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RMT members have voted by over 90% to strike in the dispute over pay and Night Tube. The re-ballot of station staff for further action in the "Every Job Matters" dispute also returned a majority of over 90%, as did the ballots of LU Fleet members (for strikes against the use of agency trainers) and Jubilee Line drivers (in a dispute over de-skilling). The ballots returned even higher majorities for action-short-of-strikes.

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Daesh begins global jihad?

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Simon Nelson
Killings in Tunisia and Kuwait show spreading influence and change of strategy by Islamist terror group

The attack by a gunman in Sousse along with the destruction of a Shia mosque in Kuwait (Friday 26 June) may show further coordination by the deadly Islamist terror group Daesh outside their territory in Iraq and Syria. It may represent a strategic shift from aiming to establish a caliphate, to waging a global jihad, in competition with their main rival, al-Qaeda. The targeting of tourists also marks a more ‘outward’ looking form of attack, away from the targeting of religious minorities and non Sunni Muslims.

US Court rules against state bans on same-sex marriage

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Ann Coleman, Alan Maass and Nicole Colson

US socialists Ann Coleman, Alan Maass and Nicole Colson report on the US Supreme Court's historic ruling on same-sex marriage. This article was taken from the International Socialist Organization publication website socialistworker.org (no connection to British SWP). The authors welcome the ruling, seeing it as a culmination of many struggles for equality. Some socialists and LGBT activists in US, as in the UK, question the institution of marriage. We invite debate on this question.

US socialists report on US Supreme Court ruling.

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Neither “leaving” nor “reclaiming” Labour will do

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Daniel Randall

Two recent articles, by Michael Chessum in the New Statesman and by Ben Sellers on the blog Left Futures, ask the question: “Should socialists leave the Labour Party?” Ben says they shouldn't. Michael isn't sure, but is certain the question needs thinking about.

Should socialists work within the Labour Party to try and drag it to the left, or leave it altogether? Both perspectives are limited, argues Daniel Randall.

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Open letter to members of the SWP and SP: Keep the UK in the EU, for a workers' Europe

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Mark Osborn and Vicki Morris

Both the Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP) and Socialist Party (SP) have declared that they will vote for UK withdrawal from the EU.

The SWP is for withdrawal because, “[The EU is] a bosses’ organisation designed to ease the exploitation of workers and sharpen the capacity of European capitalists to beat other capitalists.” The SP say similar: the UK should get out because the EU is a “bosses’ club.”

An open letter to members of the Socialist Workers Party and Socialist Party on the upcoming referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.

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Life in the West Bank

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Ira Berkovic

Israeli assaults in 2009 and 2014 have foregrounded Gaza in the popular imagination of Palestine throughout the world. But the West Bank, where 2.7 million Palestinians live (compared to around 1.7 million in Gaza), is the site of daily brutalities that, while perhaps less spectacularly savage than the bombardments of Gaza, give just as clear a picture of the Israeli state’s colonial project in Palestine.

In the UN’s 1947 partition plan for Israel/Palestine, the West Bank was intended to the be the territorial core of an independent Palestinian-Arab state, but was occupied by Jordan during the 1948 war.

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Off The Rails - Summer 2015

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The latest edition of Off The Rails, a platform for rank-and-file rail workers published by Workers' Liberty.

The latest edition of Off The Rails, a platform for rank-and-file rail workers published by Workers' Liberty.

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Italy: “Renzismo” hits the buffers, right gains ground

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Hugh Edwards

In Italy's 31 May regional elections, the results signalled a crisis, or dramatic curtailment of what so far has seemed the irresistible rise of Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party.

From its extraordinary success in last year's European election, when it took 41% of the vote, the Democratic Party plummeted to 23%, in the seven regions contested, while still securing victory in five other regions. The result underlines once more the increasingly unstable and volatile profile of the political situation here.

Renzi's "party of the nation" loses support in local elections.

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HSBC tries to play the victim

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Phil Grimm

The HSBC banking group is threatening to leave the UK over very the mild regulations on the financial sector that have been implemented since the 2008 crash.

HSBC bosses have previously said they are considering moving the operation, probably to Hong Kong, in response to new banking levies. The bank’s chief executive, Stuart Gulliver, is set to lay out the banks plans for making the decision to an audience of top bankers on 9 June.

The HSBC banking group is threatening to leave the UK over very the mild regulations on the financial sector that have been implemented since the 2008 crash.

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Glasgow homelessness workers reject “insulting” offer

The indefinite strike of homelessness support workers in Glasgow has council management to concede the principle that the caseworkers should be on pay grade six.

The workers have been fighting an unfair grading system that sees them graded below social workers in the council, despite doing a very similar job.

On Tuesday 2 June an offer was made to strikers which would see some of them moved to grade six, but not all. Strikers have rejected the offer and are continuing their strike until everyone is regraded.

The indefinite strike of homelessness support workers in Glasgow has council management to concede the principle that the caseworkers should be on pay grade six.

Barking and Dagenham bin strike suspended

Refuse lorry drivers in Barking and Dagenham went back to work on Thursday 4 June as the council agrees to negotiate with the drivers' union GMB.

The dispute over a £1000 pay cut has resulted in drivers taking almost a month of strikes. GMB took the decision to suspend the strike when the council confirmed they would negotiate over the pay cut and over improving relations between the council and the union.

Refuse lorry drivers in Barking and Dagenham went back to work on Thursday 4 June as the council agrees to negotiate with the drivers' union GMB.

300 Ukrainian LGBT activists march and defy far-right's threats

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Dale Street
LGBT activists March for Equality in Kiev in face of vile hate campaign.

300 LGBT activists and their supporters took part in a March for Equality in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev last Saturday (6th June) despite threats by the ‘Right Sector’ organisation to drive them off the streets.

It was the fourth attempt in successive years to stage such a demonstration.

The 2012 March for Equality was abandoned when 3,000 protestors turned up to prevent it from going ahead. (Ukraine was one of the first post-Soviet countries to decriminalise homosexuality, in 1991. But popular anti-LGBT prejudices remain widespread.)

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For a workers' Europe

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A proposal to the class-struggle left, from Workers’ Liberty.

The government intends to hold an in-out referendum on the UK’s European Union membership. David Cameron is currently attempting to negotiate with other EU leaders to allow the UK government more power at the expense of the EU.

In an in-out referendum Workers’ Liberty will vote to keep the UK in the EU. We will do so for reasons similar to those that motivated our call to Scottish workers to vote against independence. In general, we are in favour of fewer and weaker borders and barriers between peoples.

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Homelessness support workers meet to decide next steps

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Anne Field

At the time of going to press, Glasgow City Council homeless caseworkers are meeting to decide their response to a management offer to try to settle their ten-week-old strike.

All the signs are that the strikers – members of UNISON Glasgow City Council branch – will reject the offer.

The strike was triggered after exhaustion of the internal grievance procedure, as management continued to refuse to regrade the 70 homeless caseworkers posts.

Glasgow City Council homeless caseworkers are meeting to decide their response to a management offer to try to settle their ten-week-old strike.

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Reject Network Rail deal! We can win more!

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Ollie Moore

Rail union RMT has again suspended strikes on Network Rail.

Strikes, which involved both RMT and smaller rail union TSSA, were planned for 24-25 May, but both unions suspended the strikes after Network Rail made a revised pay offer.

The new deal, which reduced the length of the agreement from four years to two, offered a 1% increase in the first year, followed by 1.4% in the second, rising to 2.1% if unions agreed to various restructures.

Rail union RMT has again suspended strikes on Network Rail.

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Tubeworker 28/05/15 - Take On The Tories!

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

This issue includes articles on the fight against the Tories after the election; upcoming strike ballots on pay, Night Tube, and jobs; plus your local and workplace stories.

Click here to download the PDF.

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

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Campaign for Labour Party Democracy says: draft a left candidate

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Martin Thomas

Following its executive meeting on 23 May, the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) is campaigning to "draft" Jon Trickett MP to stand for the Labour leadership.

http://www.clpd.org.uk/

http://www.leftfutures.org/2015/05/jon-trickett-must-stand-for-leader-says-campaign-for-labour-party-democracy/#more-42472

Following its executive meeting on 23 May, the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) is campaigning to "draft" Jon Trickett MP to stand for the Labour leadership.

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AWL at Lutte Ouvrière fete

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Martin Thomas
Almost 20 members and friends of the Alliance for Workers' Liberty went to the annual festival organised by the French revolutionary socialist group Lutte Ouvrière at Presles, near Paris, on 23-25 May.

Almost 20 members and friends of the Alliance for Workers' Liberty went to the festival organised by the French revolutionary socialist group Lutte Ouvrière at Presles, near Paris, on 23-25 May.

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Victory for Lewisham Academies fight!

On Monday 1 June, the Academy orders for the three Lewisham Prendergast schools were rescinded.

This is a huge, and well deserved victory for the campaign.

Over the past few months teachers' and support staff unions, parents and students have campaigned tirelessly to oppose the academisation of the three schools using strikes, demonstrations, meetings and legal challenges. Strikes planned for 3 and 4 June have been withdrawn.

On Monday 1 June, the Academy orders for the three Lewisham Prendergast schools were rescinded.

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Regroup and fight back!

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AWL National Committee

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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