Tag: trade unions

Trade unionists: reclaim our history of workers’ unity

Trade unionists: reclaim our history of workers’ unity

Workers face many problems in 2019 – from the ongoing effects of the cuts, years of below-inflation pay rises, and the ever present threat of sectarianism. In 1919, 1944 and 1969 the working class were given a powerful lead by militant workplace activists. In each period they also had trade union-linked political representation. We need to learn from these struggles, rebuild fighting trade unions, and recreate a socialist political alternative. We need to reclaim our past.

Brexit and the Irish Border: A Warning to the Workers’ Movement

Brexit and the Irish Border: A Warning to the Workers’ Movement

On March 29th 2019 the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union. For seventeen months the British government and the EU negotiators have been struggling to reach a legally binding “withdrawal agreement” to govern the terms of UK withdrawal, including the “divorce bill” or the sum the UK pays to settle its obligations to the EU, and a “political declaration” outlining the basic shape of a final deal after further negotiations.

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 […]

New Tory attacks on trade union strikes

Education minister Michael Gove has followed London Mayor Boris Johnson and other right-wing Tories to demand tighter new rules for strike ballots, which they believe would put an end to virtually all public sector strikes. If the Tories win the 2015 general election, a legal strike could only take place […]


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 […]

Trade unions must stand up to Stormont’s austerity

Every part of our civil and public services are under constant attack from government. In every area local struggles are taking place. Workers in housing, health, education, councils, the civil service etc are bravely fighting to defend services from privatisation and cuts. Every one of these campaigns deserves credit as […]

INTO votes for general strike strategy

socialistpartyni.net spoke to teacher and INTO trade union activist Kevin Daly in a personal capacity after successfully moving a motion committing INTO to link up with other trade unions to build for general strike action against austerity. SP: “Conference condemns the ongoing austerity agenda driven by Westminister and administered by […]

Bob Crow – an uncompromising fighter for the working class

The Socialist Party is shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of Bob Crow, general secretary of the Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT). The response to his death already once again confirms the major impact he had as a trade union leader – undoubtedly one of the […]