The Socialist Party is an all-Ireland party organised throughout the South of Ireland and Northern Ireland. We have been active since the early 1970s, previously known as Militant and Militant Labour we became the Socialist Party in 1997. We have a youth…
The Socialist Party is an all-Ireland party organised throughout the South of Ireland and Northern Ireland. We have been active since the early 1970s, previously known as Militant and Militant Labour we became the Socialist Party in 1997. We have a youth section of the party - Socialist Youth - a campaigning organisation fighting for the rights of young people and the struggle for a socialist society. We are affiliated to the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) which united socialists in over 40 countries across the world.
The Socialist Party has a proven track record of campaigning and fighting for the rights of working class people. All of the major political parties North and South support the capitalist market system. The Socialist Party believes that the working class need a new political force capable of providing a real alternative to the establishment parties and we support the building of a new mass working class party which is committed to struggling for socialism
Our members are organising throughout the trade union movement to build an alternative to the right-wing trade unions leaders who for decades have been in social partnership deals with governments and the employers that have resulted in a huge shift in wealth away from the working class to the profits of big business and the super-rich. We believe there is a need for workers to reclaim the trade unions to transform them into democratic fighting trade unions who put the interests of working class people first.
In the South we were instigators and leaders of the successful campaign which defeated the water charges, an unjust double tax and. Socialist Party public representatives Joe Higgins and Councillor Clare Daly spent a month in Mountjoy Prison because of their leadership of the campaign against bin charges, which as we predicted have increased year after year. We have supported and assisted countless workers struggles and strikes over the last forty years.
In Northern Ireland the Socialist Party have campaigned for nearly 40 years for unity of the working class, Protestant and Catholic as the only solution to the conflict. We have been the only political party of the left which has consistently refused to bend to the pressures of sectarianism. The national problem is intractable and insoluble on the basis of capitalism. We are for a socialist solution - working class unity to bring about a socialist Ireland as a free and voluntary part of a socialist federation of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales and, on a wider scale, of a socialist European federation.
The Socialist Party and our youth section Socialist Youth have campaigned against the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Gaza, the West Bank and the Sri Lankan government’s war against the Tamils.
We believe that the economic, social and environmental problems of society are caused by capitalism. On an international basis it is possible to provide every human with a decent standard of living that affords them a good education, quality health care, a home, a healthy diet and a safe and clean environment.
This poverty and inequality is caused by the capitalist system which puts profit before the needs of people. In a socialist society production would be planned to meet the needs of the majority and on a global scale socialism would be capable of eradicating poverty, end the causes of war and conflict and collectively use the resources of humanity to deal with global warming.
The world recession is inflicting unimaginable suffering on the working class and poor of the neo-colonial majority world and in the advanced capitalist countries tens of millions are losing their jobs and are being impoverished. Increasingly people are questioning capitalism and are looking for an alternative to provide a better life for them and their families. The Socialist Party is committed to building a viable political alternative that can unite the majority of people in a struggle for socialism.
We want you to join the Socialist Party – every new member has an important role to play in helping to build a political alternative to the capitalist establishment parties. Join us today and join the struggle for a socialist society.