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Reza Shahabi on 24th day of hunger strike

After 24 days on hunger strike Reza Shahabi’s health is deteriorating. His condition is now said to be serious.

Reza Shahabi, a member of the Executive Committee of the Trade Union of the Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Company, was ordered to return to prison on August 8th. According to a report by this trade union, Mr Shahabi began his hunger strike protest on August 8th as he entered Rejai Shahr prison in Karaj. He is protesting about the legality of his case and prison conditions.

After 24 days on hunger strike, Iranian trade unionist and socialist Reza Shahabi’s health is deteriorating. Demand his release!

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Tubeworker — 31/08/2017: Fight The Fascists!

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The latest edition of Tubeworker, a socialist industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.

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The latest edition of Tubeworker, a socialist industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.

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Support the McDonalds workers!

Workers at two McDonald′s stores in the UK will be striking on Monday 4 September. The strike is part of a global McDonald′s strike, and is the first time McDonald′s workers in the UK have struck.

Workers in Cambridge and Crayford were balloted and voted by 95% in favour of strikes. Almost as soon as the ballot result was announced McDonald′s offered 80,000 of its UK workers guaranteed hours, thereby agreeing to one of their demands even before the strike. Steve, a worker at a McDonald′s store in Cambridge, spoke to Solidarity about their struggle.

Workers at McDonald′s stores in Cambridge and London will strike on 4 September. We spoke to a McDonald's worker about the dispute.

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Thames riverboats workers win reinstatement for sacked colleague

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Daniel Randall

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Following the announcement of the strike ballot below, City Cruises agreed to reinstate Hairia. RMT has hailed the outcome as a significant victory for union members at City Cruises.


Captains and mates working for City Cruises, a company which runs sightseeing trips along the River Thames, will ballot for strikes to demand reinstatement for Hairia Abdo, an unjustly sacked colleague.

Captains and mates working for City Cruises, a company which runs sightseeing trips along the River Thames, have won reinstatement for Hairia Abdo, an unjustly sacked colleague, after announcing a strike ballot.

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Venezuelan crisis deepens

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Pablo Velasco

Venezuela’s growing social polarisation and slide towards civil war has intensified in recent weeks, the combined result of right-wing destabilisation and the actions of the Maduro government.

The current political impasse arises from the unravelling of the “Bolivarian” project of Hugo Chávez. His successor Nicolás Maduro narrowly won the presidential election in 2013, but failed to retain the regime’s popularity with the majority of Venezuelan people.

Defend Venezuelan workers against the right-wing coup, for an independent working-class alternative to Chavismo.

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Labour should listen to Birmingham refuse workers

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By a South Birmingham Momentum member

For the past few weeks the refuse workers in Birmingham have been in dispute with Birmingham City Council over proposed changes to pay-grades, terms and conditions, and levels of public safety.

Workers from the Unite union are now beginning a third week of industrial action. I went down to Lifford Lane depot this morning to find out more about the dispute.

A Labour Party member visits the picket lines of Birmingham refuse workers.

Bart's strikers name more dates

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Gemma Short

Serco-employed workers at Bart's Health NHS Trust will strike again on 18-22, 25-29 August, and 1-5, 8-12, and 15-19 September.

Workers have so far stuck for 22 days, including a two week strike from 25 July to 7 August, in their fight over low pay. Serco is still refusing to negotiate with the workers' union Unite.

They are demanding a 30p per hour increase, and for lower workloads.

Bart's strikers plan strikes throughout August and September.

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Glasgow homeless service workers fight back

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Terry Elliot

Worse working conditions for the workers. And a worse service for clients.

That’s the result of Glasgow City Council putting its homelessness outreach support services out to tender, and cutting from five to two the number of organisations supporting homeless people transitioning into settled accommodation.

Workers who were transferred into Loretto Care, one of the two successful bidders, earlier this year found themselves moved from fit-for-purpose workplaces into an empty shell – no office furniture and no IT equipment – on a remote industrial estate.

Dispute at Glasgow outsourced service over increased work and cuts in services

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Tubeworker — 27/07/2017: Fleet Workers Fight For Permanent Jobs

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The latest edition of the printed version of Tubeworker, an industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.

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The latest edition of Tubeworker, a socialist industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.

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Workers' Control, Not Immigration Controls

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No-One Is Illegal

A 2006 pamphlet from the No-One Is Illegal Campaign, setting out the labour-movement case against immigration controls.

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A 2006 pamphlet from the No-One Is Illegal Campaign, setting out the labour-movement case against immigration controls.

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What's wrong with Stalinist iconography

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Cathy Nugent

In the recent past there has been a minor craze in and around the Labour left for using 1930s Stalinist iconography. This craze, based in social media, ranges from the use of Stalinist socialist realist “art” to images and memes attacking Trotskyists, including ice-picks emojis etc. Some people, so we understand, who volunteer for Momentum like to use jargon attacking Trotskyists, taken from these social media exchanges, such as “Clear Them Out”. They mean that people who support Workers’ Liberty or Socialist Appeal should be expelled from the Labour Party.

The political implications of the current craze for using social media images and memes praising Stalin and attacking Trotskyists

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Railworkers fighting for our safety

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Joe Booth

On July 20 2017 Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) organised a demonstration outside the Department for Transport, London.

The demo was also attended by the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT). Activists handed in a 4,000 signature petition for the return of train guards who are being got rid of by management – for disabled’s and passenger’s rights and lives.

Disabled activists protest against train guards being removed from trains.

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Defend the Picturehouse Four!

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Ollie Moore

Cinema workers at five London branches of the Picturehouse chain struck again on Friday 7 July, as their battle for living wages, union recognition, and other benefits continues. Picturehouse bosses have raised the stakes of the dispute by sacking four Bectu union reps from the Ritzy cinema in Brixton, the site where the dispute began. Three of those reps have had their appeals rejected, with a fourth waiting on an appeal outcome. All intend to pursue their cases at Employment Tribunal.

Support sacked trade union reps at Picturehouse cinemas.

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Make May resign!

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According to the media over the 8-9 July weekend, the argument among Tory MPs is whether to replace Theresa May now by David Davis, or to wait to replace her until the autumn. Even Tory party chair Grant Shapps has no confidence in May: “Theresa May will need to operate a completely different model to remain in power”. Getting May out will be a first step in bringing down the Tory government. Only a first step.

For the Tories in office to take a skewed snapshot vote and interpret it as a blank cheque for their policies is not democracy.

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SWP: fifth wheel of Corbynism?

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Martin Thomas

There were about 500 at the opening rally of the SWP's "Marxism" summer event in London on 6 July. That's fewer than in some previous years, I think, and an older crowd - about a third grey or white-haired.

Nevertheless, enough not to sneeze at, and the closing rally on 9 July was near 1000.

At its annual summer event, the SWP is presenting itself as a sort of fifth wheel of Corbynism, supposedly with special skills for demonstrations and strikes

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Brexit: fight for free movement!

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Sacha Ismail

As the UK-EU negotiations on Brexit begin, the political landscape in Britain is in flux. The general election result was widely interpreted as a riposte to the Tories’ push for a hard Brexit. Now senior Tory critics of a hard Brexit, and indeed of Brexit per se, are becoming bolder.

The bulk of Labour members are very likely in favour of free movement yet this has not found expression in the hierarchy or public position of the party.

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