Index of 1997 issues of Workers Solidarity

Irish Anarchist Paper


Newspaper of the Workers Soldiarity movement an anarchist group active in Ireland. We cover news of union and community struggles alongside analysis of politics in Ireland and articles explaining anarchist history and theory.


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Workers Solidarity No 50
Spring 1997

  • Water Charges Victory
  • Communities stand up to the heroin barons
  • Employment Equality Bill
  • The Anti-D scandal
  • For Humanity and against neoliberalism
  • Interview with the SAC
  • Irish nationalism is not for us
  • Catholic & Protestant or rich and poor
  • Education The murder machine continued?
  • Self-management/Russian revolution
  • Captain Jack Whyte
  • Review: Chomsky's Politics

 

WS 50 cover

 

Workers Solidarity No 51
Summer 1997

  • If voting changed anything...it would be illegal
  • Gerry Adams..A man you can do business with
  • Anarchist ex-Black Panther to speak in Ireland
  • The fight against fascism.
  • Church sells off The Secret Garden
  • When the Red Flag flew in Munster
  • Girl Power? what a shower!
  • Ireland's media...
  • The Liverpool dockers fight on
  • Disney & McDonalds linked to $0.06 per hour
  • Training or Education
  • Which western country never abolished slavery?
  • Review: Trade unionism's dark soul
  • The unemployed are on the march

 

Workers Solidarity No 52
Autumn 1997

  • Slam the door on racists
  • Pushers Out: Poverty Out too
  • Who ever you voted for the government won
  • Unionist MP supports anti-Catholic threats
  • Socialist arrested by gardai
  • Thousands of rebels from all over the world meet
  • Mexicans refuse to pay electricity charges
  • South Africa : Students are still struggling
  • Review: Anarchism, greens and all that
  • Looking back at Red October
  • Class war is over: Long live the Class War
  • Buenaventura Durruti
  • Would Pat Buchanan take a cheque from Satan

 

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These issues are from 1997, you can also read the 1996 issues


Workers Solidarity No 50

Spring 1997

For starters

News of the activities of the WSM in the Winter of 1997; in the unions opposing Partnership 2000 and marching in the Bloody Sunday Commemoration in Derry. Things are looking optimistic with national and international victories and we're getting the anarchist message to more and more people

That's Capitalism

Facts and figures detailing the latest abuses of capitalism, including prison labour and the oppression of women

*** News from Ireland & WSM ***

Water Charges Victory

Gregor Kerr, Secretary of the Federation of Dublin Anti-Water Charge Campaigns reports on the defeat of the state by a mass non-payment campaign which stood up to bribes, threats and intimidation

Communities stand up to the heroin barons

Dublin is experiencing a very serious heroin epidemic with an estimated 8,000-9,000 heroin addicts. Heroin addiction is closely related to disadvantage and poverty. The anti-heroin movement has brought thousands of people to meetings and onto the streets in Dublin's working class communities

Employment Equality Bill

The Employment Equality Bill effectively gives schools and hospitals which are controlled by either of the churches the right to discriminate on the basis of marital status, family/parental status, sexual orientation, race, religion or membership of the Traveller Community

The Anti-D scandal

Due to contaminated Anti-D about a thousand women have contracted Hepatitis C. We look at why the contamination happened and why the government tried to cover it up

Bigots and ballot boxes

Two short illustrations of the sectarian nature of the state in northern Ireland

The Irish Nazi, the Unionist MPs and the British Tories

An Irish fascist has turned up as editor of Right Now!, an ultra-right magazine within the British Conservative Party. Among the MPs who have spoken at its meetings are Deputy DUP leader Peter Robinson and Orange Grand Master Martin Smyth

Obituary...Adam Hughes

Adam Hughes died recently at just 18 years old. Adam gave a great deal to the anarchist movement in his two or so years of membership

*** International News ***

For Humanity and against neoliberalism

In August of 1996 3,000 people from all over the world gathered in jungle camps as guests of the EZLN to discuss building a global fight against neo-liberal capitalism

Interview with the SAC

Kevin Doyle of the Workers Solidarity Movement interview's Lars Hammarberg, an organiser with the Swedish syndicalist union the Central Organisation of Swedish Workers (SAC)

Australian union bans Indonesian ships

Australia's powerful Maritime Trade Union launched rolling bans on Indonesian shipping to protest against the arrest of Indonesian trade union activists

358 own half the world!

The UN revealed that the world's 358 wealthiest people have assets equal to the combined income of 2.3 billion people

Obituary...Robert Lynn

Robert Lynn died recently. His death is a great blow for the Scottish anarchist movement which has lost one of its oldest activists

*** History and Theory ***

Thinking about Anarchism
Irish nationalism is not for us

Anarchists are for the defeat of British imperialism. But we want more, we stand for the creation of a new society in the interests of the working class. This is very different from the politics of nationalism, of Sinn Fein

The real difference is not between Catholic & Protestant but between rich and poor

Some republicans seem to be genuinely surprised that the 'peace process' collapsed. How can anything be expected from the British state which was responsible for Bloody Sunday, for smashing the miners strike, for running down the NHS

Education: The murder machine continued?

What should education be about?" If your answer is that education should be about the development of the full potential of every student and that the role of a teacher/educator should be to facilitate that development, then you will soon realise that much of what passes for education in the current system is nothing of the sort

Workers self-management in the Russian revolution

Factory Committees began to appear in Russia from March 1917 onwards. At first they struggled to limit the control of the bosses and they took up issues such as the eight hour day. The committees soon began to become more adventurous and began to speak of actively running of the factories

Captain Jack Whyte

Captain Jack Whyte fought in the British army during the Boer war, organised the first workers militia in Ireland during the 1913 lockout and went on to become an anarchist and fight alongside the CNT in Spain

Review:Chomsky's Politics

Chomsky has written extensively on the evils of American foreign policy, media censorship, and the complex issues of power and its manipulation by politicians and capitalists of all kinds, and about what constitutes real democracy


Workers Solidarity No 51

Summer 1997

For starters

Some recent WSM activity

That's Capitalism

Some of the latest ripoffs and oddities of capitalism

*** News from Ireland & WSM ***

If voting changed anything...it would be illegal

June 6 saw a general election. Over the centuries, thousands of people have fought and died for the right to vote in free elections. So why, after winning such an important right, do anarchists say we should not vote in elections?

Gerry Adams..A man you can do business with

The latest meeting between the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Sinn Féin leadership took place on March 25th. Whatever the Sinn Féin leadership and the CBI are constructing together it's not part of a path which leads to a united socialist Ireland.

What's another (Irish) life?

British army officers let the cat out of the bag.

Anarchist ex-Black Panther to speak in Ireland

Lorenzo Komboa Ervin speaking tour, US political prisoner and ex-Black Panther was speaking in Ireland in May of 1997. This article explains who he is.

Church sells off The Secret Garden

There has been a Community Training Workshop in the grounds of All Hallows College for the past fifteen years. The workshop takes most of its trainees from the prisons and the probation service. Their landlord (the Catholic Church) has sold the land the workshop is on to a private housing developer

Liar, Liar

We catch out PD Mary Harney telling a lie!

The Drugs Debate

We continue the discussion about the heroin crisis, this time with two readers' letters. Your views are welcome.

Northern Ireland tops list of scrooge bosses

Ireland's media...

TONY O'REILLY is Ireland's media giant, owner of Independent Newspapers. This year O'Reilly's earnings add up to £160,000 A DAY! We should not be surprised when the struggles of working class people don't get fair coverage in the Indo, Herald, Star, Sunday World or any of his provincial papers.

Review: Trade unionism's dark soul

The trade union movement has two souls. The first derives from the activities of members to improve their lot and control their unions. The second is the dark soul consisting of the activities of leaders whose only concern is to maintain industrial peace and harmony, often at the expense of 'their' members.

The unemployed are on the march

A European March against Unemployment, Job Insecurity and Exclusion has been called by a wide coalition of unions, unemployed and political groups. Eleven separate legs of the march will arrive in the centre of Amsterdam on the afternoon of June 14th, to coincide with a European Union Inter-governmental Conference

 

*** International News ***

The fight against fascism...yesterday and tomorrow

On February 15th, the 'Plume Noire' anarchist bookstore was plastered with fascist stickers. At around 5am the bookshop was completely destroyed in an obviously well orchestrated incendiary attack.

The Liverpool dockers fight on

After over 18 months the Liverpool dockers are still fighting for their jobs, January 20 saw an international day of action in support of them

Disney & McDonalds linked to $0.06 per hour sweatshop in Vietnam

Which western country never fully abolished slavery?

SLAVERY IS STILL LEGAL in the USA. Contrary to what we may learn in school, the American Civil War did not see the complete abolition of slavery in 1865.

*** History and Theory ***

When the Red Flag flew in Munster

FARM LABOURERS STRIKES, occupations of creameries, red flags flying and 'soviets' being declared. Not usually the sort of thing associated with the years 1919-1923, the years of the War of Independence and the Civil War. This article covers the events of these years they 'forgot' to tell you about in school.

Girl Power? what a shower!

Alice Nutter of Chumbawamba on the Spice Girls 'Girl Power'

Training or Education

Our schools are just glorified production lines - children go in one end, workers come out the other. There is little room for the idea that knowledge might be a good thing in itself, that there is more to education than making round pegs for round holes.

 


Workers Solidarity No 52

Autumn 1997

For starters

Recently the WSM organised a speaking tour by Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin in Ireland. After Ireland Lorenzo went to Australia where he was arrested by the racist Australian government.

That's Capitalism

Some of the latest ripoffs and oddities of capitalism

*** News from Ireland & WSM ***

Slam the door on racists

An increase in the number of refugees arriving in Ireland has led to a media fueled upsurge in racism. Put the fight back against this racism has already started

Pushers Out: Poverty Out too

The Heroin crisis continues in Dublin, we examine how it is rooted in poverty

Who ever you voted for the government won

A look at the 26 counties general election results and what they mean for the Irish left

Unionist MP supports anti-Catholic threats

Socialist arrested by gardai

SWP election candidate was arrested by Gardai while making an election address in Rathmines, Dublin

Trade Union news

Rank and file opposition continues in SIPTU

 

*** International News ***

Thousands of rebels from all over the world meet in Spain

Interview with a WSM member who attended the 2nd encounter for Humanity and against neoliberalism in Spain this summer

Mexicans refuse to pay electricity charges

An interview with two women from the Civil Resistance in Chiapas

South Africa : Students are still struggling

250 Million children forced to work

Nearly twice as many children are working full time in developing countries as previously thought, according to the International Labour Organization.

*** History and Theory ***

Review: Anarchism, greens and all that

A review of the Anarchist Communist Federations pamphlet, Where there's brass there's muck

Looking back at Red October

80 years on the Russian revolution is still a source of inspiration to many

Class war is over: Long live the Class War

The British Class War Federation has dissolved itself and published a final issue of its paper. We look at why they took this decision.

Buenaventura Durruti

A short biography of the anarchist militant killed in the first months of the Spanish revolution.

Review: Would Pat Buchanan take a cheque from Satan

A review of Michael Moore's 'Downsize this!'


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