Tag Archives: workers rights

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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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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Solildarity message to Harland & Wolff workers

Message of Solidarity to Harland & Wolff workers from Solidarity and Socialist Party TDs Mick Barry, Ruth Coppinger & Paul Murphy: We salute the occupation of the shipyard by Harland & Wolff workers. The action you have taken is crucial in order to save the jobs that are under threat. The fact that you have both engaged in such militant ...

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US: 31,000 Stop and Shop workers strike across New England

By Elan Axelbank – Every contract cycle workers have to fight to keep the benefits we have earned. We are always on the defense, but now workers across the country are starting to fight back. Teachers, fast-food workers, and many more are bringing back the strike in order to defend their wages and benefits, but also to win more. On ...

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Review: Sorry To Bother You

By Rob Rooke, Socialist Alternative (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the US) “This is Telemarketing – Stick to the Script!” is the message shot at Lakekeith Stanfield (Get Out, Atlanta) who plays Cassius Green in Boots’ Riley’s toboggan ride of a first movie. However, Sorry To Bother You does not stick to the typically sanctioned Hollywood script. Boots Riley, the ...

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Worker exploitation, soaring profits… A summer of discontent?

By Laura Fitzgerald Predictions of a “summer of discontent” abound with industrial action looming in a number of sectors, both public and private. The state faces industrial disputes and possible strikes in the public sector with teachers, nurses, psychiatric nurses, midwives, Gardaí, as well as bus and rail workers with Irish Rail, Bus Éireann, and Dublin Bus. In the private ...

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Bar workers face poverty pay as publican profits soar

By Terry Murphy In the last eight years there has been an ongoing attack on the pay and conditions of workers across all sectors, and an undermining of collective bargaining rights. A recent article by John Douglas, General Secretary of the Mandate trade union has highlighted the effect that this trend has had on Ireland’s 50,000 bar workers. At one ...

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EU referendum: “OXI” to a bankers’ Europe

By Ciaran Mulholland Tory Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to hold an “in-out” referendum on the European Union (EU) in Britain and Northern Ireland by the end of 2017. His preference is to hold the referendum in 2016 if possible, depending on the outcome of negotiations with the other 27 countries in the EU. It is clear that he ...

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Qatar: World cup of corruption and exploitation

By Paddy Meehan Sepp Blatter’s decision to resign as FIFA President didn’t come as a result of the horrifying conditions migrant workers face in building the new stadiums in Qatar, but as a final attempt to save the corrupt elite at the top of the federation. A number of the voting members of the selection committee for the 2018 and ...

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