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New anti-union laws which would effectively ban large strikes in public services by requiring impossibly high ballot votes for them. A drive to abolish union check-off and facility time. 153 new free schools.

About £50 billion further cuts in the next five years, including £21 billion welfare cuts (according to analysis by the conservative Institute for Fiscal Studies).

A renewed pledge to cut immigration, and maybe, by referendum, to tip Britain out of the European Union and end free movement of people between Europe and Britain.

If, after all they’ve done since 2010, the Tories win in May 2015, they will take it as a mandate for even more uninhibited spite.

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A response to John McInally and the Socialist Party

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Charlie McDonald

In a bizarre article published on the Socialist Party website, the vice-president of the civil service union PCS, and leading SP member, John McInally, has attacked the record of Workers’ Liberty within the PCS and the wider labour movement.

In a bizarre article published on the Socialist Party website, the vice-president of the civil service union PCS, and leading SP member, John McInally, has attacked the record of Workers’ Liberty within PCS and the wider labour movement.

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Hold the Socialist Party and Mark Serwotka to account!

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James Marine

The Socialist Party (SP) has defended the PCS civil service union’s decision to “suspend” national and Group elections for up to a year. (Groups are the major sub-parts of the union.)

The SP headlined its article: “PCS: Safeguarding its future in the face of vicious Tory attacks”.

“Faced with a temporary but very sharp drop in income as a result of check-off ending, the PCS National Executive Commitee (NEC) has had to make difficult decisions to cut expenditure, including suspending for one year the union’s annual elections”.

The Socialist Party has defended the PCS civil service union’s decision to “suspend” national and Group elections for up to a year.

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Do we support banning the Socialist Party from the student movement? No. Will we stop criticising its bad politics on sexism? No.

The Socialist Party group has attacked Workers' Liberty's alleged position on excluding/banning them and the SWP from various areas of student organising – claiming that we support such bans when in fact we have consistently and publicly opposed them.

(They come very close to outright lying about what we say. Before we go on, see here for our real position. There are more links included below.)

The SP claims we want to ban them because they are embarrassed by our criticisms of their conduct in the labour movement.

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Should the left say: "Let the Kurds die!"?

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Dan Katz

Over a thousand Kurdish people gathered in Trafalgar Square, London, on Saturday 1 November, taking part in a day of international solidarity for the Kurds fighting ISIS (Daesh, "Islamic State") in Kobane.

Among the small number of people at the protest who were not Kurdish were a handful of representatives of the Socialist Party and SWP. Both these groups have a problem.

The slogan "stop the US bombing" equates to "let the Kurds die".

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Solidarity with the Kurds is our first concern

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Michéal MacEoin

As fighters from “Islamic State” (IS) enter the besieged Kurdish town of Kobani in Syria, Kurds abroad have been demonstratiing in several major European cities.

In a conflict between the democratic, secular Kurdish forces and the fascistic barbarism of IS, Kurds should expect the support and solidarity of the UK left.

Over the summer, British socialist organisations were rightly a dynamic force in building demonstrations against Israel’s murderous attacks on Gaza, with up to 150,000 marching in London alone.

In a conflict between the democratic, secular Kurdish forces and the fascistic barbarism of IS, Kurds should expect the support and solidarity of the UK left.

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Right and left on Iraq

The right and Iraq

The USA and most other big-power governments (including China, which has huge oil interests in Iraq) have followed a Saudi call for “a national conciliation government” in Iraq.

Vladimir Putin’s Russia has confined itself to saying: “We warned long ago that the affair that the Americans and the Britons stirred up there [in Iraq] wouldn’t end well”.

The US has got a pledge from Maliki to form a new government by 1 July, but may resign itself to Maliki heading it.

US policy worsened Sunni-Shia divisions in Iraq; the Maliki government has worsened them further.

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PCS discusses Unite takeover

Two contrasting views of the proposed takeover of civil service union PCS by Unite by a PCS activist and a Unite community member.

PCS-Unite: no to merger!

A PCS activist

The annual conference of PCS, the largest civil service trade union, on 20-22 May will debate a motion submitted by the union’s Executive (NEC) on PCS merging into the big general union Unite.

Two contrasting views of the proposed takeover of the civil service union PCS by Unite by a PCS activist and a Unite community member.

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May elections

In the 22 May council elections, the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is making a big effort to stand 561 candidates. In the European elections on the same day, No2EU will field 46 candidates in seven regions. The Left Unity group is standing only 12 council candidates across the country.

TUSC is an electoral alliance mainly of the Socialist Party and the leadership of the RMT union. It also involves the Independent Socialist Network and the Socialist Workers’ Party. Its platform is pretty much limited to opposing cuts.

Left candidates in local elections.

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