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Queer Politics and Feminism in India

Camila Bassi spoke at All the Rage 2015 about feminism and queer politics in India. You can listen to the speech here.

If you are interested in India and Camila's thoughts on it check out her blog - https://anaemiconabike.wordpress.com/

Camila Bassi spoke at All the Rage 2015 about feminism and queer politics in India. You can listen to the speech here.

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University of the Arts students occupy

Students at the University of Arts London have occupied management offices to protest against cuts in foundation courses. Other colleges also now in occupation!

On the 16 March, news was spread amongst University of the Arts London (UAL) students that management had decided to cut over 800 places on their Foundation courses. Three days later, students and SUARTS sabbs are occupying management rooms at Central St Martins, King’s Cross in a peaceful yet poignant protest.

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End poverty! Tax the rich!

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Jill Mountford

Just in time for the General Election, Britain’s employment rate reached a record-high, with 73% of working age people in work. The bosses’ government gloated over the news. But these figures belie the fact that 5.2 million people in work also live in poverty, they are 60% of all poor and the numbers of people living in poverty have doubled since 1983. Not so great news then.

5.2 million people in work also live in poverty, they are 60% of all poor and the numbers of people living in poverty have doubled since 1983

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Unison Special Conference votes to put Local Government pay dispute back on!

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By a local government worker
Conference voted by 62% and then 68% to re-open this years pay claim

Local government workers in Unison this week overturned the leadership's appalling sell out of the pay dispute.

Conference voted by 62% and then 68% to re-open this year's pay claim with a fight for the living wage and equivalent flat rate increase for all workers in the run up to the general election and the first year of a new government.

Bin lorry strike in Barking and Dagenham

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Gemma Short
GMB union members employed as bin lorry drivers in Barking and Dagenham council are on strike over a £1000 a year pay cut.

GMB union members employed as bin lorry drivers in Barking and Dagenham council are on strike over a £1000 a year pay cut.

Staff struck on 18-20 March and will strike again on 7 and 8 April.
During the last strike Barking and Dagenham council employed security guards with dogs to guard premises from striking workers.

GMB senior organiser Keith Williams said: “It beggars belief that a council that is attacking frontline workers with a £1000 wage cut would spend money to intimidate those who are lawfully resisting a cut to their wages.”

Win at Dulwich Picture Gallery

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Peggy Carter
Unite wins victory against job cuts at Dulwich picture gallery

Plans to cut 19 of 36 gallery assistants at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, have been beaten back by the union.

Workers had planned a week of strikes due to start on 13 March before management backed down and withdrew the threat of redundancies.

Unite is now planning to gain recognition at the gallery.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/SaveJobsAtDPG

Lewisham Hospital Worker #53 — 18 March 2015

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Lewisham Hospital Worker

Read the latest edition of Lewisham Hospital Worker online. In this issue: More belt tightening to come, offer made in QEH dispute, help campaign against academies in Lewisham.

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A workplace bulletin by Lewisham Hospital workers, for Lewisham Hospital workers.

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Jim Murphy's chief of staff

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Martin Thomas

The new leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Jim Murphy, has appointed John McTernan as his "chief of staff".

Read on, then, for this excerpt from the Morning Star (6 March) which tells you what you need to know about McTernan.

McTernan was speaking at a breakfast meeting at the conference for Policy Exchange, a Tory-leaning think tank. The whole event was paid for by the Stock Exchange.

McTernan poured praise on Thatcher. He said: “She changed the economic structure for good. As in forever. But also for good. It’s a good thing she did what she did.”

The new leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Jim Murphy, has appointed John McTernan as his "chief of staff".

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Ukranian miners' leader speaks

Yuri Samoylov, Chairperson of the NGPU (Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine) addressed a meeting in the House of Commons via Skype.

The meeting was organised by the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign, a network working to raise awareness of Ukrainian workers' struggles and build support for the Ukrainian labour movement in its struggles against both imperialist domination (whether by Russia or the west) and local capitalists.

For more information, see the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign website here.

Yuri Samoylov, Chairperson of the NGPU (Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine) addressed a meeting in the House of Commons via Skype.

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Italy: retreat and resistance

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Hugh Edwards

Reports of an economic revival in Italy produced the predictable whoop of euphoria and triumph from the political and cultural establishment, only too happy to laud the passing of the (anti-worker) Jobs Act as the miracle to put the country on the yellow-brick road to full recovery.

Trade union social coalition fails to face up to defeat of anti-worker legislation. Meanwhile 30,000 march against fascists in Rome.

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UCU ballots members at Salford University over victimisations

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Peggy Carter

UCU members at the University of Salford are being balloted for strikes after two of their members were sacked.

The two members, who had raised grievances against the university, were placed on “gardening leave” the day before a new restructure was announced. Their contracts of employment were then terminated.

Neither of the members were given the opportunity to be part of a redundancy selection pool, were not consulted on how their redundancies could be avoided or allowed to appeal the decision.

UCU members at the University of Salford are being balloted for strikes after two of their members were sacked.

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National Gallery workers to strike again

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Charlotte Zalens

Workers at the National Gallery threatened with outsourcing will be on strike for seven more days on 14 and 15 March and 24-29 March.

Gallery bosses plan to outsource 400 staff, including guards and visitor assistances.

CIS, the company that will employ the staff once outsourced, has contracts in many industries, meaning that staff could be transferred to other workplaces.

PCS union also argues that TUPE protections only protect existing staff, and new staff can be employed on worse terms and conditions.

Workers at the National Gallery threatened with outsourcing will be on strike for seven more days on 14 and 15 March and 24-29 March.

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Unison members vote to accept 1% pay offer

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Gemma Short

Unison members have voted to accept the government's 1% pay offer for NHS workers.

67% of members voted to accept the offer, with 32% rejecting it. GMB, Society of Radiographers and the Royal College of Midwives members have already accepted the deal.

This is essentially an offer of 1% over two years for most health workers and a slightly bigger increase for those on the lowest pay.

Unison members have voted to accept the government's 1% pay offer for NHS workers.

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Stop victimisations on London Underground

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Tubeworker

RMT's campaigns against the unfair sackings of several of its members continue.

Drivers across the Tube struck on the evening of Saturday 7 March, as part of the fight to reinstate Alex McGuigan (who was sacked after failing an improperly-administered breathalyser test). The East Ham branch of the RMT has also requested a local ballot for strikes to demand the reinstatement of Noel Roberts, a station worker who was "medically terminated" despite not having had a day off sick in 10 months and being declared fit by his GP and LU's own Occupational Health department.

RMT's campaigns against the unfair sackings of several of its members continue.

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Syriza's leading economists analyse the euro-deal

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John Milios, Spyros Lapatsioras, and Dimitris Sotiropoulos

In this article written in late February, SYRIZA members Spyros Lapatsioras, John Milios and Dimitris Sotiropoulos analyze the agreement with the Eurogroup and propose a different way forward. Lapatsioras is a SYRIZA central committee member and assistant professor at the University of Crete; Milios is a SYRIZA central committee member and professor at the National Technical University of Athens, and was until recently chief economist of Syriza; Sotiropoulos is a SYRIZA member and lecturer at the Open University Business School in Britain.

John Milios, former chief economist of Syriza, and other Syriza economists, criticise the euro-deal

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What will unions do in the election?

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Colin Foster

The big unions are working on a drive to encourage people to register to vote in time for the general election (by 20 April). And in the last quarter of 2014 Unite, Unison, and GMB each gave the Labour Party £1 million for its election campaign.

Missing, though, is union activity aimed at raising issues and mobilising workers not only to vote but also to put demands on Labour. The only thing like even Unison's anaemic "Million Voices for Change" campaign of 2010 (formally still going, but only formally) is the "Action for Rail" campaign of the rail unions.

Unions could fund a newspaper pushing a vote for Labour and demands on Labour

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Many thousands on climate march, but class-struggle voices needed

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Sacha Ismail

Something like 20,000 people took part in the demonstration against dangerous climate change in London on Saturday 7 March. It was a vibrant action, with huge numbers of young people.

A report and analysis of the 7 March climate change protest in London.

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Death of a troublesome neo-liberal

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Dale Street

Exactly a year to the day after Putin commenced his annexation of the Crimea, Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was murdered in Moscow on 27th February.

Nemtsov was certainly no critic of Putin from the left.

In the early 1990s he had been Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region. He pursued aggressive neo-liberal and privatisation policies, winning the admiration of Margaret Thatcher when she visited the region in 1993.

Death of Boris Nemtsov is linked to rise of Russian nationalism. Analysis + Russian Open Left statement.

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Beth Redmond speaking at All the Rage 2015

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Gemma Short

Beth Redmond, Workers' Liberty member and NCAFC candidate for NUS president, gave the closing speech at socialist feminist conference, All the Rage, hosted by women in Workers' Liberty.

Beth Redmond, Workers' Liberty member and NCAFC candidate for NUS president gave the closing speech at socialist feminist conference, All the Rage, hosted by women in Workers' Liberty.

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