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Northern Ireland

Derry occupation gets results

02 December 2008
Workers at Calcast in Derry, Northern Ireland, have won better redundancy pay after occupying their factory. The plant makes parts for Ford. Some 90 redundancies were announced there.

Derry factory occupation against redundancies

25 November 2008
Workers at Calcast in Derry, Northern Ireland, have gone into occupation after 90 redundancies were announced.

Hunger: The mundane evil at the heart of the British state

04 November 2008
Looking back the shocking thing is just how mundane it was to visit Northern Ireland’s H Blocks of Long Kesh – or "the Maze" as the British called it.

Unison stifles debate on council pay talks

07 October 2008
The leadership of the Unison union in local government met last weekend but failed to have a proper debate over the decision to go to binding arbitration over the pay claim covering workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland 1968: Derry’s days of rage

30 September 2008
On 5 October 1968 a few hundred demonstrators assembled in the mainly Protestant area of the Waterside in Derry in Northern Ireland.

Unison’s call for arbitration in local government dispute is big set back

23 September 2008
The fight by 600,000 Unison union members in local government in England, Wales and Northern Ireland against poverty pay took a disastrous turn for the worse last week.

TUC conference: abortion debate

09 September 2008
The TUC overwhelmingly voted to call for an end to anti-abortion attacks on women’s rights and for improved access to abortion services. Their demands included extending abortion rights for women in Northern Ireland.

Early warning signals of attacks on local government ‘green book’

09 September 2008
After two fantastic days of strike action in July there appears to be a worrying twist in the fight for decent pay for local government workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


05 August 2008
Northern Irish need Abortion Act Diane Abbott MP has tabled an amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill to extend the Abortion Act to Northern Ireland. This long-overdue attempt to give equal rights to women in the North almost didn’t happen, despite it being Labour Party policy to support extension.

Public sector strikes making an impact on second day

17 July 2008
The strike by the people who keep local services going every day continued into its second day in every town and city in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Classroom assistants, refuse collectors, admin workers, street sweepers, and other grades stopped work again.

Thousands of workers to fight the public sector pay freeze

01 July 2008
Street sweepers, school cooks, refuse workers, teaching assistants and the hundreds of thousands of other people doing vital jobs in local councils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are gearing up to take on Gordon Brown’s pay curbs with two days of strike action on 16 and 17 July.

Raytheon 9 anti-war campaigners on trial for ‘crime’ of solidarity

27 May 2008
As Israeli forces were pounding Lebanon in the summer of 2006, nine anti-war activists in Northern Ireland occupied the offices of arms company Raytheon Systems Limited – the UK subsidiary of the US company Raytheon.

Hunger strike for workers’ rights

20 May 2008
Two sacked airport workers in Northern Ireland are on hunger and thirst strike for the second time in a month.

Bloody Sunday DVD

04 March 2008
It is hard to believe that this excellent film about the murder of 14 unarmed civilians by British paratroopers in Northern Ireland 36 years ago could have been made by one of Hollywood’s top directors.

New evidence: the reality of detention without trial in Northern Ireland

27 November 2007
Gordon Brown wants to extend the limit for quizzing terror suspects from 28 days to 56 or 58.

Abortion in Northern Ireland: access denied

30 October 2007
There are proposals to use the Human Tissue and Embryology Bill – which will be put before parliament in the next few months – to amend the Abortion Act and finally extend it to Northern Ireland.

Tribunal awards back pay to Northern Ireland lecturers

23 October 2007
Twenty two college lecturers in Northern Ireland are receiving back pay after an industrial tribunal found that they had been underpaid for five years.

All out strike by classroom assistants in Northern Ireland

09 October 2007
More than 3,000 classroom assistants in Northern Ireland went on all-out strike this week.

Teaching assistants in Northern Ireland take strike action

02 October 2007
Over 3,000 classroom assistants took strike action across Northern Ireland on Wednesday of last week to stop attacks on their pay and conditions.

Crucial council talks

21 August 2007
Local government employers have agreed to reopen talks with unions over this year’s disputed local government pay offer in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

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