“Our Goal No Dole” Unemployed Action Committee circa 1967
Unemployment in Derry was always high, women were paid less than men and discouraged from taking jobs away from men. This is a notice about a protest march and public meeting taking a socialist approach.
Letter to the Editor – The Community Mirror December 1977
On Page 2 there is a letter from a disgruntled reader about women taking jobs off men particularly perceived to be male occupations.
Ramparts was a newspaper written and produced by the Derry Labour Party and this edition shows the wage of a postman. There is additional information about weekly bills.
Wanted a Model Employer
A leaflet issued by Derry Labour Party – 1968/69
Warning employees about unfair treatment. This is an anti-capitalist information leaflet. At this time workers worked in poor conditions without proper safety equipment or measures and for low wages.
Leaflet issued by Derry Labour Party about a march against unemployment and poor wages 1968/69
Marches were a regular occurrence at this time. Gerrymandering was applied (the setting of electoral boundaries to favour one party). Many working class people had no power to change policy as they had no votes. Only rate payers and their spouses had a vote in Northern Ireland and business owners had multiple votes depending on the amount and size of businesses. This system insured that the wealthy stayed in power and the gap between rich and poor remained wide.
Front page and second page of Ramparts exposing capitalist power
Ramparts was a newspaper written and produced by the Derry Labour Party. This publication states that one of the directors of the Gas Company is also director of 5 other companies.