The Public Sector and the Profit Makers
Date:1975
Organisation:Sinn Féin The Workers' Party (see Workers' Party)
Series:Studies In Political Economy, Number 2
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Commentary From The Cedar Lounge Revolution

29th January 2018

Many thanks to Bobcat who forwarded this to the Archive.

This is a pivotal document as it outlines Sinn Féin – The Workers’ Party policy in relation to the Public Sector. It is a precursor of the Irish Industrial Revolution which would be published some years later.

In the Foreword it notes that:

The purpose of this pamphlet is to show workers in the Public Sector why they must make common cause against the Private Sector.

The Public Sector must fight now or face a Pay Freeze that will never end. Questions of status and snobbery between different grades and categories must be abolished if Civil Service, State and Local Authority workers are not to join the ranks of the badly paid and exploited workers in the Private Sector.

Sinn Féin’s strategy is to support the expansion of the State sector in three areas. The first is to expand existing State bodies in energy, oil, gas and mines. The second is the establishment of a State Construction Co. The third is the expansion of the State into food technology, processing and marketing.

And it concludes:

The basis of these demands is the nationalisation of the Banks.

In subsequent chapters it addresses The Public Sector, Reasons for the Public Sector and The Lack of a Public Sector Ideology.

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