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Unite against the slaughter of Palestinians

Unite against the slaughter of Palestinians

The killing of protesters on the border of Gaza is the latest massacre inflicted on by the brutal Israeli regime on the Palestinian masses. This is state sanctioned murder, with the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorising soldiers to shoot to kill. The protests were in response to the provocative […]

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 26:  Protesters raise their hands during a demonstration against the verdict of the 'La Manada' (Wolf Pack) gang case outside the Minister of Justice on April 26, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. The High Court of Navarra has given a sentence of 9 years in prison to five men for 'continued sexual abuse' instead of 'rape', which would have seen them recieve around 22 years in prison. The gang assaulted an 18-year-old woman in Pamplona, during the San Fermin Festival in 2016. Feminists and women's rights groups have called for demonstrations across Spain.  (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

Capitalism: The root of sexism and oppression

In Spain, “I Believe Her” became “Yo Te Creo”, with thousands protesting the acquittal of five men accused of gang-raping a young woman. Less than two months earlier, 5.1 million workers had spilled onto the streets of Spain to strike against sexism on International Women’s Day. In Latin America the Ni Una Menos movement has refused to tolerate endemic murders of and violence against women. Millions globally have used the #MeToo hashtag and have broken a collective silence, sharing their experiences of sexual assault and harassment.

Civil servants to demand real payrise

Civil servants to demand real payrise

The failure of the DUP and Sinn Féin to agree a basis to re-establish an Executive has hampered and delayed the annual round of pay negotiations for civil servants. When it became clear that there was little prospect of the two main parties returning to partnership in government, and having consulted with members, public sector union NIPSA reluctantly entered formal pay negotiations with the NI civil service (NICS) management, submitting a 5% pay claim in July 2017. This reflected the anger of members at 7 years of pay awards below inflation.

Save our special schools

Save our special schools

On Tuesday 27th March, hundreds of parents, children, staff and trade unionists rallied in opposition to the proposal to close seven special needs schools across Belfast and merge them into three super schools. Parents had made their own posters and banners, many with images of their own children, with slogans such as ‘Save My School’ and ‘Not all children have voices, but they have choices’.

70 years on from the Nakba: End the occupation of Gaza & the West Bank!

70 years on from the Nakba: End the occupation of Gaza & the West Bank!

On 30th March this year, Land Day protests took place to commemorate the Palestinian people who were killed on that date in 1976 and demand an end to the siege of Gaza by Israel and Egypt. This was the start of a series of planned protests leading up to the 15th May which aims to see a million march to mark the seventieth anniversary of the Nakba (disaster), the forced expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes which laid the basis for the establishment of the Israeli state.