Tag Archives: COVID-19

World Economy: The Coronavirus Recession Has Begun

By the International Executive of International Socialist Alternative (ISA- the socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party in Ireland is affiliated to)  The coronavirus pandemic has infected hundreds of thousands and taken the lives of thousands. Most scientific and medical experts warn that the situation is bound to get far worse, with millions likely to lose their lives globally. This ...

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North & Covid-19: Prioritise public health, not private profit

By Pat Lawlor, NIPSA (Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance) Vice-President (Personal Capacity)  By Pat Lawlor, NIPSA Belfast Health branch (personal capacity) and Socialist Party activist Health workers are on the front line in tackling the Covid-19 crisis and undoubtedly displaying huge dedication and self-sacrifice in doing so. However they are fighting this battle in the context of a health system ...

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North and COVID-19: Mass layoffs of hospitality workers

By Chris Stewart, Unite Hospitality (personal capacity) In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, the announcement by employers in the hospitality sector of thousands of lay-offs has thrown the futures of these workers into uncertainty. Largely low-paid & on zero hour contracts, many hospitality workers now, without employment, are facing a struggle to pay rent and bills in the immediate ...

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COVID-19: Are we “all in this together”?

By Manus Lenihan Leo Varadkar said last night that “Viruses pay no attention to borders, race, nationality or gender.” He might have added that viruses don’t check your bank balance, don’t discriminate between billionaires and workers. In spite of this, the Covid-19 crisis does not iron out the class divide in society or the many other forms of oppression such ...

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Britain: Tory ‘herd immunity’ strategy puts millions at risk

By Ann Orr “The real hero of Jaws is the mayor. A gigantic fish is eating all your constituents and he decides to keep the beaches open. OK, in that instance he was actually wrong. But in principle, we need more politicians like the mayor – we are often the only obstacle against all the nonsense which is really a ...

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Covid-19: Childcare facilities close with workers left in distress

Across the state, workers are being thrown into turmoil by the Coronavirus emergency as companies announce closures and layoffs. For more than 25,000 childcare workers, there is huge uncertainty as all childcare facilities across the state have been closed. This was obviously necessary as a public health measure, and many workers continue to be paid from the state subvention. However, ...

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COVID-19: Impact on cultural workers

By Conor Burke The unprecedented crisis that has now emerged around the threat of the corona virus  means that artists, musicians and other  cultural workers have been one of the first and hardest-hit sectors in society. Many cultural centres have been forced to close, meaning art galleries, exhibition spaces and music venues have been. Therefore, planned exhibits and shows have ...

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COVID-19: Invest in public healthcare now!

By Finghín Kelly and Cillian Gillespie  The Irish health system is entering the Covid-19 crisis in a very poor position. Before the virus hit, it was already at breaking point. This is a result of chronic underfunding by successive governments stretching back decades and made worse in the last decade of austerity. Despite the spin from the government, the Irish ...

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North and Coronavirus crisis: Emergency measures needed

No loss of jobs or income! Put public health before private profit! The spread of the novel coronavirus Covid-19 has become a major health crisis, unlike anything seen in a century. At the time of writing, around 156 countries have been impacted, with more than 170,000 infected and more than 6,500 confirmed deaths, including 36 in Britain and 2 in ...

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COVID-19- Demand free mass testing now

By Ruth Coppinger Huge delays are being experienced accessing coronavirus testing through the HSE and the amount of testing has been low. The turnaround for requesting and actually getting test results can be a week or more, causing uncertainty, distress and potentially delayed treatment. But other countries, such as South Korea and Bahrain, have ramped up testing rates, allowing them ...

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