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More strikes in Lewisham Academies struggle

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By a Lewisham Teacher

On Thursday 14th May, around 200 people attended a debate between David Sheppard, Executive Head of the Prendergast School Federation, and Martin Powell-Davies, Secretary of Lewisham NUT over the proposed academisation of the three Prendergast schools.

On Thursday 14th May, around 200 people attended a debate between David Sheppard, Executive Head of the Prendergast School Federation, and Martin Powell-Davies, Secretary of Lewisham NUT over the proposed academisation of the three Prendergast schools.

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Regroup and fight back!

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AWL National Committee resolution 16/05/15

1. The Tory victory on 7 May reflected a low level of working-class confidence. Labour's stance did nothing to raise that level. Labour's half-and-half combination of vague generalities against "predators" and for "working people" with only small, intricate adjustments in actual policy made it seem, weirdly, both conservative and flaky, neither a promise of radical change nor a steady hand in a hard-to-understand crisis.

AWL National Committee resolution.

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Listen to the secular!

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Martin Thomas

Pretty much all the left press other than Solidarity has denounced the election court decision against Lutfur Rahman, mayor of Tower Hamlets in East London, and most of the left has backed Rabina Khan, Rahman's ally, for the new mayoral election on 11 June.

Does the left press reckon that Rahman didn't do what the court disqualified him for doing? Or that he did do it, but it was all right? It's hard to tell. I don't know if the writers in the left press even read the judgement.

Pretty much all the left press has denounced the election court decision against Lutfur Rahman, mayor of Tower Hamlets in East London, and most of the left has backed his ally Rabina Khan in the new mayoral election.

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Italian school reforms spark revolt

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Hugh Edwards

Having wiped the floor with the major Italian unions over the Jobs Act, and blew away what passes for the "left" in his own party with a display of ruthless, cynical contempt for the niceties of bourgeois parliamentary procedure and the countries constitution, with the successful passage of his new and profoundly reactionary electoral law, the "Italicum", Matteo Renzi believed he could make it a hat-trick of victories with his latest bill to reform the countries decrepit and dilapidated educational system.

Teachers struck on 5 May, mass assemblies plan further action.

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Support Glasgow homelessness support workers strike!

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Gemma Short
The indefinite strike for fair pay and grading of homelessness support workers in Glasgow is now in its eighth week.

The indefinite strike for fair pay and grading of homelessness support workers in Glasgow is now in its eighth week.

The strike has now brought the Labour council back to the negotiating table and a meeting with Unison representatives will take place on 20 May.

The homelessness support workers are graded a level below other workers in the council who do a similar job, resulting in the equivalent of being £5,000 underpaid.

22 days of strikes for Barking and Dagenham bin workers

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Gemma Short
Bin lorry drivers in Barking and Dagenham will strike for 22 more days between 13 May and 7 June in dispute over a £1,000 pay cut.

Bin lorry drivers in Barking and Dagenham will strike for 22 more days between 13 May and 7 June in dispute over a £1,000 pay cut.

The drivers, who are GMB members, have been fighting a £1,000 pay cut since March. They will strike for 13 days from 6am on Wednesday 13 May to 10pm on Monday 25 May and a further nine days from 6am on Saturday 30 May to 10pm on Sunday 7 June.

Talks at ACAS on 30th April failed to avert further strike action. The drivers have already taken 15 days of strike action on18/19/20 March and on 7/8 and 23/ 24 April and from 1st May to 8th May.

First days of UK tour: Lambeth Left Unity, FBU conference and RMT

Tuesday 12 May: Lambeth Left Unity meeting

About 35 people attended a Lambeth Left Unity meeting with Bob and a speaker from the Ritzy cinema campaign. Workers at Picturehouse cinemas (who own the Ritzy) are currently campaigning against union busting techniques by the Picturehouse bosses at several of their cinemas.

Wednesday 13 May: FBU conference

How New Zealand workers took on the fast food companies, and won

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Mike Treen, National Director (Unite New Zealand)

This article is republished, with permission, from the Unite website here.


Workers in the fast food industry in New Zealand scored a spectacular victory over what has been dubbed “zero hour contracts” during a collective agreement bargaining round over the course of March and April this year.

A campaign led by workers in the Unite union in New Zealand has defeated zero-hours contracts at several fast food chains. Mike Treen, National Director of Unite, tells the story of the campaign.

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The cause of labour is still the hope of the world: what the working-class movement can do to regroup

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Daniel Randall
Fight to transform the labour movement, so the labour movement can fight to transform society.

1) Fight

Over the five years of the coalition government, the labour movement failed to mount any consistent fight (either industrially or politically) against it. Had it done so, and had it forced the Labour Party to respond to that fight, we might be looking at a different election result.

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Tories re-elected. Regroup and fight back!

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The Tories have won a 12-seat majority in the 7 May 2015 general election.

We face a government which has promised to continue and increase cuts, and to bring in new anti-union laws which will effectively ban large, multi-workplace public sector strikes.

The Tories have been re-elected. But, with a small majority, they can be pushed back by grass-roots resistance.

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Where now for Scottish Labour?

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Dale Street
Jim Murphy must go. Rebuild class struggle politics in Scotland.

Winning just one seat in Scotland, the Scottish Labour Party was annihilated as an electoral force, and possibly as any kind of political force, on May 7th.

On being elected Scottish Labour leader last December, Jim Murphy said: “I am confident we will hold all the Westminster seats we have.”

In January he criticised the SNP for being “sluggish, lethargic and off the pace.” He was “surprised by their lack of energy, by their lack of response, or belated response, to a lot of the things we’ve been doing. I’m just astonished by how quickly they’ve run out of ideas.”

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London stands with Baltimore

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Michael Jackson
A report of a London vigil for Freddie Gray.

Hundreds gathered outside the US Embassy in London on 5 May for a ‘We Stand with Baltimore’ vigil called by the London Campaign Against Police and State Violence in solidarity with victims of police violence in Baltimore and beyond.

The vigil came after Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man from Baltimore, died from injuries sustained in a police van when he was arrested for having “caught an officer’s eye” and run away.

Is Tower Hamlets really an Establishment conspiracy?

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Sacha Ismail

None of the socialist organisations politically defending ousted Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman seriously analyse the judgement made against him by election commissioner Richard Mawrey. None mention George Galloway previously hailing a judgement by Mawrey (against the Labour Party and in favour of Galloway’s Respect) in 2007 — in a speech republished in full on the Socialist Worker website!

Socialists have no confidence in bourgeois judges, but the idea that the election commissioner who removed Tower Hamlets mayor Luftur Rahman is a ruling-class assassin or bug-eyed Islamophobe is absurd.

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New Zealand McDonald's workers beat zero-hours contracts

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Unite (New Zealand)

Unite Union has reached an agreement with McDonald's over ending zero hour contracts and other issues in dispute with the company.

The threat of strikes has forced McDonald's in New Zealand into huge concessions on zero-hours contracts.

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Support the solidarity appeal by trade unions in Nepal!

The GEFONT trade union federation in Nepal has issued an appeal for solidarity. Please donate and spread the word!

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NEPALESE UNIONS LAUNCH RELIEF FUND

30 Apr 2015

Unions in Nepal are appealing for solidarity support following Saturday’s devastating earthquake in the country, which has claimed the lives of nearly 5,500 people and injured thousands more.

After Nepal's devastating earthquake, the Nepalese trade union federation GEFONT has issued an appeal for solidarity, including relief funds.

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Len McCluskey: take on the SNP!

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Ann Field

“I didn’t come to Scotland to criticise the SNP,” said Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey at a public meeting in Saltcoats a fortnight ago, organised by North Ayrshire and Arran Labour Party as part of its campaign to retain the seat for Katy Clark.

McCluskey was as good as his word.

He called for a vote for Labour. He called for a Labour government. He called for, if need be, a minority Labour government rather than one which entered pacts or a coalition with other parties. But he was not prepared to attack the SNP.

Why doesn't the leader of Unite criticise the SNP, the cuts it has made, its nationalism and lack of support for trade unions?

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Scotland: Vote Labour, not Nationalist!

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Dale Street

“Neither Nicola Sturgeon nor her deputy (Stewart Hosie) are saying austerity can be avoided. Instead, it’s being re-badged and re-profiled, or spread out for longer. …”

“The defiant refusal to accept more austerity, which won power for Syriza in Greece last month, is not being offered here. Instead, a serious bid for a share of power in Britain requires a message that won’t spook the markets.”

Why the SNP is a party of austerity.

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