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TUC congress: Stalinist apologetics and "waiting for Labour"

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Howard Peters

TUC Congress was yet another somnambulant snore-fest, punctuated with only slender outbreaks of debate. Much as always was decided beforehand behind the scenes, leaving many delegates to wonder what had become of the workers’ parliament. However beneath the surface some democratic discussion was evident and on a few occasions, burst out into the light.

18 October demonstration is not linked to programme of action.

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Pride! The power of solidarity

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Karina Knight

The writer, Stephen Beresford, first heard the story of LGSM from a friend. He told a pre-screening audience that it inspired him greatly — the film is clearly a work of care and love. The characters are the real members of LGSM. Mike Jackson and others input into the writing and production, infusing the personalities, lives and experiences of the LGSM activists.

A review of Pride, a film telling the story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners in the 1984-85 strike.

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US fast food workers' struggle escalates

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Daniel Lemberger Cooper

On 4 September, thousands of fast food workers and other service industry employees (including home healthcare workers), backed by both the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) and UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers), held strikes and protests in cities in California, Missouri, Wisconsin, New York, and elsewhere in the United States, for respect, improved benefits, the right to organise, and for a $15 minimum wage. Hundreds of workers and supporters were arrested.

On 4 September, thousands of fast food workers and other service industry employees (including home healthcare workers), backed by both the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) and UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers), held strikes and protests in cities in California, Missouri, Wisconsin, New York, and elsewhere in the United States, for respect, improved benefits, the right to organise, and for a $15 minimum wage. Hundreds of workers and supporters were arrested.

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Italy's government fails to deliver economic recovery

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Hugh Edwards

After electoral success in May’s European elections, the Italian and European ruling class confidently expected Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s to bring about austerity measures.
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And why not? So far his and previous governments’ merciless assault on the working class has only resulted in the abject surrender of the trade union leaders.

News update from Italy.

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Sectarian impasse in Iraq

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Simon Nelson

On 31 August, the Iraqi army, Kurdish troops (peshmerga), and the “peace brigades” linked to Iraqi Shia-Islamist leader Moqtada al-Sadr reached the town of Amerli in northern Iraq and lifted its siege by the “Islamic State” movement which has taken control of a big swathe of northern Iraq and of Syria.

Amerli’s inhabitants are mainly of the Turkmen minority, but many had already fled the siege. It is reported that the Turkmen themselves had dug mass graves because they planned to kill their families and themselves if they lost their fight to defend the town.

The Iraqi army, Kurdish troops (peshmerga), and the “peace brigades” linked to Iraqi Shia-Islamist leader Moqtada al-Sadr have reached the town of Amerli in northern Iraq and lifted its siege by the “Islamic State” movement which has taken control of a big swathe of northern Iraq and of Syria.

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“Hands up! Don’t shoot!”

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Gemma Short

On 9 August Michael Brown was shot as he walked down the street in his home neighbourhood in Ferguson Missouri, USA.

Michael, a black 18 year-old with no criminal record, was shot with his hands up by white police officer Darren Wilson.

On 9 August Michael Brown was shot as he walked down the street in his home neighbourhood in Ferguson Missouri, USA.

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Every Job Matters dispute: we need to strike again!

RMT held a members' meeting last week to discuss taking further action in the "Every Job Matters" dispute against staffing cuts and ticket office closures. It's good that such meetings are taking place. Management remain intransigent, and they're looking to weasel out of commitments they made after our previous strikes. We need more action.

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Swing to left on Labour NEC

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Michael Johnson

The election of the constituency part of Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) saw the best result for the left (55% of the poll, 14% swing) since the 1980s.

Ken Livingstone topped the poll, with Ann Black, Christine Shawcroft and Kate Osamor also elected. Kate is an NHS worker and Unite political committee member.

The more traditional Labour right-wing grouping Labour First got trade union lawyer Ellie Reeves elected, and it supported independent candidate Johanna Baxter, who was also returned.

Details of election results for constituency part of Labour National Executive Committee

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Tubeworker 28/08/14 — More action needed in fight against cuts

This issue includes a five-point proposal for expanding the fight against job cuts and ticket office closures, news on the Central Line drivers' dispute, the latest on disputes at ISS and Sodexo, plus your local and workplace stories.

Click here to download the PDF.

An industrial bulletin by London Underground workers, for London Underground workers.

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East Ukraine: Russia installs a new leadership

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Dale Street

In mid-July Denis Pushilin resigned as chair of the Supreme Soviet of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). In early August Alexander Borodai resigned as Prime Minister of the DPR.

In mid-August Valery Bolotov resigned as head – he was always simply referred to as “the head” – of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) and Igor Strelkov-Girkin resigned as Minister of Defence of the DPR.

Support the left against militarism and national chauvinism in Russia and Ukraine!

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Domestic violence and the Morning Star

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Beth Redmond

Rory McKinnon, who had been a reporter at The Morning Star for three years, has been threatened with the sack for confronting the RMT about Caroline Leneghan’s domestic violence allegations against the union’s Assistant General Secretary Steve Hedley (see bit.ly/So6ZmS).

Morning Star reporter questions union's domestic violence procedure and is threatened with sack.

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East Ukraine bombarded

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Dale Street

Fighting in the south-east of Ukraine between government forces and Russian-backed separatists continues.

According to the Ukrainian authorities: the separatists have suffered a series of military setbacks, their morale is low, and desertion from their ranks is rife.

According to the separatists: the Ukrainian forces have suffered a series of military setbacks, their morale is low, and desertion from their ranks is rife.

Fighting in south-east of Ukraine continues.

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Local government workers, all out on 14 October

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By Dave Pannett

Local government workers and most school support staff (members of Unison, GMB, and Unite) will strike again on Tuesday 14 October, following the mass strike on 10 July (which involved a greater number of unions).

Members of Unison, GMB, Unite, and the Royal College of Midwives in the NHS will also be balloted for strikes from late August, and could join a 14 October strike if the ballot returns a yes vote.

For those of us in Unison, it had appeared that, for the first time in years, an attempt was being made to set out a serious strategy on pay. This involved:

Local government workers will strike over pay, health workers to ballot.

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ISIS threatens the Kurds; US sends bombers

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Martin Thomas

The US has restarted military action in Iraq, bombing the Sunni ultra-Islamist movement ISIS.

In June ISIS took control of large swathes of Iraq and Syria, stretching from the border with Turkey almost to the border with Iran. On 29 June it declared a "caliphate" (religious dictatorship) and called on all devout Muslims to rally to it.

The US has restarted military action in Iraq, bombing the Sunni ultra-Islamist movement ISIS.

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Union branches' motions for workers' solidarity against Israel's assault on Gaza

There is now a pause in Israel's assault on Gaza, and it looks like the ceasefire may hold. However, the conditions of occupation and brutalisation of the Palestinians which are the background to the conflict look set to continue. The need for socialists to develop internationalist, working-class responses to the conflict remains acute. As such, we reproduce two motions passed by union branches as examples of how labour-movement bodies can respond and orient. The practical resolutions of solidarity with workers' organisations in Palestine/Israel are more essential than ever.

Two labour-movement resolutions condemning Israel's bombing of Gaza, and calling for working-class solidarity and a just, two-states settlement to the conflict.

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