Socialist Democracy Statement, 4 April 2017
The action that can guarantee victory in the Bus Eireann struggle is the unofficial action taken by the drivers on Friday 31st March. The strike must be broadened. If it sits still, it risks being strangled.
Flying pickets should bring out Iarnrod Eireann, Dublin Bus and private bus services. Everyone’s wages and conditions will suffer if the strike is broken. Transport across the country must be brought to a halt now without a long delay for further votes.
But that’s a big ask. It’s a big ask for other workers to lose pay and take the risk of striking without the protection of an official dispute. It’s a big ask for travellers who may lose pay and suffer a great deal of inconvenience.
The strike demands must put forward the needs of everyone: A decent wage for workers that is not pared to the bone in the interests of speculators. A national public transport system designed around the needs of the people that excludes privatisation. A broader call against the sell-off of resources and services in the interests of vulture capitalism.
The top union officials are a major obstacle to success. Effective wildcat action is organised by the drivers while the officials wash Read the rest of this entry
I haven’t been doing much on the blog for some weeks. . .
This is partly because of work on Redline blog and partly the interruptions of life in general. I was away for ten days and tied up with other stuff and then I had a lot of other things to catch up with when I got back home.
I’m currently transcribing some more more Fintan Lalor stuff to go on the blog and then I just have to do some proofing and correcting on Constance Markievicz’s 1923 pamphlet What Irish Republicans Stand For and I’ll get that up. It would have gone up long ago except I have a print out that I made of it back in the late 1980s and when me and a friend were typing it up I noticed that several lines were missing at the bottom of a number of pages. I have had to wait several years to be able to get hold of those lines, but I’ve been able to find and fix them.
Then I have a substantial little body of books I need to review. It is now several years since most of these books were actually published!!! However, the stuff I tend to read is material that doesn’t date, so the reviews would still be highly relevant.
I’m still very keen to get other people writing for this site.
Also, Redline would love to run a piece on the anti-water charges campaign and its recent sweeping victory. But everyone I ask is so busy with actual campaigning, no-one has time. If anyone who reads this blog fancies taking it on, that would be great.
Redline is a totally independent site, it’s not aligned with any political organisation or tendency. So there should be no complications in anyone writing for it.