Tag Archives: trade unions

Striketober in the US: Workers Rediscover Their Power

By Stephen Edwards, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) After 18 months of working conditions more dangerous than any in living memory, and exhausted by the sped-up pace of work under the pandemic, workers are fighting back. Encouraged by the labor shortage that’s developed in the economic recovery, and despite a vacuum of leadership from organized labor, ...

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Pathways to Precarity – new government scheme announced

By Catherine Finnegan  The government announced a new Pathways to Work strategy this week aiming to get 75,000 long-term unemployed people back to work as part of the post-pandemic economic recovery. One aspect of this strategy is the Work Placement Experience Programme which claims to provide 10,000 “quality” paid jobs; but it is nothing more than an excuse to super-exploit ...

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Review: Reeling in the Years (2010)

Reviewed by Manus Lenihan Just gonna stand there and watch me burn […] Just gonna stand there and hear me cry […] – Eminem with Rihanna, ‘Love the way you lie,’ 2010 RTÉ’s Reeling in the Years has aired an episode covering major events in the painful year 2010. For working-class people, that time was a nightmare. Hundreds of thousands ...

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North: Unison members’ backlash – how should trade unionists respond?

One hundred and ten British Army medics have been deployed to Northern Ireland hospitals to assist with the Covid crisis, operating as regular NHS staff. In the aftermath of this announcement, many Unison members and branches reacted angrily to a statement issued by the leadership of their union, which they perceived to be in opposition to the use of army ...

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The “Our” in “Our Shared Future” doesn’t include workers!

By Michael O’Brien The programme for government now approved by the Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Green parliamentary parties, and set to be voted upon by their respective memberships, is entitled “Our Shared Future” and runs to 126 pages. However, the “Our” in the document title does not include workers and those who believe in the need for a strong ...

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Britain/North: Lockdown, Covid-19 Bill and defending democratic rights

By Kevin Henry “Herd immunity, protect the economy, and if that means some pensioners die, too bad” – that’s how attendees at a private event in February said Tory strategist Dominic Cummings summed up the government’s ‘strategy’ for dealing with Covid-19. In the face of a predicted public health catastrophe and widespread criticism, however, the government has now launched a ...

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Put lives before profit – For a workers’ shutdown of non-essential services

It’s very important that the advice about social distancing is adhered to. The more we do this, the more we limit the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. However, there is a fundamental contradiction between that and the fact that, North and South, a significant amount of non-essential production and services continue to function. This puts hundreds of thousands of ...

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COVID-19: Global workers’ action to defend health & safety

By Conor Payne    In Ireland and around the world, workers are being hit by the Coronavirus crisis. Mass layoffs and the start of a new global economic crisis threaten wide-ranging attacks on jobs, pay and conditions. Even more urgently, many are now being forced to work through the epidemic in unsafe conditions. This is a system which puts profits ...

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Google workers get organised

By Thomas White  On the 20 November, over 2,300 cafeteria workers who work at dozens of Google campuses in the Bay Area, California – including the tech giant’s main headquarters – voted to unionize. This is an important step forward for all workers in the tech sector. A sector that has become notorious for its hostility to trade unions.  These ...

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