Local Politics

No going back! – For workers’ unity against sectarianism and austerity

No going back! – For workers’ unity against sectarianism and austerity

Those behind the recent bombing and security alerts in Derry offer nothing but a return to the futile conflict of the past. Their actions put lives at risk and only serve to whip up sectarian tensions in society and potentially legitimise attacks on democratic rights. These groups are opposed by the vast majority of people, Protestant, Catholic and neither.

Sectarian parties cannot provide solutions

Sectarian parties cannot provide solutions

Workers are told they must wait for a functioning executive to be restored before pay increases can be negotiated, women and LGBTQ+ people are told they must wait for a local assembly to grant abortion rights and marriage equality.

Southern establishment parties offer no alternative for the North

Southern establishment parties offer no alternative for the North

There is an urgent need for a genuinely cross-community, left-wing labour force in Northern Ireland. The surge in membership of the British Labour Party locally in response to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership shows the potential such a party could have if the trade union movement swung its weight behind the project. However, to break through the sectarian morass, a labour alternative here will need to be both anti-sectarian and also adopt left and anti-austerity policies, rather than the failed politics of Blairism or the Irish Labour Party.

It’s Time for Choice – Westminster Must Act Now

It’s Time for Choice – Westminster Must Act Now

On 23rd November, the decriminalisation bill will have its second reading. We must mobilise to ensure that the government allots the bill time and allows it to progress to the next stage where it can become law. We must make it clear that a majority in Northern Ireland, across the community divide, support decriminalisation. The trade unions must also stand in solidarity and bring the collective power of workers to bear in this fight, and in the struggle for marriage equality.

Unions must mobilise to defeat the Far Right

Unions must mobilise to defeat the Far Right

The trade union movement,  representing both Protestant and Catholic workers, is the key force that can challenge the far right here. Mobilisations of workers from both backgrounds, linked to demands for investment in housing and job creation, will be key to knocking them back. Ultimately, building an anti-sectarian political alternative and struggling for a socialist future is the only way to bury the far right for good.