After years of redundancies and attempts to downgrade hard won terms and conditions, the announcement by aerospace firm Bombardier’s global bosses of their intention to sell their operations in Northern Ireland and Morocco creates further uncertainty and concern for workers and their families.
The election of Donal O’Cofaigh for CCLA in Enniskillen represents a breakthrough for anti-sectarian, working-class politics which illustrates the way forward in the years ahead. It is a breakthrough we intend to build upon
Donal O’Cofaigh’s election in Enniskillen shows that – combined with a consistent, determined and campaigning approach – real success can be achieved on this basis.
In November 2015, DUP, Sinn Féin and Alliance MLAs lined up to hand the Tories in Westminster the power to impose their draconian ‘welfare reform’ policies on working-class people here. The vote was agreed by them as part of the Fresh Start Agreement – as their reward, the local parties would be able to slash corporate taxes.
The trade union movement must connect itself to the aspirations and demands of this section of young and precarious workers. This means fighting on more than just the immediate “bread and butter” issues. Unite Hospitality in Belfast, which Socialist Party members are central to, has spearheaded the way forward
Workers face many problems in 2019 – from the ongoing effects of the cuts, years of below-inflation pay rises, and the ever present threat of sectarianism. In 1919, 1944 and 1969 the working class were given a powerful lead by militant workplace activists. In each period they also had trade union-linked political representation. We need to learn from these struggles, rebuild fighting trade unions, and recreate a socialist political alternative. We need to reclaim our past.
Socialist Party members are standing in this election as part of Cross Community Labour Alternative to offer a working-class opposition to austerity, inequality and sectarianism.
This month is the tenth anniversary since the historic occupation in the Visteon plant after Ford announced they were closing the plant. Below is a Socialist Party Bulletin produced at the time.