Solidarity is about bringing together all the emerging campaigns and movements against inequality and injustice, and building a new political alternative, to fight for a left government. If we are to deliver real change, we will need to build a new party, for the millions not the millionaires.
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.
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