Workers Solidarity 106 now online

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Workers Solidarity 106 now online

The latest issue of Ireland's anarchist paper Workers Solidarity is now online. You can read individual articles at http://www.wsm.ie/story/4796 or download the PDF file to print out and if you wish distribute.


Southern PDF edition - http://www.wsm.ie/attachments/nov2008/ws106southern.pdf
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Northern PDF edition - http://www.wsm.ie/attachments/nov2008/ws106northern.pdf
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People Power! Pensioners show the way
http://www.wsm.ie/story/4826
What we were witnessing was a clear demonstration of people power in action. The government was in a panic and was drastically hurtling to reverse the medical card decision. And when this meeting was followed up 24 hours later with a demonstration of 15,000 organised by the Senior Citizens Parliament and another 15,000-strong student demonstration against the re-introduction of 3rd level fees it was obvious that politics in Ireland had changed drastically.

Students say “Feck Fees”
http://www.wsm.ie/story/4827
On October 22nd, in the biggest show of student strength in many years, over 15,000 third level students marched through the streets of Dublin. They were united in their opposition to the Budget’s 67% College Registration Fee increase and Minister for Education, Batt O’Keefe’s threat to bring back full college fees by September 2009

‘Partnership’ – A farce and a con
http://www.wsm.ie/story/4829
As the economy officially goes into recession, as electricity bills go up by 17.5%, as food bills are officially 6.4% higher than this time last year, the leaders of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions negotiate through the night and emerge bleary-eyed from the ‘social partnership’ talks with 1) a pay pause and 2) pay increases, when we eventually get them, lower than the rate of inflation

District Policing Partnerships – A talking shop
http://www.wsm.ie/story/4830
District Policing Partnerships (DPPs) were set up by the Policing Board in conjunction with local councils in early 2003 to provide “accountable and effective” policing

Stormont continues to crumble under its own contradictions!
http://www.wsm.ie/story/4831
The Executive, having been set up on the basis of institutionalised sectarianism and ‘parity of esteem,’ is now seeing that very sectarianism causing chaos in the corridors of Stormont. While the DUP and Sinn Féin squabble over issues ranging from policing and justice through to the Maze Prison, working people are suffering in their daily lives on bread and butter issues.

NI Women sold out by Labour on equal access to abortion
http://www.wsm.ie/story/4833
The hopes of women living in Northern Ireland for the extension of the 1967 Abortion Act were dashed when an amendment to extend the act brought before Westminster on 22nd October was not debated because of a procedural motion put by Harriet Harman, leader of the House of Commons and the Minister for Women and supported by many New Labour ‘feminist’ MPs.

Get out of that relationship! (Thinking About Anarchism)
http://www.wsm.ie/story/4834
Capitalism is not collapsing. Nothing massively unexpected has happened. If the ‘economists’ who turned up on every news programme this Autumn really didn’t know there was going to be a crash at some stage they should think of changing jobs.

Crisis, What Crisis? - Pyramids not houses
http://www.wsm.ie/story/4835
The official story is that the origins of the current crisis lie in the collapse of the US subprime mortgage market - i.e. poor people not paying their mortgages. Although this may have been the trigger event, it is not the real cause. The real cause lies in pyramids not houses. Specifically the enormous debt pyramid built up by the Western countries

What’s happening in Bolivia?
http://www.wsm.ie/story/4836
In Bolivia sections of the local ruling class got so riled up that they tried to overthrow President Morales in September. The US ruling class, in collusion with local bosses, is trying to destabilise political and economic reforms.

That's capitalism
http://www.wsm.ie/story/4837
The toys of the rich, Beacon Hospitals group, King Mawati III, Michael Fingleton, confidene in public health, Bank benefits