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50 years since the UWC stoppage

May 2024 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Ulster Workers’ Council (UWC) stoppage. This was a sectarian mobilisation which brought Northern Ireland to a standstill for two weeks, and forced the abandonment of the first attempt at power-sharing government here. It acts as a warning of the potential for sectarianism to infect and divide the workers’ movement in the absence of a fighting, socialist lead.
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Northern Irish capitalism: Misery and exploitation for workers and young people

Working class and young people have seen their wages eroded by an increasing cost-of-living, leading to a real downturn in standards of living. And the economy in the North seems to only be getting worse. Business insolvencies (effectively bankruptcies) in the last quarter of 2023 were 62% higher than in the previous year and were at the highest rate since the data series began in 1960.
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#LE23: Sinn Féin surge, smaller parties squeezed

The elections were a continuation of what we have seen before: Sinn Féin and the DUP strengthening their positions and support increasing for Alliance. These elections took place in the midst of the cost of living crisis, and threatened cutbacks in the Stormont budget. While the main parties in the elections offered no way forward for working-class people, the strike action and campaigns to save services that have taken place over the past few weeks give a glimpse of the potential of real change.
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Is the cost of living crisis ending?

Rising rent, soaring energy bills and skyrocketing grocery costs – for many, the cost of living crisis has been a severe cause of financial and psychological stress.  According to capitalist economists previous recession fears were exaggerated, and that inflationary pressures are subsiding. So, it is worth asking, is the cost of living crisis finally coming to an end?
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After last week’s protest in Omagh – building a movement against sectarianism

Last Saturday (25th March 2023), 1000 people gathered in Omagh following a call from Omagh Trade Union Council. The call by trade unionists was made because earlier that week dissident republican paramilitaries had shot and critically injured an off-duty police officer outside a sports complex which at the time was attended by many young people. The vast majority of those in attendance were working-class people of all backgrounds, from Omagh and the surrounding areas. A "solidarity march" was also held by a local sports club, attracting several hundred people of all ages.