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Three arguments against free movement, and three responses

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Ira Berkovic

In the debate in the labour movement around "free movement", which is in fact a debate about immigration, a number of arguments have been made by left-wing advocates of ending free movement - that is, leaving the EU on a basis which abolishes the rights of free movement to the UK that EU citizens currently have, and which UK citizens currently have to other EU states.

This article attempts to respond to some of those arguments, and present a positive case for defending and extending existing freedom of movement.

Responses to three arguments on the left in favour of tighter immigration controls.

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Picturehouse Cinema workers gear up for more strikes

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Darren Bedford

Workers at Picturehouse Cinema's flagship "Picturehouse Central" location, near London's Piccadilly Circus, are balloting for strikes, as part of a growing dispute which also involves workers at Picturehouse's Brixton and Hackney sites.

The ballot, which closes on 4 January, is for joint strikes to demand the London living wage, decent sick pay, and other improvements to workers' terms and conditions.

Cinema workers continue their strikes for living wages.

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"Why Jews should join Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party"

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Daniel Randall

Workers' Liberty member Daniel Randall spoke on a panel at Limmud, a Jewish cultural and educational conference, on a panel entitled “why Jews should join Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party”. The other speakers were Jon Lansman (Momentum), Anna Lawton (Labour Party member and Limmud 2017 chair), and Barnaby Raine (RS21). The session was chaired by Andrew Gilbert (London Jewish Forum and Labour Party member).

This is a slightly-edited version of Daniel's speech at the session.

A speech by Workers' Liberty member Daniel Randall on a panel at the Jewish cultural and educational conference Limmud. The other panellists were Jon Lansman, Anna Lawton, and Barnaby Raine.

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Copeland by-election - a test for Labour

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Gerry Bates
Grassroots needs to mobilise to build Labour support and stop Tories and UKIP in Copeland.

Many Corbyn supporters may have raised a cheer in hearing that Jamie Reed - the Blairite MP, famous for resigning from the shadow cabinet 60 seconds into Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership acceptance speech in 2015 - is to stand down as an MP.

He and MPs like him show hostility to the Party membership and democracy, refuse to accept or support the new direction of the party and instead are using the Parliamentary Labour Party as a forum to undermine Corbyn. 

So one less Blairite wrecker in the PLP is to be welcomed right?

UN demands halt to Israeli settlement building

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Rosalind Robson

Barack Obama’s last act, and possibly one of his best, as US President will be to abstain, that is to refuse to veto, a UN Security Council resolution demanding a halt to Israeli settlement building in the occupied territories. It is not what Donald Trump would have done. It is also a change of direction for Obama – the US vetoed a similar resolution in 2011.

UN vote will impede alliance between Trump and Israeli right wing.

Dreaming of a Hot Christmas...

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Darren Bedford

A small wave of strikes is developing in a variety of industries and workplaces. Although not quite perhaps on the scale of the Autonno Caldo, the "Hot Autumn" of Italian factory worker militancy in 1969, these strikes could make for a "hotter" Christmas than Britain has experienced for some time.

A small wave of strikes is developing in a variety of industries and workplaces. Although not quite perhaps on the scale of the Autonno Caldo, the "Hot Autumn" of Italian factory worker militancy in 1969, these strikes could make for a "hotter" Christmas than Britain has experienced for some time.

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A letter to Jon Lansman

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Martin Thomas


Jon Lansman and Tony Benn in 1981

Dear Jon,

I'm glad to read your statement to the Guardian that you're "not walking away from Momentum". I hope it will help quiet the split talk from some high-profile people around Momentum - Paul Mason, Owen Jones, Laura Murray - since the 3 December national committee meeting.

Socialism, unity, democracy, online voting and Momentum's relationship to Labour.

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London protest over Aleppo

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Martin Thomas

Maybe a thousand protesters gathered at short notice outside 10 Downing Street on 13 December to protest against Putin's and Assad's bombardment of Aleppo.

Many of the protesters may have been Syrians living in London, but visibly the majority were not: they were people of all backgrounds who had rallied to protest against the atrocities and solidarise with the civilian population of Aleppo.

There were placards that suggested UK military action in Syria, such as "No-Bomb Zone Now", but the main focus was on non-military aid for the civilian population.

Protesters gathered outside 10 Downing Street on 13 December to protest against Putin's and Assad's atrocities in Aleppo.

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Aleppo doomsday

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Simon Nelson

With the aid of Russian military jets and intelligence units, Syrian armed forces tightened their grip over eastern Aleppo in early December. The fall of the whole city to Assad’s regime is now increasingly likely. Many more civilians are dying, and thousands are fleeing the city.

The fight in Syria is one between Shia militias and their Russian and Iranian allies on the one hand, and different strands of Islamist and Salafist Sunni groups on the other, backed by Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states.

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Momentum: discuss our differences, unite to fight the Tories

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Simon Nelson
What Workers' Liberty thinks about the way forward for Momentum.

Momentum held its first national committee meeting in seven months on Saturday 3 December. Just over 60 delegates met to discuss proposals for Momentum’s national conference, now set for the 18th or 25th February or 4th March. Three of the delegates are also supporters of Workers' Liberty and this report is based on their reflections.

Support Crossrail construction workers' strike!

Workers at the Crossrail construction site on Tottenham Court Road, Central London, are striking in protest at the forced displacement of Terry Wilson, their site steward, to a different workplace.

Terry was transferred after 200 workers protested at Crossrail's headquarters to demand increased "second-tier" (bonus) payments, and occupied the site offices of Crown House Technologies and Laing O'Rourke.

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Fidel Castro — no hero of ours

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Pablo Velasco

Fidel Castro, one of the last remaining leaders of a Stalinist state, died last week at the age of 90. Among sections of the left there is near-hysterical outpouring of eulogy, while bourgeois commentators blithely dismiss him as a communist despot. A third camp socialist assessment of Castro’s politics is needed.

Under Fidel Castro a Stalinist state organised low cost food and welfare but also imposed a repressive regime where LGBT people and dissidents were persecuted.

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Miłka Tyszkiewicz needs help!

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Marek Krukowski and Jόzef Pinior
Appeal for help for the Polish socialist Milka Tyszkiewicz, now very ill.

Some comrades will remember Miłka Tyszkiewicz speaking at meetings in the UK in the ‘80s and ‘90s. The appeal below on her behalf is from Marek Krukowski and Jόzef Pinior.

Marek is a Director of the Warsaw based Foundation for Freedom and Peace. The legendary socialist Solidarity underground leader, Jόzef Pinior, later served terms as a Member of the European Parliament and the Polish Senate, elected on different party lists, but retaining his independent left status.

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Trump win emboldens Israeli right wing

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Ira Berkovic

Ministers in Israel's hard-right government have voted unanimously for a bill that seeks to retroactively legitimise settlement outposts built illegally on Palestinian land in the West Bank. It then passed its first reading in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, by 58 votes to 50.

Israel's right-wing government is moving to "legalise" the "outposts" in the West Bank which, unlike "settlements", are currently illegal even under Israeli law.

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Tubeworker - 23/11/2016: Trump Win Shows Sick System

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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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