The overwhelming endorsement of strike action by members of both the RCN and Unison is a clear indication that health workers are fed up with years of falling pay and inadequate staffing levels. They are likely to be joined by health workers in NIPSA and Unite, whose ballot is ongoing, […]
Members of the University & College Union (UCU) are to strike for up to eight consecutive days at sixty universities across the UK, beginning on Monday 25th November, including at Queen’s University and the University of Ulster. Although obviously linked, formally there are two separate disputes – one over pensions, […]
In Britain, the Brexit crisis will be a key issue in the general election. However, there will also be a clear clash of broader political visions between the right-populism of Boris Johnson and the left, anti-austerity policies of Jeremy Corbyn. Class issues like poverty, housing, workers’ rights and the future […]
It was recently revealed that Queen’s University Belfast performed ‘aversion therapy’ on gay students during the 1960s in an effort to produce ‘heterosexual interest’. After one victim spoke out, a Queen’s spokesperson expressed regret for the university’s role in this damaging treatment. This is simply too little too late for the many vulnerable people that have already suffered.
There are signs of an upturn in workers’ struggles in Northern Ireland, taking place through the trade unions. We have seen the successful battles to save industrial jobs at Harland & Wolff and Wrightbus. Civil servants are striking against poverty pay and attacks on terms and conditions, and are likely to soon be joined by health workers and staff in Royal Mail and Parcelforce. This is not an isolated phenomenon, but reflective of a rising tide of struggle in many countries provoked by the ongoing crisis of capitalism.
Building a mass political party for the working class here will not be an easy task, but it is a vital one. We need a force which stands up for the interests of workers, young people, women and oppressed groups; which stands for solidarity, mutual respect and compromise on the issues which divide our communities; and which fights for a socialist future free from poverty and division
After a historic nine-week occupation, workers and Harland & Wolff have secured the future of the iconic shipyard, for now at least, with all workers who had chosen not to take redundancy returning to work with their pay and conditions in tact. Had it not been for the workers taking matters into their own hands and taking physical control of the yard after administrators were brought in, the firm would most likely simply have went into liquidation. Instead, their action put pressure on the administrators to find a deal. It has also sent a message to their new employers, InfraStrata, that this is a workforce which won’t be pushed around.
by Paddy Meehan, CWU Member CWU members in Royal Mail and Parcelforce across Britain and Northern Ireland were balloted for industrial action in response to a new management’s sledgehammer approach to the union’s Four Pillars agreement. Today the results are in with and incredible 97.1% voted YES on a 75.9% […]