Trade unions have been under sustained attack globally, and in the North are fettered by a litany of anti-union laws to colloquially as the “Thatcher anti-union laws”, these labour restrictions are actually Stormont’s anti-union laws since they are a devolved matter.
Unsurprisingly, only when two socialist MLAs entered the arena were these anti-labour laws challenged. Former People Before Profit MLA Eamonn McCann introduced a private members bill to the NI Assembly: The Trade Union Freedom Bill. This legislation was launched and entered consultation before the Assembly collapsed this year. The Trade Union Freedom Bill has received […]
Teachers across the North are standing up for fair pay. Thousands of teachers have participated in strike action since November – closing hundreds of schools and disrupting hundreds of others.
Teachers have every right to be furious as consecutive education ministers, first Sinn Fein’s John O’Dowd and now the DUP’s Peter Weir, have treated them with a lack of respect, dignity and fairness. Education minister, Peter Weir, claims there is no money for teachers and their schools, while his own party has been overseeing the […]
Becca Bor, an US socialist living in Derry analyses the US Presidential election
With the presidential election in the United States two months away, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are tied in the polls. This is because progressives are not excited about Clinton and the right is enthusiastic about Trump. Clinton is the second most unpopular presidential candidate on record, second only to Trump. This election reflects the […]
An urban rebellion has exploded in Baltimore, Maryland. In response, martial law and a curfew have been imposed. Thousands of fully armed National Guard troops have been called in to back-up local police.
An urban rebellion has exploded in Baltimore, Maryland. In response, martial law and a curfew have been imposed. Thousands of fully armed National Guard troops have been called in to back-up local police. People, mainly young and Black, have rallied again in cities across the U.S. to demand justice, not just for […]