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Solid First Day of Action at Northern and Merseyrail!

The RMT action on Northern and Merseyrail against Driver Only Operation on 13th March was very successful.

At Merseyrail, ALL Traincrew stayed out, including ALL Drivers, despite the majority of them belonging to ASLEF, which has not yet joined the dispute. The ONLY trains that moved at Merseyrail on the day were operated by managers.

That is a huge step forward in this dispute in terms of solidarity- let's hope this spreads to other depots as the dispute rolls on!

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Democracy, direct action, and socialism


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.
Is direct action undemocratic? What methods should the labour movement use to defeat the bosses? Should we stick within the law? This new pamphlet discusses these issues and more.

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Unison branch secretary and library striker on the Lambeth library occupation - and what you can do to help

Ruth Cashman is a Lambeth library worker, a leading activist in strikes to stop library cuts and joint secretary of Lambeth Unison:

Ruth Cashman on the Carnegie library occupation.

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Lambeth libraries campaigners occupy Carnegie library to stop closure


Banners outside the occupation


Earlier on the 31st

Carnegie Library in Herne Hill, Lambeth (South London), was due to close tomorrow, 1 April, but library campaigners have occupied it to stop the closure.

Spread the word! Build solidarity!

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Lambeth libraries campaigners occupy Carnegie to stop closure

Carnegie Library in Herne Hill, in Lambeth (South London), was due to close tomorrow, 1 April, but library campaigners have occupied it to stop the closure.

Just before midnight on 31 March, the library was home to about a hundred occupiers, young and old, black and white, men and women, from Herne Hill, across Lambeth and a few from beyond, with more people, including about twenty workers from the library, outside. After a day of demonstrations, the occupation began at 6pm when people refused to leave and let the doors to be closed.

Spread the word! Build solidarity!

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“Doctors’ ideas have changed; they’ve realised that they are workers”

Emma Runswick, medical student, socialist and British Medical Association activist in Manchester, spoke to Solidarity.

Why has this flared up now?

An interview with Emma Runswick, medical student, socialist and British Medical Association activist in Manchester.

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Industrial round up 9 December

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Fight redundancies in HMRC

By Gerry Noble*

HMRC management have announced mass closures to offices throughout the country.
170 offices are scheduled to close being replaced with only 13 Regional Centres and 4 Specialist Sites by 2020.

HMRC; DLR; Sheffield housing

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AWL leaflet on Corbyn campaign

Workers' Liberty has produced a leaflet on why and how socialists should support Jeremy Corbyn's campaign for Labour Party leader - including analysis of the importance of the campaign, suggestions for how we can promote it and use it to transform the labour movement, and some thoughts on the kind of socialist politics, different from Corbyn's, that we think are necessary.

To download it, click here.

A Workers' Liberty leaflet on why and how socialists should support Jeremy Corbyn's campaign for Labour Party leader.

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Right To Strike!

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Gemma Short

The Tory's new anti-strike laws would require a 50% turnout threshold in a ballot and an additional 40% yes vote requirement in “core public services” (health, education, transport and fire services). Essentially outlawing all national strikes.

Fight new anti-union laws. Fight for a right to strike!

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