Many people will, rightly, be sickened by the red carpet being rolled out and the fawning approach of the Irish establishment to Pope Francis and the Vatican. This is because of the repressive role which the church has played in Irish society over the last century, and the continued fraudulent covering up of child sex abuse internationally by the Vatican which continues to this day.The inadequate apology which was issued by the Pope for the crimes of the Catholic Church has rightly been rejected by survivors in Ireland and internationally. The Catholic Church and the Vatican have for decades covered up cases of child sexual abuse, and facilitated this by moving priests from parish to parish where they continued their abuse. In recent weeks this has again been highlighted by the abuse scandal in Pennsylvania where over 300 priests were involved in abusing at least 1,000 children.
Solidarity TD MICK Barry this morning called for a a 'dramatic narrowing' of the pay gap between bosses and workers and has proposed a number of measures to fight the growing inequality in Irish society.His call came after the IRISH TIMES reported that the bosses of Ireland’s top 20 companies (ISEQ 20) are paid on average 33 times more than their staff.
Average pay for an ISEQ 20 CEO now stands at €1.88 million per annum compared to an average pay rate for ISEQ 20 employees of €55,595, a differential of 33 to 1.
Now is the time for Solidarity
The conservative, right-wing politics of the establishment provide no future for young people, women and workers. All they offer is inequality, austerity and bigotry. They support the capitalist market which is driven by the ruthless drive for profit and is incapable of meeting our needs. Solidarity is about bringing together all those oppressed and exploited by this rigged system into a new political movement for the millions, not the millionaires. Join us today.