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Women workers fighting back - speech from All the Rage

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Gemma Short

On Saturday 28th February women in Workers' Liberty hosted a socialist feminist conference called All the Rage.

This is the recording of the women workers fighting back session, including speeches by Becky Crocker, Workers' Liberty member, tube worker and chair of the RMT women's advisory committee, and by Charlotte Munro, a unison rep sacked for trade union activity.

Speeches in the women workers fighting back session at All the Rage 2015

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Wake Up #1 - 2 March 2015

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Wake Up

A new workplace bulletin by Wakefield Council workers, for Wakefield council workers.

This issue contains articles on the Council's latest cuts budget, heating problems inside the main council building, and further privatisation of services; as well as articles on Greece and the upcoming general election.

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A new workplace bulletin by Wakefield Council workers, for Wakefield council workers.

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Gains for union-backed left candidates in Chicago

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From Labor Notes

Three rank-and-file trade unionists running for Chicago city council seats made it into the April 7 runoff. Re-posted from Labor Notes.


On election night the Chicago Teachers Union and its new independent political organization didn’t knock out Mayor Rahm Emanuel—but they did take him down a notch, forcing him into a runoff with the union’s preferred candidate, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.

It’s the first runoff in a Chicago mayoral election in 20 years.

Three rank-and-file trade unionists running for Chicago city council seats made it into the April 7 runoff.

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Tubeworker 26/02/15 - The answer to austerity: expropriate the banks!

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Tubeworker

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

This issue includes an article on the LU pay talks, Tubeworker's take on reinstating action in the "Every Job Matters" dispute, a stop-press update on the sacking of Karen Guyott, the latest on the reinstatement campaigns for Noel Roberts and Alex McGuigan, 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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1.8 million zero-hours jobs

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Martin Thomas

According to the Guardian (25 February) the Office for National Statistics now estimates the number of people estimated to be employed on a zero-hours contract in their main job as 697,000, representing 2.3% of all people in employment. In the same period in 2013, the figure was 1.9% of all people in employment, or 586,000.

ONS found the number of employment contracts offering no minimum hours jumped from 1.4m in 2013, to 1.8m in 2014. There are more zero-hours jobs than workers who have zero-hours main jobs, because many people have zero-hours second or third jobs.

There are 1.8 million zero-hours jobs being worked in the UK, up from 1.4 million in 2013.

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The Greek government's "list of reforms" and left-wing criticisms

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Colin Foster

Below, from Reuters, is the text of the Greek government's 24 February 2015 letter to the eurozone finance ministers. The rumour is that the finance ministers have found it acceptable as a basis for extending credits for another four months, but the formal decision is due to be taken around 28 February.

Text of the Greek government's letter to the eurozone finance ministers, and a letter to all Syriza members from Costas Lapavitsas

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How Queensland unions forced a political turn

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Interview with Peter Simpson

Peter Simpson, Queensland state secretary of the ETU union, spoke to Workers' Liberty about the 31 January 2015 Queensland election result, in which Labor came back to defeat the ruling conservatives after having been reduced to just seven seats in the 89-seat parliament last time round.

1. By all accounts the ETU played a major part in the big swing to Labor in the Queensland state election of 31 January 2015. It's very unusual, especially in recent times, for a union to have a big impact on the outcome of an election. How did the ETU did it?

Peter Simpson, Queensland state secretary of the ETU union, spoke to Workers' Liberty about the 31 January 2015 Queensland election result.

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£27 billion subsidies for landlords

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Martin Thomas

Private landlords gain about £27bn a year from housing benefit and tax breaks, according to the Generation Rent lobby group.

There are about 1.6 million buy-to-let landlords in the UK, and about 4.75 million households rent from them. Numbers both of landlords and of private tenants are rising.

The £27 billion total comes from:

Private landlords gain about £27bn a year from housing benefit and tax breaks.

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Rome: 15,000 march in solidarity with the struggle in Greece!

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By Hugh Edwards
Italian left, trade unionists and political groups march with further marches planned.

"I have been part of so many, but this time it is different. I went to Athens and that night I saw a victorious left, a population that chose the left". The words of Antonio Alcino, 70 year old from Milan, militant in an anti-racist organiation, Radice, among the 15,000 or so of trade unionists, parties, movements and radical associations of all kinds marching across Rome to celebrate the electoral victory of Alexis Tsipras and Syriza in Greece.

Mass strike of Turkish metal workers

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UID-DER

UID-DER, the rank-and-file labour-movement network in Turkey which Workers' Liberty has links with, was involved in a mass strike of metal workers, who are members of the Birleşik Metal-İş (United Metalworkers) union.

UID-DER, the rank-and-file labour-movement network in Turkey which Workers' Liberty has links with, was involved in a mass strike of metal workers, who are members of the Birleşik Metal-İş (United Metalworkers) union.

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Pragna Patel and Yemisi Ilesanmi speak on secularism, religious fundamentalism, feminism, and human rights

Pragna Patel, of Southall Black Sisters, and Yemisi Ilesanmi, Nigerian socialist and LGBT rights activist spoke at a Workers' Liberty London Forum on secularism and religious fundamentalism on Thursday 12 February.

Here are recordings of their speeches (unfortunately the recording of Yemisi's speech was cut short):

Speeches from the February 2014 Workers' Liberty London Forum.

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Workers' direct action gets the goods: sacked Crossrail worker reinstated

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Darren Bedford

Construction workers scored a big win against contractors operating on the Crossrail transport project in central London, after a sacked worker was reinstated within hours of a demo at Crossrail's Oxford Street site.

The worker, who began work on Monday 9 February, raised concerns over safety standards on the site. Despite being told he would have work for three years, he was summarily sacked on Friday 13 February.

Construction workers scored a big win against contractors operating on the Crossrail transport project in central London, after a sacked worker was reinstated within hours of a demo at Crossrail's Oxford Street site.

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No safe place to go: the plight of Ugandan LGBT refugees

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Paul Penny

32 Ugandan gay men, refugees in Kenya, were arrested in Nairobi on 8 February, were held in a cell at Kabiria Satelite Police Station until being eventually releaed at 7pm on Monday 10 February, after negotiations with lawyers working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

LGBT people fleeing from Uganda face police harassment in Kenya.

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International news: Italy, Turkish metalworkers and Iranian teachers

Renzi marches on as Left and right flounder

By Hugh Edwards

Recent opinion polls in Italy only confirmed what anyone with a head on their shoulders already knows. Both prime minister Renzi and his government have been strengthened by the election of Sergio Mattarella as Italy's new president.

News from Italy's presidential election, Turkish metalworkers' strike and Iranian teachers' strike

Hold the Socialist Party and Mark Serwotka to account!

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James Marine

The Socialist Party (SP) has defended the PCS civil service union’s decision to “suspend” national and Group elections for up to a year. (Groups are the major sub-parts of the union.)

The SP headlined its article: “PCS: Safeguarding its future in the face of vicious Tory attacks”.

“Faced with a temporary but very sharp drop in income as a result of check-off ending, the PCS National Executive Commitee (NEC) has had to make difficult decisions to cut expenditure, including suspending for one year the union’s annual elections”.

The Socialist Party has defended the PCS civil service union’s decision to “suspend” national and Group elections for up to a year.

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New Zealand fast food workers fight zero-hours contracts

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Mike Treen

Mike Treen, National Director of Unite New Zealand (a union organising workers in fast food restaurants, cinemas, and other workplaces) reports on recent and upcoming struggles for their members.

This article first appeared on The Daily Blog. The original can be read here.

Fast food and cinema workers in New Zealand are preparing new struggles over pay, contracts, and conditions.

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Surprise win for Queensland Labor

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Bob Carnegie
Bob Carnegie comments after Labor's surprise win in the 31 January 2015 Queensland state election.

Bob Carnegie comments after Labor's surprise win in the 31 January 2015 Queensland state election.

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