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Tubeworker 27/07/15 - Strike Two!

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Tubeworker

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

This issue includes articles on the ongoing LU dispute over Night Tube, Jeremy Corbyn's campaign for Labour leader, the regular "cleaners' column", plus your local and workplace stories.

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

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What happens when benefits are cut

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Sally Hendrick

The Tories plan to stop 18-21 year olds claiming Housing Benefit. Sally Hendrick knows what this will mean.


It’s hard to know where to start with my story of being a “homeless youth”. Partly because it feels so long ago now that it’s difficult to write as if I was still experiencing it; partly because some of my memories about the chronological order of things are jumbled; partly because I still block a lot of the memories out, it’s difficult to conjure them up to be able to write about them coherently.

Stopped from claiming benefits, young people will be vulnerable to becoming homeless. One young woman's story.

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Universal credit staff to strike

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Gemma Short

PCS members working in the new Universal Credit benefits system will strike for two days from 20-21 July over increasingly oppressive working conditions.

Staff voted by 84% to strike about a lack of resources, an oppressive management culture, inadequate training, hard to reach targets and staff shortages.

The strike involves over 1, 500 workers at two sites in Bolton and Glasgow, where more than half of all universal credit staff are employed.

PCS members working in the new Universal Credit benefits system will strike for two days from 20-21 July over increasingly oppressive working conditions.

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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.

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

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Solidarity with Greece, and with the Greek workers and left!

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Sacha Ismail

After the huge vote in Greece against the bailout conditions the European Union leaders are seeking to impose, the left and labour movement internationally, and particularly in the EU, face two tasks.

After the Greek workers voting "No" to EU-imposed austerity, where next for Greece?

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Tubeworker 08-09/07/15 (LU Strike Special) - We Can Win!

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Tubeworker

A special edition of Tubeworker, a bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers, for the 8-9 July strike.

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A special strike day edition of Tubeworker, a bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.

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Greek left mobilises for “no” on 5 July

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Theodora Polenta

Up to Friday 26 June the Greek government of Syriza-ANEL was very close to reaching an agreement with the eurozone leaders. It looked set to abandon its last “red lines” and accept 90-95% of the conditions for a new bailout, including direct wage and pension reductions and explicitly maintaining the framework of the last five years of Memorandum.

Intimidation and terror by the capitalist bosses will escalate as the Greek referendum approaches. The revolutionary left in and outside Syriza, workers, trade unions and community and social organisations, should immediately expose and fight back against the capitalist bosses terrorism.

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Heathrow third runway decision puts profits before people

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Tom Harris
800 homes would be destroyed.

The Airports Commission has recommended the building of a third runway at Heathrow airport.

If it went ahead, the construction of the runway would lead to up to 800 homes being demolished, as well as more noisy overhead flights for local residents. David Cameron says he will make a decision as to whether to build at Heathrow within a year.

National Gallery strike continues

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Tom Harris
National Gallery dispute continues with a debate in Parliament

The dispute against privatisation at the National Gallery was the subject of a debate at Parliament. Labour MP John McDonnell arranged a debate on the privatisation last week. McDonnell noted that the strike, which has seen 45 days of action so far, constitutes ‘the most extended period of industrial action at the gallery in the history of British cultural institutions.’

CalMac Ferry workers strike against SNP privatisation

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Dale Street

RMT members employed by Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) staged three days of industrial action, including a one-day strike, in the last week of June.

A ballot on industrial action held the preceding month had seen a massive majority vote for action: 92% for strike action, and 98% of action short of a strike, on a 60% turnout. The vote was so overwhelming that it passed the requirements of the Tories’ new anti-union legislation.

RMT members employed by Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) staged three days of industrial action, including a one-day strike, in the last week of June.

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Unite members call for support for Corbyn campaign

The following statement is from members of Unite the Union who are supporting Jeremy Corbyn's leadership campaign and campaigning for their union to do the same. If you are in Unite, please sign by emailing eddmustill@gmail.com. Please circulate widely.

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A statement from members of Unite the Union in support of Jeremy Corbyn's campaign for Labour leader.

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Pride 2015: Pro-migrant, class struggle block

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Gemma Short

Workers' Liberty members joined NCAFC LGBTQ+ and LGSM on the trade union section of pride this year. We shouted slogans about migrant rights, joining a union, and calling on Pride to be anti-austerity.

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Workers' Liberty members joined NCAFC LGBTQ+ and LGSM on the trade union section of pride this year.

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The fight is on!

RMT members have voted by over 90% to strike in the dispute over pay and Night Tube. The re-ballot of station staff for further action in the "Every Job Matters" dispute also returned a majority of over 90%, as did the ballots of LU Fleet members (for strikes against the use of agency trainers) and Jubilee Line drivers (in a dispute over de-skilling). The ballots returned even higher majorities for action-short-of-strikes.

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Daesh begins global jihad?

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Simon Nelson
Killings in Tunisia and Kuwait show spreading influence and change of strategy by Islamist terror group

The attack by a gunman in Sousse along with the destruction of a Shia mosque in Kuwait (Friday 26 June) may show further coordination by the deadly Islamist terror group Daesh outside their territory in Iraq and Syria. It may represent a strategic shift from aiming to establish a caliphate, to waging a global jihad, in competition with their main rival, al-Qaeda. The targeting of tourists also marks a more ‘outward’ looking form of attack, away from the targeting of religious minorities and non Sunni Muslims.

US Court rules against state bans on same-sex marriage

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Ann Coleman, Alan Maass and Nicole Colson

US socialists Ann Coleman, Alan Maass and Nicole Colson report on the US Supreme Court's historic ruling on same-sex marriage. This article was taken from the International Socialist Organization publication website socialistworker.org (no connection to British SWP). The authors welcome the ruling, seeing it as a culmination of many struggles for equality. Some socialists and LGBT activists in US, as in the UK, question the institution of marriage. We invite debate on this question.

US socialists report on US Supreme Court ruling.

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Neither “leaving” nor “reclaiming” Labour will do

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Daniel Randall

Two recent articles, by Michael Chessum in the New Statesman and by Ben Sellers on the blog Left Futures, ask the question: “Should socialists leave the Labour Party?” Ben says they shouldn't. Michael isn't sure, but is certain the question needs thinking about.

Should socialists work within the Labour Party to try and drag it to the left, or leave it altogether? Both perspectives are limited, argues Daniel Randall.

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Open letter to members of the SWP and SP: Keep the UK in the EU, for a workers' Europe

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Mark Osborn and Vicki Morris

Both the Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP) and Socialist Party (SP) have declared that they will vote for UK withdrawal from the EU.

The SWP is for withdrawal because, “[The EU is] a bosses’ organisation designed to ease the exploitation of workers and sharpen the capacity of European capitalists to beat other capitalists.” The SP say similar: the UK should get out because the EU is a “bosses’ club.”

An open letter to members of the Socialist Workers Party and Socialist Party on the upcoming referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.

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Life in the West Bank

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Ira Berkovic

Israeli assaults in 2009 and 2014 have foregrounded Gaza in the popular imagination of Palestine throughout the world. But the West Bank, where 2.7 million Palestinians live (compared to around 1.7 million in Gaza), is the site of daily brutalities that, while perhaps less spectacularly savage than the bombardments of Gaza, give just as clear a picture of the Israeli state’s colonial project in Palestine.

In the UN’s 1947 partition plan for Israel/Palestine, the West Bank was intended to the be the territorial core of an independent Palestinian-Arab state, but was occupied by Jordan during the 1948 war.

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Off The Rails - Summer 2015

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Off The Rails

The latest edition of Off The Rails, a platform for rank-and-file rail workers published by Workers' Liberty.

The latest edition of Off The Rails, a platform for rank-and-file rail workers published by Workers' Liberty.

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