Gardiner, a trade unionist himself, said: “Ryanair is in the High Court today seeking an injunction to prevent strike action from taking place this Thursday. This comes as no surprise given the airline refuses to provide its pilots with adequate pay and conditions and has long resisted attempts by its workers to unionise.

Gardiner continued: ‘’Trade union legislation in Ireland is heavily weighted in favour of the employer class, allowing them to drag trade unions through the courts for spurious reasons any time workers seek to take industrial action. Allowing employers to take unions to court in this way clearly plays into the hands of unscrupulous employers like Ryanair, who will do virtually anything to prevent their workers from being...

The Workers’ Party has led criticisms of Permanent TSB for implementing United States legislation which for decades has imposed an economic embargo on trade and travel between the United States and Cuba. The Party says it had restrictions placed on its bank transactions by PTSB last week, because the bank transfer – between two Irish bank accounts – related to Cuba. 

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The Workers’ Party have called for all ferry companies to accept foot and bicycle passengers, in light of the urgent need to decrease the country’s carbon emissions. The call comes as both Irish Ferries (on their Epsilon sailings to France and the UK), and Brittany Ferries (on their Santander crossing), introduce car-only ferry sailings, which completely exclude passengers traveling by rail, foot...

‘Spoiling a ballot’ is the act of defacing one’s electoral ballot so as to invalidate it, meaning that the vote is not counted.

This proposes the question, why would someone spoil their ballot? Is it ever the correct action to take?

The north of Ireland’s European elections had a turnout of 45.41%, and in the south, 49.7%. this means both sides of the border less than half of those registered...

One of the newly elected EU representatives for the Midlands-West of Ireland is Maria Walsh. At only 31 years old, she is notable for her youth and the fact that she is one of only a few LGBTQ+ members of the European Parliament. Her victory might be seen as a positive step for Ireland’s queer population, and indeed it would be heartening to see, if the party she represents were not one of the...

We can’t wait until a referendum on unity has been called or our island has been brutally repartitioned by a hard border.

“People across the island deserve to have detailed information on how it would all work and the comfort of knowing that we are prepared for all eventualities. 

“The debate on a United Ireland has been driven forward by the complete disregard of the Tories, DUP and...

The following speech is from the general secretary of the Connolly youth movement at the communist party summer school in Benburb

Comrades, old and new.

It is and has always been in the interest of every movement in history to reach out to the young people within their communities and politicize them. Our task here in Ireland is no different. As a member of the Connolly Youth Movement for four...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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