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This rotten system must go- Join the socialists today

By Laura Fitzgerald “Accumulation of wealth at one pole is… at the same time accumulation of misery, agony of toil, slavery, ignorance, brutality, mental degradation, at the opposite pole” – Karl Marx The richest 1% global elite own more wealth than the other 99% of the world’s population. Let’s reflect on that for a moment. There has never, in the ...

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Worker exploitation rife in fishing industry

By Councillor Michael O’Brien The Guardian newspaper recently published a major exposé about the systematic super exploitation of non-EU migrants in the fishing industry in Ireland. However this situation was brought to the government’s attention some years earlier by the office of Joe Higgins TD among others. In early 2013, at the prompting of Ken Fleming of the International Transport ...

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AAA support bus workers strike against privatisation

Labour Party support for NTA stance ‘a disgrace’  Anti Austerity Alliance TDs Joe Higgins, Ruth Coppinger and Paul Murphy have issued the following statement on the bus strikes: “The NTA’s decision to franchise out 10% of Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus routes is all about a race to the bottom both for the wages and conditions of transport workers and ...

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No sell-off to IAG! Re-nationalise Aer Lingus

By Cllr. Mick Barry Willie Walsh’s International Airlines Group (IAG) is still bidding for control of Aer Lingus as The Socialist goes to press. Should IAG succeed in its endeavours Aer Lingus will be 100 percent privatised following its 75% privatisation under the previous Fianna Fail-led administration. Willie Walsh’s ruthless record Willie Walsh is a ruthless capitalist with a track ...

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JobBridge Beyond Reform

Government’s whole ‘labour activation’ policy now seriously undermined ·         100% dissatisfaction from those forced onto scheme yet government continue ‘mandatory’ approach ·         44% said that the scheme was being used by employers ‘solely for free labour’ ·         55.7% of interns unaware or unwilling to make complaint Paul Murphy ...

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Greyhound lockout – a fight for all workers

It is now nine weeks since Greyhound workers were treated in the style of William Martin Murphy by their employer, Michael Buckley. They arrived to work – were presented with new contracts, including pay cut of up to 35% and a change to a whole series of other working conditions and were instructed to sign or they were not working. After refusing to sign, they were escorted off the premises by security. Agency workers immediately began doing their jobs. This is 1913 in 2014.

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