Local Politics

Queen’s SU staff fight for basic respect

Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union (QUBSU) workers have unionised and taken protest action against the university’s decision to take them off the Job Retention Scheme back in July. This callous decision has left workers without any payment since August. In the middle of a public health crisis, QUB has condemned their workers to unemployment and poverty. 

Newry, Mourne & Down Council staff to strike against race to the bottom

By Seán Burns Up to 1,000 council staff in the Newry, Mourne & Down District area – members of Unite, NIPSA, GMB and SIPTU trade unions – are set to take strike action on Thursday 3rd December in the first stage of a campaign against the management attacks on pay […]

Covid crisis exposes rotten capitalist system: A 10-point socialist response

Forty-five million people have been infected by Covid-19 globally, with over one million tragically losing their lives. The UK has now surpassed 1.37 million cases, with around 52,000 deaths.  In Northern Ireland, we have reached 46,359 cases and 846 deaths. While there are promising signs that effective vaccines may be available in the near future, there is evidence that new strains of the virus are rapidly emerging. There are also serious questions about how rapidly, efficiently and equally vaccination programmes will be rolled out.

End poverty pay: Fight for a real living wage!

The Living Wage Foundation says that an hourly rate of £9.50 is the minimum required to have a basic standard of living (based on stable, full-time hours). Meanwhile, millions of workers on the so-called ‘National Living Wage’ of £8.72/hour increasingly live in poverty.