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Protest against IS and the genocide of the Yazidis! Support workers, women and oppressed minorities in Iraq!

6-8pm, Friday 22 August - Downing Street

This rally is organised by Worker-communist Party of Kurdistan, UK organisation, in alliance with other Iraqi, Iranian and UK organisations (see below).

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The organisers say:

"Against the Genocide of the Yazidis
Against the Bloodthirsty Forces of IS
Against Fascism and Racism

A protest organised by Kurdish socialists, Downing Street, Friday 22 August from 6pm.

Domestic violence and the Morning Star

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Beth Redmond

Rory McKinnon, who had been a reporter at The Morning Star for three years, has been threatened with the sack for confronting the RMT about Caroline Leneghan’s domestic violence allegations against the union’s Assistant General Secretary Steve Hedley (see bit.ly/So6ZmS).

Morning Star reporter questions union's domestic violence procedure and is threatened with sack.

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East Ukraine bombarded

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Dale Street

Fighting in the south-east of Ukraine between government forces and Russian-backed separatists continues.

According to the Ukrainian authorities: the separatists have suffered a series of military setbacks, their morale is low, and desertion from their ranks is rife.

According to the separatists: the Ukrainian forces have suffered a series of military setbacks, their morale is low, and desertion from their ranks is rife.

Fighting in south-east of Ukraine continues.

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Local government workers, all out on 14 October

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By Dave Pannett

Local government workers and most school support staff (members of Unison, GMB, and Unite) will strike again on Tuesday 14 October, following the mass strike on 10 July (which involved a greater number of unions).

Members of Unison, GMB, Unite, and the Royal College of Midwives in the NHS will also be balloted for strikes from late August, and could join a 14 October strike if the ballot returns a yes vote.

For those of us in Unison, it had appeared that, for the first time in years, an attempt was being made to set out a serious strategy on pay. This involved:

Local government workers will strike over pay, health workers to ballot.

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ISIS threatens the Kurds; US sends bombers

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Martin Thomas

The US has restarted military action in Iraq, bombing the Sunni ultra-Islamist movement ISIS.

In June ISIS took control of large swathes of Iraq and Syria, stretching from the border with Turkey almost to the border with Iran. On 29 June it declared a "caliphate" (religious dictatorship) and called on all devout Muslims to rally to it.

The US has restarted military action in Iraq, bombing the Sunni ultra-Islamist movement ISIS.

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Union branches' motions for workers' solidarity against Israel's assault on Gaza

There is now a pause in Israel's assault on Gaza, and it looks like the ceasefire may hold. However, the conditions of occupation and brutalisation of the Palestinians which are the background to the conflict look set to continue. The need for socialists to develop internationalist, working-class responses to the conflict remains acute. As such, we reproduce two motions passed by union branches as examples of how labour-movement bodies can respond and orient. The practical resolutions of solidarity with workers' organisations in Palestine/Israel are more essential than ever.

Two labour-movement resolutions condemning Israel's bombing of Gaza, and calling for working-class solidarity and a just, two-states settlement to the conflict.

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Russian nationalists demand war on Kiev

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Dale Street
Report of far-right rally in Moscow

“Death to liberals! Death to anarchists! Long live Novorossiya! Long live Russia!” enthused Aleksei Zhivov (leader of the Right-Conservative Alliance) in concluding last Saturday’s rally in Moscow in support of “Russian Donbas”.

The rally had been organized by the “Battle for Donbas” coalition, set up in June of this year as a coalition of nineteen far-right Russian-nationalist organisations. Apart from Zhivov’s Right-Conservative Alliance, the coalition also includes:

Israel: Stop bombing Palestinians! Lift the Blockade! Withdraw from the West Bank and Gaza!

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Sean Matgamna
What Israel is doing to the Palestinians now is a political, moral, and military obscenity!

What Israel is doing to the Palestinians now is a political, moral, and military obscenity!

Is the media biased over Gaza?

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Gemma Short

Gaza demonstrations, mainly lacking any physical target to protest at, have been taking demonstrations to BBC offices across the country. Claiming BBC bias over coverage of the conflict in Gaza, chants have included 'Shame on you BBC!'.

With many Gaza protests aiming their anger at the BBC, is the BBC biased? Is it more biased than other news sources?

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Tubeworker 30/07/14 — Take action against cuts!

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

This issue contains the latest news from the fight against job cuts and discussion of how to fight back, plus updates from the ISS cleaners' struggle, as well as your local and workplace stories.

Click here to download the PDF.

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

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Glasgow Council workers face down anti-union bosses

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Anne Field

Unison members employed by Glasgow Life, an “arms-length company” set up by Glasgow City Council, staged a series of protests last week to highlight their employer’s treatment of them as a second-class workforce.

Workers at Glasgow City Council are taking on anti-union employers during the Commonwealth Games.

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From Israel/Palestine Workers' Advice Centre: "The only livable alternative is a political settlement based on a two-state solution"

WAC-MAN, the Workers' Advice Centre, is an independent trade union centre organising both Israeli-Jewish and Arab workers, in both Israel and the Palestinian territories. Below is its statement on the current war on Gaza, reposted from its website here.


The Independent Trade Union Centre WAC-MAAN, unionizing Arabs and Jews in Israel, calls on the Israeli government to stop the attack on Gaza. The only livable alternative is a political settlement based on a two-state solution.

The Workers' Advice Centre, an independent union centre in Israel/Palestine organising both Israeli-Jewish and Arab workers, has published this statement against the Israeli assault on Gaza.

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Health workers to ballot for strikes: unions must coordinate the action!

Public sector union Unison has confirmed it will ballot its 300,000 health sector members from 28 August to 18 September for strikes against the “1% or increment” offer from the employers (which Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt believes is already too high!). Unite, GMB, and the Royal College of Midwives have also announced they will ballot for strikes.

Public sector union Unison has confirmed it will ballot its 300,000 health sector members from 28 August to 18 September for strikes against the “1% or increment” offer from the employers (which Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt believes is already too high!). Unite, GMB, and the Royal College of Midwives have also announced they will ballot for strikes.

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How to turn around low turnouts: unions must fight!

After just a single day's strike over pay by workers local government, education, and the civil service, the press and the Tories are on the offensive against unions, highlighting the low turnouts in ballots, and pushing for new anti-union legislation.

A union strategy for actively fighting the attacks we face can rebuild workers' confidence.

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Ritzy cinema workers' strike hots up

Ritzy cinema workers struck again on 20 July to demand a living wage. This time, the bosses tried to keep the cinema running.

On 20 July workers at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton were on strike again as part of their Living Wage campaign. The strike had been timed to disrupt a live screening of the new Monty Python musical, the kind of screening that normally draws packed audiences and big profits.

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