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Renationalise BT

The Communication Workers Union Clerical Branch in Northern Ireland has proposed a motion to the annual conference in May to re-nationalise British Telecom. The Socialist spoke to David Bell, proposer of the motion and branch secretary of the CWU NI Clerical Branch. “BT announced last November 10,000 jobs (or 6% […]

Death on the rock of Gibraltar

Death on the rock of Gibraltar

It is twenty years since the execution style killing by the SAS of three IRA members in Gibraltar. In Northern Ireland these deaths sparked a brief but particularly bloody upsurge in violence. Over the next thirteen days a series of attacks involving the army, the IRA and loyalist paramilitaries left a further eight people dead and 68 injured.

Water charges need to be scrapped, not just delayed

Anti-water charges campaigners reacted to yesterday’s announcement from the Northern Ireland Executive that water charges are to be deferred for another year by calling for water charges to be scrapped rather than delayed.

Gary Mulcahy, speaking on behalf of the We Won’t Pay Campaign explained “It is disappointing that the NI Executive has only announced the deferral of water charges. This means that water bills will be sent to people’s homes in April 2010. People are already struggling to pay the bills with soaring increases in energy costs. Another bill in the form of water charges is not acceptable, especially since we already pay for water through our rates.

 

300 more water service jobs to go

Water service needs to be taken out of hands of Northern Ireland Water

Bosses from the private sector only interested in making profits, not a quality water service

The We Won’t Pay Campaign has called on the Northern Ireland Executive to intervene and bring the water service fully back into public ownership after a further 300 job losses were announced by the company.

 

FBU – Organising to Save our pensions

FBU – Organising to Save our pensions

In September 2006 the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) acting on guidance from New Labour’s Department of Communities and Local Government stopped paying injury pension to three disabled former London Firefighters who have suffered debilitating injuries in the course of their duties.