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Do not judge the job by your experience in the college. Join the Garda Reserve to gain experience of the outside world. Be yourself and put in the effort to achieve your goals.
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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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A Day in the Life of a Trade Union Worker

The work in a Trade Union is often varied and never dull. Work in this kind of area is interchangeable and can range from Industrial Relation matters to collusion with the Government in promoting the interests of their members for social development and justice.

The work of a union is on behalf of their members and is achieved through various management structures. Whether it’s at Head Office or committee level, each group share a common thread in seeking justice and promoting the interests of the members.

A daily routine always starts with calls from members who find themselves in difficulties or just need advice on smaller grievances. The main focus of the work lies in industrial relations. This can begin with a problem such as conditions of work or more frequently a lack of standards in the workplace.

The method used in dealing with calls is adopting a standard structure through various mechanisms whether it’s Union Agreements or Government Circulars.

The various problems that members bring to our attention include contractual and disciplinary problems, grievance & complaint procedures, pay, retirement & pension queries, maternity, paternity & sick leave queries, equality policies and the development and formation of policies, health & safety queries and managerial structures.

The mechanisms developed in dealing with these concerns are on first point of contact the interception of union officials at ground level and subsequently at management level if needs be. Where the need exists to resolve them further a case may be taken to an Adjudicator, Conciliation Service, the Rights Commissioner Service or the Employment Appeals Tribunal at the Labour Relations Commission.

At all stages the Union will represent their members to the best of their ability in search of social justice and legal equality.



Article by: LawEd