News & Analysis

Workers must not pay for Covid crisis: Building fighting trade unionism today

By Sean Burns The Stormont Department for the Economy is warning that the jobs market is “heading back to the 1980s”, with an estimation that unemployment in the months ahead could well exceed 100,000. A similar situation is reported in the South, with unemployment figures of 28% being recorded for April. This mirrors what is happening throughout the world, as ...

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A tale of two Covid crises – billionaire bailouts & bupkis

By Mike Murphy We’re all in this together apparently. But, like a ship that’s taking on water after a frontal collision, only one end of the vessel is going under; the other end is ascending. The Covid-19 pandemic is very much upon us, and we are all well aware of the strong economic implications. The World Bank predicted in June ...

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Debenhams workers’ struggle – an example to all

The closure of Debenhams Irish operation more than a 100 days ago was done in the cynical expectation that it was not possible for the workers to sustain any kind organised response through the lockdown months. Not only has the struggle for a decent settlement survived but it has grown in strength in recent weeks. With the proper resumption of ...

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Stand with Debenhams workers in fight against multinational fraudsters!

By Michael O’Brien On the same day as the result of the Apple Tax case is to be announced Debenhams workers will descend again on the Dáil as Socialist Party member and Solidarity TD Mick Barry will challenge the Taoiseach again about another example of the government looking the other way while multinational giant evades its responsibilities. Corporate slight of ...

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Aviation bosses declare war on jobs, pay & conditions

By Ruth Coppinger & Chris Stewart There is no denying that aviation internationally has been hit by the Covid crisis. In Ireland, North and South, airlines, airport authorities and the aircraft manufacturing and maintenance employers see this is as an opportunity to wage war on jobs, pay and working conditions. Bombardier jobs The announcement that 600 aerospace workers are set ...

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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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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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Review: Planet of the Humans

By Michael Barker, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in England, Wales and Scotland) Planet of the Humans demands our attention and most of all it demands our action. This widely-watched documentary, directed by Jeff Gibbs and produced by Michael Moore, presents a dystopian overview of the destruction that capitalism has wrought on our planet. Importantly the film castigates the ongoing ...

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Meatplants: Criminal neglect of workers health and safety

By Mick Barry TD Covid-19 ripped through meat plants on the island of Ireland in the month of May. By the middle of last week 860 meat workers had tested positive for the virus in the Republic of Ireland alone. Meat factories have proved to be hotspots for the virus across the world but the situation here has been particularly ...

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