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Labour Party leadership contest: the count must go ahead!

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Ralph Peters

At this moment it is unclear how many people have been excluded from having a vote in the Labour leadership contest after applying to be either a supporter or a member of the Party. A number of very prominent left wing celebrities have been among the excluded: Mark Steel, Jeremy Hardy, Francesca Martinez. But there are many others – at least 2,000 so far and possibly up to 5-10,000 members and supporters — who will eventually be barred from a vote.

New members and supporters are being excluded from voting; protect free speech but make sure the vote goes ahead.

Hutchison thinks again. Wharfies step forward.

Author: 

Martin Thomas

Mark Jack, Hutchison Ports worldwide Executive Director and Managing Director for South East Asia and Australia, came to Sydney on 26 August. The 97 wharfies sacked in Brisbane and Sydney still didn’t get straight answers from Hutchison, but the union made progress.

If the union presses on with plans for sustaining, increasing, and varying the campaign in the next weeks, then the wharfies can win.

Hutchison Ports top boss Mark Jack came to Sydney on 26 August. The 97 wharfies sacked in Brisbane and Sydney still didn’t get straight answers from Hutchison, but the union made progress.

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Tubeworker 22/08/15 - Keep The Pressure On!

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Tubeworker

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

This issue argues for RMT, TSSA, and Unite to press ahead with planned strike action, and appeals to Aslef drivers not to cross picket lines.

Plus your local and workplace stories.

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

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Corbyn: the times they are a' changin'

Solidarity spoke to Jeremy Corbyn on the EU, Scotland, the Labour Party, and mobilising a grass roots campaign.

Solidarity spoke to Jeremy Corbyn.

The campaign has got lots of people, from many different backgrounds, involved and excited. Win or lose how will those people be kept mobilised and organised?

Yes, fantastic mobilisation of people around this campaign, which is exciting, because its about hope. Its about inclusion. It's about saying we can all do things strongly together, whatever our ethnic background, faith, or anything else.  Whatever the result, we're going to stay together.

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Hutchison port workers win a first semi-victory

Author: 

Martin Thomas
On 13 August the Federal Court ordered Hutchison to put workers back on the payroll until 31 August pending negotiations.

Workers at the Hutchison port terminals in Brisbane and in Sydney, Australia, have won a first semi-victory with a 13 August Federal Court order on Hutchison to put 97 workers back on pay until 31 August pending negotiations.

On the evening of Thursday 13 August the Federal Court ordered reinstatement of 97 dockworkers whom Hutchison Ports summarily sacked with immediate effect at their Brisbane and Sydney container terminals by email at 11:30pm on Thursday 6 August.

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#TubeStrike: We Will Fight Until We Win!

Once again, we've demonstrated the integral role our labour plays in the day-to-day functioning of London by shutting down the Tube completely. Our strike is rock solid.

There are lively, well-supported picket lines still ongoing outside depots and stations across London, bringing together members of all four unions involved in the dispute.

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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

Author: 

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.

To download it, click here.

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!

Author: 

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

Author: 

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

Author: 

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

Author: 

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

Author: 

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

Author: 

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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