Author Archives: Socialist Party

Debenhams’ dispute: Workers take aim at new government

By Cllr Kieran Mahon Debenhams’ workers protested outside the National Convention Centre and turned their focus for justice at the incoming Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Green Party coalition. Despite great adversity, workers have kept Debenhams on the national agenda.  Under pressure from Debenhams workers in Cork, incoming Taoiseach Micheál Martin has given verbal sympathy to claims for a just settlement.  ...

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Trade Unions must fight to defend SEOs

In a case of history repeated itself a High Court Judge Garrett Simmons ruled in favour of a group of electrical employers in their efforts to strike Sectoral Employment Orders down as “unconstitutional”. These SEOs in construction and other sectors provide for basic pay standard higher than the statutory minimum wage. The introduction of SEOs came after the Supreme Court ...

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Covid-19: Capitalism Rushes to Re-Open as Pandemic Grows

By Bill Hopwood, ISA Canada Around the world, countries are lifting the restrictions that were introduced to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. People are being allowed to leave their homes, and workplaces, cafes and stores are re-opening. The sharp closures of society and the economy were needed to reduce the level of infection and death from the virus, only because of ...

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Covid-19 & gender-based violence

Speech by Mick Barry TD in Dáil debate on ‘Covid-19 (Measures to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence)’ “I’m the oldest sister, and I was abused from the age of four upwards, so I would say to all women, never mind Traveller women, all women out there, that was abused, or anything happened to them, come forward, [do not be afraid].” ...

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Oppose Israeli Government’s Annexation Threat in the Occupied West Bank

The Israeli power-sharing coalition government is threatening to launch, with the support of the US Trump administration, an official annexation of up to 30% of the occupied West Bank to the State of Israel By Shahar Benhorin, Socialist Struggle Movement — ISA in Israel-Palestine Starting on July 1, the new Israeli power-sharing coalition government is threatening to launch, with the ...

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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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