Social Workers successful in halting “Cheap Labour” Scheme


The Social Work Action Network Ireland is delighted to share the news that collective action works!

SWAN has issued a message of solidarity in support of the current protests in Hong Kong. You can read more about these protests for democracy and univeral suffrage in this article by Lynn Tang. SWAN's message follows below:

The ‘Occupy’ movement for democracy happening in Hong Kong right now is unprecedented, writes Lynn Tang, PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology, Warwick University.



Re The Paris Bakery Workers


Social Work Action Network (SWAN) Ireland is an organisation whose main aim is to create a space where social workers, social care workers, students, service users, carers, academics and members of the public can come together, equally and collectively, to campaign for a fairer society. We are also part of an international network.

The Social Work Action Network Ireland this evening pledges its support to the Paris Bakery Workers. Workers have been occupying the building on Moore Street since last week after the company’s owner Yannick Forel refused to agree to pay over €55,000 which the workers are due in wages. The workers are displaying enormous courage in this situation and are standing up for their rights and demanding what is owed to them – payment for their hard work.

  • Tuam babies: How the English ‘sent back’ unmarried mothers to Ireland

Policy Press author, academic and SWAN Ireland member Paul Michael Garrett discusses the issues surrounding unmarried mothers in his book "Social work and Irish people in Britain". This blog post looks at this topic and touches on the recent story covering the headlines in Ireland, the Tuam babies.

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