Local Politics

New Decade, Same Approach: Pay-rise for MLAs but not for civil servants…

Mass action can win real pay-rises!  After three years of political impasse, the Northern Ireland Executive has been restored. The misnamed “New Decade, New Approach” agreement promises a return to the approach of kicking the can down the road on many “contentious issues” while politicians unite around a common agenda […]

Housing crisis: We need mass investment in social housing!

Under capitalism, this neglect of working-class needs should not be surprising. The fact is that, while the housing crisis has an enormous human cost, it is extremely profitable for the rich landlords and speculators.

New Decade, Same Approach

Almost exactly three years after its collapse in the wake of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scandal, the Northern Ireland Assembly reconvened on Saturday 11th January and elected a new Executive. This followed an agreement between the DUP, Sinn Féin and the British and Irish governments, entitled ‘New Decade, New Approach’.

Health workers can win pay parity!

Below is the text of the Health Worker, a newsletter produced by the Socialist Party around the industrial disputes in health that have developed. The overwhelming endorsement of strike action by members of the RCN, Unison, NIPSA and Unite is a clear indication that health workers are fed up with […]

Health Strike: Build united action to win

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, […]