News & Analysis

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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Climate catastrophe – the grim figures

By Gary McDonald Amazon Fires Appropriately named ‘The Lungs of the Earth’, producing roughly 10 percent of the world’s oxygen, the Amazon rainforest has, for the last three weeks been ravaged by wildfires. These are the product of arson by ranchers who feel emboldened by Bolsonaro’s regime, and are seeking to expand their operations into protected forest land. Three forests ...

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No-deal Brexit: Working-class people must not pay the price!

By Eddie McCabe and Cillian Gillespie The prospect of a no-deal Brexit will bring enormous hardship for working-class people. Reports, including from the government, have indicated that anywhere from 40-100,000 job losses can be expected in the south of Ireland, impacting on industries such as agri-business, that are reliant on exports to Britain. The roots of this crisis The origins ...

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Big business government offers no solutions

By Dave Murphy Fiddling while the planet burns would be an apt response to the government’s latest climate action plan. While the document is laced with warnings about the urgency of the need to tackle climate change, it is devoid of ideas or proposals that will make the necessary economic and societal changes required to prevent the impending catastrophe. Instead it ...

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Brexit crisis: Oppose Johnson, the Tories, and bosses’ EU

By Seán Burns With the threat of a no-deal Brexit and general election looming, the move to suspend Parliament by Boris Johnson was not a sign of strength for his government. It is reflective of the tenuous nature of his position and the scale of dissent inside the Tory Party.  Unable to command a majority in Parliament for his Brexit plan, ...

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