Fighting Austerity

Students’ union President calls for “major demonstration” against cuts

Students’ union President calls for “major demonstration” against cuts

Courtney Robinson – newly elected President of Belfast Met Students’ Union – has issued a call for the students’ movement in Northern Ireland to organise a major demonstration on November 19th. This comes in the wake of the announcement of 15% cuts in government funding across further and higher education […]

Don’t fall for politicians sectarian games: UNITE AGAINST ALL THEIR CUTS

Don’t fall for politicians sectarian games: UNITE AGAINST ALL THEIR CUTS

The sectarian fiasco between the politicians in Stormont could not be further from the aspirations of working class people across Northern Ireland. As the Assembly Executive grinds to a halt in yet another political crisis, the onslaught of austerity for ordinary people continues. The health service crisis spreads as waiting […]

Fight cuts to libraries

The Stormont Executive has announced further cuts to public libraries. A budget cut of 2.1% has been ordered from March 2015 and possibly an additional cut of 2.3% (or 4.4% cut in total) also by March 2015. It hasn’t yet been decided how these cuts should be implemented. Certainly job […]

A&E crisis won’t be solved by DUP reshuffle or Sinn Fein hypocrisy

A&E crisis won’t be solved by DUP reshuffle or Sinn Fein hypocrisy

Yet again the Royal Victoria A&E has been brought close to breaking point as long queues of patients desperate to receive treatment wait up to 23 hours. The risk to peoples health and the strain on staff put in an impossible situation is a predictable and completely avoidable crisis. A […]

Save the Arts

Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure Carál Ní Chuilín has cut the budget of the Arts Council by 2.1% and is to make another 2.3% cut in October. This cut has meant art and cultural groups reliant on Arts Council funding will see their budgets cut, leading to job losses […]

Build a real opposition to welfare cuts

The welfare ‘reform’ programme implemented in England, Scotland and Wales is an ideologically-driven attack on the welfare state, aimed at undermining the social safety nets which working class people fought long and hard to win. It is part of an agenda – supported by the right-wing media – of demonizing […]

Full Executive agreement on privatising our NHS

The recent “pause” of the referral system that allows public money to be given to private health firms has exposed the increasing offensive by the private sector into our NHS. The only complaint by MLAs wasn’t that millions of pounds of taxpayer’s money is drained out of the public purse […]

SAVE OUR NHS: TIME FOR ACTION – UNIONS MUST CALL REGIONAL DEMO

The crisis in our health service is getting worse as a result of cuts to budgets and staff. Waiting lists have jumped a staggering 30% in the past year as fewer staff struggle to deal with patients in fewer hospital services. More than 127,000 people are currently waiting for a […]