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Elections – Socialist Party to stand in General Election

The Socialist Party is to stand candidates in the upcoming general election in the South Belfast and the East Belfast constituencies and is considering running in other constituencies in order to provide working class people a real reason to go and vote.

No to water charges

Prepare for non-payment in 2012

Water charges are set to be imposed on every household in 2012. It is estimated the charges will be in the region of £369 a year – another hit which working class and middle class families cannot afford to take.

Review: Steve Earle, 28th Sept Belfast

‘The peoples’ lyricist’
By Tommy Black

On September the 28th the first official evening of autumn, the man with ‘attitude’ Steve Earle performed at the Open House Festival 2009, at Customs Square, Belfast.  

Postal workers vote for strike action


120,000 postal workers throughout Britain and Northern Ireland have been balloted for strike action. Gabriel McCurry, Chair of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) NI Combined Branch spoke to Gary Mulcahy about the issues behind the ballot.

Health Feature – Health Service Under Attack

There is a sense of crisis across the Health Service in Northern Ireland. In the last few weeks the Belfast Trust has announced plans to close 152 beds at the City Hospital and Royal Group of Hospitals from November. The Northern Trust has halted more complex surgery at the Mid-Ulster Hospital in Magherafelt and Whiteabbey Hospital in Newtownabbey. All such surgery will now be concentrated at the Antrim and Causeway Hospitals. Parking charges are to be introduced at the Antrim and Causeway sites. There is a clear threat to the future of Accident and Emergency services at the Mid-Ulster and Whiteabbey.

By Ciaran Mulholland, AMICUS (Unite) Health Services Branch (personal capacity)

No to water charges!

The politicians in the Assembly are now openly speaking about imposing water charges on householders in April 2011. This additional bill will be in the region of £369 a year – but once they are introduced they will go like the gas and electricity prices and increase once they are […]

United action needed against sectarian riots

The nights of rioting which took place in East Belfast, beginning on the evening of Monday 31st August, brought into sharp focus many of the underlying issues which exist in Northern Ireland. They demonstrated that, eleven years on from the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, we still live in a deeply divided society with huge social problems, problems which the politicians in Stormont are incapable of dealing with.

By Daniel Waldron

Fight the Assembly’s privatisation agenda

 The Socialist can reveal plans by the Assembly to privatise public services leading to billions of taxpayers money being given away to private companies, cuts to services and attacks on workers rights and conditions.

By Owen McCracken

In its first 10 years of existence, the Assembly has handed over a staggering £1.3 billion of Public Private Partnership (PPP) contracts to private companies. If the Assembly gets its way the role of PPP in Northern Ireland is set to grow significantly, with Professor Allyson Pollock of the Centre for International Health Policy predicting a massive future bill in excess of £10 billion after contracts currently in the pipeline are signed. Since this February alone, more than £90 million has been spent on outsourcing contracts, mostly to private consultancy firms – a massive waste of public funds. (See below).