Monthly Archives: February 2020

Allied Bakeries strike: Workers rise to the challenge, bosses fold under pressure

By Neil Moore, Unite Hospitality Organiser (personal capacity) Bosses at Allied Bakeries have been forced to significantly improve their abysmal pay offer after powerful and decisive strike action by workers in Unite and the Bakers’ Union – BFAWU. The militancy and determination of the workforce has won them an above-inflation pay increase as opposed to real-term incomes falling, as would ...

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After General Election 2020- How do we win real change in Ireland?

Statement from Solidarity and the Socialist Party on the vote for Taoiseach today While it is practically ruled out that a Taoiseach will be elected and a government formed today, today’s events in the Dáil, at its first meeting since the General Election on 8 February, are very important. Since the historic vote, when Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael plunged ...

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Review of Little Women (2019) – Directed by Greta Gerwig

By Ginger Jentzen, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US) Greta Gerwig’s new adaptation of Little Women has struck a resounding chord with audiences, particularly young women. Why does this book continue to resonate with us one hundred and fifty years later, and what did this latest version bring us? While a multitude of texts analyze or glorify war, ...

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Interview with a US socialist on Bernie Sanders campaign

The campaigns for US primaries are at full speed. Bernie Sanders is surging in the polls. We spoke about Bernie’s campaign and the situation in the US with Ginger Jentzen. She is a member of Socialist Alternative, our sister organisation in the US, who played an active role in the fight for a minimum wage of $15.  Hi Ginger, you ...

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The Auto Industry, Jobs and a Green Future

By Christian Bunke, Martina Gergits, Philipp Chmel, Stefan Brandl, Brettros (SLP-our sister organisation in Austria)  The automobile industry, along with the oil industry, remains the world’s largest and most dominant industrial sector. More than eight million people are directly employed by the auto manufacturers, and millions more work in connected industry. It employs hundreds of thousands of workers in Germany and ...

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Support the CE Supervisors and Section 39 Workers!

CE Supervisors and Section 39 workers stand out as two of the groups of workers most shabbily treated by the outgoing government. It is therefore timely and correct that a protest is taking place today amidst the discussions about government formation to put it firmly on the political agenda for whoever comes to power. The absence of a pension scheme ...

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Ruth Coppinger to contest Seanad election

Statement from Ruth Coppinger “Today I registered to stand for election for the NUI constituency of the  Seanad.  My aim is to use the national platform it provides to advance the unfinished business of workers and women’s rights  in particular, as well as the need for radical action on the housing crisis and climate change. Many noted how the Seanad ...

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Coronavirus-China’s Dictatorship Ignites Massive Backlash

“They are lying, we know they are lying. They also know that we know they are lying, and yet they are still lying.” This online comment from a resident of Wenzhou, one of several big cities locked down under an unprecedented quarantine, underlines the explosive anger being felt across China as the novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) epidemic spreads at an alarming ...

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Film Review: Parasite

Claus Ludwig, Socialist Alternative, Germany, recommends the 2019 film directed by Bong Joon-ho and winner of the Palme d’Or and the Oscar for Best Picture The Smell of Poverty “They all smell the same,” says Da-song, the son of the rich Park family, about the four members of the Kim family who crept into the villa of the Parks as domestic ...

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