In early March, two Belfast pro-choice activists were raided by police with search warrants for abortion pills. Both were raided at times when the police knew they would not be at home. Helen Crickard’s workshop was raided while she was at an International Women’s Day rally.
Goretti Horgan It then emerged that 15-20 women had been contacted by the police who had got their addresses from Customs because their pills had been seized. At least one person had the police turn up at their workplace and it is likely that some were living with their parents. It is hard to imagine […]
The Derry Trades Union Council recently organised a well-attended protest outside the premises of People Plus NI. Protests outside People Plus NI premises have been ongoing since last year.
Ruairi Gallagher The company, formerly known as Action for Employment, was established in north-west England during the early 1990’s when unemployment proliferated as a result of successive Tory governments deliberately destroying the country’s industrial-base and privatising its economy in order to weaken the trade unions and working class solidarity. People Plus has a discredited history: […]
Theresa May has called a snap Westminster election, despite consistently saying she would not. It is an opportunistic move. Everything she and the Tories do is cynically thought out.
(Picture: Tory PM Theresa May) Fiona Ferguson They have no core principles, except supporting the elites and the wealthy. Her attempts to use Brexit are no different. Theresa May supported remain and the EU in the referendum, not because she gave a damn about Europe, but because she saw it was a means to strengthen […]
Foyle Haven is a frontline day service providing accommodation, food and support to vulnerable people including street drinkers and the homeless, writes Gavin Campbell
A rescue package was organised last year after Big Lottery funding ended, but fears have been expressed over the Haven’s long-term future. Haven workers were put on protective notice and informed funding was only guaranteed through to March 31st creating tremendous anxiety for those who depend on its services, for their families and for its dedicated workforce. Without […]
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 […]
For the first time in the history of the NI Assembly, Unionists have lost their overall majority following the 2 March snap election.
(Picture: Arlene Foster at Omagh Count) With the reduction of MLA seats from 108 to 90, the DUP’s 28 seat hold is only one ahead of Sinn Fein and it has lost its ability to veto legislation through the Petition of Concern mechanism. A massive turnout for Sinn Fein has given the party a mandate […]
Northern Ireland's devolved government, the Stormont Assembly, has entered into another crisis.
Shaun Harkin Northern Ireland’s devolved government, the Stormont Assembly, has entered into another crisis. The RHI debacle is the largest in a series of financial scandals – Red Sky, NAMA and the Social Investment Fund, to name only the most prominent – that have rocked the institution in recent years. The impact of RHI […]
In November 2012, Arlene Foster, then Minister for the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI), initiated the 'Renewable Heat Incentive' (RHI) scheme.
Gavin Campbell The Department for the Economy estimates RHI will cost the public purse a staggering £490 million while the Northern Ireland Audit Office has issued a statement saying it could eventually cost over £1 billion. The scale of the debacle has triggered fresh elections in the North and plunged Northern politics into crisis. The […]
Almost without exception, commentators in the North believe that the Assembly election will be a brutal contest between Unionism and Nationalism, each side choosing a champion to take on the representatives of “the other side.”
Thus, Sinn Fein and the SDLP fight for the right to represent the Green voters, while the DUP and the Ulster Unionists clash over who’s to lead the charge for Orangeism – and People Before Profit is told that we are “not living in the real world” when we pitch our message to people in […]
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 […]