“THESE ARE the times that try men’ souls. You will no doubt hear a great number of stories respecting the situation of this country. Its present unfortunate state is entirely owing to treachery; the rich always betray the poor.”Henry Joy McCracken, leader of the United Irishmen These were the words of Henry Joy McCracken, leader of the United Irishmen, after ...Read More »
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By Daniel Waldron On Saturday, June 6, thousands of people gathered at Black Lives Matter rallies in Belfast and Derry. They did so to stand in solidarity with the revolt taking place across the US in the wake of the horrific and racist murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, but also in opposition to racism at home. Rightly, ...Read More »
By Haritha Olaganathan US billionaires saw their collective wealth increase by $282 billion in the first twenty-three days of lockdown. Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is the biggest financial reaper, as shares in the social media company have surged by almost 60% over the past two months. Another profiteer includes CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos, whose wealth has increased by $25 ...Read More »
by Daniel Waldron “If the disease was in the animals, they’d have closed the place. But for workers, the factories can do what they want.” – Worker in an Irish meat factory, speaking to The Guardian Even at the best of times, working in meat processing can be tough. It is physically demanding, repetitive and, for many, unpleasant by nature. ...Read More »
The scale and rapidity of job losses across the private and semi state sector arising from the necessary restrictions on commercial activity is without precedent, writes Michael O’Brien. Even compared to the Great Recession of a decade ago what took several years to unfold in terms of a steep climb in unemployment levels has been surpassed in a few weeks ...Read More »
By Ruth Coppinger Since being laid off in April, Debenhams workers have waged a David and Goliath battle to save their jobs or win a redundancy package befitting their years of service. Pitted against a big multinational chain, the Irish workers deserve massive credit for remaining a thorn in the side of this company, who coldly used a pandemic to ...Read More »
by Eóin Dawson Over the course of the pandemic, there has been speculation about what impact the lockdown and other measures have had on people’s mental health. While some services have seen a reduction in referrals, with life’s ordinary pressures eased for some, certain groups have been left vulnerable by the lockdown. Emergency services in crisis Phone counselling service Childline ...Read More »
By Councillor Kieran Mahon The callous treatment of workers by Instant UpRight Ltd is a sharp example of the cynicism and opportunism of employers who are taking advantage of the Covid-19 crisis to maximise profits at the cost of jobs and working conditions. Fellow Solidarity Councillor and Socialist Party member, Sandra Fay, and myself spoke with striking workers about their ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »