Fighting Austerity

Socialist Party Answers Attacks of Councillor Jim McVeigh

A Reply to Jim McVeigh In recent weeks Councillor Jim McVeigh, the leader of the Sinn Fein (SF) group on Belfast City Council, has made a series of attacks on the Socialist Party (SP) via social media. In a complete contrast to the otherwise intemperate tone of his comments he […]

"If you don't fight, you will always lose"

March 13th saw an important show of strength by workers in health, education, the civil service and public transport. Tens of thousands of workers showed they were prepared to fight the austerity agenda of Stormont and Westminster. In the weeks before the strike many workers and activists were concerned that […]

Fight Stormont's Cuts! Fight Sectarianism!

The austerity policies of the Westminster government and the Assembly Executive have created mass youth unemployment and Depression-era levels of poverty in Northern Ireland and brought our health service to breaking point. Yet, rather than breaking from these failed policies, the Stormont politicians have committed to another four years of […]

After March 13th: Where next?

The politicians in Stormont believed they would get away with destroying our jobs and our services. They believed that ordinary people would just accept their rhetoric and spin and not fight back. The strike on March 13th of workers in education, health, civil service and public transport shows that they […]

Trade unions & Sinn Fein: Dangerous times

The trade unions in Northern Ireland are a vital anti-sectarian force that unites over 200,000 Protestant and Catholics working class people.During the Troubles – it wasn’t the Orange or Green politicians that combated sectarianism and stopped society going over the edge to civil war. It was working class people who […]

Socialist TDs send solidarity with March 13th Strike

Dear All, The Socialist Party and Anti-Austerity Alliance’s Members of Parliament in the South send our solidarity to public sector workers in Northern Ireland taking strike action on Friday 13th March and all those who stand with them in protest against Stormont’s vicious cuts agenda, which threatens to destroy 20,000 […]

Stormont faces crisis as workers prepare to strike

Step up the pressure! Trade Unions should name the next strike date Only weeks after the ‘historic’ Stormont House Agreement, the Assembly Executive hit another bump in the road, with Sinn Féin withdrawing support for the programme of attacks of benefits known as welfare ‘reform’. It had been agreed to […]

Stormont Must Take Immediate Action to Secure Rias Jobs

Public investment needed, not corporate hand-outs and “fool’s gold economics” In response to the announcement by Ageas UK of the closure of their Rias call centre in west Belfast with the loss of over 200 jobs, Paddy Meehan – Socialist Party spokesperson, call centre worker and trade union activist – […]