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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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Tubeworker 28/01/15 - Clean up exploitation!

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Tubeworker

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

This issue features an article on the use of cowboy cleaning companies to exploit cleaners on London Underground, the Greek election, news of RMT drivers ballot, and others news from the tube.

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

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An emergency programme to fight racism in Greece

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Theodora Polenta

An emergency programme to safeguard SYRIZA's programme against ANEL (handing over the ministry of national defence does not help!) It is imperative to link the anti-memorandum struggle and demands with the anti-racist struggle and the urgently required anti-racist measures.

That’s why the left should fight for SYRIZA to extend its programme with the following:

The fight against racism and for migrants' rights is a central front of the struggle in Greece.

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National Gallery workers strike against privatisation

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Workers in the PCS union at London's National Gallery have voted overwhelmingly for strikes against privatisation in early February.

Following the suspension of five days of strikes in December 2014 - in response to a legal injunction and the threat of mass sackings - workers in the PCS union at London's National Gallery have voted overwhelmingly for a further batch of strikes early next month.

The statutory ballot for strike action, on a 64% turnout, delivered a solid 94% in favour of strikes. Gallery bosses have been advised of the result and notices have been issued to the employer, detailing five days of strikes from Tuesday 3 to Saturday 7 February.

Ukraine: the truth about Maidan: Workers' Liberty 3/47

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Dale Street

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The Maidan in Ukraine needs to be defended against the lies and calumnies of the Stalin-nostalgics, Putin-apologists and cheerleaders for Russian imperialism who masquerade as ‘anti-fascists’.

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Revolutionary Greek MP: "A Syriza victory could encourage the workers to fight"

Ioanna Gaitani is a supporter of the Greek socialist group Internationalist Workers’ Left (DEA) and a Syriza member of the Greek parliament.

Interview with Ioanna Gaitani, a supporter of the Greek socialist group Internationalist Workers’ Left (DEA) and a Syriza member of the Greek parliament.

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Left campaign challenges National Union of Students "leaders"

Out of the new movement for free education, a slate of socialist candidates is coming together for the elections to the leadership of the National Union of Students.

If students needed any reminder that the National Union of Students does not fight for their interests, its last minute withdrawal of support from November's free education demo, on the flimsiest and most cynical of pretexts, certainly provided it.

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Central London language school workers fight back

Workers at the Leicester Square School of English in London are organising a fightback after the owner, Craig Tallents, closed down the school without notice, owing staff thousands of pounds in unpaid wages.

Workers at a central London language school are fighting back after their boss closed down the school despite owing unpaid wages.

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Homophobia and resurgent Russian nationalism

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Dale Street

Attacks on LGBT people in Russia have increased as much as tenfold since the Russian Duma voted in June of 2013 to outlaw “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors.”

A recent Human Rights Watch report documented physical attacks, abductions, aggressive harassment and verbal abuse of LGBT people and activists in 16 Russian cities. LGBT employees working with children were routinely sacked from their jobs if their sexual orientation became known.

Attacks on LGBT people in Russia have increased tenfold since the Duma voted last year to outlaw “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors.”

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Paris, and other atrocities

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Omar Raii
After the murder of 12 people at the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, we are once again having to deal with questions of free speech, of Islamism, and reprisal attacks by the neo-fascist far-right.

After the murder of twelve people at the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, we are once again having to deal with questions of free speech, of Islamism, and reprisal attacks by the neo-fascist far-right.

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French revolutionary socialists denounce attack on Charlie Hebdo

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Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste

The French revolutionary socialists of the Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste (NPA) have denounced the attack on the office of the satirical paper Charlie Hebdo (7 January 2015) and called on people to join the protest demonstrations across France.

Barbaric, reactionary madness

The French revolutionary socialists of the NPA have denounced the attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo (7 January 2015) and called on people to join the protest demonstrations across France.

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Help the Greek left defy the banks!

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Theodora Polenta
If the left party Syriza wins the Greek general election on 25 January, what will happen, and what should socialists in Greece, Britain and other countries say and do?

Greece will have new parliamentary elections early, on 25 January. According to all recent opinion polls, the left party Syriza, which lost the June 2012 election narrowly to the conservative New Democracy (ND) party, is now well ahead of ND. On all the poll figures, Syriza and the Greek Communist Party (KKE) between them will win a parliamentary majority on 25 January.

The early elections followed the failure on 29 December of the ND-led government's third attempt to get Parliament to elect a new President.

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"A student movement that helps students fight and win"


(Hattie with Beth Redmond and Deborah Hermanns of NCAFC, at a free education demo at SOAS in London)

Hattie Craig, a student activist in Birmingham and former Vice President (Education) of Birmingham Guild of Students, is standing for Vice President (Higher Education) at the National Union of Students conference, 21-3 April, in Liverpool.

An interview with Hattie Craig, one of the organisers of the November student demo and the left candidate for Vice President Higher Education of NUS.

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Uniting to defend Muslims and Roma in Sweden

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Gustav Sternhamner

In Sweden, as across Europe, far-right and racist ideas are increasingly popular. Last autumn’s general election saw the anti-immigrant, far-right Sweden Democrats win almost 13 per cent of the vote and 49 MPs.

December 2013 saw Sweden’s largest anti-racist rally in years as 16,000 people assembled in Stockholm following a Nazi attack.

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Elect Pat Murphy as NUT deputy general secretary

Patrick Murphy, a founder of the schools activist network Lanac, a socialist, and a member of Workers' Liberty, is running for deputy general secretary of the National Union of Teachers. The ballot will be between 5 and 28 January.

Workers' Liberty member Patrick Murphy is standing for Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, in a ballot running from 6-26 January.

Patrick is standing for a radically different vision of how the union should be run, one where the union is controlled from the workplace. He is calling for workplace branches to form part of the NUT structure, and for one union for all school workers.

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PCS leadership suspend elections

The following (20 December) article comes from the website of the PCS activist network Independent Left, of which AWL members in the union are part. See the IL website for numerous other articles and updates on the crisis in PCS, and also the new PCS - Democracy Deferred blog. More on the campaign against this attack on trade union democracy soon.

PCS LEADERSHIP ATTACK OUR UNION'S DEMOCRACY!

Activists in the civil service union PCS are organising to oppose a move by their union's leadership to suspend elections for a year. What's going on?

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Protests continue as killer cop rakes it in

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Ira Berkovic

Yet more evidence has emerged which highlights the shocking injustice committed by failing to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who killed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, USA.

A report by Lawrence O’Donnell, an MSNBC journalist and broadcaster, showed that St Louis County prosecutors supplied the Grand Jury with outdated information about the law on police officers’ rights to use deadly force. They only corrected their mistake three days before Darren Wilson testified, and then without substantial explanation or elaboration.

Yet more evidence has emerged which highlights the shocking injustice committed by failing to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who killed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Solidarity with migrants against Labour-Tory attacks

Last month Labour said they want to increase the time new EU migrants have to wait before claiming in-work benefits — to two years. Not to be outdone in a disgusting competition to be toughest on migrants, Cameron announced he wanted EU migrants to work for four years before being eligible to claim.

Labour and the Tories are scrambling to out-do each other but also UKIP. Pandering to UKIP will only help UKIP grow. And it contributes to a general ratcheting up of anti-immigrant rhetoric.

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Renzi cows the unions

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Hugh Edwards

On Tuesday 2 December, Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, won his six week long battle with the country's major trade unions. His Jobs Act became law.

This fundamental attack on workers' job security and labour rights went through the Senate without a promised rebellion from the “left” of the Democratic Party, thus averting a government defeat and new elections. To square their conscious, but save the goverment, the rebels trooped out of the Senate chamber just before the vote was taken.

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has won his six week long battle with the country's major trade unions.

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