We reproduce a statement issued by the Communist Party of Ireland:
The talks at the Workplace Relations Commission between the unions and management in Bus Éireann have broken down, and the dispute has now been referred to the Labour Court. The company was not in a position to put forward a proposal, though the unions identified €18 million in potential savings.
This package would also have included up to 240 redundancies and massive changes to work practices. Changing the way workers would be paid was discussed, instead of various rates for overtime, Sunday and rest days, etc. A new composite rate would be introduced; this was agreed in principle, but no agreement on an actual rate was forthcoming.
The opinion expressed by the EU commissioner for the environment, Karmenu Vella, that the proposal by Fianna Fáil to impose fines on those wasting water would be insufficient to comply with EU law, and that it would not be in line with the EU Water Framework Directive, is a direct challenge to the sovereignty and democracy of this state.
Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD said today that the election in the north had been a watershed bringing an end to the unionist majority in the Assembly.
Gerry Adams said:»This was a watershed election. The people voted for equality and respect for all and integrity in government. It was a vote against Brexit. It was a vote for the north to have a designated special status within the EU and for agreements to be implemented in full. This has brought an end to the unionist majority in the Assembly.
Read Martin McGuinness' Letter of Resignation: Click here
Martin McGuinness. By Sinn Féin Ireland (CC BY 2.0), via Wikimedia CommonsSinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has announced that he is resigning as deputy First Minister in protest at the DUP's failure to accept the principles of power sharing and parity of esteem and their handling of the RHI crisis. Mr McGuinness said: »Over the last ten years I have worked with DUP leaders and reached out to unionists on the basis of equality, respect and reconciliation. Over this period the actions of the British government and the DUP have undermined the institutions and eroded public confidence. Sinn Féin will not tolerate the arrogance of Arlene Foster and the DUP.
This year marks a notable anniversary in the history of our people’s struggle against imperialism: the Centenary of the 1916 Rising in Dublin. In the middle of the first Imperialist World War the Rising, at the heart of what was at that time the greatest empire the world had seen, sent shock waves throughout the empire “on which the sun never set” (or, as the more cynical have said, “on which the blood never dried”). A year later the Bolshevik Revolution broke the chain of imperialism at its weakest link and marked the onset of the general crisis of capitalism.
The Communist Party of Ireland welcomes the findings of the the UN Human Rights Committee, which has said that Ireland’s abortion laws violate the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on several points and has called for widespread reform.
»The State party should amend its law on voluntary termination of pregnancy, including if necessary its Constitution, to ensure compliance with the Covenant, including effective, timely and accessible procedures for pregnancy termination in Ireland, and take measures to ensure that health care providers are in a position to supply full information on safe abortion services without fearing being subjected to criminal sanctions.