Monthly Archives: January 2014

ESB workers militancy pays off

With the stroke of a pen, the highly profitable ESB tried to change the pensions of its workforce from defined benefits (DB) to defined contributions (DC) and also claim that they had no more responsibility toward the financing of our pensions.

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AAA candidate debates against new anti-immigrant party

The above is a clip from the Tipp Today show on Tipp FM where Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate, and member of the Socialist Party, Cian Prendiville, debates against a representative from a new anti-immigrant party ‘National Independent Party’. The AAA stands for a united movement of all those affected by austerity, and rejects all divisions based on race, nationality, gender or ...

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Recovery for them – Robbery for us

We must demand an end to austerity now, writes Cllr. Mick Barry. The spindoctors of the capitalist establishment are working overtime as 2014 kicks in talking up the prospects of economic recovery. TV, radio, newspapers and the internet are choc-a-bloc with “good news stories” in the wake of the Troika exit before Christmas. But for the vast majority of ordinary working ...

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A socialist voice joins Seattle City Council

Who would have imagined that in a major American city, at a post election inauguration ceremony attended by 1,000 people, a new, directly elected Mayor and other members of the City Council would be completely eclipsed by the response of the attendance to a Socialist Councillor? That was the situation in Seattle on 6 January. Socialist Alternative Councillor Kshama Sawant, in her speech, roundly denounced the problems which ‘crisis ridden capitalism’ causes for working class people, called for workers to organise, for a new party of the working class as an alternative to the Republican and Democratic Party politicians and for socialist change.

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Housing crisis enriching landlords’ profits

Labour and Fine Gael housing policy is to enrich private landlords and boost their profits by not providing social housing and push more people into rent supplement arrangements. Figures reveal that the government gave €400 million to private landlords in 2012. The top 20 earners, all owning over 100 houses each, pocketed a massive €5 million. One landlord alone took ...

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After Haddington Road – Should a new teachers union be set up?

Following the ballot on Haddington Road by ASTI members, a meeting is being called to consider setting up a new secondary teachers union. The meeting is called by some members of ASTI Fightback, (an activist group within the ASTI), in reaction to anger and frustration felt at the imposition of a third ballot and the ongoing machinations of the union leadership.

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