Author Archives: Socialist Party

North: QUBSU staff win emphatic victory

Campaign an inspiring example for all precarious workers Unite members at Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union (QUBSU) are celebrating a major victory in their impressive, seven-week-long campaign for respect and pay justice. The campaign developed after workers on zero-hour, casual contracts were left without pay since August as a result of the refusal of university authorities to enroll them on ...

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United States- Biden’s foreign policy: Back to normal imperialism?

By George Martin Fell Brown During the election, Biden promised that, as president, he would “repair the damage wrought by President Trump and chart a fundamentally different course for American foreign policy for the world as we find it today”. Now that Trump is out, there are expectations that the Biden administration will signify a “reset” in world relations. Under ...

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Debenhams Strike: Taoiseach’s “mediation” process a total betrayal

By Michael O’Brien Over the course of the last decade the Taoiseach Micheál Martin in the Dáil chamber referred to the €64 billion bank bailout of 2008 precisely as a “bailout” no less than 57 times according to the Dáil record. However, yesterday when the contrast was made between that largesse to the banks and the manner in which the ...

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New public service pay agreement does not deliver for workers

By Diarmuid Naessans, TUI activist The proposed new public sector pay agreement, “Building Momentum”, is being promoted by the mainstream media as a serious pay rise for workers. “Santa Clause has come early for public sector workers”, states one paper, wishing to convince workers that, ‘ho ho ho’ this is as good as it gets, when residing within the capitalist constraints ...

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North: Stand up for journalism – end threats & intimidation

By Seán Burns Journalists across multiple newspapers in Northern Ireland have received threats from both loyalist paramilitaries and ‘dissident’ republicans. The threats against journalists working for the Belfast Telegraph are believed to originate from the breakaway South-East Antrim UDA. Female journalists in particular have also been targets of misogynistic threats. The Socialist Party wholly condemns these blatant attempts to intimidate ...

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India: Massive Protest Puts Modi Under Fire

The protest against the Hindu nationalist regime of Narendra Modi of the BJP is growing to phenomenal proportions. A well-organised farmers’ protest keeps the capital Delhi in its grip. At the same time, on 26 November, there was a colossal general strike with 250 million participants. Geert CoolL, SP / PSL (ISA in Belgium) Farmers go to Delhi Under the ...

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Re-opening the economy: Government prioritises business interests… again

By Conor Payne  Last week saw the move to Level three Covid restrictions. The six week period of Level five restrictions certainly had an effect in reducing the infection rate. However, a recent increase in cases shows major dangers ahead, with the full rollout of a vaccine likely not to take place until well into next year.  Dangers ahead While ...

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Education not exploitation – pay student nurses & midwives!

By Leah Whelan This year saw a major increase of pressure on our healthcare staff and facilities. The Covid-19 crisis put our frontline workers at a dangerous risk of contracting the virus. Nurses and other healthcare staff had no choice but to work through an unprecedented situation, in an underfunded two-tier health system, in order to keep the infection rates ...

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Chile: Neoliberalism, the 2019 revolt and the plebiscite

By Josafat Arrieta- Alternativa Socialista (our sister organisation in Mexico) For years Chile was seen as a regional success story of the neoliberal economic model. As the country with the highest Human Development Index (HDI) in Latin America, it has always been considered by advocates of neoliberalism as an example to follow. However, behind the positive economic indicators there was ...

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