Author Archives: Socialist Party

Harland & Wolff: The hidden history of workers’ struggle

The history of Northern Ireland is often present as simply being of two traditions – nationalism and unionism – in conflict with each other. Almost everything is painted as belonging to one or the other, including the shipyard. It is also true that most things do have a history tainted by sectarianism and this is most certainly true of the ...

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Solildarity message to Harland & Wolff workers

Message of Solidarity to Harland & Wolff workers from Solidarity and Socialist Party TDs Mick Barry, Ruth Coppinger & Paul Murphy: We salute the occupation of the shipyard by Harland & Wolff workers. The action you have taken is crucial in order to save the jobs that are under threat. The fact that you have both engaged in such militant ...

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Kautsky and the Parliamentary Road to Socialism – A Reply to Eric Blanc

By Rob Rooke, member of Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US- article was originally published in its journal Socialist World)  We are living through a dramatic period in U.S. history. While the Trump presidency has emboldened the right, we have also witnessed the re-emergence of strikes, the growth of a new left with DSA, Alexandria Occasio Cortez’s stunning ...

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US: Importance of the Kshama Sawant Re-Election Campaign

By Bryan Koulouris, member of Socialist Alternative- sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the US. Kshama Sawant was first elected to the Seattle City Council in 2013 with over 90,000 votes, running as a proud Socialist Alternative member back before “Bernie” and “AOC” were household names. Kshama used her 2013 election campaign to advocate strongly for the $15 an ...

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When the North exploded: 50 years since the “Battle of the Bogside”

By Kevin Henry For many, August 1969 was the month that saw the real beginning of the Troubles in the North. British troops were sent into Northern Ireland supposedly as a “stop gap”, but one that would remain for decades. Ten months earlier, the repression of a civil rights protest on the streets of Derry saw the situation erupt with ...

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Britain & North: Kick out Boris Johnson & the Tories! Fight for a general election!

By Socialist Party member The election of the Eton-educated, racist toff Boris Johnson as Tory leader and thus the new Prime Minister reflects the political crisis of British capitalism, but it also poses a fresh and urgent challenge to the workers’ movement. Despite his bumbling persona and his populist rhetoric, Johnson is an ideological representative of the super-rich. He campaigned ...

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Solidarity with workers in Puerto Rico

Over the last number of weeks Puerto Rico has been engulfed by mass protests culminating in a general strike that saw the overthrow of the country’s governor Ricardo Rosselló. Below is the text of a leaflet distributed by our sister organisation Socialist Alternative that is translated from Spanish. A political earthquake has hit Puerto Rico with several days of mounting ...

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Union-busting at Tesco

By Robert Cosgrave Tesco, one of the largest private sector employers in Ireland, is continuing their campaign to undermine Mandate – the trade union organising Tesco workers. They are refusing to engage with the Labour Court, and attempting to deny their workers union representation. This is another phase in the ongoing campaign by Tesco, over the last few years, to ...

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Democratic right to protest under attack

By Cathal Curran The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has released a report outlining “serious and urgent concerns” regarding the state’s attitude towards the democratic right to protest. After consultations with protest groups from across the country, the ICCL reports “severe misuse” of the Public Order Act by Gardai, in the form of arrests without charge, harassment of protesters ...

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