Anti-union laws

Democracy, direct action, and socialism

Submitted by Gemma_S on 24 June, 2016 - 10:53

There are decisive turning points in history that shape the future for many years ahead. The British labour movement was brought to such a turning point by the victory of the Thatcherite Tories in the 1979 general election and the events that came after it. The defeat of the labour movement then shaped the social, political, and ethical world we live in now. Was that defeat unavoidable? The revolutionary left argued then that it wasn’t: that if we mobilised our strength we could defeat Thatcher, as we had defeated her Tory predecessors in 1972-4.

French strikers defy bosses

Submitted by Matthew on 15 June, 2016 - 8:42

Lutte Ouvrière (editorial 12 June)

The government, the bosses and the media ... have used the victims of the floods as part of their grotesque moral blackmail [in a fight over France’s new labour laws]. They used Euro 2016 to demand that the strikes stop. And, in spite of everything, the SNCF [French rail] strike is carrying on, the refuse workers are sticking to their guns, and Air France pilots have carried out their threat to strike. They are right to do so.

Industrial news in brief Matthew Wed, 06/08/2016 - 13:04

Bakers’, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) members are in the middle of a fierce battle against massive pay cuts in a food factory in Sheffield.

Pennine Foods is part of 2 Sisters Group, which has revenue of over £3 billion; its owner Ranjit Singh Boparan has a personal wealth of £190 million. Boparan’s “salami-slicing” of conditions has been going on now for 8 years.

Mass strikes defend workers’ rights

Submitted by Matthew on 8 June, 2016 - 10:38 Author: Olivier Delbeke

The strike in France for the withdrawal of the “labour law” is continuing to spread slowly, and this week alone it has won over the waste treatment centres; it is continuing in the refineries; it is supported by thousands of local groups of activists, in particular CGT members, who are active in logistics and transport centres.

Labour law fight steps up

Submitted by Matthew on 25 May, 2016 - 9:30 Author: Gemma Short

The mobilisation against the ″labour law″ in France is both stepping up and facing increasing police repression.

Strikes have spread to lorry drivers, oil refineries, some dock workers and rail workers — some despite the hesitancy of union leaders. Oil refinery workers in Normandy have struck and been blocking roads, industrial estates and fuel depots.

Nuit debout and the movement against the "labour law" in France

Submitted by Gemma_S on 20 May, 2016 - 12:04

Workers' Liberty activists spoke to Gabrielle, a hospital worker and revolutionary socialist activist in France about the "labour law" and the attacks on hospital workers.

The situation at the moment: there is a double movement – the situation in the movement, and the situation in the hospitals. I’ll talk about the situation with the movement overall, which is currently somewhat paradoxical.

Don’t let the Tories recover!

Submitted by Matthew on 4 May, 2016 - 11:27 Author: Editorial

A rising mood that cuts are not inevitable, a rising anger against economic inequality, and a rising confidence that alternatives are possible, has damaged the Tories in recent months.

Ian Duncan Smith resigned, demagogically spilling the truth that the Tories have been victimising the worst-off to benefit the rich. That was one of the side-products of the Tories’ splits over Europe, which have seen Tory right-wingers suddenly “discovering” that the NHS is underfunded and suggesting Britain’s EU budget contributions could fill the gap.