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TUC Disabled Workers' Conference: planning the fightback

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Janine Booth, Co-Chair TUC Disabled Workers' Conference
John McDonnell promises comprehensive solidarity against cuts and discrimination.

Nearly 200 delegates from dozens of trade unions gathered in London on 19 and 20 May to discuss issues affecting disabled workers and plan the fightback against discrimination and austerity cuts.

Can socialism make sense?

A new book from Workers’ Liberty which makes the case for socialism.

A new book from Workers’ Liberty which makes the case for socialism. In a time when socialism is the most searched word on the Merriam-Webster dictionary website, more and more people call themselves socialists, and a self-confessed socialist is leader of the Labour Party, this book explores what socialism means, whether it can rise again, how, and why.

It answers questions such as: What about Stalin? Are revolutions democratic? How can we have a planned economy? and is socialism still relevant?

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Support the Rio strikers!

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Kelly Rogers

Workers at the Rio cinema in Dalston are having their first day of strike action on Wednesday 25th May. They are campaigning to against proposals of forced redundancies, for a living wage, and for a commitment from management that they will continue and extend the progressive, community-focused programmes put on at the Rio.

Workers at the Rio cinema in Dalston are striking against redundancies, for a living wage, and for a commitment from management that they will continue and extend progressive, community-focused programmes.

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Changing Labour, Changing Politics: Ideas for Freedom 2016

Ideas for Freedom is the annual weekend of socialist education, discussion and debate hosted by Workers' Liberty from the 7th to 10th of July. Student Central, Malet St, London WC1E 7HX:

The main theme of this year's event, Changing Labour, Changing Politics will be visions of and ideas about rebuilding the labour movement and renewing socialist ideas in the wake of election of a new leadership to the Labour Party.

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Ideas for Freedom is the annual weekend of socialist education, discussion and debate hosted by Workers' Liberty. This year it runs from the evening of Thursday 7 July to the afternoon of Sunday 10 July, and takes place mainly at Student Central, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY

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Nuit debout and the movement against the "labour law" in France

Workers' Liberty activists spoke to Gabrielle, a hospital worker and revolutionary socialist activist in France about the "labour law" and the attacks on hospital workers.

The situation at the moment: there is a double movement – the situation in the movement, and the situation in the hospitals. I’ll talk about the situation with the movement overall, which is currently somewhat paradoxical.

Workers' Liberty spoke to a revolutionary socialist activist in France about the latest with the fight against the "labour law".

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Venezuela: shift to the right

The government of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela is in trouble. Destabilisation after the death of Hugo Chavez has fractured the government’s political base. An economic crisis due to low oil prices, and mobilisations by the political right, have brought the government to a state of collapse.

The government of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela is in trouble. Destabilisation after the death of Hugo Chavez has fractured the government’s political base. An economic crisis due to low oil prices, and mobilisations by the political right, have brought the government to a state of collapse.

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Education, not exam factories!

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Between 16 May and 29 June, students in Britain’s schools will write around 16 million exam papers. A scurry of marking will then, in August, produce a stream of gradings, which will be used to exert market-type discipline on students, teachers, and schools.

Notionally exams are a way to test knowledge and skills. Exams which really do that, and certify people as competent to be surgeons or surveyors, make sense. But the school exams are only the basis for a vast sorting exercise.

Notionally exams are a way to test knowledge and skills. Exams which really do that, and certify people as competent to be surgeons or surveyors, make sense. But the school exams are only the basis for a vast sorting exercise.

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Give power back to the members

Rhea Wolfson, who has replaced Ken Livingstone on the Centre-left Alliance slate for Labour’s National Executive (NEC), spoke to Solidarity.


I think the campaign is now going very well. It started off with an unexpected torrent of abuse from fascists, which was very difficult emotionally, for me and my family. But that has calmed down, and we have seen huge amounts of support from my union, which helped. But apart from that and an attempted smear of me as someone not interested in winning elections, it has gone well.

Rhea Wolfson, who has replaced Ken Livingstone on the Centre-left Alliance slate for Labour’s National Executive, spoke to us.

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FBU conference votes to remain in EU

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Jack Horner

FBU conference in Blackpool last week witnessed sharp debate over the European Union, with delegates eventually voting for a remain vote after much wrangling.

FBU’s executive council proposed a statement to the conference calling for a vote to remain. This argued that the consequences of leaving would be detrimental to firefighters: the working time directive is built into firefighters’ national pay and conditions, while retained firefighters have won gains as part-time workers in the EU, such as pensions, sick leave, holiday pay and other leave.

FBU conference in Blackpool last week witnessed sharp debate over the European Union, with delegates eventually voting for a remain vote after much wrangling.

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Israel-Palestine: Two Nations, Two States

48-page pamphlet explaining the history, unravelling the issues, and giving positive directions for campaigning.


Third edition 2016

Israel out of the Occupied Territories!

For a Palestinian state with the same rights as Israel!

For Arab-Jewish workers' unity on a basis of consistent democracy! For a socialist Israel and a socialist Palestine in a socialist federation of the Middle East!

Third edition 2016. (1st edition was 2001, 2nd edition 2002). Cover price £3.50. With UK postage, £4.70; with international postage, £8.55. See button below to buy online or get cheap bulk rates.


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Two Nations, Two States. Socialists and Israel-Palestine

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Lutte Ouvrière fete, 14-16 May 2016

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Martin Thomas

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 14-16 May 2016.

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.

The annual open-air fete organised by the French revolutionary socialist group Lutte Ouvriere drew large crowds again on 14-16 May 2016, and Workers' Liberty was there.

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Due process for Jackie Walker!

Momentum condemns the suspension of Jackie Walker, Vice Chair of our Steering Committee, from the Labour Party on 4 May.

Jackie, a black activist of Jewish heritage and lifelong anti-racist campaigner and trainer, was suspended by the party for alleged antisemitism following an article that appeared in the Jewish Chronicle, which quotes statements she made on Facebook discussing her family history.

A statement from Momentum on the suspension of Jackie Walker from the Labour Party.

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Forced Academies U-turn: only half a victory

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Patrick Murphy

Nicky Morgan's announcement that she was withdrawing proposals to legislate to force all schools to become academies was both a real success and a major danger to the campaign against forced academies.

On 6 May, Nicky Morgan announced that, as a result of listening to MPs, teachers, school leaders and parents, she has decided that, while reaffirming our continued determination to see all schools become academies in the next 6 years, that it is not necessary to bring legislation to bring about blanket conversion of all schools to achieve this goal.

Nicky Morgan's announcement that she was withdrawing proposals to legislate to force all schools to become academies was both a real success and a major danger to the campaign against forced academies.

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Republicans break the bottom of the barrel

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Danny Katch

It's big psychic shock coming to terms with the reality that Trump a bigoted, buffoonish blowhard, loathed by 70 per cent of the population will have his name on the ballot in November as the presidential candidate of one of the two political parties that run the most powerful nation in the world.

Donald Trump a bigoted, buffoonish blowhard, loathed by 70 per cent of the population will have his name on the ballot in November as the presidential candidate of one of the two political parties that run the most powerful nation in the world.

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Don't close the BBC!

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Elizabeth Butterworth

Broadcasters, actors and screenwriters have jumped to defend the BBC against the Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale, who recently reportedly told Cambridge University's Conservative Association that closing the BBC was a tempting prospect.

Broadcasters, actors and screenwriters have jumped to defend the BBC against the Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale.

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News Line editorial of April 9, 1983, and comment by Ken Livingstone, on "the Zionist connection"

The Zionist connection. News Line editorial, Saturday, April 9, 1983

A powerful Zionist connection runs from the so-called left of the Labour Party right into the centre of Thatcher's government in Downing Street. There is no difficulty what ever in proving this.

"The Zionist connection". News Line editorial, Saturday, April 9, 1983

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