit call on trade unionists to get motions passed in their unions to support them and to contribute to their strike fund.

Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin is the People Before Profit candidate for the Dundrum ward in Dublin Rathdown. He is a musician, a Psychology graduate and a native Irish speaker. Eoghan is part of a newly politicising generation of young activists who are no longer willing to accept a political system that allows thousands of people to remain homeless, that leaves tens of thousands of people on hospital waiting lists, that leaves asylum seekers languishing in the glorified prisons that are the Direct Provision system, and that is doing nothing to stop an existential threat to the human species due to climate change. The water charges and repeal movements have shown over the last few years that people power can win positive changes, and Eoghan believes we can draw inspiration from these victories in other struggles. As a Psychology graduate, Eoghan has a major interest in mental health, and is particularly concerned with a system that is a breeding ground for mental distress. With people now being forced to work longer hours, experiencing mortgage distress, paying exorbitant rents, childcare and other costs, and with almost 800,000 people living in poverty, it is little wonder that we are experiencing a mental health crisis. While the increased awareness of mental health issues in recent years is welcome, it has not come with any significant action on the part of the government to improve the situation. Eoghan believes the fight for improved mental health is two-faceted: We need to fight for better services, but we must also fight for a better society that provides people with their needs and allows them to flourish, explore their own creativity, and enjoy their lives. Eoghan has been heavily involved in campaigns for housing, repeal of the 8th amendment, ending direct provision and many other issues over the last few years. He believes that real change can only come through grass roots campaigns from below and if elected, he will use his position as a platform for progressive ideas and to further build these campaigns.

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