IRSP MAY DAY STATEMENT

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Sun Apr 29 16:32:12 MDT 2001


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From: "Danielle Ni Dhighe" <nidhighe at irsm.org>
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Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2001 2:06 AM
Subject: IRSP MAY DAY STATEMENT


29 April 2001
Irish Republican Socialist Party

May Day Press Statement

The Irish Republican Socialist Party's May Day message has condemned the
use of Temporary Employment Agencies and urged workers to resist this slave
trade by reclaiming May Day's hidden past.

Speaking on behalf of the IRSP, Ard Comhairle representative John Hogan
said, "Since the Chicago tragedy of May 1st 1886, which became known
thereafter as International Workers Day, many workers died while
demonstrating for an 8-hour working day. Many years of working class
struggle and resistance have followed and we proudly celebrate them on this
date.

"This year, so too must we remember with equal pride the sacrifice given by
ten brave young working class men who also gave their lives in 1981, in a
principled stand against Britain's criminalisation policy of political
prisoners of war. We remember the vast movement that grew out of their five
demands as their lives painfully slipped away on hunger strike.

"Unfortunately for our class, we still have to use this occasion to
reiterate that we are no closer to a better future than we were over one
hundred years ago. That is why today, as republican socialists, we do not
just celebrate class resistance but also acknowledge that little has been
done by those in officialdom to combat the harsh reality workers continue
to face.

"In Ireland, May Day has been shuffled to the nearest Monday, almost
forgotten just as the Labour movement itself, sidelined, sold out and
reformed. Swallowed up by bureaucracy and anti-worker laws in favour of
capitalism.

"Trade unions, here as elsewhere, are ideologically tied to the system and
have a stake in its preservation. Issues are seen in purely national terms
and have in effect only paid lip service to the internationalism of our
class.

"No mention of empowering workers, of having workers organise along
industrial lines, of taking control of their workplace and actively
changing society. Only to bring economic benefit to impoverished working
class areas by flirting with native and global capital in its quest of
aiding and abetting privatisation.

"Likewise, multinational investment in Ireland must also be condemned not
encouraged in its desire for cheap labour, and for a small segment of
society to reap the rewards of a cheap and productive labour. Today's
unions are failing to fight back effectively for our class. They are only
all too aware of the 'workers slave trade' yet well paid Full-time union
officials more times than enough choose to side with the bosses.

"Often they play apart in creating deals with national and multinational
employers. Assisting privatisation through globalisation while ignoring the
plight of Temporary Employment Agency workers.

"This leaves most workers afraid to take action or made to feel as if they
can't win. What hope does this give to those of us who they are supposed to
represent?

"The IRSP have attempted to articulate the plight of those dispossessed as
there are values in this world that transcend the selfishness, greed and
corruption that is endemic in capitalism.  Values such as solidarity,
co-operation, comradeship, and defence of ones own class. These are basic
ideals for our class if we are to rise above middle class values of today's
modern Ireland.

"We need to stop paying lip service to working class unity in saying that
the our class, north and south, have more in common, and have shared
destinies, more than they share anything with the two governments that
divide them. A strategy that empowers workers will appeal to wider and
wider sections of the working class."

Concluding, Mr Hogan said, "For republican socialists, there is an
alternative, and it is neither guns nor government, but the ever widening
of our class politics! It is vital that our class are organised and active
in their place of work and outside of it. Today's labour movement lies in
the hands of its rank and file membership. We must begin to reclaim May
Day's hidden past in an effort of creating a true fighting
alternative.  Whether you are working, studying, looking after the kids or
on the dole, May Day is OUR day!"

ENDS

Republican Socialist Publicity Bureau
IRSP Press Office
392 Falls Road, Belfast, Ireland






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