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% […]
For nine weeks, workers at Harland & Wolff in Belfast occupied the shipyard after the company went into administration, placing skilled jobs at risk. The workers at the shipyard – members of Unite and GMB trade unions – demanded that the government nationalise the yard to safeguard its future. Workers, […]
The Socialist Party sends solidarity to the 1,200 Wrightbus workers faced with redundancy since the firm went into administration on 25th September. Staff were informed that talks with potential buyers had fallen through and that almost all of them were to be made jobless with immediate effect due to cash […]
Build united struggle against homophobia, sexism and capitalism In July, MPs at Westminster voted to introduce same-sex marriage and decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland if the Stormont Assembly is not restored by 22nd October. This is potentially a huge step forward which reflects the aspirations of the majority of people […]
The anti-fracking movement in Belcoo called the first of a series of public meetings in the area with the aim of raising awareness of the renewed threat posed by the latest license application by fracking company, Tamboran Resources (UK). The meeting was well-attended and brought together activists from across the region.
We must oppose these cuts which could put lives at risk and demand the necessary funding – a relative pittance – is put in place urgently. We know money can be found when it suits the political establishment, for junkets and handout to big business. It is a question of political priorities. A campaign of community protests and trade union action can win.
It is clear that the NICS and the Department of Finance Permanent Secretary, Sue Gray, have seriously underestimated the strength of feeling and the determination of NIPSA members and activists. If NIPSA ramps up its industrial action planning, with the organisation of strike committees in local areas and with the development of a strategy and tactics to take the dispute through to Christmas and into the new year, then this shambles of a Tory government can be forced to blink first.