Tag Archives: Austerity

End the scandal of a two-tier health service

By Rita Harrold Successive governments have presided over the implementation of cuts and austerity that have devastated our health service. We have a criminal situation where the existence of a two-tier health system means if you want to have proper access to healthcare you must pay up. Over 100,000 people have been on outpatient waiting lists for over 18 months. ...

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Government can buckle under pressure- Full Support For Nurses & Midwives!

Socialist Party Bulletin: 5th-7th February Nurses and Midwives have rightly said enough is enough. Today’s strike action reflects the fact that the justifiable anger against pay restraing, lack of pay parity and dangerous work practices has boiled over. There is clearly massive support for this action amongst working class people generally. This reflects the growing opposition to wage restraint and ...

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Fighting union busting- Solidarity with striking ambulance workers

By Mick Barry TD Hundreds of ambulance paramedics, advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians placed pickets on HSE ambulance depots across the country on Tuesday, 22 January. The workers are members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) and are locked in a battle with the HSE over the issue of union recognition. The strike came just eight days before the ...

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Why we need a national health service

By Diana O’Dwyer In announcing the nurses’ overwhelming decision to strike, INMO President, Martina Harkin-Kelly said: “We’re standing up for safe staffing, fair pay, and for our patients, who deserve better care”. Decades of under-resourcing, compounded by austerity since the crash, have left us with 2,000 fewer nurses than in 2007 and less than two-thirds of the recommended number of ...

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Project fear and Brexit: How should trade unions should respond?

By Kevin Henry The trade union movement, which claims 800,000 members north and south have a responsibility to oppose any aspect of a Brexit deal which is not in the interests of their members. For example, the Central Bank has warned of potential of 20,000 job losses in the South. In the North, various figures point toward a serious recession.  ...

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Deadly fires ravage Greece

By reporters from Xekinima (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Greece)  More than 80 deaths, including children and babies, and more than 150 injured. Dozens of people made homeless and an incalculable destruction of forests and forestry land. This is, so far, the result of the great fires that took place in Attica. The number of victims may rise ...

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Britain: Grenfell Tower fire – Whole Establishment exposed

From the editorial of “The Socialist”, newspaper of the Socialist Party in England and Wales As more details emerge and the death toll rises, it becomes clearer and clearer what a terrible disaster this is. The fire spread with horrifying speed and witnesses describe heart-breaking scenes as people desperately tried to escape. It is a huge tragedy for the immediate ...

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Britain: Corbyn must fight election with socialist policies

Theresa May has called a general election for one reason – not the reason she gave – but because of the government’s weakness in face of a rising tide of anger in British society. Workers are suffering the most prolonged squeeze on wages since the start of the nineteenth century. Benefits cuts are leaving millions without enough money to feed ...

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Sinn Féin’s rightward shift continues

By Cillian Gillespie It would appear that the scandal surrounding the smearing of Maurice McCabe has drastically undermined the fate of this already weak Fine Gael minority government. The possibility of an election before the end of 2017 has increased substantially. Such an election takes place against the backdrop of increasing industrial unrest, as it is clear that the expectations ...

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The arts in Ireland: Starved of funding

By Síofra NicLiam In 2016, the Fringe festival featured a wide variety of shows, including “RIOT”, where Emmet Kirwan performed his, now viral, spoken word piece “Heartbreak”, telling the story of a young working class mother, along with other politically fuelled pieces. Other plays portrayed a punk rock gig that showed the financially driven interests of property developers, the psychological ...

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