Author Archives: Socialist Party

Ireland’s meat industry: super-exploitation & criminal mistreatment

By Cathal Curran The shocking mistreatment of meat factory workers and the inhospitable conditions under which they live and work has once again been highlighted, this time in a recent Guardian expose. This is an industry worth €4 billion and one built on the super-exploitation of its workforce  These workers are paid just a little over the minimum wage, and ...

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Women courageously speak out against sexual harassment & abuse in the army

By Valerie O’Leary The recent broadcasting of RTE’s “Women of Honour” programme on sexual harassment, bullying and sexist practices in the Irish Defence Forces is yet another example of the systemic toxic and misogynistic attitudes that exist in the military. Over the past few years, the rise of the global feminist movement, out of which came the #MeToo movement has ...

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German Election-Election leaves Christian Democrats in crisis, Die Linke faces disaster

By Claus Ludwig, Sozialistische Alternative (SAV) — our sister organisation in Germany In the general election on 26 September, Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) lost almost 9 percentage points and plummeted to 24.1%. The Social Democratic Party (SDP) won 25.7%, with the Greens on 14.8%, the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP) on 11.5% and the right-wing populist Alternative ...

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Energy crisis in Britain: Why a socialist green deal is needed

By Mike Forster, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in England, Wales and Scotland) Headlines warning of a Winter of Discontent have filled the media all week as the fuel crisis left angry motorists struggling to get petrol at empty forecourts. Essential workers, such as NHS, teaching, social care and other frontline staff have been unable to get to work due ...

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Review: The Care Crisis by Emma Dowing

Reviewed by Caitriona Ní Chatháin In her book The Care Crisis: What Caused It and How Can We End It, Emma Dowling explores the multifaceted world of care, and its degradation under decades of neoliberalism, and capitalism today. With a special focus on the situation in Britain, Dowling examines not only what we mean by ‘care’ and ‘care work’ but ...

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United States: Haitian refugees brutalized at the border

By Dante Flores, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) Social media was rocked recently by horrific images of Customs and Border Patrol agents on horseback attacking Haitian refugees in Del Rio, Texas. The Department of Homeland Security, in the hours following the spread of the images, announced that it will launch an investigation into the conduct of ...

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Democratic fault lines threaten “Biden Agenda”

By Grace Fors, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US) The walls are caving in around “Build Back Better.” Biden has fumbled on his promises for a $15/hr minimum wage, voting rights, and police reform; fell devastatingly short of his vaccination targets as Delta overwhelmed the country; and weathered bitter humiliation in Afghanistan. The administration’s approval ratings are tanking ...

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Aer Lingus workers resist permanent austerity during temporary crisis

As both ground and cabin crews at Aer Lingus vote against management austerity packages, Ruth Coppinger spoke to Aer Lingus workers about what workers have been going through at the airline. “I have young cabin crew colleagues regularly attending soup kitchens for meals and getting help from St Vincent de Paul. My own brother bought my son’s school books this year. ...

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US–Washington State carpenters take on billionaire bosses to win a decent contract

By Matt Smith, Socialist Alternative–our sister organisation in the United States Over the past week, hundreds of rank-and-file carpenters have been on strike for family-sustaining wages, fully-paid parking, and basic dignity, including protections against sexual harassment in the workplace and fully-funded benefits like pension and healthcare. They are on strike against the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), a bosses ...

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Student accommodation crisis: we need public homes now!

By Ollie Bell It is no secret that Ireland is currently facing a housing crisis, but according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), the student accommodation crisis is worse than ever. With long waiting lists and high rents, students are now exploring the options of living in B&Bs, hostels and hotels.  If public transport is an option then ...

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