What we do

Where we stand

Today one class, the working class, lives by selling its labour power to another, the capitalist class which owns the means of production. Society is shaped by the capitalists' relentless drive to increase their wealth. Capitalism causes poverty, unemployment, the blighting of lives by overwork, imperialism, the destruction of the environment and much else.

Against the accumulated wealth and power of the capitalists, the working class's basic weapon is: solidarity.

The basic programmatic statement of the Alliance for Workers' Liberty.

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We can do better than this

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Esther Townsend

I was always interested in fairness and justice, and aware that these weren’t always so easy to come by.

I had family who were trade unionists and described themselves as socialists and I thought this “socialism” I read about in history books sounded like a great idea, but it was all a bit vague. I had no clue that there were still people out there organising and arguing for it. When I say that now I feel daft, but the left (and to some extent the labour movement) has been pretty invisible to most people for the last 30 or so years.

Socialist ideas provide a framework for creating a more equal and liberated society – but also show us it won’t happen unless we share those ideas, and organise for that better world.

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Another Europe is possible

In the summer, Workers’ Liberty was involved in launching the Workers’ Europe initiative, to oppose British withdrawal from the European Union on the basis of campaigning for international working-class solidarity, democracy and migrants’ rights.

Workers’ Europe has launched a social media presence, got significant support and interest, and already sent speakers to a number of union branches, Labour Parties and so on. Meanwhile, others on the left have set up a similar initiative, Another Europe is Possible.

The Workers’ Europe initiative opposes British withdrawal from the European Union on the basis of campaigning for international working-class solidarity, democracy and migrants’ rights.

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Three decades of organising

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Gerry Bates

Veteran Australian trade union activist and Workers’ Liberty member Bob Carnegie has been speaking to meetings around the UK about his organising experiences over three decades.

Starting the tour on Tuesday 12 May Bob spoke to a meeting of Lambeth Left Unity, alongside an activist from the Ritzy Cinema workers campaign. On Wednesday 13 May Bob spoke at the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) conference with Dave Smith of the Blacklist Support Group. The FBU may have been subject to blacklisting practices and a police cover-up.

Veteran Australian trade union activist and Workers’ Liberty member Bob Carnegie has been speaking to meetings around the UK about his organising experiences over three decades.

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AWL celebrates May Day

The week of May Day 2015 (27 April-3 May) was busy for Workers’ Liberty in London.

South London AWL was involved in organising three events — a film showing about migrants and health services in Greece as part of the Save Lewisham Hospital (SLH) campaign, a debate on the left and the general election and another film showing, of ‘Still the Enemy Within’.

The weekend of May Day 2015 was busy for Workers’ Liberty in London.

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Autocollants: the public face of the activist

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Beth Redmond

Workers' Liberty has produced a set autocollants (political stickers, widely used in other countries but not until now in Britain: see here)

In his book on autocollants, Zvonimir Novak argues that in France, progressively over the last 40 years, the autocollant has become the “means of expression of those who do not have access to the mainstream media”.

Buy a batch of the new Workers' Liberty autocollants, and get your socialist message out and about!

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Trade unionism should not be a crime

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Gemma Short

Shahrokh Zamani and Reza Shahabi are just two of many who are in Iranian jails, locked up by the government for organising independent trade unions and workers’ organisations.

Whilst trade unions are not technically illegal under Iranian law, state sponsored unions are used to quash independent unions. Activists like Shahrokh and Reza are charged with offences such as “propaganda against the state” and “acting against national security by establishing or membership of groups opposed to the system.”

Shahrokh Zamani and Reza Shahabi are just two of many who are in Iranian jails, locked up by the government for organising independent trade unions and workers’ organisations.

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The public face of the activist

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Martin Thomas

A review of La Lutte Des Signes: 40 Ans d’Autocollants Politiques, by Zvonimir Novak


Zvonimir Novak argues that in France, progressively over the last 40 years, the autocollant has become the “means of expression of those who do not have access to the mainstream media”.

Not just in France, but (he says) in Calcutta, in Dakar, worldwide.

I don’t know why the autocollant is still rare in Britain. Solidarity and Workers’ Liberty are now pioneering this field, producing a first range of autocollants.

A review of La Lutte Des Signes: 40 Ans d’Autocollants Politiques, by Zvonimir Novak

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Solidarity with the Kurds!

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Around 300 Kurds from across Kurdish territory in Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria demonstrated outside City Hall on 12th October.

The rally was lively and, whilst there were few speeches, protestors engaged passers-by with leaflets and with clear demands on Turkey to allow fighters, aid and weapons in to Kobane through a corridor across the Syrian border.

This rally followed a demonstration the week before in which 3 Kurdish protestors were arrested by South Yorkshire Police under the Terrorism Act, for vocal support of the PKK, before being released.

Kurdish solidarity demonstrations in Sheffield, Manchester and London.

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