Monthly Archives: September 2010

ICTU: We need real action not rotten deals

Socialist Party Leaflet:

The economic crisis is not going away. The government’s policies are making it worse. The so-called opposition say cuts are needed and the ICTU has not defended workers from the impact of the recession.

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Pakistan in crisis: Poor suffer most as millions hit by disaster

As the food waters recede after the worst monsoon flooding in Pakistan’s history, up to 20 million people are beginning to come to terms with the disaster and pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. The death toll from the initial flooding belies the scale of the disaster. While 1,600 lives were lost directly, now cholera, diarrhoea and other diseases hover menacingly over the victims, putting tens, if not hundreds of thousands more at risk of death, particularly the young and the elderly.

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29 September: Unions call European day of protest

Towards a 24 hour all-European general strike!

Following the initiative of Joe Higgins and the other left Members of the European Parliament to organise a European Week of Action in June against the cuts and bank bailouts, the idea of the need for a continent-wide response from workers to the crisis has taken a firmer hold with the call by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) for a day of protest on 29 September.

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Review: Dancing Shoes: The George Best Story

In an obituary of George Best, comrade Peter Hadden wrote “George Best composed poetry with his feet”. What a wonderful complement to a football genius from the working class streets of Belfast. And now Marie Jones and Martin Lynch have gone one further. They have “Besty” using those poetic feet dancing. And that soft Northern Irish accent singing in their unforgettable play “Dancing Shoes - The George Best Story”.

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CPSU: Build alliance to halt Croke Park

At a CPSU consultative conference in July, delegate after delegate raised their continued opposition to the Croke Park deal. There was also major criticism of the role played by Blair Horan, CPSU General Secretary and the assertions in the media that the CPSU now supported the Croke Park deal.

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South Africa: 1 million workers strike shakes ANC

The current strike action by over one million public sector workers in South Africa has sent the marriage of the Tripartite Alliance between the African National Congress (ANC), the South African Communist Party (SACP), and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) into disarray.

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Join the Socialist Party in your college

Sociologists, economists and other commentators have prophesised that, as a result of this crisis our generation can look forward to a life with a lower standard of living than our parents. The establishment are determined to make us young people pay for their greed and corruption, with a future of cutbacks, unemployment and emigration.

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