Author: Socialist Party

August 1969: Workers stand against the sectarian stream

August 1969: Workers stand against the sectarian stream

Events in August 1969 are often considered to mark the start of the Troubles. In an eruption of violence, seven people were killed and 750 injured. 1,500 Catholic and 300 Protestant families were driven from their homes. British troops came on the streets and were to remain there for more […]

Chernobyl: A warning from history

Chernobyl: A warning from history

With growing calls, including from some on the left, for nuclear fission to be widely harnessed as a means to shift away from fossil fuels and cut carbon emissions, HBO’s mini-series Chernobyl comes as a timely reminder of the colossal dangers associated with this technology.

15/02/2019 PNA members during a PNA (Psychiatric Nursing Association) Strike over Union recognition at the Dublin South central ambulance station on Davitt Road,Dublin Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Ambulance staff say, “Our union, our choice!”

Since January 2018, there has been a protracted industrial dispute in the South between the Health Service Executive (HSE) and front-line ambulance service workers represented by the National Ambulance Service Representative Association (NASRA) over recognition and the workers’ right to choose which union represents them.

epa04915450 Former Prime Minister and president of SYRIZA Alexis Tsipras delivers a speech during a pre-election rally in Kaisariani district of east Athens, Greece, 05 September 2015. Elections will be held on 20 September.  EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU

Greece: SYRIZA failure sees right-wing return to power

Elections held in Greece on 7 July confirmed the developments seen in May’s Euro elections. New Democracy (ND) – Greece’s traditional right-wing party – won. Formerly governing SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) lost votes because of their capitulation to austerity policies.

Young people deserve integrated education

Young people deserve integrated education

Harding Memorial Primary is set to become east Belfast’s first integrated school. Almost 90% of the school community voted in favour of this move. The school, situated on the Cregagh Road, balloted parents after they found an interest in integration.

NI economic downturn: Heading for a new global recession?

Facing a new recession in the economy and the uncertainty of Brexit, we can expect attempts to impose further austerity, job losses and misery for working people. The trade union movement must prepare for the fight to come, firstly by organising the huge sections of predominantly young workers working in services – the biggest sector of the North’s economy – to prevent further outsourcing and casualisation of jobs

Abortion rights, marriage equality: The North is Now!

Abortion rights, marriage equality: The North is Now!

Over three-quarters of MPs in the House of Commons have voted to extend abortion rights and equal marriage here via amendments to the Northern Ireland Bill. If made into law, the amendments would remove the North from the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act, decriminalising abortion, in the event that Stormont does not resume by 22 October.