Tag Archives: Austerity

Oxi!-No to austerity and Troika tyranny in Greece

Events in Greece have thrown the entire Eurozone into crisis and threaten its very existence. Greek banks were closed on Monday after the European Central Bank (ECB) stopped the liquidity lifeline that kept Greek banks afloat during months-long run on deposits. As of the time of publication, it is in the balance whether Greece’s latest debt payment due to the ...

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Burton’s shameful attack on lone parents

By Fiona O’Loughlin From July 30,000 lone parents will no longer qualify for One Parent Family Allowance with many losing up to €80 per week as they are switched to Jobseekers Allowance. Stigmatising lone parents Burton and Co are spinning this cut as some kind of charitable feminist gesture to encourage women back into the workforce .The implication being that ...

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Greece: Subordination to Troika or rupture with austerity?

Statement by Xekinima, sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Greece The Greek picture is becoming clearer and clearer. We are now in May, the fourth month of the new SYRIZA-led government’s term, and the result of the so-called “negotiations” with the Troika is zero! The position taken by the so-called “European partners” is not only unacceptable, but it’s also malicious ...

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Disgraceful attacks on the disabled

By Finghin Kelly On 1 April, with the support of Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil, the government passed the Social Welfare Bill. This legislation is no April fool’s joke; it contains serious attacks on the right of people with disabilities and the elderly to access a carer. As well as making it harder to qualify for a carer, now, instead ...

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The assault on public services continues

By Diana O’Dwyer After almost seven years of austerity, public services are at breaking point. Cuts in capital expenditure on housing of 84% have left 100,000 households on the housing list and spending per college student has been slashed 41%. These are just two examples of Austerity Phase One. And despite what Noonan and Burton say, it is nowhere near ...

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Alan Kelly’s bluster will be met with solid boycott

AAA – Alan Kelly’s bluster will be met with solid boycott and the sinking of Irish Water & government o No penalties or court cases until after General Election o Private Members Motion will give government last opportunity to scrap water charges before boycott sinks them and Irish Water o Anti-Austerity Alliance success & rapid growth show working class people ...

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European Union: A Europe for the markets and corporations

By Finghin Kelly The thin cloak of democracy that EU leaders like to cover themselves in was graphically pulled away in the aftermath of the recent Greek elections. The President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker commented that “there can be no democratic choice against the European treaties”, while the German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble stated that “Elections change ...

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Joe Higgins on SIPTU’s support for Sinn Fein

During the last seven years of austerity, the Irish Congress of Trades Unions (ICTU) and its biggest component, Siptu, capitulated utterly in front of the diktats of the financial markets as imposed by the Troika resulting in working class people being forced to salvage the capitalist finance system. SIPTU and Labour betrayal The ICTU and Siptu leadership shamefully supported the ...

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