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August 1969: The North Erupts

August 1969: The North Erupts

The storm erupted in August 1969. One event lead to an explosion of violence in Derry, Belfast and elsewhere and within days British troops were on the streets. They were to remain there for more than a quarter of a century.

Karl Marx’s ecological socialism is a guide for today’s struggle

Karl Marx’s ecological socialism is a guide for today’s struggle

Too many socialists, even among those who like to see themselves as revolutionary Marxists, have been sadly late in discovering and understanding the ecological analysis of capitalism’s irreparable metabolic rift with the planet and nature that Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels began working on during the 1800s.

Fight for Green Jobs! We need a socialist industrial strategy

Fight for Green Jobs! We need a socialist industrial strategy

Boris Johnson has sent his sympathies to Harland & Wolff workers over the threat to the shipyard but has said that ultimately its future rests upon a “commercial decision”. With mealy-mouthed words, he says he wants to develop industry, but he and other capitalist ideologues cannot – or dare not – conceive of an economic model which is driven by anything other than profits for a tiny elite.

Harland & Wolff: The hidden history of workers’ struggle

Harland & Wolff: The hidden history of workers’ struggle

The history of Northern Ireland is often present as simply being of two traditions – nationalism and unionism – in conflict with each other. Almost everything is painted as belonging to one or the other, including the shipyard. It is also true that most things do have a history tainted by sectarianism. But there is also another history, one which we see in the shipyards, across Belfast and across Northern Ireland – that is the labour tradition, where working-class people have stood together to fight in their common interests.

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 […]

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.

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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.