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With a show of hands a majority of Belfast, N Ireland's shipyard workers attending a 3rd May 1977 well-supported meeting, vote against supporting the UUAC promoted general strike. The meeting was addressed by shop steward Sandy Scott. 197706030111

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Reclaiming Our History: Common History, Common Struggle – Peter Hadden

2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of what is commonly accepted to be the start of the “Troubles”. In a few brief months in 1968 and 1969, Northern Ireland changed forever. A chain of events mobilised tens of thousands of young people, both Catholic and Protestant, in a mass movement which challenged the Unionist government and briefly posed the possibility of a revolutionary transformation of society.

Time’s up on women accepting sexual harassment

Time’s up on women accepting sexual harassment

Just a few months ago, detailed allegations of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment first broke into the mainstream media. Courageous actresses took a stand against a powerful figure within a multi-billion dollar industry that normalises sexism and further headlines were made by the legal fund created by actresses under the “Time’s Up” banner. This has sparked a new phase of a growing women’s movement in the USA which began with the explosive reaction to Trump’s election but has also had international repercussions. It was also quickly followed by accusations of similar harassment in Westminster.

Ireland, the EU and the Brexit divorce deal- a socialist analysis

Ireland, the EU and the Brexit divorce deal- a socialist analysis

In December a question mark still hung over the future of the Brexit negotiations between the EU and Britain. This indicates the problems that will lie ahead for these negotiations in the coming months. The most important and contentious question was: What will be nature of the border between Northern Ireland and the South in the context of Britain leaving the Single Market and Customs Union? This constitutes the only land border between the EU and the UK.

Catalonia – Election another blow to Spanish establishment

Catalonia – Election another blow to Spanish establishment

As we go to press, talks to create a new pro-independence government in Catalonia continue. The election on 21st December resulted in a majority for pro-independence parties. The Spanish state and the conservative Rajoy government had  attempted to suppress the independence referendum and subsequently suspended Catalan autonomy, prompting the snap election.