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Solidarity across borders: May Day in Jerusalem

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Janet Burstall

“Music without borders mingled with an encounter of solidarity among humans” in a special May Day celebration, with Palestinian garage and carpentry workers, art teachers, musicians, agricultural workers and cleaners, Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians.

The WAC MAAN Workers Advice Centre in Jerusalem organised a May Day celebration with Palestinian garage and carpentry workers, art teachers, musicians, agricultural workers and cleaners, Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians.

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Labour manifesto: clawing back from the rich

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Martin Thomas

The output (value-added) of the UK economy these days is around £1900 billion a year. Of that, about £360 billion is goods and services bought by central and local government, about £320 billion is capital investment, and about £1,130 billion is stuff bought by households. The sub-totals do not add up to the overall total because of other categories, and the figures are rough, based on the last available official figures, for 2014.

The choice at this election is between a drive to make inequality even more hurtful, and an attempt to reduce inequality and institute some social solidarity and cooperation.

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How you can support the Picturehouse workers

Here you can find a printable 1) collection sheet; 2) a letter to union branches from BECTU reps to organise donations from your trade union or Labour Party branch; and 3) model motions for trade unions, Labour Party branches and student unions. Scroll down for text of model motions. Also various useful links to more information.

How to support the Picturehouse cinema workers' strike - info on the dispute, letter from reps, collection sheet, bank details, model motions and more.

Rallying to stop Macron-monarchy

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Arguments pour la lutte sociale

The French socialist newsletter Arguments pour la lutte sociale reports on preparations for the June legislative election.


So this Sunday, while the workers of Souterraine barricade their factory with the active support of the whole population, the Elysee is seeing the monarchical ritual of the “transfer of power” from Mr Hollande to Mr Macron.

The French socialist newsletter Arguments pour la lutte sociale reports on preparations for the 11-18 June legislative election.

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Security guards at University of London strike for security and wage rise

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Sacha Ismail

Security guards at the central University of London site in Bloomsbury took a third day of strike action against the university and contractor Cordant on 16 May, following two last month. They want an end to disguised use of zero-hours contracts, itemised pay slips and a pay rise they were promised six years ago when UoL’s outsourced workers first won the Living Wage.

The Independent Workers of Great Britain union is continuing to put the leaderships of the big unions to shame by pushing hard for the demands of workers where it organises, despite daunting circumstances.

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Scotland: local elections, national issues

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Dale Street

In the Scottish council elections, the Tories did well, Labour did badly, and although the SNP won more seats than other parties, it failed to maintain the electoral momentum unleashed by the 2014 referendum.

The boundary reorganisation carried out after the 2012 council elections makes it difficult to compare the number of seats won in 2012 with seats won in 2017.

In the local elections, the issue of a second referendum on Scottish independence was central, overtly or covertly.

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After 7 May: French left prepares for battle against Macron

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ALPS/ NPA/ LO

43% of those who voted for Macron in the second round of the French presidential election on 7 May 2017 said they did so only, or mainly, to stop Marine Le Pen of the Front National. Only 16% of his voters said they backed him because of his program.

The newsletter Arguments pour la Lutte Sociale headlined, on 5 May: "Beat Le Pen Sunday [7 May], beat Macron in June [legislative elections, 11th and 18th, impose unity of action and democratic debate".

Views on the second round, the legislative elections, and the coming battles.

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The Front National and fascism

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Martin Thomas

France’s Front National, which now has a real though outside chance of gaining the country’s powerful presidency, is not a fascist movement comparable to the Nazis or Mussolini’s Fascist Party when they were on the eve of power in the 1920s and 30s. Neither, however, is it a conventional hard-right party like UKIP or Germany’s AfD. The makeover the FN has given itself since 2011 is a makeover.

The FN still has a fascist core cadre and a fascist ideology and functions as the electoral-political wing of a broader fascist current.

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Student union rights under attack over BDS campaigns

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Ben Tausz

The Charity Commission is investigating a number of student unions for their policies on boycotting Israel and may take action against them, amid right-wing calls for such boycotts to be banned.

The Charity Commission is investigating student unions with policies on boycotting Israel amid right-wing calls for such boycotts to be banned.

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Union newsletter wins prize

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Martin Thomas

Not many union branch newsletters typically carry articles studded with 22 reference footnotes, citing Karl Marx, Ellen Meiksins Wood, Terry Eagleton, and others, like the latest issue from the Queensland branch of the Maritime Union of Australia, which organises dockworkers and seafarers.

Articles like that one, on Work and Technology by Jeff Rickertt, are not unusual in the Queensland MUA Branch News, where they appear alongside a range of shorter articles about events, disputes, negotiations.

On 27 April the MUA Branch News won the Queensland Council of Unions' May Day award for "best union newsletter".

Fight for a Labour victory!

Left-wing activists, and those who are not yet activists, should throw themselves into campaigning for a Labour victory in the 8 June General Election.

Workers’ Liberty members, including those expelled from Labour by the party bureaucracy, will be out campaigning. If you’d like to work with us on that, get in touch. Whether or not you’re a Labour Party member, you should get active campaigning; if you haven’t joined, now is the time to do it.

Left-wing activists, and those who are not yet activists, should throw themselves into campaigning for a Labour victory in the 8 June General Election.

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Tubeworker — 24/04/2017: Vote Labour!

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Tubeworker

The latest edition of Tubeworker, an industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.

Click here to download the PDF.

The latest edition of Tubeworker, an industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.

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Build strike committees! Spread the action!

On Guard welcomes the news that ASLEF members on Southern have once again voted to reject a sell-out deal recommended by their leadership. Although the margin was narrower, it is worth noting that this is mainly due to higher turnout and that the number of 'No' votes only diminished by 2. Members at Southern appear to be resolute and not prepared to give in to their leaders' strategy of doing the employer's dirty work for them by demoralising and browbeating their own members into accepting a bad deal.

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Fight Brexit all the way

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Vicki Morris

On 29 March, Theresa May will trigger Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, starting the clock on the UK leaving the EU. Unless the UK and all the EU states agree to a special extension on negotiations, the UK will quit the EU in or before March 2019.

There have been large demonstrations opposing Brexit since the referendum vote. Labour should be organising these, and intervening.

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Workers' Liberty summer camp (West Yorkshire, 17-20 August 2017)

Come and join our now-legendary annual socialist summer getaway in beautiful Height Gate farm, above Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. This is the sixth year we've run the camp; it's always great fun.

This will be a long weekend of music, campfires, food, drink, socialist discussions, workshops, tree climbing, and arsing about in the great outdoors - organised by the socialist group Workers' Liberty, but open to all!

Members and friends of Workers' Liberty are organising a summer event at Height Gate farm, near Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

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Marxism and autism

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Janine Booth

Can Marxism can help us to understand autistic experience in modern capitalism? How might Marxism inform our struggles for equality and liberation?

There are different approaches to understanding autism. Perhaps the dominant approach is a medical one: seeing autism as a disease or tragedy, and autistic people as being broken and needing fixing. Over recent years, a more progressive approach has developed. It stresses acceptance of autistic people rather than simply “awareness”, and demands rights, equality and support rather than abusive “treatments”.

For autistic people, modern capitalism is both developed and distressing. It brings huge advantages, but it also great distress.

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Tubeworker — 29/03/2017: Defend The London Bridge 3!

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Tubeworker

The latest edition of Tubeworker, an industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.

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The latest edition of Tubeworker, an industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.

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