Contents of the April 2004, Socialist Voice

Coalition Against Water Charges
IN MARCH the Coalition Against Water Charges, the umbrella group to which the We Won't Pay Campaign and the Socialist Party is affiliated, met to discuss building the campaign over the coming months.
By Gary Mulcahy - Read more here…

Water Charges Campaign
Yet, the sharpest attack on ordinary people in the North is being prepared quietly in the shadows by Government ministers. The introduction of water charges and the privatisation of the water and sewerage service is now less than two years away. Read more here…

Step up the fight to save public transport
The decision by the leadership of SIPTU to call off the 18 March public transport strikes has enraged workers in Aer Rianta and CIE. The 18 March was a lost opportunity to stop the Government in its tracks and setback their privatisation agenda Read more here…

Warmonger Aznar pays the price
11 million Spaniards protested against the bombings in Madrid carried out by forces linked to the reactionary Islamic fundamentalists Al Qaeda. In the three days that followed, the mass protests across Spain and the toppling of Jose Maria Aznar's Popular Party government sent shockwaves across the world. By Mark Hoskins Read more here…

SIPTU betrays Aer Rianta workers
The cancellation of the 18 March transport strike by the SIPTU officers over the heads of the Aer Rianta strike committee was a disgusting betrayal of those workers and a blow to all in that semi-state attempting to organise against the Fianna Fail/PD privatisation juggernaut. By Councillor Clare Daly Read more here…

Pay back time at elections
Working class communities in Dublin City and Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown are still not paying the bin tax and local campaigns are preparing for the non-collection battle. By Kevin McLoughlin Read more here…

School students say: We need a union
THE OMAGH area has many second level education facilities and thousands of students. These school students need representation to defend their rights. By Patrick Meehan, Omagh Socialist Youth
Read more here…

Reject citizenship Referendum
Working class people should oppose the Government's proposal to end the citizenship rights of children born here to non-nationals. The Referendum is formally about citizenship and the rights of refugees and immigrant workers and there is resentment among sections of society towards refugees and attempts will be made to further stoke it up. Read more here…

Youth Against Racism say stop the attacks
AFTER A period of seemingly relative calm, racist attacks have once again resumed with an increased sense of hatred and viciousness in communities across Northern Ireland.
By John Wood Read more here…

An Post lockout fails
The recent dispute in An Post which resulted in the suspension of over 600 workers at the Dublin Mail Centre (DMC), ended with a management back down. An Post management and the Government are aiming to resolve the financial crisis in An Post (50 million euro loss) by cutbacks in jobs, wages, working conditions and services. By Terry Kelleher Read more here…

Scottish nursery nurses all out over pay
IN WHAT could turn out to be a landmark dispute, 5,000 nursery nurses (nursery classroom assistants) across Scotland have been on all out strike since the beginning of May. Read more here…

may day protests for a socialist europe
May Day protests have been called to coincide with the EU summit taking place in Dublin that day. The right wing media have tried to whip up a sense of hysteria around the May Day protests, talking of how 1,200 newly trained riot police are ready with riot gear and water cannons for violence from "thugs". However they have consciously tried to ignore why people will be protesting against the EU agenda in the first place. By Cillian Gillespie Read more here…

Yasin assassination "Opened the gates of hell"
The assassination of Shaikh Ahmed Yasin, founder of Hamas, by the Israeli Defence Force last month clearly demonstrates the bankruptcy of the Sharon government. Read more here…

European Elections: joe higgins to stand in dublin
Joe Higgins, Socialist Party TD for Dublin West, who spent a month in jail last Autumn for fighting the bin tax, will be the Socialist Party's candidate in the European election for the Dublin constituency on 11 June. Read more here…

Bin Charges campaign – persecuted for costs
Regular readers of Socialist Voice will remember well how on 19 September last, a High Court judge not only sent us to jail but awarded the Council costs against us. Read more here…

Back on the streets against the occupation
SATURDAY 20 March was an international day of action against the occupation of Iraq. In Belfast a small but lively demonstration of 300 took to the streets to show their opposition to the brutal and continuing imperialist adventure in Iraq. Read more here…

Iraq in revolt
The killing of 20 Shia protesters by Spanish occupying troops, and the issuing of an arrest warrant by US pro-consul Paul Bremer for the Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has sparked off a new armed revolt by sections of the majority Shia population in Iraq. Read more here…

Nazis confronted in Portrush
Members of the right-wing White Nationalist Party were recently confronted by anti-fascists and prevented from giving out leaflets in Portrush. We have received the following report and photographs from a group called the Fascists Out! Campaign who carried out this activity. Read more here…

Dirty tricks & collusion will the truth come out?
THE PUBLICATION of the Cory Report into the deaths of Pat Finucane, Rosemary Nelson, Billy Wright and Robert Hamill, and of the Dail report into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings, has provided further evidence of the nefarious role played by the British State in the conflict in Northern Ireland. By Ciaran Mulholland Read more here…

Civil service pay dispute - escalate to win!
CIVIL SERVANTS are determined to continue their industrial action over pay. Three months into the action the Government are still sticking to their 0% increase which, in reality, represents a pay cut. Read more here…

Withdraw the invitation
The world's No. 1 war criminal, George W. Bush is due to visit Ireland on 25 and 26 June Read more here…

Bus workers must take control of the dispute!
On 17 March the SIPTU leadership did the dirty work of Seamus Brennan and the Government by forcing the workers in CIE and Aer Rianta, against their wishes, to call off the 18 March public transport strikes on the basis of meaningless "reassurances" from Bertie Ahern. Read more here…

Airport inquiry starts
The T&GWU have agreed to set up an Inquiry into the union's handling of the dispute at Belfast International Airport which led to the sacking of 23 workers, including the three shop stewards. Read more here…




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