Jobs & Education

Four-day week possible – but not without struggle

Four-day week possible – but not without struggle

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) in Britain has called for the introduction of a four-day working week. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady compared this demand to previous milestone achievements such as the eight-hour day achieved in the 19th century and the two-day weekend won in the 20th century. Unfortunately, no specific time frame has been targeted other than… this century!

Fight for free, public education!

Fight for free, public education!

Jeremy Corbyn’s call to scrap tuition fees and to introduce maintenance allowances is a welcome development in the fight for free education. Although there is a way to go before these reforms are won, the Labour Party’s proposal to invest an extra £25 billion into education in England offered a clear alternative to the long-term programme of cuts and corporatisation.

McDonald’s strike: Organising the unorganised

McDonald’s strike: Organising the unorganised

For the first time ever, McDonald’s workers in Britain are be striking. The first day of this historic strike, on the 4th of September will see some of the worst treated, lowest paid and precarious workers taking on the notoriously anti-union McDonald’s at its restaurants in Cambridge and in Crayford, south-east London.

Fight for £10 minimum wage NOW!

Fight for £10 minimum wage NOW!

The surge in price rises continues unabated. Official figures released in May put inflation at a rate of 2.9%, with most economists predicting further price rises this year.

Leisure centres should be for people, not profit

Leisure centres should be for people, not profit

From the beginning of 2015, leisure centres formerly managed by Belfast City Council have been outsourced to Greenwich Leisure Limited. Although GLL is registered as a charitable social enterprise and claims to reinvest its surplus back into service provision, the company is winning an ever increasing number of contracts by slashing wages, staffing and training while paying its directors exorbitantly.

 

We Demand REAL JOBS and DECENT PAY!

Stormont! We Demand REAL JOBS and DECENT PAY! Not poverty and unemployment! By Daniel Waldron The end of 2015 saw a raft of manufacturing job losses, the biggest blow being the announcement of Michelin’s plans to close their Ballymena plant with the loss of 860 jobs, coming in the wake of the […]

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 – […]

Belfast Met Students’ Union President challenges Stephen Farry on Zero-Hour Contracts

In response to Minister Stephen Farry’s refusal to ban zero-hour contracts, Courtney Robinson – President of Belfast Met Students’ Union and representative of Socialist Youth said: “According to DEL Minister Stephen Farry, he won’t ban zero-hour contracts because it could deny people employment opportunities. I would challenge him to find […]