Category: The North Published Date Written by Eoin Gilligan
After weeks of negotiations and stalemate it was all smiles and corny jokes today. The Sinn Fein/DUP coalition has survived to limp on like Tweedledum and Tweedledee strapped together in a three legged race. But the underlying contradictions in the north mean that we can anticipate other crises before too much time elapses. Gordon Brown hailed the agreement to devolve policing and justice powers to Stormont on April 12th as having heralded “a new spirit of mutual cooperation and respect.” Yet still we are left in a sectarian blind alley with no answer to the crisis facing working class people in the north.
Last Updated on Sunday, 21 February 2010 19:43
Category: The North Published Date Written by Paul Holmes on his Blogspot
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For One left candidate in the UNISON General Secretary Election!
Why Stand for Election?
Shades of 1979. An unpopular Labour Government, a Tory Party waiting in the wings and an economic mess. What awaits us?
The Labour Party don't think they can win the election, the Tory Party are scared to win it and the Liberals know they can't win it. Nobody is promising anything but misery. Our cuts won't be as bad as theirs. Where's the vision, where's the hope?
Last Updated on Friday, 05 February 2010 20:37
Category: The North Published Date Written by UNISON IMT Supporters
The post of UNISON General Secretary is one of the most important jobs in the whole of the Labour and trade union Movement in Britain and the north of Ireland . UNISON is a decisive force in the public sector and is potentially extremely powerful. UNISON is also one of the biggest unions affiliated to the British Labour Party and the leadership of the union is intimately tied up with the British government. As such this election is as important as the UNITE General Secretary Election, and in the Public Sector perhaps more so. Unlike the UNITE union however, UNISON only organises in the north of Ireland and has a Northern Ireland Region.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2010 19:45
Category: The North Published Date Written by Paul Holmes
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2010 21:57
Category: The North Published Date Written by IMT Ireland
Long discussions into the small hours, shuttle diplomacy and the combined weight of Gordon Brown and Brian Cowen and still the deadlock continues over the devolution of policing and justice in the north. The process is meant to have been agreed years ago, but the deep contradictions in the north mean that every issue and every syllable has to be fought over. The “peace process”, far from solving the problems of the working class has enshrined sectarian division and entombed the leadership of Sinn Féin and the DUP in Stormont, presiding over the minutiae of what is more or less an overblown County Council.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2010 23:17