The 2018/19 pay award is a complete slap in the face for workers who are justifiably angry, having seen their counterparts in Scotland receive 4% in comparison. After seven years of pay-restraint, many civil servants are using food banks, working second jobs or relying on credit to get by.
Bloody Sunday – when British paratroopers shot dead 14 unarmed people taking part in a civil rights march in Derry – was one of the most horrific and defining moments of the Troubles. This brutal act of repression had the effect of pushing thousands of young people into the dead-end of the IRA’s paramilitary campaign. For decades, the families of those victims were denied truth and justice. Now, Solider F – a lance corporal at the time – faces charges for the murder of James Wray and William McKinney and the attempted murder of four others.
This is a crucial battle which deserves the support of all working-class people. A victory for the civil servants would act to boost the confidence of workers across both the public and private sectors and show that it is possible to fight back against poverty pay and austerity.
Mental health services continue to be so overwhelmed by demand that people seeking help routinely face long waiting lists to access the treatment they need.
In April, following an intense organising effort, Unite members at Balcas – a Fermanagh-based wood mill – voted overwhelmingly for strike action, commencing with a two-day stoppage.
A new report by researchers at the University of Ulster recommends the setting up of a new Stormont department to tackle sectarianism in society. Divisions remain prevalent, even among younger generations. The killing of Lyra McKee in the Creggan area of Derry gave a glimpse of the potential for a […]
Only days after the local elections, the Department for Economy announced a consultation on the issuance of an exploratory license to Tamboran Resources UK for fracking in west Fermanagh.
Six months before Bloody Sunday – when the infamous Parachute Regiment (Paras) killed 14 unarmed protesters at a civil rights march in Derry – ten people were killed in Ballymurphy by the same regiment.