Monthly Archives: May 2016

Assembly Elections: Positive moves against sectarian politics

By Daniel Waldron The campaign in the run-up to the Assembly election was a dull and uneventful affair. The result has brought little over-all change. Yet there were significant signs that the growing alienation from sectarianism, austerity and backward social policies is beginning to find a positive expression, with left forces taking important steps forward. Other than the usual sectarian ...

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Luas workers: Resilient in the face of threats

Luas workers continue to show the way in terms of fighting for a recovery for workers, writes Paul Murphy TD. They bravely rejected by 99% a proposal that would have seen the introduction of a two-tier workforce and increasing the working day from nine hours to nine and a half hours. The response of the company, Transdev, has been vicious. ...

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Panama Papers & tax havens: Super-rich hoard wealth

By Manus Lenihan Just 62 capitalists own as much wealth as the poorest 50% of the human race.   Between $21 and $32 trillion is in tax havens around the world. The Panama Papers reveal that 140 political leaders were clients of Mossack Fonseca. This is just one law firm that is estimated to control just 5% – 10% of the ...

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“Nuit Debout”: French workers and young people take to the streets

By Naomi Byron Striking workers from the railways, car factories, supermarkets, hospitals, offices and banks joined students and youth in mass demonstrations across France on 28 April. Led by lycée (further education) students, the Paris march was 60,000 strong, according to the CGT union federation. This was the latest day of action in a growing movement against a labour law ...

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Young workers hit by two-tier pay system

By Cllr Michael O’Brien The pressure is building up for a restoration of public service pay after a succession of attacks during the economic crisis. The Lansdowne Road agreement which was passed by the public service unions in May 2015 provided for an average restoration of about one third of the pay that was taken away from public servants in ...

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End the abuse of animal act circuses

By Carah Daniel Animal act circuses are a horrific form of animal abuse and exploitation. No wild animal should be trapped in a tiny enclosure, dragged around the country and forced to perform for human entertainment. Training animals to do circus tricks can’t be achieved with positive rewards because tigers, for example, are naturally terrified of fire but are often ...

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Bar workers face poverty pay as publican profits soar

By Terry Murphy In the last eight years there has been an ongoing attack on the pay and conditions of workers across all sectors, and an undermining of collective bargaining rights. A recent article by John Douglas, General Secretary of the Mandate trade union has highlighted the effect that this trend has had on Ireland’s 50,000 bar workers. At one ...

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Repressive EU strengthens “Fortress Europe”

By Laura Fitzgerald Imperialist intervention into the Middle East by the US and key EU powers, aided by the Irish state with warplanes refuelling in Shannon, is at the root of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Today, over 50% of Syria’s population are displaced, many of whom have already been bereaved of loved ones, have been traumatised by seeing their home ...

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No amendments, no “Citizens’ Convention”: Repeal the 8th now

By Ruth Coppinger TD The demand for Repeal of the 8th amendment abortion ban is growing throughout Irish society. It has become a key issue among young people, although recent polls by Amnesty show support for change across every age and region. More than ever before, there is a chance to remove from the Constitution a sectarian, misogynistic law that ...

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