Fighting Austerity

A&E crisis: Cuts to blame, not patients

A&E crisis: Cuts to blame, not patients The semi-permanent crisis in our accident and emergency services was heightened by the annual spike in attendance around the Christmas period. Seriously ill patients were left waiting on trolleys for hours and people with broken bones were sent home with a handful of […]

Health service ailing from Stormont cuts

Health service ailing from Stormont cuts

Our NHS and provision of health care services are imploding. Chaos now reigns root and branch throughout all the areas of the health service as each department struggles to implement budgetary cuts demanded by the Assembly Executive.

Waterfront & Ulster Hall Workers Fight Privatisation

As of 3rd August, workers at both the Waterfront Hall and Ulster Hall have commenced industrial action to keep both venues within Belfast City Council. The action is supported by the three trade unions – NIPSA, Unite and SIPTU – who represent the overwhelming majority of workers at the two venues. Facilities […]

‘Welfare Reform’ Throws Stormont into Crisis

‘Welfare Reform’ Throws Stormont into Crisis

Welfare Reform’ Throws Stormont into Crisis By Daniel Waldron As we go to press, the stand-off over ‘welfare reform’ (benefit cuts) at Stormont continues. Just days after the election, Sinn Fein, the SDLP and the Greens signed a petition of concern to ensure the bill would be defeated in the […]

Keep Avoniel Primary School Open!

The Socialist Party in East Belfast has extended its support to parents and staff fighting the closure of Avoniel Primary School. Spokesperson Courtney Robinson said: “Avoniel Primary School has been at the heart of this working class community for 80 years and its closure would be a huge blow to […]

How can we stop austerity?

Below we reprint this article by Hannah Sell, Socialist Party England and Wales deputy general secretary. Hannah will be speaking at two public meeting in Northern Ireland next week. On Thursday 25th June- 7.30 in Holiday Inn Belfast and Friday 26th June- 7.30 in the City Hotel Derry Just six […]

“an economy we own, a society we shape”: What is the socialist alternative?

The publication by NIPSA of a new document “an economy we own, a society we shape”, as part of the discussion in Northern Ireland’s largest union on the need for a “socialist economy”, is a very welcome step. The document was commissioned by the union’s General Council . The Council […]

Education on the chopping block

At the INTO teaching union conference earlier this year, Sinn Féin’s Education Minister John O’Dowd responded to angry protestors by stating, “placards will not end austerity”. But the protest did highlight that O’Dowd and his Alliance party counterpart in the Department of Employment & Learning, Stephen Farry, certainly have no […]