Pointing to a Socialist Alternative

Lily Kerr addresses the conference

Debates on the economy, education, women, international affairs and the environment dominated the day-long conference of the Workers’ Party in Northern Ireland on 11th February in Belfast.

In his opening address, Chairperson of the Workers’ Party Northern Ireland Region, Gerry Grainger summed up the realities of life for many people in Northern Ireland. “We have more than 100,000 children living in poverty. Average weekly pay in Northern Ireland is lower than it was a decade ago. Northern Ireland has the second highest level of workless households of all regions in the UK.

He added: “In every aspect of social, economic, cultural and community life working class people have been subjected to public expenditure cuts, marginalisation and exclusion”.

The conference was addressed by Workers’ Party members from across Northern Ireland and guests, including trade unionist Mark Langhammer. It also received a message of support from the Greek Communist Party (KKE).