Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/242/24891

From The Socialist newspaper, 22 February 2002

Left Victory In Northern Ireland Union

THE LEFT has won an historic victory in elections for the executive of Northern Ireland's largest trade union NIPSA.

In a vicious election campaign NIPSA's old conservative leadership used black propaganda and dirty tricks.

But the left, organised in a loose alliance under the name 'Time For Change, Time For a Fighting Democratic Union', won 13 out of a possible 25 seats on the Executive.

Of 13 left candidates elected, six are members of the Irish Socialist Party.

The result has sent shock waves through the bureaucracy of Northern Ireland's unions - the old failed policies of compromise and retreat from struggles are increasingly being rejected.

Union members demand a leadership that can make real gains for workers. In NIPSA the key issues have been the old leadership's failure to support members in struggle.

The development of 'Time for Change' was accelerated by a rebellion in NIPSA's ranks when the old leaders tried to sell out the struggle of term-time workers in education.

The term-time workers' struggle defeated the union bosses, education employers and the Northern Ireland Assembly. It was a huge victory for thousands of workers.

After this victory the old leadership tried to take control of pay negotiations from the union members. Again members fought back demanding that they be consulted.

These attacks are linked with attempts to destroy union democracy by attempting to stop conference, using legal moves to rule conference motions out of order and taking the union to the government certification officer.

Members have clearly learned from these experiences and now demand a leadership that will lead a fight for improved living standards and will defend union democracy.

The implications of the left vote in these elections will very quickly impact on the Northern Ireland Assembly as the Assembly parties are preparing for the biggest attack on public services in years.

The NIPSA vote will be enough on its own to make the politicians more cautious. NIPSA is a potentially powerful union, organising workers in both the civil service and the public services.

NIPSA covers the same sections of workers as organised by UNISON and the PCS in Britain.

NIPSA has the strength to bring Northern Ireland's public service to a halt. The real test now will be "can the new union leadership put the Assembly into full retreat?"

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


In The Socialist 22 February 2002:

Blair - the Bosses' Puppet

Strike for the full claim: Support Postal Workers

Trade Unions' Leftward Move Worries Blair

Time To Break Unions' Links With Labour

Left Victory In Northern Ireland Union

Socialist Party Congress 2002

Revolt From Below At Berlusconi's Attacks: Thousands march in Rome

Linking Up The Workers' Struggles


 

Home   |   The Socialist 22 February 2002   |   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

Union:

triangleRoyal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangleConference on state spies: who's watching who?

trianglePowerful picture of the Port Talbot steel workers' struggle

triangleNorth London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

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

Nipsa:

triangleHuge support for socialist in Northern Ireland union election

triangleNI Water workers' victory

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

19/10/17

Refugees

Hundreds of torture victims wrongly detained

18/10/17

Brexit

Tories torn - bin them now

18/10/17

What we saw

What we saw

18/10/17

Food

Obesity epidemic: end food market anarchy

18/10/17

NHS

Tories scrap the NHS pay cap: now fight for real-terms pay rises!

18/10/17

Debt

Young people being strangled by debts

13/10/17

Labour

The end of the Tories?

11/10/17

Tories

Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

11/10/17

Black history

The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against capitalist austerity

11/10/17

Housing

Housing crisis: Corbyn's positive measures blanked by Labour's right

11/10/17

Universal Credit

Major attacks 'Universal Credit', half a million more face poverty

11/10/17

Them & Us

Them & Us

11/10/17

NHS

NHS meltdown - fight the Tory cuts

11/10/17

IMF

IMF helps cause inequality it slams

4/10/17

NHS

Tories wreck our NHS

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


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

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle18 Oct Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangle18 Oct Balloting members on the pay cap

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

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

More ...

triangle21 Oct Birmingham: NSSN Solidarity Forum

triangle23 Oct Chesterfield Socialist Party: The continuing struggle for abortion rights

triangle24 Oct Liverpool Socialist Party: The October Russian Revolution 100 years ago to the day

triangle25 Oct Salford Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian 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