Since the announcement from direct-rule Ministers that water charges are
to be imposed in Northern Ireland, the local political parties who
shared power in the Assembly have fervently blamed each other for
allowing water charges to be introduced.
Workers at the Dessian factory in Belfast have gone on strike over the
sacking of a shop steward. Dessian, which is a locally owned company
making PVC windows, employs over 100 at it’s Belfast plant and another
40 at a Glasgow subsidiary.
Across Western Europe there is a debate on the left as to the best way
to create or recreate new mass parties of the working class. The sharp
move to the right of the social democratic and labour parties over the
last 10-15 years, has put this issue firmly on the agenda. Trade union
and community activists opposed to...
ON 5 JANUARY Jeffrey Donaldson, Norah Beare and Arlene Foster announced
that they were joining the DUP. Their move underlined the results of the
recent elections. The DUP are now the largest unionist party and Sinn
Fein the largest nationalist party.
On 11 December, the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance (NIPSA)
union held a very successful one-day strike. This was in protest against
the derisory pay deal imposed by central government - a 0% cost of
living rise. When increased National Insurance payments and inflation
are taken into account, it amounts to a...
The recent Northern Ireland Assembly elections have produced a recipe
for ongoing political stalemate and paralysis. Sinn Fein and the
Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) are the clear victors and, no matter how
they try to put a gloss on the result, both Trimble’s Ulster Unionist
Party (UUP) and the Social Democratic...