ORDINARY PEOPLE in Northern Ireland will be hoping for an end to the war which has blighted their lives as politicians continued to haggle over a peace deal this week. We did not know the final outcome of the talks as Socialist Worker went to press. But even if a deal is struck, the struggle for a better future for working class people is far from over.
The recent threatened closure of one of Belfast's biggest employers, the Harland and Wolff shipyard, would mean nearly 3,000 workers being sacked. Yet all the main parties at the peace talks want to increase handouts for big business. Northern Ireland secretary Peter Mandelson boasts of being 'Mr Privatisation'.
Both Catholic and Protestant working class people in Northern Ireland thirst for real change. They want to live and work alongside one another in decent jobs, and for an end to discrimination against Catholics. One sign of this mood for a real alternative was seen in the 160 people in traditionally Unionist East Belfast last week who bought copies of our sister organisation in Ireland's Socialist Worker - a figure that would have been inconceivable just a few years back.