Author Archives: Socialist Party

Starbucks & Nespresso’s child labour secret exposed

A boy of ten or twelve carries a sack of coffee beans bigger than his torso up a steep hill. He stops to rub his back, grimacing in pain, then picks up the sack again and carries on. This is the true face of Starbucks and Nespresso, behind the mask of “ethical” corporate branding: children working for 40 hours a week, for about £5 per day.

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Repeal was just the beginning –Fight back this International Women’s Day

By Keishia Taylor A mass movement of women, workers and young people organised and won Repeal, despite the capitalist establishment parties dragging their heels. Almost two years later, women still bear the brunt of this unequal and oppressive system – we have unfinished business! International Women’s Day, which was originated by socialist, working-class women, is an important day to mark ...

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#Stop67 — Reduce the pension age to 65 now!

By Matt Waine  One of the issues which emerged in the course of the general election was the implementation of a previously agreed increase in the age at which workers could draw the state pension. Such was the outcry, the government were forced into a partial retreat, saying the year increase would be compensated by social welfare payments. Despite many ...

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Green Party — Business as usual won’t stop climate catastrophe

By Laura Fitzgerald  Following the ‘Green wave’ of last May’s Local and European Election, the Green Party have had another breakthrough, winning a new high of 12 TDs, representing a plus ten seat gain. The Green Party’s ignominious recent history of participation in an austerity, bank bailout government alongside Fianna Fail was sufficiently in the past in order for the ...

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Coronavirus and Capitalism — a Lethal Mix

The novel coronavirus which causes the disease covid-19 is still spreading rapidly, with 90,000 confirmed cases and over 3,000 deaths. The epidemic is now advancing more quickly outside China than inside the country, if the Chinese regime’s official announcements are to be believed. The daily increase in infections in South Korea has overtaken those in China. The biggest overseas US ...

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Healthcare in Ireland: A system at breaking point

By Finghín Kelly  The Irish health system is at breaking point. Last year was the worst year on record for hospital overcrowding. An incredible 118,367 people were without beds throughout the year. This represents a near trebling since 2006! 2020 is set to be another record-breaking year with the first week of the year being the worst week on record ...

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Lethal for our planet: Fracking must be stopped

By Gary McDonald  The potential for the Irish state to allow for the importation of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) into Ireland through the Shannon and Cork Harbour LNG project is a clear indication that the Irish government has no real intention of curbing Ireland’s carbon emissions output in order to save humanity from a complete catastrophe.  Leo Varadkar at the ...

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Trade union movement must harness mood for change

By Mick Barry TD  “Real change” was the demand of huge numbers of people in the February election. Real change on housing. Real change on health. Real change in the pension age. Real change for climate justice. The demand for change was heard most strongly in working-class communities and crystallized around key issues facing working class people. For the third ...

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COVID-19 PANDEMIC

via Chinaworker.info The COVID-19 outbreak is close to becoming a global pandemic. The WHO so far refuses to make this call, but many experts think that point has already been reached. Global capitalism is staring at a stock market meltdown (the only silver lining is Trump is mightily pissed) with $ trillions obliterated in the past five days. Many bourses have ...

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Ruth Coppinger interviews UCD students fighting rent hikes

I’ve come here this morning to show solidarity with students who are protesting against huge rent hikes that are taking place here in UCD. So I have with me here Joanna, who is the President of the Students Union and Úna who is the Welfare Officer.  So Joanna I know you met with the college authorities,  did you get anywhere?  ...

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