Tag: austerity

Libraries Campaign Welcomes Minister’s ‘U-Turn’ on Cuts

The Hands Off Our Libraries campaign is celebrating victory today after Minister for Communities Paul Givan announced that extra funds have been found to prevent cuts to opening hours at fourteen branches. The campaign organised a day of action on Saturday 25th June, supported by Unite the Union, which saw […]

Waterfront & Ulster Hall Workers Fight Privatisation

As of 3rd August, workers at both the Waterfront Hall and Ulster Hall have commenced industrial action to keep both venues within Belfast City Council. The action is supported by the three trade unions – NIPSA, Unite and SIPTU – who represent the overwhelming majority of workers at the two venues. Facilities […]

Britain: Reject the lie that is austerity

Britain: Reject the lie that is austerity

Trade unions must now act to resist Osborne offensive On Wednesday 3 December the Tories declared all-out war on the working class and all our futures. For once the BBC told the truth when assistant political editor Norman Smith described the Autumn Budget Statement as “utterly terrifying”. Smith drew comparisons […]

Fight transport fare rises and route cuts

The decision to raise public transport fares is another attack on ordinary people’s living standards. Metro fares in Belfast are set to rise by 10p a journey. Ulsterbus and railways fares are to rise 4% and 4.5% respectively. This is after workers have suffered an average cut in wages of […]

Draft Budget: More than 6,000 job losses on the cards

Draft Budget: More than 6,000 job losses on the cards

According to Finance Minster Simon Hamilton, at least 6,000 public sector jobs look set to be cut in the form of redundancies. Bizarrely, his party colleague Sammy Wilson announced that in order to cut corporation tax 14,000 redundancies would be necessary in order to encourage job creation in the economy! […]

Draft Budget: And the winners are….. BIG BUSINESS

Draft Budget: And the winners are….. BIG BUSINESS

A Northern Ireland Investment Fund is to be established as part of the Draft Budget which aims to provide millions to businesses involved in infrastructure projects. Finance Minister Simon Hamilton reckons this could amount to £1billion – the equivalent of employing an extra 46,000 nurses! The Executive decided to extend […]

What’s the Alternative to Stormont’s Austerity Budget?

What’s the Alternative to Stormont’s Austerity Budget?

The Socialist Party believes that the consultation on Stormont’s draft Budget should take place “on the streets”. Protestant and Catholic working class people should unite in their tens of thousands and say no to austerity and no to more cuts. Recovery has only benefitted the rich and according to the […]

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 […]