Author Archives: socialistyouth

Oil spill shows hazards of the profit system

It is still difficult to assess the scale of the disaster that followed the explosion on the BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on 22 April, which killed eleven workers. BP claims that ‘only’ 210,000 gallons a day of crude oil have been released so far, but others calculate the figure could be as high as 4.2 million gallons a day.

By Pete Dickenson
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IBEC and the government, as part of their ongoing campaign to undermine the wages and conditions of workers in Ireland, have teamed up to create the Gradlink scheme.

By Richard O’Hara

This scheme allows social welfare recipients, who have recently graduated from college, to work on placement schemes for private firms and multinational corporations, while maintaining their dole payments. Its apparent aim is to provide participants with work experience and to improve their employment potential. However, the real experience these highly skilled young workers will get, is that of capitalist exploitation as they work for sub-minimum wages and are used as part of the relentless attack to drive down wages in Ireland.

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SY Kilkenny – Public Meeting

100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day

“A Women’s place is in the struggle!”

Low pay, cuts in services, sexism

7pm Tues 9 March,
Club House Hotel, Patrick St

SY Dublin – Young Workers: Underpaid, Exploited & Fed Up

By Seamus O’Rourke

I was always told that if I got a degree, I’d have no trouble finding a well-paid full-time job. I finished college in May, and haven’t been able to find a job, though I have been working part-time in the same pub I’ve been working in since I was sixteen.

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SY Waterford – Student Grants: Cut, Late and Inadequate

By Lucian Verkin

As a student who is reliant on the maintenance grant, I am at the mercy of an inefficient system and the Budget cuts that reduced an already inadequate grant. Each county and city council provides their grants at different times, sometimes weeks apart.
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SY Lurgan – Stop sectarian attacks

By a Socialist Youth member

Sectarian attacks have once again hit the headlines in Lurgan after bloody clashes broke out in January between Catholic and Protestant young people aged between 14 and 18 years old.

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NI Steps to Work Scheme: 21st century slave labour

Youth Fight for Jobs Belfast has uncovered a scandal involving the Department for Employment & Learning pushing unemployed young people to work for bosses for free in order to cut the dole figures.

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