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irlande / grande-bretagne / luttes en milieu de travail / opinion / analyse Sunday March 10, 2013 22:42 by Mark Hoskins 1 image
Les responsables des syndicats irlandais viennent d'approuver un programme d'austérité pour les travailleurs du secteur public. Le Workers Solidarity Movement s'oppose à cet accord. Cet article fournit des détails et des arguments contre cette attaque envers les travailleurs. [English] read full story / add a comment
irlanda / gran bretagna / lotte sindacali / opinione / analisi Monday March 04, 2013 20:57 by Mark Hoskins 1 image
I dirigenti sindacali irlandesi hanno siglato un accordo per un programma di austerity che riguarda i lavoratori del settore pubblico.Il WSM sta contestando questo accordo. In questo articolo dettagli sull'accordo e sulle nostre contestazioni a questo attacco ai lavoratori. [English] read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Sunday March 03, 2013 21:30 by Mark Hoskins 1 image
ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Wednesday February 27, 2013 20:12 by Mark Hoskins 1 image
Early yesterday morning, the leadership of the public sector committee of ICTU emerged from talks with the government claiming they had achieved the best possible outcome from the negotiations. The best possible outcome in question involves extra hours at work, cuts in overtime rates and allowances for unsociable hours, delayed increments and revisions to flexitime arrangements and work-sharing patterns. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / the left / opinion / analysis Tuesday November 27, 2012 22:53 by Mark Hoskins 1 image
The numbers at Saturday’s anti-austerity march were impressive given the relatively low key build up, but what was more impressive was the militant mood of the protesters. This was exemplified by the booing and heckling of ICTU president Eugene Mc Glone with chants calling for a General Strike. Mc Glone, in the style of a seasoned professional union official managed to pick himself up and give a speech which though cynical in delivery, bore more than a grain of truth that the radical left should not dismiss out of hand.
The gist of the ICTU president’s speech was that you can’t just pull a general strike out of a hat; you must build for it and win support in your union and in society in general. It should not be just “called” by those at the top of the unions but fought for by the rank and file. In this context, Mc Glone correctly showed that the slogan of “general strike now” is little more than ultra-left rhetoric.
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international / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Tuesday November 06, 2012 06:57 by Mark Hoskins 1 image
Since the birth of the organised labour movement there have been intermittent claims that some alteration in the conditions of workers had rendered class struggle irrelevant or who suggested that class stratification meant that different workers had different interests and thus could not take united action. This was apparent in the struggle between craft unionism and syndicalism in the days of Connolly and Larkin, or the mantra that “the class struggle is over” in more recent times. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / community struggles / opinion / analysis Thursday June 14, 2012 17:04 by Mark Hoskins 1 image
Almost a month has passed since the national conference of the Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes (CAHWT). While on the surface things look pretty quiet, this is a critical juncture for the campaign. The momentum that has been lost by the attachment of the CAHWT to the unsuccessful No referendum campaign will only be rebuilt when the government make their next move, but those active in the campaign need to use the coming weeks to prepare for that eventuality. read full story / add a comment
ireland / britain / community struggles / opinion / analysis Thursday June 14, 2012 17:00 by Mark Hoskins 2 images
There’s been a lot of talk lately about participatory and direct democracy. Renewed interest in alternative forms of organising society has arisen from increasing dissatisfaction with mainstream politics and the domination of the economy by a few corporations. This dissatisfaction has found its expression in the Arab spring, the May 15th movement in Spain and the Occupy movement in the English-speaking world. Where the anti-capitalist movement of the last decade focussed almost exclusively on the power of the corporations and finance capital, this current tendency is to also focus on politics and the state. read full story / add a comment