Tag Archives: COVID-19

Existential threat of climate change looms large

By Sam Belton While the world reels in the face of the current Covid-19 pandemic, the climate change crisis ominously looms in the background as an ever-developing existential threat. Both crises are of course interconnected, as the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 – the coronavirus responsible for Covid-19 – was in part driven by global biodiversity loss and the destruction of finely-tuned ...

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Cancel Leaving Cert 2020 now! Listen to the students!

Statement from Mick Barry TD  Leo Varadkar, Joe McHugh and the Department of Education display cold disregard for the opinions of 61,000 young people. Unmoved, they remain intent on bullying young people into sitting the Leaving Cert. This Dickensian meanness — even after Fianna Fáil, their soon to be partners in Government, finally bowed to the popular opposition to Leaving ...

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Why Covid-19 is not the “great leveller”

By Robert Cosgrave The horrific Covid-19 crisis has graphically exposed the multiple inequalities and forms of oppression that lie at the heart of capitalism. Working-class people find themselves out of work and down on income. For those workers deemed essential, the same unacceptable workloads continue, with a lack of sufficient PPE provision or any increase in their wages from bosses ...

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Food dumping: Obscene waste at a time of mass want

By Ollie Bell The Covid-19 crisis is exposing the inherent weaknesses in the capitalist system. The privatisation of the healthcare system in Ireland and globally means that hospitals are underprepared to deal with this global pandemic. But what is also clear are the contradictions within the system. Images of empty shelves and long queues outside of supermarkets went viral, and ...

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Interview: US health workers fight back

Interview with Eljeer Hawkins, New York City surgical technician & socialist activist NYC is at the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic. What are conditions like for health workers there? EH: The conditions throughout our for-profit healthcare system and for the workers has been an utter disaster with unconscionable consequences as we try to take care of our patients and the ...

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Debenhams’ workers protest today

By Mick Barry Today, Debenhams workers at 7 stores throughout the state staged protests at the company’s decision to go into liquidation with the loss of 2,000 plus jobs. Debenhams may go into full liquidation in just nine days time and the workers therefore left with bare minimum statutory redundancy from the state’s social insurance fund. Companies such as Debenhams, ...

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Debenhams axes 2,000 jobs – But workers can fight back

By Mick Barry TD Debenhams announced the closure of all its 11 shops in the Republic of Ireland on the Thursday evening before the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend. At the same time they announced that their UK operations were being put into administration. The High Court has since appointed a liquidator for the Irish shops.  These closures mean the loss ...

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