Contents list for Socialist Voice, March 2004

Blanchardstown hospital: A&E lies idle
The greater Blanchardstown area, stretching from the Liffey to the borders of Meath near Clonee, has a rapidly increasing population. Yet over the last year, James Connolly Memorial Hospital has suffered savage cuts.

By Susan Fitzgerald. Read more here....

Housing crisis

A ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD
The right to a home, one of the most basic human rights, remains a pipe dream for many people, despite lip-service from government about their commitments to social and affordable housing.
By Councillor Clare Daly. Read more here....

Civil service dispute - action must be escalated

THREE MONTHS on from the first one-day strike in the current dispute by civil servants, industrial action is still taking place across all departments. The second all out strike day on 6 February was supported by the overwhelming majority of workers. Support for the action in pursuit of a pay increase and anger among civil servants is growing.

By Carmel Gates, Civil Service Executive and NIPSA PresidentRead more here....

Exclusive - schools to be sold off

HOW MANY parents would want their child's school to be run by Jarvis, the company widely held to be responsible for some of the worst disasters on the railways since they were privatised in Britain?Read more here....

Cork City Council Face protests across Northside

Working class communities on the Northside of Cork City should use the run-up to the council elections in June to put pressure on City Hall and local councillors for much-needed improvements.
By Mick Barry. Read more here....

Don't put the sticker on your bin!

Dublin City Council have begun to send out letters to all householders requesting them to put "Bin Identification Labels" on their wheelie bins. The Council claims that these stickers are to "enable us to give credit to households for each week the service is not used."

By Diarmuid Naessens. Read more here....

campaign against racism in the north
Youth against racism takes its message to the schools

Over 200 school students turned out to hear Youth Against Racism speakers in schools across the North in February.
By Chris Henry, Youth Against Racism Co-ordinator and Socialist Youth member. Read more here....

News interesting news items

iMac-ploitation One of the richest companies in the world Apple is openly exploiting young workers and to make things worse SIPTU is sitting back and allowing them to do so. Read more here....

Bush & Blair to blame for carnage in Iraq

Up to 270 died and 500 were injured in the suicide bomb attacks in Baghdad and Karbala on the holiest day in the Shia calendar. 45 Shia's also died in attacks in Pakistan. One journalist described 2 March 2004 as the "Shia's September 11".
By Stephen Boyd. Read more here....

Joe Higgins Column: Government Waste; Electronic Voting When I got out of jail last November, having served a month for the anti-bin tax protests, I spoke widely about the huge hypocrisy that lay at the heart of the Government's waste management strategy.
Read more here....

Lecturers strike over pay
200 Association of University Teachers (AUT) members turned up to a protest rally at the Department of Education offices in Belfast during the second of two one-day strikes at the end of February. Read more here....

Shift to Left in NIPSA elections
THE GENERAL Council results in NIPSA represent a considerable step forward for the left in the union. The activist based Time for Change coalition has had nine candidates elected including four Socialist Party members. Read more here....

1984 -85 The Miners' Strike
An epic Struggle Twenty years ago this month the great miners' strike began. For a year 140,000 members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) were engaged in a titanic battle with Margaret Thatcher's Tory government and the full force of the state. Ultimately, they went down to defeat but it was an honourable defeat. It was a dispute that would have been won were it not for the betrayal of the right wing trade union and labour leadership.

By Ciaran Mulholland. Read more here....

Postal strike: CWU fails to deliver
An Post staff in several offices around the country have engaged in an effective work to rule over the last weeks. The action has been taken because of continued non-payment of the 3% and the ongoing threat of cutbacks and up to 1,300 job losses. Read more here....

Privatisation feature
no more sell offs
More money for worse services

* Privatisation means huge amounts of money wasted on consultants' fees. Read more here....

Name the date for strike action!
On 23 February, Dublin Bus workers took limited strike action in their ongoing campaign against privatisation. The strike action was organised by union leaders from 11.00am to 3.00pm in order to cause the minimum amount of disruption. In doing so the leaderships of the NBRU and SIPTU have once again angered and frustrated many bus drivers, who correctly don't see the point in taking industrial action which has little effect on the Government.

John McCamley, Dublin Bus driver. Read more here....

South County Dublin
Pro-bin tax parties face election trial

Five weeks into the battle against non-collection in South Dublin County Council, the general significance of the battle against bin charges is clear. The mass opposition to double taxation is uniform across Dublin and remains strong.
By Paul Murphy Read more here....

Apprentices strike against fees
Nearly 1,000 apprentices walked out of classes and lectures across the South on 25 February in opposition to the imposition of "service" fees for apprentices completing Phase 4 and 6 of their apprenticeships.
By Matt Waine. Read more here....

Ahern facing tribunalCorruption: it hasn't gone away!
"You guys make the mafia look like fucking monks"

Tom Gilmartin, June 1989, speaking after being approached by a Fianna Fail figure for 5 million. Read more here....