News & Analysis

Covid-19: State must act to support workers in the arts

By Martina Stafford The precarious conditions of work for artists and performers has been acutely exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Ireland’s culture of under-payment for artists’ work leaves many feeling like it is a race to the bottom for the crumbs of an ever shrinking loaf. The crumbs being offered by the government due to the Covid-19 pandemic amount to ...

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Workers cannot wait to safeguard their health – unions must act

By Mick Barry TD On Weds 25 March 1,000 workers at Moy Park Portadown walked off the job demanding proper health and safety protections for the workforce. The same day nearly 100 workers at a Larry Goodman meat plant – ABP in Lurgan – did the same thing for the same reason. On Friday 27 March workers at Linden Meats ...

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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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Support teachers’ strike for equal pay

By Diarmuid Naessans, TUI (personal capacity) The Teachers Union of Irelands TUI campaign of strike action for Equal Pay for Equal Work will receive huge support from workers and the general public. New entrant teachers earn 14% less in the early years and 10% less over the first ten years at a time when life choice decisions are made. The ...

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Film review: Joker – A Reflection of Modern Times?

By James McCabe Joker is an engaging film. It won the top award at the Venice Film Festival, but has also faced a wave of scorn from film critics; some of whom describe it as “irresponsible” and “toxic”. Set in the fictional Gotham City of the early 1980s, commentators from all quarters have argued that the film’s backdrop of wealth inequality ...

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Nationalise Wrightbus to save jobs

The Socialist Party sends solidarity to the 1,200 Wrightbus workers faced with redundancy since the firm went into administration on 25th September. Staff were informed that talks with potential buyers had fallen through and that almost all of them were to be made jobless with immediate effect due to cash flow issues. Private security was used to ensure the workers ...

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Is there a punk revival?

By Shane Finnan When you hear the word ‘punk’ some of the first images that may come to mind are mohawks, squats in London, fast and loud guitar chords, the Clash and so on. Punk is often associated with a certain anti-establishment sound and lifestyle in the late 70s and early 80s in England; of counter-cultural youth raging against the ...

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