Author Archives: Socialist Party

A vicious circle: Climate change and environmental catastrophe in Siberia

By Rob Jones, Sotsialisticheskaya Alternativa (ISA in Russia) If Siberia were a country, it would be the biggest in the world, stretching from the Arctic to Mongolia and Central Asia, from the Pacific Ocean to the Ural mountains on the edge of Europe. It contains incredible nature including the magnificent Lake Baikal and the remote and terrifying mountain ranges of Kamchatka, with ...

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China: Has the Pandemic Strengthened or Weakened Xi Jinping?

By Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info On 15 June the National Bureau of Statistics cancelled its press conference in Beijing. It was due to present May’s economic data, showing that China’s economy continues to “gain momentum” following the shocking crash of the first quarter. The cancellation was forced by the new wave of coronavirus infections in Beijing, which caused authorities to sharply reverse ...

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Investigating serious allegations

The Socialist Party takes extremely seriously posts on social media over the last days regarding allegations of sexual assault and abuse of young people by a young member of the Party. These appear to relate to a time before he joined the Socialist Party. Nonetheless, we take them very seriously and we appreciate how difficult it is for the young ...

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North: The way forward for hospitality workers

By Neil Moore, Regional Hospitality Organiser, Unite (personal capacity) January 2020 was a simpler time. Workers in the hospitality industry were infuriated at being classed as ‘unskilled’ by the Johnson government and deserving of low pay by the bosses. The trade bodies – representing the bosses – were celebrating a ‘bumper year’. Projected spending in restaurants was to reach £269m (a 10% ...

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Biennio Rosso — Italy’s “Two Red Years”

By Massimo Amadori and Giuliano Brunetto (Resistenze Internazionali — ISA in Italy) One hundred years ago, Italy was shaken by the “Two Red Years”, a revolutionary period in which armed workers took over the factories. Although much has been written to mark the anniversary of the end of the First World War, or even the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification, ...

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US: Socialists and the state — how to end racist policing

The nature of policing in the United States is inseparable from the violent, racist history of capitalism in this country. From slave patrols; to Bull Connor’s unleashing dogs and fire hoses against black protesters in Montgomery during the Civil Rights movement; to the police lynchings in black communities today; there is a consistent thread. Police and state repression has also ...

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The “Our” in “Our Shared Future” doesn’t include workers!

By Michael O’Brien The programme for government now approved by the Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Green parliamentary parties, and set to be voted upon by their respective memberships, is entitled “Our Shared Future” and runs to 126 pages. However, the “Our” in the document title does not include workers and those who believe in the need for a strong ...

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New Programme for Government: Continuing the capitalist status quo

By Mick Barry  What is revealed by the attempt to form an FF-FG-Green government and by the programme signed off on by their leaders? Green Party betrayal  In the deepest sense, it is more of the same and a betrayal by the Greens of the vote for change they benefited from in February and in last year’s local and European ...

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Aer Lingus: pauperising of workers must be resisted

by Ruth Coppinger  A brutal assault on the pay and conditions of workers is taking place at Aer Lingus. Its outcome can have repercussions for workers everywhere, as employers look to use Covid-19 to drive down wages and conditions.  Aer Lingus management had already unilaterally cut pay during the pandemic. Workers had agreed a 50% cut, in recognition of the ...

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Brazil: Fight the three plagues — Bolsonaro, the pandemic and inequality!

Brazil is moving quickly towards the abyss. We are the victims of three plagues that terribly affect the lives of workers and the Brazilian people — the pandemic, the authoritarian and genocidal escalation of the Bolsonaro government, and the dramatic deepening of the economic and social crisis and the inequalities that mark the country, including structural racism. To contain the ...

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