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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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Tubeworker

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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Listen to the secular!

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Martin Thomas

Pretty much all the left press other than Solidarity has denounced the election court decision against Lutfur Rahman, mayor of Tower Hamlets in East London, and most of the left has backed Rabina Khan, Rahman's ally, for the new mayoral election on 11 June.

Does the left press reckon that Rahman didn't do what the court disqualified him for doing? Or that he did do it, but it was all right? It's hard to tell. I don't know if the writers in the left press even read the judgement.

Pretty much all the left press has denounced the election court decision against Lutfur Rahman, mayor of Tower Hamlets in East London, and most of the left has backed his ally Rabina Khan in the new mayoral election.

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Italian school reforms spark revolt

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Hugh Edwards

Having wiped the floor with the major Italian unions over the Jobs Act, and blew away what passes for the "left" in his own party with a display of ruthless, cynical contempt for the niceties of bourgeois parliamentary procedure and the countries constitution, with the successful passage of his new and profoundly reactionary electoral law, the "Italicum", Matteo Renzi believed he could make it a hat-trick of victories with his latest bill to reform the countries decrepit and dilapidated educational system.

Teachers struck on 5 May, mass assemblies plan further action.

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Support Glasgow homelessness support workers strike!

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Gemma Short
The indefinite strike for fair pay and grading of homelessness support workers in Glasgow is now in its eighth week.

The indefinite strike for fair pay and grading of homelessness support workers in Glasgow is now in its eighth week.

The strike has now brought the Labour council back to the negotiating table and a meeting with Unison representatives will take place on 20 May.

The homelessness support workers are graded a level below other workers in the council who do a similar job, resulting in the equivalent of being £5,000 underpaid.

22 days of strikes for Barking and Dagenham bin workers

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Gemma Short
Bin lorry drivers in Barking and Dagenham will strike for 22 more days between 13 May and 7 June in dispute over a £1,000 pay cut.

Bin lorry drivers in Barking and Dagenham will strike for 22 more days between 13 May and 7 June in dispute over a £1,000 pay cut.

The drivers, who are GMB members, have been fighting a £1,000 pay cut since March. They will strike for 13 days from 6am on Wednesday 13 May to 10pm on Monday 25 May and a further nine days from 6am on Saturday 30 May to 10pm on Sunday 7 June.

Talks at ACAS on 30th April failed to avert further strike action. The drivers have already taken 15 days of strike action on18/19/20 March and on 7/8 and 23/ 24 April and from 1st May to 8th May.

First days of UK tour: Lambeth Left Unity, FBU conference and RMT

Tuesday 12 May: Lambeth Left Unity meeting

About 35 people attended a Lambeth Left Unity meeting with Bob and a speaker from the Ritzy cinema campaign. Workers at Picturehouse cinemas (who own the Ritzy) are currently campaigning against union busting techniques by the Picturehouse bosses at several of their cinemas.

Wednesday 13 May: FBU conference

How New Zealand workers took on the fast food companies, and won

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Mike Treen, National Director (Unite New Zealand)

This article is republished, with permission, from the Unite website here.


Workers in the fast food industry in New Zealand scored a spectacular victory over what has been dubbed “zero hour contracts” during a collective agreement bargaining round over the course of March and April this year.

A campaign led by workers in the Unite union in New Zealand has defeated zero-hours contracts at several fast food chains. Mike Treen, National Director of Unite, tells the story of the campaign.

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The cause of labour is still the hope of the world: what the working-class movement can do to regroup

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Daniel Randall
Fight to transform the labour movement, so the labour movement can fight to transform society.

1) Fight

Over the five years of the coalition government, the labour movement failed to mount any consistent fight (either industrially or politically) against it. Had it done so, and had it forced the Labour Party to respond to that fight, we might be looking at a different election result.

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