Monthly Archives: January 2019

Free Derry – legacy of working-class resistance

By Seamus McLaughlin Free Derry has a proud place in the history of radicalism in Northern Ireland, when ordinary people took the initiative and resolutely showed that the working class can independently organise itself. After a brief respite from civil rights activism in December 1968, the Northern Ireland state found itself again on the defensive in January 1969, after a ...

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Storm clouds gather for world economy

By Paul Murphy TD The longest ever rising stock market in history came to a dramatic end in December 2018. Share prices which had been rising since the lows of the crisis of 2008, buoyed by the cheap money made available by the Federal Reserve and Central Banks worldwide, dramatically plunged by 20% within a few days – going from ...

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Venezuela: For mass mobilization of workers to build real socialism and put an end to corrupt bureaucracy!

By Izquierda Revolucionaria (CWI in Venezuela) Executive Committee The situation in Venezuela has reached a critical point during the last twenty four hours. The new leader of the Venezuelan right and far right, Juan Guaidó, (recently elected president of the counterrevolutionary national Assembly) has proclaimed himself President. He called on his supporters to take to the streets to force through ...

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Fighting union busting- Solidarity with striking ambulance workers

By Mick Barry TD Hundreds of ambulance paramedics, advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians placed pickets on HSE ambulance depots across the country on Tuesday, 22 January. The workers are members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) and are locked in a battle with the HSE over the issue of union recognition. The strike came just eight days before the ...

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The Chavista movement & the struggle for socialist change

Over the last number of days it has become clear that that the Trump regime and US imperialism are seeking to overthrow the Presidency of  Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela by recognising the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido. This is not the first time that US imperialism has sought to do this. We republish below an article by ...

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Why we need a national health service

By Diana O’Dwyer In announcing the nurses’ overwhelming decision to strike, INMO President, Martina Harkin-Kelly said: “We’re standing up for safe staffing, fair pay, and for our patients, who deserve better care”. Decades of under-resourcing, compounded by austerity since the crash, have left us with 2,000 fewer nurses than in 2007 and less than two-thirds of the recommended number of ...

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Environmental destruction: “We should change the system itself”

By Gary McDonald “We have come here to let you know that change is coming whether you like it or not. The real power belongs to the people”. These were the prophetic words spoken by 15 year old school student and climate activist Greta Thunberg in a stunning speech delivered at the COP24 UN climate change conference in Poland. Her ...

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Teachers demand pay equality

The Socialist spoke to Socialist Party member Sandra Fay, a secondary school teacher in Tallaght and an activist in the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI). She spoke about the next steps for teachers’ quest for pay equality after the ASTI and Irish National Teachers’ Organisations (INTO) rejected a bogus offer from the government last year. “These rejections on the ...

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Worker rights’ under attack in the Abbey

By Síofra Nic Liam The Abbey is now is creating fewer jobs, for shorter periods, for artists here by cheaply buying in touring shows and by allowing independent companies to take over the contract and wage responsibility in co-productions, driving down wages by up to 25%. The company used to employ its’ workforce on three month contracts with higher wages. ...

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