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.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Publications: 

Autocollants: the public face of the activist

Author: 

Beth Redmond

I have designed a set of autocollants (political stickers, widely used in other countries but not until now in Britain: see here) which will be ready to be sent out with Solidarity on 10 December or by post.

There are seven designs, similar to that of the posters, and will be available for branches to buy for £8 for 40, with a discount for larger orders.

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

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Culture and Reviews: 

Trade unionism should not be a crime

Author: 

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.

Around the world: 

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Publications: 

The public face of the activist

Author: 

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

Publications: 

Culture and Reviews: 

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Around the world: 

Solidarity with the Kurds!

SHEFFIELD

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.

Around the world: 

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Publications: 

Planning for May 2015

Solidarity and Workers’ Liberty activists will seek in the May 2015 general election to work with other socialists in the Labour Party and in the labour movement to create a clear socialist voice within the campaign to win a Labour government.

As against Ukip, the Tories, the Lib-Dems, possible Tory-Ukip or Tory/ Lib-Dem coalitions, or a possible Labour/ Lib-Dem coalition, we are in solidarity with the broad labour movement and its desire for a Labour government.

As against Ukip, the Tories, the Lib-Dems, possible Tory-Ukip or Tory/ Lib-Dem coalitions, or a possible Labour/ Lib-Dem coalition, we are in solidarity with the broad labour movement and its desire for a Labour government.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Publications: 

Lutte Ouvriere fete 2014

The annual fete organised by the French revolutionary socialist group Lutte Ouvriere in grounds in a village near Paris drew large crowds again this year on 7-9 June.

LO has organised this fete at the Whit holiday weekend, first at Meriel and then at Presles, and it draws between 20,000 and 30,000 people each year.

LO offers other revolutionary socialist groups the facility to run stalls and forums at the fete. Workers' Liberty ran a stall and a forum this year, as we (or our forerunners) have done almost every year since the early 70s.

AWL ran a stall and a forum at the Lutte Ouvriere fete 2014, on 7-9 June near Paris.

Around the world: 

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Publications: 

Socialists celebrate May Day

An international solidarity event organised on 3 May in London by Marxist Revival (an international project of the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty and the Iranian Revolutionary Marxists’ Tendency) heard speakers from around the world, live or via video clips.

Jade Baker of AWL chaired the event which included August Grabski and Urszula Lugowska of Dalej (Poland), Dashty Jamal of the Worker-communist Party of Kurdistan, Maziar Razi (IRMT) and Alejandra Rios, representing the Left Workers’ Front of Argentina.

An international solidarity event organised by the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty and the Iranian Revolutionary Marxists’ Tendency heard speakers from around the world.

Around the world: 

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Publications: 

Pickets and protests: May Day 2014 in London

What Workers' Liberty members in London did on International Workers' Day 2014.

On the morning of Thursday 1 May (International Workers' Day) 2014, the London Underground network was just returning to normal after a two-day strike as part of the campaign against ticket office closures and job cuts.

Trade Unions: 

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Pages