News & Analysis

It’s not a conspiracy, it’s capitalism!

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.  ...

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Capitalism & Covid-19: A socialist response to the economic crisis

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 ...

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Staff & patients demand Dublin care homes are saved

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 ...

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Covid & gender inequality: The impact of the pandemic on women

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 ...

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Debenhams strikers won’t settle for peanuts

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 ...

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Review: A Hero’s Death by Fontaines D.C.

By Shane Finnan On the 31 July, Fontaines D.C. released their widely anticipated sophomore album A Hero’s Death. The second album is a milestone achievement in the flowering evolution of the band. While Dogrel was grittier and affiliated with the recent post-punk wave, A Hero’s Death has experimented with softer melodies and at times vocal harmonies that are reminiscent of ...

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Solidarity with the family of Thiago Cortes & all Deliveroo workers

On Tuesday night the death was announced of Thiago Cortes, a Deliveroo worker who was killed in a ‘hit and run’ which occurred on North Wall Quay, Dublin, on Monday night. The circumstances will of course be investigated by Gardai, but it is urgent that broader discussions are had about how these workers are employed, the perils they face every ...

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Book Review: White Fragility by Robin Diangelo

By Rebecca Green, Socialist Alternative USA After the brutal murder of George Floyd, Robin Diangelo’s 2018 book White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism became Amazon’s #1 best seller. Already, 1.6 million copies have been sold. An article Diangelo published on the same topic in 2011 caught steam before Michael Brown was killed in 2014, and ...

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How sacked Debenhams workers fought back

By Ruth Coppinger, pamphlet published August 2020 Introduction — an inspiring struggle by workers The struggle by Debenhams workers over the last four months has been inspiring. The way in which the workers reacted to their mistreatment, organised themselves despite so many obstacles and sustained a battle against a global corporation has been an example for workers not only in ...

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Capitalist crises 2020: Young people organising for system change

By Haritha Olaganathan Contrary to the period of stillness and silent obedience the establishment would have desired quarantine to be, the last few months have seen explosions of struggle, demonstrating the deep-seated and determined will of working-class people to see change in society. From the burgeoning Black Lives Matter movement in the US and internationally, to the Debenhams strikes in ...

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