The controversy around the Victims’ Payment Scheme is an important example of how, decades into the ‘peace process’, there has been a failure to deal with the legacy of the Troubles. Instead, sensitive issues like this remain part of the tit-for-tat between sectarian forces, with victims and ordinary people suffering the consequences. After the framework for the scheme was given ...Read More »
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Joint statement between Socialist Party and Socialist Alternative in England, Wales and Scotland (both part of International Socialist Alternative) Last year, politics was dominated by the constitutional crisis of Brexit. The seriousness of the Covid pandemic and the global economic crisis has meant that the Brexit process has very much taken a back seat since the UK formally left the ...Read More »
By Dave Vallely It’s not new that people feel that society is being run in interests other than their own. Historically, recognition of this fact – that bosses and the rich dictate what happens in our lives, even in supposedly democratic societies – is why working-class people organised in trade unions and workers parties to fight for their own interests. ...Read More »
By Katia Hancke The scale of the disaster working-class people on this island face is becoming clearer by the day. While the problems are mounting, the political establishment seems rudderless in coming up with a consistent response. An unprecedented economic recession means that just under 360,000 are unemployed and in many sectors of the economy more jobs are at risk ...Read More »
By Alanna Taylor Over 200 workers, members of SIPTU, are being made redundant and 160 beds will be lost from Ireland’s already overwhelmed health service due to the closure of three healthcare facilities owned by the Sisters of Charity. Caritas Convalescent Centre on Merrion Road has been closed since March due to a Covid outbreak where one third of the ...Read More »
By Emma Quinn Health and childcare workers, cleaners, teachers, retail and hospitality workers: despite the fact that women are the majority in the workforces on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19 experts are warning that women are being disproportionately impacted by the crisis. If this continues unabated, women could be knocked back by decades economically and socially. Effects of ...Read More »
By Mick Barry TD The scandal surrounding “Golfgate” in August gave us a glimpse of the strings that tie the different sections of the capitalist establishment in Ireland together. It had all the appearances of an exclusive golf club frequented by the rich and powerful. Lacking any awareness or shame, and far exceeding the HSE guidelines, representatives and individuals from ...Read More »
By Conor Payne In many countries around the world, right-wing populist, far-right and racist forces are on the rise – most sharply expressed in the coming to power of figures like Trump in the US and Bolsonaro in Brazil. This is fundamentally the result of a capitalist system which is heaping increasing misery on working-class people, combined with the lack ...Read More »
By Jonathan Diebold Workers in the Premier Periclase magnesia plant in Drogheda have been engaged in strike action since the 17th of August, following attempts by management to derecognise trade unions active in the workforce. Workers in both Unite and SIPTU are involved in the struggle, which saw the company cease paying pension or sick pay. Twenty experienced full-time workers were ...Read More »
By Michael O’Brien No sooner were the Debenhams shop stewards given the gist of a proposed settlement to their struggle for a just redundancy from the Mandate General Secretary, Gerry Light, than it was leaked into the media with a positive spin and additional details that were not even presented to the workers. Debenhams workers described how relatives and friends ...Read More »