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Respect Social Workers, NO to Cheap Labour!

February 23, 2014 admin 0

RESOLUTION ON THE ‘NEW GRADUATE PLACEMENT SCHEME’: AGREED BY SWAN (GALWAY)  2O FEB 2014)

Call for a National SWAN demonstration to take place on Friday 21 March 2014, (1-2pm) outside Dail Eireann; organising slogan will be ‘Respect Social Work, NO to Cheap Labour!’

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Emergency Motion from Social Work Action Network Ireland – Please Share

February 16, 2014 admin 0

EMERGENCY ‘MOTION’ ON THE ‘NEW GRADUATE PLACEMENT SCHEME’ TO BE SET UP UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE CHILD AND FAMILY AGENCY

We welcome the setting up of the new Child and Family Agency in Ireland.

However, the chief executive of the Child and Family Agency has stated that a new ‘graduate placement scheme’ will ‘see young graduates in social work departments honing their skills in order that they fully understand the complex challenges facing families before they eventually join the workforce’ (The Irish Times, 30 Jan 2014). Significantly, those participating in the ‘scheme’ will placed on a salary below that of starting salaries negotiated, by the trade unions, with the government over a number of years.

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Social Work Action Network Ireland Steering Committee

February 3, 2014 admin 0

Dear SWAN Ireland friends,

The new year is well underway and plans to progress the Social Work Action Network Ireland are in progress.  It was agreed at the SWAN conference in November 2013 that an All-Ireland steering committee would be established. The preference is for as many parts of the country as possible to be involved and to be represented on the steering committee. So far representatives from Cork, Galway and Dublin have come forward to be on the committee.