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Vladimir Putin held talks with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Mon Dec 06, 2021 18:32 | amarynth
The expanded format meeting between the two delegations was followed by a face-to-face conversation over a working lunch, lasting 3 and a half hours. Following the summit, a Joint Statement Russia ? India:
Minister Kordahi at center of Saudi-Lebanon row resigns Mon Dec 06, 2021 17:26 | amarynth
http://middleeastobserver.n... Description: The full English translation of the resignation speech of Lebanese Information Minister George Kordahi. Kordahi was at the center of a weeks-long major diplomatic row between Lebanon and
As Turkey?s currency plummets, Al Jazeera guests clash over state of economy Mon Dec 06, 2021 17:22 | amarynth
http://middleeastobserver.n... Description: In a recent episode of the long-running program Al-Etejah al?Mu?akis on Al Jazeera Arabic hosted by Faysal al-Qasim, two guests based in London and Istanbul, debated ?why the value of
Quick note on moderation: we are doing away with ?anonymous? comments Mon Dec 06, 2021 16:30 | The Saker
Dear friends, As promised, we are doing away with “anonymous” comments later today. Other than that, the blog is doing great and there is nothing special to report. Kind regards
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Tuesday March 03, 2009 11:00 by Workers Solidarity - WSM (WS 107) wsm_ireland at yahoo dot com
There is no money left, it’s all gone. At least that’s what you might think after listening to Peter Robinson, Caitriona Ruane, and the parade of capitalist economists and pundits who parrot this nonsense. Yes, we are heading into a deep recession but guess who is expected to pay the cost?
The Government has no problem finding money to bail out bankers, it’s only when cash is needed to pay decent wages or to provide modern schools and hospitals that nothing can be found. The attack on pay and pensions is open class struggle by employers and the government against working people.
It may sound old-fashioned to talk of class struggle, but what else do you call it when one class wants to preserve its wealth at the expense of the other class?
We have the highest rise in job losses for 37 years. Now our wonderful power-sharing Executive has decided to share even more job losses between Protestant and Catholic. No sectarianism there, all working people will get an equal chance to experience life on the dole. Their latest news is that 1,700 jobs are to go in the Health Boards.
Minister for Regional Development, Conor Murphy, is presiding over an £11.5 million cut in Translink’s budget. This means that less used but essential rural bus services will be further cut. If you can’t afford to run a car, Conor will keep you fit by making you walk miles to work, school and town. Not that Conor, with his huge salary, expenses and free car will ever be forced to walk anywhere.
And his buddy, Education Minister Caitriona Ruane is talking about privatising the school bus service. That will mean lower wages and less union organisation for bus drivers.
The goal of employers and the Executive is to transfer more wealth from working people to the rich. They want wage cuts across the economy. If we don’t fight back they will keep coming back to take more out of our pay packets, close down more of our services and give our children a lower standard of living than we had.
The rich are good at looking after their class interests – we should take the same attitude. They didn’t share the wealth in the ‘good years’, why should we share the pain today?
The UNITE union members working in Calcast in Derry showed that fighting back pays off. When told their jobs were gone, they occupied the plant and forced the bosses to give them each an extra £2,777 in redundancy payments. It shows that we do have real power if we stick together, imagine what could be achieved if we all fight back together.