19 | 06 | 2019

Socialists in Ireland must ask themselves if the USI is genuinely an ally in our fight for the liberation of young people, or if it is just a bourgeois institution that can never deliver the needed material interests of young people in Ireland. I believe that rather than being a force for radical change in Ireland, the USI can and always will be a collection of ladder climbers and opportunists in the leadership, and aimless disenfranchised students at the bottom.

Youthparticipation in unions in 2012 sat below 5% in Ireland (Vandaele,2013), with this fact being mirrored in numerous countries around theEU. There are numerous possible explanations for this fact, but inthis article I want to focus on one in particular.

Whenthinking about it, it might seem at first that young people may nothave a good view of unions as a result of cultural and media biasesagainst them, but this doesn’t seem to be true. The Journal.ie heldthree separate polls on the Nurses and Midwives strike betweenDecember 2018, and January 2019, with all three resulting in approvalof over 75% in each, with Keune (2013), finding that in all countriessurveyed with the exception of Spain, young people almost alwaysviewed trade unions in a positive light.

For a decade now, thepeople of Ireland, North and South of the border have been crucifiedby a cabal of political parties wedded to the interests ofcapitalists. For a decade, cuts have been inflicted against the mostvulnerable in society in order to “balance the budget”. For adecade, trade unions have not been actively recruiting into theirunions from the waves of people joining the workforce. Trade Unionmembership has dramatically declined and with it so has the share ofwealth workers receive for their work. What does that mean?

We, the Connolly Youth Movement support the YES vote in the upcoming divorce referendum on Friday the 24th of May 2019,  currently, the law according to the constitution of the twenty six mandates that a married couple must be separated for four of the last five years to be granted a divorce, if the yes vote were to win, the oireachtas will then have the power to shorten this period to two years, while not perfect this is a far more preferable state of affairs, we believe this because we view it as an unnecessary invasion of privacy to have to prove that you have been separated for four of the last five years. This makes mutual divorces unnecessarily complex and poses many problems for someone facing domestic abuse from their spouse.

The following is a statement of solidarity from “The Red Nation”

Greetings relatives and comrades gathered in Ireland this weekend,

The Red Nation sends our solidarity and revolutionary salutes to our relatives and comrades in the Irish Liberation Movement(s) as a whole. We join all of you in honoring and remembering all who have given their lives in the cause of Irish national liberation and socialism.

Over the past few years The Red Nation has appreciated the support, solidarity, and comradeship of the Irish Socialist and Republican movements and we have not forgotten this. We have carried your flags in our marches, we have spoken about you in our conferences, and as a revolutionary internationalist organization we are committed to struggling against imperialism and capitalism alongside all of you.

The misconception is that Marxist Feminists see Gender as a very narrow, binary concept, that doesn’t take into account any deviation from the old dichotomy of male and female. Marxist Feminists can accept that trans people exist and ought to be supported, just in the same way that Liberal Feminists can. It is true that the language used is quite binary, however I believe this comes from the fact that the great foundational thinkers of the Marxist Feminism, Alexandra Kollontai and Clara Zetkin are still widely read by Marxist Feminists today, even later thinkers like Shulamith Firestone, Ueno Chizuko, Silvia Federici and of course, possibly the most famous Marxist Feminist, Angela Davis, were writing, leading and theorising decades before the movement for transgender equality and liberation in the 2010s had begun to take place.

Statement by the Workers Party on 70 years of NATO

Today is theseventieth anniversary of the foundation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). On 3rdand 4th April foreign ministers from NATO countries are meeting inWashington D.C.

Thisis no cause for celebration. NATO is an aggressive imperialist war machine thatexpresses and serves the interests and profitability of capital and themonopolies. NATO is the enemy of peace and social progress. It exists in theinterests of preserving the current social system.

The Workers’Party has called on the government to immediately take over the burial groundsof the former Bessboro Mother & Baby home in Blackrock on the Southside ofCork city.

Workers’Party Cork Councillor Ted Tynan said that following the partial demolition ofthe old building known as Bessboro folly over last weekend on the instructionsof the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary the order had lost thetrust of the general public and he called for the gardaí to take over that partof the site and treat it as a crime scene in relation to the hundreds ofchildren said to be buried at the site.

The Workers’ Party in Cork have expressed serious concern at last night’s (Friday) major fire at a recycling centre near Glanmire which was attended by 11 units of Cork city and county fire brigade.

CouncillorTed Tynan said that there was a very real concern about the safety of recyclingcentres and accused the Environmental Protection Agency and local authoritiesof not doing enough to ensure that such units were made safe.

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