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Can socialism make sense?

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?

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

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Listen to junior doctors, Heidi!

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Gemma Short

Instead of joining the junior doctors picket lines and backing the strike like junior doctors and Labour members have asked her to, Labour′s Shadow Health Secretary appears to have been spending her time organising a cross-party letter to Jeremy Hunt calling for a trial imposition of the contract.

Why Labour Shadow Health Secretary Heidi Alexander is wrong to propose trial run of junior doctors contract.

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Remembering Leon Brumant

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Daniel Randall

Leon, on the left, picketing Oxford Circus station during a London Underground strike in August 2015.


Leon Brumant, London Underground worker, RMT union rep, and socialist and anti-racist activist, died on Friday 22 April, aged just 30 years old. He is survived by Nailah, his young daughter.

Leon Brumant, London Underground worker, RMT rep, and socialist and anti-racist activist, died on Friday 22 April, aged 30 years old. His colleague and comrade Daniel Randall remembers him.

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Old photos, documents, memoirs?

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Martin Thomas

Do you have any old photos of the activity or the people of our tendency - of Workers' Liberty, or before that of Socialist Organiser, of the WSL, of the I-CL, or of Workers' Fight, back to 1966?

This year is the 50th anniversary of the political current now organised as the Alliance for Workers' Liberty. We are planning publications and events to mark the anniversary.

Five years ago we systematically collated all the old documents and files we had at our office, and deposited them at the library of the London School of Economics:

Do you have any photos from the history of Workers' Liberty, or before that Socialist Organiser, the WSL, I-CL or Workers' Fight?

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Algerian feminists comment on France's "Hijab Day"

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Marieme Helie-Lucas, Lalia Ducos, and Zazi Sadou

We republish commentaries from three Algerian feminists on the recent "Hijab Day" in Paris.


Introduction

By Marieme Helie-Lucas

Commentaries from three Algerian feminists on the recent "Hijab Day", organised by students in Paris.

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EU: stay and fight for a workers’ Europe

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Editorial

US President Barack Obama is expected this week to make a speech calling for Britain to remain in the European Union. When Obama does this, he is saying that Britain remaining in the EU is what is best for capitalism. However, what is bad for capitalism, in this case leaving the EU, is not necessarily good for workers.

Britain remaining in the EU is what is best for capitalism. However, what is bad for capitalism, in this case leaving the EU, is not necessarily good for workers.

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Malia Bouattia is NUS President

The right-wing media is attacking the new NUS President, Malia Bouattia. Why?

For the first time since Jack Straw was elected National Union of Students President in 1969, an incumbent NUS President lost their attempt at re-election yesterday, 20 April, with left candidate Malia Bouattia defeating current President Megan Dunn by a small but clear margin (44 out of 731 votes).

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“Now is the time for student unions to be what the government is afraid of”

Sahaya James, a student at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, part-time member of the National Union of Students national executive, and the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts candidate for NUS Vice President Union Development, spoke to Solidarity.


How do you think NUS has done over the last year, since more left-wing NUS officers were elected?

An interview with Sahaya James, part-time member of the National Union of Students national executive, and the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts candidate for NUS Vice President Union Development.

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Brussels transport workers take a stand for safety

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Janine Booth

I have been talking with Brussels transport workers and trade unionists in the aftermath of the 22 March Daesh bombings which killed 32 people and injured hundreds more. Amidst the news reporting and political demagogy, it is important that their voices are heard.

Two workers died in the Brussels airport bombing - one working on check-in, the other in baggage handling. Others were injured, and still more were traumatised by what they experienced: helping the injured and dying, seeing body parts among the baggage. At least 14 passengers also perished.

Transport workers say delays in shutting understaffed Metro caused casualities

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Egypt says Regeni murder was work of criminal gang

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Hugh Edwards
Questions left unanswered by Egyptian government

The weekend of the 14-15 April saw the diplomatic duel between Egypt and Italy  around the circumstances of the murder of Giulio Regeni come to a brusque finish.

Egypt's president Al Sisi, following what both his Foreign Minister and the general in charge of the official investigations had declared the day after the body was found in early February, reiterated the judgment that the murder had been the work of a criminal gang.

Northern Rail: No DOO, No Compromise!

We have been reporting for some time on moves within the UK rail industry, supported by the Department for Transport, to move most or all passenger trains to Driver Only Operation (DOO). Where DOO is in operation it means trains can enter service with only one member of staff - the train driver - on board.

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How Hollande's new "Labour Law" would slash rights

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Martin Thomas

Through struggles over many decades, workers in France have won more legal protections, and more rights to union representation, than in Britain. That is what the new "Labour Law" wants to change.

The "Labour Code" is a legal document covering all workers, much more extensive than the general labour-law rights of workers in Britain. Its table of contents alone covers 90 closely-printed pages.

Then there are collective agreements negotiated by the unions, often extended by government decree to cover all workers in the trade or sector.

Hollande's new "Labour Law" has been met by huge strikes and demonstrations.

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Lambeth library workers: striking to serve our community

As the community in Lambeth fights back against cuts and closures, a Lambeth library worker and Unison member describes the fighting mood of a recent branch meeting and comments on the lessons for trade unionism.


Lambeth library workers in solidarity with the Carnegie occupation

A Lambeth library worker and Unison member describes the fighting mood of a recent branch meeting and comments on the lessons for trade unionism.

The room was buzzing as I arrived, with people rifling through papers to look for the latest press reports. "I can't believe Lambeth Libraries have made it into the Financial Times!" came a shout across the Reference Library.

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If you want to save local libraries – join Labour

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Lambeth Unison
Why you should join Labour if you want to save local libraries.

A lot of people are unhappy with the Labour councillors in Lambeth – all the more reason to join Labour and fight for a change of policy.

That might sound like a strange title, after all, Lambeth Labour have slashed services and jobs on behalf of the Conservatives in government since 2010.

Campaign against the education white paper!

The attacks in the government's education white paper are enormous and include the forced academisation of all schools (smashing up remaining teachers terms and conditions and abolishing all local control of schools) and huge funding cuts for schools.

The NUT plans to run a political campaign linking up with other school workers and with parents and students. However it will be up to activists to make sure this happens in a real way locally rather than just being materials produced centrally by the union.

Model motions for Momentum and Labour Party branches to campaign against the attacks on schools.

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Bulletin: junior doctors - how we can win

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Pete Campbell

Download a printer friendly version of this bulletin to use on picket lines.

As the next junior doctors' strike looms, Dr Pete Campbell discusses what the contract means and what strategy will be needed to win.

By Pete Campbell, BMA junior doctors’ committee (personal capacity)

On 6-7 April junior doctors will take 48 hours of emergency-care-only action; and on 26-27 April there will be a full walkout of junior doctors between 8am and 5pm.

What the junior doctors' contract means and what strategy will be needed to win.

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Education white paper: what to do next

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Workers' Liberty Teachers

At NUT conference on Easter weekend 2016 a priority motion was passed on fighting the Government's education white paper which plans huge funding cuts and forced academisation of schools.

The motion passed means the union will be organising a ballot of all members in state funded schools (including academies) for a national contract for all teachers in those schools. The union will also seek to work with other school workers, parents and students to organise a campaign against the attacks.

These are the bulletins produced by Workers' Liberty teachers at the conference.

Workers' Liberty teachers on how to fight the attacks on our schools.

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"A turning point in American political life"

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Traven Leyshon

Traven Leyshon, Vermont Teamsters/AFL-CIO leader and organiser for the Sanders campaign, spoke at Workers' Liberty's London forum about the Bernie Sanders campaign.


We are at a real turning point in American political life, and that is very exciting.

Traven Leyshon speaks about the Sanders campaign.

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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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