Páirtí na nOibrithe

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Páirtí na nOibrithe

The Workers' Party
General SecretaryNijkite
FoundedJune 2018
NewspaperIrish Worker
IdeologyCommunism, Marxism, Irish republicanism
Political positionFar-left
Slogan"Workers of the World, Unite!"
Seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly
2 / 90
Seats in the House of Commons (NI)
0 / 4
Party flag
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Páirtí na nOibrithe (English: The Workers' Party) is a communist political party in Ireland. The party has been led by Nijkite since August 2019, when she was elected to take over from retiring party founder Nuchacho.[1]

Páirtí na nOibrithe's first elected legislators stood in the June 2020 Northern Ireland Assembly election, winning two seats representing Belfast West. The Páirtí na nOibrithe MLAs designate as 'Other', citing the party's socialist, non-sectarian character, while affirming their belief in a socialist United Ireland.

History

Páirtí na nOibrithe first contested a July 2018 Westminster by-election, when candidate Nuchacho took "over 70,000 votes"[2][3], but was not elected. The party struggled to gain momentum until the Harland & Wolff Crisis the following year, when it launched a successful solidarity campaign to support the worker occupation of the shipyards in Belfast.[4][5]

This episode led to a shift in the party's platform at the August 2019 Ard Fheis. No longer emphasising Irish republicanism, newly elected General Secretary Nijkite stated Páirtí na nOibrithe would now base itself on "the spotless banner of revolutionary Marxism"[6].

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