Campaigns & Issues

“Our Union, Our Choice”- Interview with Tony Gregg, NASRA Branch Secretary

“Our Union, Our Choice”- Interview with Tony Gregg, NASRA Branch Secretary

Thanks for talking to The Socialist, Tony. On the 31 May we saw the seventh day of strike action of ambulance workers organised by NASRA. What is the dispute about and what is its significance? The dispute is essentially about workers’ right to choose the union that represents them rather than the […]

Equal pay for young workers

Today, any worker aged under 18 can be paid as little as £4.35 an hour. This is almost half the minimum rate for workers aged 25 and over, at £8.21. Why are there special rules for young workers?

Fermanagh workers stand up to poverty pay

Fermanagh workers stand up to poverty pay

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.

Public sector workers prepare for pay battles

Public sector workers prepare for pay battles

At the end of February, the Department of Health for Northern Ireland enforced a pay ‘award’ on health workers. This was imposed above the heads of the trade unions after an intense period of negotiations reached an impasse and workers gave overwhelming support for industrial action, including strike action, in consultative ballots conducted by the unions.

Nationalise Bombardier to save jobs & skills

Nationalise Bombardier to save jobs & skills

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.

How can the trade union movement organise young workers?

How can the trade union movement organise young workers?

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

Time’s Up: Build a fighting movement to decriminalise abortion

Time’s Up: Build a fighting movement to decriminalise abortion

Westminster continues to refuse to act in the face of growing pressure, particularly since the historic victory of the ‘repeal’ referendum in the South last year. Amendments and bills that have been brought on this issue have been continuously delayed.