Millions across the world watch the Eurovision every year. This year’s competition, however, will see a significant boycott of what the popular rock band Wolf Alice has called the “most controversial Eurovision Song Contest that’s ever happened.” Artists from across the world have joined trade unionists and Palestinian solidarity activists in calling for a boycott of the event being held in Israel, including the Musicians’ Union of Ireland and the actors’ union, Irish Equity.
Author: Socialist Party
The election of Donal O’Cofaigh for CCLA in Enniskillen represents a breakthrough for anti-sectarian, working-class politics which illustrates the way forward in the years ahead. It is a breakthrough we intend to build upon
Donal O’Cofaigh’s election in Enniskillen shows that – combined with a consistent, determined and campaigning approach – real success can be achieved on this basis.
On 23 January 2019, Juan Guaidó declared himself interim president of Venezuela. Shortly afterwards, he was recognised as such by the USA and Canada. A few days later, Britain, France, Germany and many others followed suit. Ann Orr looks at the ongoing attempts by imperialist forces to crush the government of Nicolás Maduro and argues that Venezuela does not represent a failure of socialism, but a stark warning about why a fundamental break with capitalism and real socialist transformation of society is required.
At this year’s state of the union address Donald Trump stated that “America will never be a socialist country.” More recently at a National Republican Congressional Committee Dinner, he declared that he will be running in 2020 to fight a “socialist takeover” of the United States and a prominent US […]
In November 2015, DUP, Sinn Féin and Alliance MLAs lined up to hand the Tories in Westminster the power to impose their draconian ‘welfare reform’ policies on working-class people here. The vote was agreed by them as part of the Fresh Start Agreement – as their reward, the local parties would be able to slash corporate taxes.
The trade union movement must connect itself to the aspirations and demands of this section of young and precarious workers. This means fighting on more than just the immediate “bread and butter” issues. Unite Hospitality in Belfast, which Socialist Party members are central to, has spearheaded the way forward
Workers face many problems in 2019 – from the ongoing effects of the cuts, years of below-inflation pay rises, and the ever present threat of sectarianism. In 1919, 1944 and 1969 the working class were given a powerful lead by militant workplace activists. In each period they also had trade union-linked political representation. We need to learn from these struggles, rebuild fighting trade unions, and recreate a socialist political alternative. We need to reclaim our past.