Monthly Archives: July 2011

JLCs: Bosses demand 20 – 30% wage cuts – Unions must take action

A High Court decision on 7 July has upheld fast food employers’ claim that legislation relating to the catering Joint Labour Committee is unconstitutional and breaches employers’ property rights. This is a very serious development not only for hundreds of thousands of workers affected by sectoral wage agreements but for workers across all sectors of the economy.

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The ULA Forum – a reply to the SWP

The ULA held its first National Forum of June 25th in Liberty Hall, Dublin. For the Socialist Party's assessment of the Forum and the tasks facing the ULA see the article on this site entitled "ULA Forum – Building the alternative”.

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Special needs assistants: Campaign grows to fight cruel cuts

On Wednesday 13 July, parents, teachers, special needs assistants, and pupils, will gather outside the Dail in a Day of Protest to demand a reversal of the devastating cutbacks that the government is standing over in primary education, particularly in relation to services for children with additional needs.

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ULA Forum – building the alternative

Over 350 people attended the United Left Alliance (ULA) National Forum, held in Dublin on June 25. This forum was held exactly four months since the General Election at which the ULA won 5 Dail seats and was the first national gathering of ULA activists from throughout the state.

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The 15M movement, trade unions and the left

After a month of social explosions across Spain with the 15-M movement, Spanish Politics has been turned upside down, and the situation continues to simmer. There will be further developments over the next months. There are numerous demonstrations and actions planned. However, for many, thoughts are already turning to the battle after the summer. Key questions are being asked. Will there be a general strike? What will become of 15-M?, And what political expression will the movement need to force a victory against capitalism and austerity?

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