Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/644/10505

From The Socialist newspaper, 27 October 2010

Northern Ireland: build a new party

Thousands of workers took to the streets of Belfast on 23 October in probably the largest non-sectarian demonstration in Northern Ireland since the anti-war movement. They marched in opposition to the 4 billion cuts to public spending in Northern Ireland which were contained in the comprehensive spending review.

Daniel Waldron, Socialist Party Belfast

These cuts will have a devastating impact on an economy heavily reliant upon the public sector, which directly employs a third of the workforce and props up the private sector. Researchers have suggested 40,000 jobs will be lost as a result of the cuts, although this could turn out to be a conservative figure.

There was an angry and determined mood among the workers who joined the protest. Some of the local politicians who support cuts had the gall to join the march, including SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie and the Minister of Education, Sinn Fein's Caitriona Ruane.

All the main parties have been implementing cuts and privatisation since the Assembly Executive was established and accept that workers and young people must pay the price for the bankers' economic crisis.

Unfortunately, these politicians were given credence by representatives from the Northern Ireland committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Speaker after speaker appealed for 'our' politicians to unite against cuts, despite their track record. This clearly was not the mood of workers on the demonstration, who replied with boos and jeers.

Instead of sowing illusions in the sectarian, pro-capitalist parties, the trade unions should be preparing their members for a fightback against the cuts, including moving towards a new, anti-sectarian party of the working-class. The Socialist Party raised this demand on the march and called for a one-day public sector strike as the beginning of a campaign of industrial action to smash the cuts.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 27 October 2010:


Anti-cuts campaign

Stop cuts through mass action

Thousands march against cuts

20,000 march in Edinburgh against cuts

Wales says: don't break the poor

Northern Ireland: build a new party

Police attack Bristol demonstration

Wave of protests against Con-Dem cuts

Join the protests


Socialist Students

Organise to stop education cuts!

Youth Fight for Jobs and Socialist Students day of action

Youth Fight for Jobs conference - 4 December

Step forward for TUC youth unemployment demo


Socialism 2010

Socialism 2010: Weekend of discussion and debate 6-7 November


Socialist Party feature

Mass action urgent against programme for poverty


Socialist Party news and analysis

Housing cuts will mean more evictions and social cleansing

Axeman Osborne slashes disabled people's benefits

Government bludgeons workers' pensions

How the rich beat the taxman

On your bus, IDS!

Bolton: Police brutality exposed

Franchising torture


Socialist Party workplace news

Victory to London firefighters!

BA bosses try to control union

Disaster for local government

Unite general secretary election: Right wing candidate on another planet


 

Home   |   The Socialist 27 October 2010   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Northern Ireland:

triangleBoeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

triangleWeakened Tories forced into Northern Ireland abortion u-turn

triangleCardiff East Socialist Party: The DUP, Northern Ireland, and socialism vs sectarianism

triangleWirral Socialist Party: The DUP, Northern Ireland, and socialism vs sectarianism

triangleNorthern Ireland: DUP propping up the Tories

Ireland:

triangleLeeds Socialist Students marks 'International Safe Abortion Day'

triangleEyewitness: Irish socialist MP participates in events

triangleChesterfield Socialist Party: The continuing struggle for abortion rights

triangleBuilding workers' struggle and the forces of international socialism

Cuts:

triangleSalford Unison condemns pay cuts

triangleWorkplace news in brief

triangleCarlisle NHS campaigners hand in petition to MP

International

International

11/10/17

Catalonia

Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

4/10/17

Catalonia

Solidarity with Catalonia - the people have the right to decide

4/10/17

Catalonia

Eyewitness: Irish socialist MP participates in events

2/10/17

Catalonia

Exemplary resistance by the people of Catalonia

27/9/17

Germany

Germany: Election results in political earthquake

27/9/17

Catalonia

Strike against Madrid's 'state of emergency'!

27/9/17

Germany

German elections: rise of the far right and right-wing government will provoke resistance

27/9/17

France

French Labour reform protests

25/9/17

Catalonia

Catalonia: Student strike called

20/9/17

Myanmar

Brutal repression of Rohingya people sparks massive humanitarian crisis

20/9/17

Catalonia

Solidarity with Catalonia in the Spanish state

15/9/17

Germany

Berlin hospital strike

13/9/17

Korea

Korean peninsula: is nuclear war likely?

13/9/17

Students

Interview with leader of students' union in the Spanish state: "When we fight, we win!"

6/9/17

US

Hurricane Harvey: A tragedy made far worse by capitalism

triangleMore International articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

triangle11 Oct Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

triangle6 Oct Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

triangle4 Oct The nasty party turns on itself... but the Tories must be driven out

More ...

triangle16 Oct Teesside Socialist Party: After the party conferences

triangle17 Oct London: TUC lobby & rally; and London march

triangle18 Oct Warrington & St Helens Socialist Party: 1917-2017; the October Russian Revolution

triangle18 Oct Hackney Socialist Party: 100 years ago - the Bolshevik-led revolution

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2