News & Analysis

Striking against wage restraint- Full support for nurses and midwives

By Ciaran McKenna Nurses and midwives, who are members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) are scheduled to begin strike action on 30 January. It is to be the first day in a series of 24 hour strikes by the union and the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA). With “friends” like these The usual arguments are being made by ...

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Solidarity with nurses and midwives!

Full support for Nurses — a gain for them is a gain for all workers & for our health service Socialist Party members and Solidarity TDs Ruth Coppinger, Paul Murphy and Mick Barry have called for full support by all workers for nurses and midwives in their upcoming national strikes. “Nurses should get the full support of all workers and ...

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Review: Sorry To Bother You

By Rob Rooke, Socialist Alternative (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the US) “This is Telemarketing – Stick to the Script!” is the message shot at Lakekeith Stanfield (Get Out, Atlanta) who plays Cassius Green in Boots’ Riley’s toboggan ride of a first movie. However, Sorry To Bother You does not stick to the typically sanctioned Hollywood script. Boots Riley, the ...

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Precarity- Why a new generation of workers must organise

From fast food workers getting organised to fight for a living wage, to Uber drivers fighting a company infamous for its use of bogus self-employment models, to McDonalds’ workers in the US saying ‘No More’ to sexual harassment, a section of workers traditionally seen as “hard to organise” are proving their willingness to fight. Katia Hancke looks at what this ...

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Opposing racism and the far right

The election of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s Presidential election is an important warning of the growth in support for the far right and right-populism across the world. His election by a 10% margin will mean the formation of the first far-right government in the country since the military junta ended in 1985. Kevin Henry looks at how the threat of ...

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Review: Nae Pasaran

Nae Pasaran  Director: Felipe Bustos Sierra Debasers Filums, 2018 Reviewed by Neil Moore On the 45th anniversary of the Chilean coup d’état, a new documentary tells the story of a group of Scottish factory workers and their incredible act of solidarity with the Chilean people against a brutal right-wing dictatorship. Chile, the 11 September 1973 – a military coup backed ...

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Brexit and the border: A warning to the workers movement

By Socialist Party reporter  On March 29th 2019 the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union. For seventeen months the British government and the EU negotiators have been struggling to reach a legally binding “withdrawal agreement” to govern the terms of UK withdrawal, including the “divorce bill” or the sum the UK pays to settle its obligations to ...

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#ThisIsNotConsent: Victim-blaming in rape trial provokes mass anger

By Socialist Party reporter “Does the evidence out-rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was open to meeting someone and being with someone? You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.” These comments from defence barrister Elizabeth O’Connell in a Cork rape trial have sparked ...

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Maurice McCabe and the rot inside the state

By James McCabe Whistleblower Maurice McCabe’s efforts to expose corruption in the local Garda force in Cavan was met with vicious reprisals from the national leadership of An Garda Síochána. Misconduct and corruption are nothing new for the police force of this state, but even so, many were shocked to discover that the top echelons of the Gardaí conducted a ...

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Project fear and Brexit: How should trade unions should respond?

By Kevin Henry The trade union movement, which claims 800,000 members north and south have a responsibility to oppose any aspect of a Brexit deal which is not in the interests of their members. For example, the Central Bank has warned of potential of 20,000 job losses in the South. In the North, various figures point toward a serious recession.  ...

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