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WWP candidates stand with the ‘Fight for 15 and a Union’ movement

first_imgThe Workers World Party 2016 National Election Campaign, running Monica Moorehead for president and Lamont Lilly for vice president, released the following statement on Nov. 11:On Nov. 10, fast food, homecare, childcare, airport and other low-wage workers from many different sectors walked off the job, beginning a strike for $15 and the right to form a union. From coast to coast, large demonstrations of workers took place at fast food restaurants and shut down traffic in many major cities. All in all, nearly 500 cities saw demonstrations during the largest day of action to date.The Moorehead-Lilly campaign stands with the courageous workers who have been leading the “Fight for 15 and a Union” movement and expresses our unwavering support for their demands.This most recent strike comes nearly three years to the day after some 200 fast food workers first walked off the job in New York City, inspiring other low-wage workers across the country to follow in their footsteps. Low-wage workers – led largely by women and Black and Latino/a workers – have gone on strike many times since this movement began. This militancy gives a much-needed boost to labor and the broader social movements. It has undoubtedly helped to elevate class consciousness, solidarity and unity. Many encouraging developments across the country show stronger alliances being built between low-wage workers, Black Lives Matter and the immigrant rights movement, including the recent struggle against racism on the campus of the University of Missouri. We must continue to build and expand the movement for $15 and a union.   The rising up of fast food and low-wage workers is a response to the worsening conditions and deepening impoverishment of the working class in the U.S. and around the globe, which has one source – capitalism. The foundation of the capitalist system is exploitation of workers and the theft of the vast wealth we create by a small class of greedy billionaire owners. Whether it’s McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Walmart, Boeing, GE or any other conglomerate, the profits of all capitalist corporations belong by right to the workers who generated them.  Only through a socialist revolution can the workers liberate themselves and the great wealth they create so it can be used for the good of society.The Moorehead-Lilly campaign will fight to end the capitalist system of monopoly ownership of the wealth. In this high-tech age, everyone should be able to get good jobs and be guaranteed housing, education, healthcare and all their basic needs. But this will not be possible so long as the CEOs and bankers continue to stuff their pockets while leaving workers with the scraps. We fight for socialism, where the workers run society and use the wealth they create to satisfy people’s needs.  FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Rents in Limerick buck the trend

first_imgFacebook Twitter WhatsApp Print Email Advertisementcenter_img Linkedin Previous articleAccident victims Paul and Jeffrey remembered in musicNext articleNews round up Monday September 6 admin NewsLocal NewsRents in Limerick buck the trendBy admin – September 6, 2010 557 RENTS in Limerick increased by 0.5% in July, in marked contrast to other parts of the country where they fell by between 1% and 3%, according to the latest report published by the property website Daft.ie. The average rent by Shannonside in the second quarter of 2010 was €700.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up One local auctioneer told the Limerick Post that the 0.5% increase could possibly be attributed to students hunting for suitable accommodation prior to the reopening of third level colleges.“I suppose it could be asked why Limerick has bucked the trend when there are big student populations in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Waterford.“Maybe there is a wider choice in those places making the market more competitive…I don’t know, really.“While there is a lot of purpose built units close to LIT, UL and Mary Immaculate, it has been noted that many students are opting to go it alone and renting houses and flats in nearby estates, which can work out cheaper than student apartment blocks.“What can be said is that landlords are now more conscious of their obligations and have upgraded their properties. Likewise, students have become very selective in their requirements”.The average asking rent in the country was just over €835 per month, down 5% on the same time last year.Commenting on the report, Ronan Lyons, Economist with Daft.ie said, “The year-on-year fall in rents is now at its slowest pace in two years, suggesting that the rental market may be close to stabilising. Nonetheless, the total stock of properties available to rent remains high, which means we are unlikely to see rents rising rapidly in the near future.”Rents in Munster fell by 1.1% between April and June, having been largely static in the first three months of the year.The average rent in Limerick city in the second quarter of 2010 was €700, while the average in the rest of the county was €650. This represents falls of €220 and €150 from their peaks in 2008.Even though there has been an upwards trend in Limerick prices, they are still considerably lower than in the Celtic Tiger years.This is the third year in a row that rents have been lower at national level than the previous year.Compared with 2007, a typical student renting a two-bedroom property could expect to save between €1,500 and €4,000 over the course of the academic year.The cost of accommodation for students still varies significantly around the country, with the average for a double room in Dublin city centre about twice the cost of renting in Athlone, Castlebar and Tralee.last_img read more