Members of Socialist Action along with thousands of labour activists attended a major rally at the Conservative party convention in Niagara Falls, Ontario on Saturday, February 22 which was organized by the Ontario Federation of Labour to protest Fords ongoing cuts to public services.
Tiocfaidh ár lá!
Podemos comes to Ireland
Sein Fein were expected to do well in the recent Irish general election. In the event they topped the poll, reviving the old call Tiocfaidh ár lá! (Our day will come), and bringing chaos to the Irish governmental system.
However if we take a step back we see many other examples across Europe of emergent parties coming to power and promising an end to austerity, only to move to the right. Podemos in Spain, Syriza in Greece and many others.
Podemos has come to Ireland, but it is a long road from here to the Worker’s Republic
WE ARE WITNESSING AN HISTORIC EVENT. It is a turning point for indigenous rights, for climate change resistance, and for a new generation of fighters for justice. It is a powerful step forward in social protest in Canada.
SOCIALIST ACTION has been expecting and preparing for such struggles. We recently published an in-depth booklet on the history and struggle against colonial-settler oppression, occupation, theft and murder of indigenous people of Canada. It explains how our common struggle against capitalism is inextricably bound up in theirs, and how their struggle is interconnected to ours. There can be no reconciliation under capitalism, and there can be no socialism without reconciliation.
SOCIALIST ACTION IS in the process of publishing a new detailed booklet on the life and death struggle against climate change, how it originated in the ceaseless drive of capitalism for capital accumulation through profit. The very survival of capitalism depends on it and drives the rapid expansion of green house gases that may kill us all. Again, socialism, a system of rational and democratic operation of a planned economy is the only way out of the present crisis.
On Monday, February 17, 2020 (Family Day) in Toronto, comrades of Socialist Action were proud to march alongside thousands of others in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en!
Socialist Democracy Statement on the general election http://www.socialistdemocracy.org/RecentArticles/RecentWhatDoWorkersWantFromTheDailElectionOf2020.html
What do workers want from the Dail election of 2020?
Many of the issues are crystal clear.
The government fell on the issue of health, but it would be foolish to think that the crisis in health is the fault of one minister. The crisis in health is caused externally by the overall restriction on resources arising from the state’s commitment to paying down on sovereign debt at the expense of expenditure on social services to the working masses and internally by the increasing dominance of private agencies and the profit motive in the provision of services.
A working class programme must demand a public service, free at the point of delivery. It also requires a defiance of the European Central Bank that makes such a service impossible by forcing ongoing bond repayments. The Irish working class must no longer resign itself to living within the restraints of economic programmes set by the banks which our trade union leadership have repeatedly concurred with and promoted.