The Worker, No. 9
Organisation: Socialist Workers' Movement
Publication: The Worker
Issue:Number 9
November/December 1972
Contributors: Info
S. Duncan, Marie McAdam, Mike Miller, Ken Quinn, Dermot Quish, Brian Trench
Type:Publication Issue
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26th April 2024

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This edition of The Worker joins other copies in the Archive. Dating from November/December 1972 it has a lead story on the Fight for Jobs, with a report on the picket by Drogheda Unemployed Workers’ Committee on the Dáil and a larger article on how ‘the capitalist system cannot provide a secure livelihood for all’ which looks at various disputes around the state. It concludes ‘we should be prepared to take on every employer who threatens the sack.’

Other pieces look at the history of socialism and ‘examples of ‘the development of the Marxist theory of working-class revolution and the first openly socialist parties’.

Another piece examines ‘Ireland and international capitalism’. This is one of a series of pieces and argues that:

It is quickly seen that the promises of high living standards and full employment while the Irish economy is ‘open’ to foreign investment are deliberately misleading. The way to reach such goals, however, is not by going back to local, protected capitalism, but beyond international capitalism to international socialism.

There is a long piece on Supermarkets and the conditions of shop workers and as with other editions of the publication a half page on ‘What We Stand For’. The penultimate page is given over to ‘International News’ detailing disputes in late Francoist Spain and strikes in Britain. Also of interest is the last page which examines ‘The North’ and has a short piece on the ‘Provo Ard-Fheis’ which argues:

The Officials at least have realised that what they have in common with he majority of Loyalists is that they are both working class. But the Loyalist workers will not be tempted by the Officials civil rights, nor by the Provisionals’ Irish unity. Working class unity can only be built on the basis of fighting for socialism.

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