Monthly Archives: February 2019

Spanish State: Early election announced

Statement from Executive Committee of Revolutionary Left, (CWI in the Spanish State) “Defeat the right in the ballot boxes and in the streets!” Pedro Sanchez’s term is over. A government formed eight months ago after the vote of no confidence against Rajoy, has been brought down by the negative vote in Parliament to the budget proposals. But beyond parliamentary arithmetic, ...

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Belgium: Mass movement forces minister of climate to resign

Mass protest can force ministers to leave. After two months of protest, mainly pushed forward by young people, one of the four Belgian ministers responsible for climate had to resign. The Flemish regional minister, Joke Schauvliege, of the Christian-Democrat party, CD&V, announced his resignation on February 5. Earlier blunders by the same minister had been made in the past, but ...

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For a Catalan republic of workers and the people

Statement by Esquerra Revolucionària (our sister organisation in Catalonia and the Spanish State)  The trial against political prisoners accused of organising the 1 October referendum once again highlights the anti-democratic and reactionary nature of the Spanish state and the decision of the PSOE government to disregard the democratic aspirations of the people of Catalonia. By jumping on the bandwagon of reactionary ...

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Oppose union busting: Victory to striking paramedics

Ambulance paramedics, advance paramedics and emergency medical technicians are striking today for union recognition and against the Government’s hard line union busting position. NASRA and the PNA are the union of choice for a very substantial bloc of ambulance workers. Some 1,800 people work in the national ambulance service, 600 of these workers want to be represented by NASRA. However, ...

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North: We won’t wait! Abortion rights now!

In the referendum in May 2018, the Republic of Ireland saw 66.4% of the people vote Yes to repeal the anti-choice Eighth Amendment, and abortion is now freely available up to 12 weeks into pregnancy. The archaic laws on abortion in Northern Ireland have been found to breach the European Convention on Human Rights. Northern Ireland is a state where ...

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40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution

Forty years ago, a great revolution against a dictatorial monarchy was in progress in Iran. Recalling the heroic scenes of those days still inspires us; scenes of comradeship despite the shortage of goods and fuel due to long days of nationwide strike, initiatives by working people to manage their communities and workplace, mass demonstrations, resistance to sometimes brutal repression, and ...

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National Children’s Hospital- Profiteering results in ballooning costs

By Mick Barry TD The Government which says that it cannot afford to pay the nurses and midwives is presiding over a massive cost overrun at the new National Children’s Hospital (NCH). Health Minister Simon Harris says it would cost an extra €300m to meet the full pay claim being made by nurses and midwives.  The INMO disputes this figure ...

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International capitalism rallies behind Venezuela’s right-wing opposition leader

From editorial of the The Socialist, paper of the Socialist Party in England and Wales  The social, political and economic crisis which is currently rocking Venezuela poses crucial questions and lessons for socialists and the international working class. It is also a stark warning of the threat that will be posed to a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour government should it attempt ...

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Government can buckle under pressure- Full Support For Nurses & Midwives!

Socialist Party Bulletin: 5th-7th February Nurses and Midwives have rightly said enough is enough. Today’s strike action reflects the fact that the justifiable anger against pay restraing, lack of pay parity and dangerous work practices has boiled over. There is clearly massive support for this action amongst working class people generally. This reflects the growing opposition to wage restraint and ...

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“Difficult and dangerous” working conditions- A nurse speaks out

Below is a powerful testimony from a nurse (who wished to remain anonymous) about the conditions that she and her workmates face on a daily basis. We need to give full support and solidarity to the action of the INMO and the PNA in the coming weeks. We need a national health services free at the point of use.  I’m ...

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