Analysis & News
This month is the tenth anniversary since the historic occupation in the Visteon plant after Ford announced they were closing the plant. Below is a Socialist Party Bulletin produced at the time.
In the South, nurses and midwives have secured significant concessions on pay from the Fine Gael government, following three days of strike action. They took the action against a miserly pay deal which failed to keep up with rising living costs. For example, housing costs in the South are increasing at 11% per year! This has pushed many to seek work abroad and contributed to increasing workloads on staff.
The Spanish state faced a regional revolt in 2017, with an unsanctioned referendum on Catalan independence called by the local administration against the wishes of the Madrid government. Following on from the referendum, senior officials in the Catalan government are now on trial for “rebellion” and “misuse of public funds”.
Strike action has forced Royal Mail to offer a resolution which was unanimously accepted by workers at a gate meeting on 1 March. The union has won an important victory and reaffirmed that their members were correct not to carry out extra tasks and to reject bullying management techniques.
Westminster continues to refuse to act in the face of growing pressure, particularly since the historic victory of the ‘repeal’ referendum in the South last year. Amendments and bills that have been brought on this issue have been continuously delayed.
Swedish school student Greta Thunberg, on 20 August 2018, decided not to attend school until the general election on 9 September, after heatwaves and wildfires in the country. Every Friday since, she has protested outside the parliament against the government’s inaction on climate change.
In late February, the long predicted Blairite split from the Labour Party – or at least its first wave – finally emerged, with the resignation of seven MPs to launch the so-called Independent Group. They were soon joined by one other from the Labour benches and three pro-EU Tories, including Anna Soubry.