News & Analysis

Delfin English Language Teachers strike for union recognition

By Harper Cleves The teachers at the Delfin Language School have voted to take strike action in order to put pressure on management to recognise the union of their choice, Unite. This decision was made following repeated attempts by Unite the Union to discuss the concerns of the workers with the management at Delfin. Teachers organised and participated in two ...

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Paul Murphy resigns from the Socialist Party

After an extensive debate within the Socialist Party, a group of members, including Paul Murphy, have decided to leave and intend to launch a new socialist group. When they decided to leave, the party accepted that and we all aim to have an amicable and cooperative relationship in the future in the interests of working class people. Paul will continue ...

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Review: When They See Us

Directed by Ava DuVernay Netflix (2019) Reviewed by Lucy Marron In the spring of 1989, a scandal gripped New York: the case of the “Central Park Five.” After the brutal rape of a female jogger in Central Park, five black and Latino teenagers from working-class Harlem were arrested and forced into false confessions by police that promised this would guarantee ...

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NBRU conference – fighting mood on pay and driver safety

The biennial conference of the National Bus and Rail Union recently took place in Cork. We spoke to Bus Eireann Broadstone Garage representative on the union’s executive, Stephen Nugent, about what came up: “The big issue around which members want to make a stand is on driver security. Within a matter of days after the conference there was another serious ...

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Defend customer privacy & Globetech workers’ jobs

By Mick Barry TD  A recent controversy about Apple’s Siri voice assistant raised important questions about consumer privacy and workers’ rights. The case came to light in the pages of The Guardian after a worker in Cork blew the whistle on a quality control programme which involved employees having to listen to tens of thousands of Siri voice recordings without ...

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Resist extinction: Make capitalism extinct

By Haritha Olaganathan  Once an abstract far-fetched notion, the climate crisis has become a tangible threat to human existence. We can now witness and experience the devastating consequences of centuries of untethered exploitation of our planet. Rise in natural disasters  While Trump seeks to purchase Greenland, its ice is melting four times faster than it was 16 years ago. Furthermore, ...

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Farmers protests- Beef barons threaten job losses

By Mick Barry TD Three thousand workers at 20 meant plants across the State were temporarily laid off on September 10 with the threat of a further 5,000 layoffs looming.The workers are being used as pawns by the beef industry in its titanic battle with the country’s beef farmers over the price paid for calves for slaughter. The farmers have ...

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Review: Fahrenheit 11/9

Directed by Michael Moore Reviewed by Darragh O’Dwyer  For many workers and young people seeking to understand the horrors of modern capitalism, the documentaries of Michael Moore often serve as an accessible introduction. Fahrenheit 11/9, his most recent, and perhaps politically sharpest film, will be similarly well-received by those looking to get to grips with US society in the age ...

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Is there a punk revival?

By Shane Finnan When you hear the word ‘punk’ some of the first images that may come to mind are mohawks, squats in London, fast and loud guitar chords, the Clash and so on. Punk is often associated with a certain anti-establishment sound and lifestyle in the late 70s and early 80s in England; of counter-cultural youth raging against the ...

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