Frontline

Justice for Grenfell!

Author: 

Gemma Short

Late at night on Tuesday 13 June, a fire gutted Grenfell Tower in west London.

It is likely that a large number of people have died: firefighters have told people the number will be in triple figures. Many hundreds of people's lives have been destroyed as their family members, friends, neighbours, and homes have been taken from them.

Our solidarity is with those families and with the emergency service workers who battled to save them whilst witnessing harrowing scenes.

Protests demand justice for the victims of Grenfell and change.

Issues and Campaigns: 

Grenfell Tower appeal

Author: 

Len McCluskey

Dear friends,

The full horror of the fire at the Grenfell Tower is yet to unfold but we do know that there has been fatalities, serious injuries and hundreds of people are left destitute and in despair.

Once again our emergency services have been called upon to display the selflessness and heroism we are sadly becoming all too accustomed to. Unite will be sending its solidarity to our colleague unions to express our very deep thanks for all that they do to in the name of public service.

Appeal from Unite the union.

Trade Unions: 

Force the Tories out!

Author: 

Editorial

We have a Tory minority government. But how long Theresa May, or any Tory, can stay is another matter.

The Tories look likely get a working majority in Parliament, at least on budget and confidence votes, by a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).There will be divisions between the Tories and the DUP, and within the Tory Party as the talks on Brexit proceed and as economic stresses sharpen. The Tories are likely to drop more abrasive policies like reintroduction of grammar schools, but they are in deep trouble.

Recycle the energy from election doorsteps into action on the streets and in the workplace, and rearm the labour movement politically

Publications: 

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Tories' anti-union laws scupper "London Bridge 3" ballot: fight must go on!

Today we received the disappointing news that the ballot for action to win reinstatement for Lee Cornell, and justice for Dave Sharp and Saeed Sioussi (the "London Bridge 3"), had failed to meet the 50% turnout threshold required by the Tories' Trade Union Act.

Despite returning a majority of 80% in favour of action, the 35% turnout is not enough for the union to call a legal strike, meaning cross-combine action in this dispute is impossible without a re-ballot that does hit the thresholds.

Tubeworker topics: 

RMT branches call for Labour reaffiliation

Following Labour's surge in the general election, several branches of the Rail, Maritime, and Transport workers union (RMT) have called for the union to reaffiliate to the party, in emergency motions to the union's AGM.

RMT, whose predecessor union helped found Labour, had its affiliation effectively severed in 2004 after the national union refused to prevent its Scottish branches backing candidates of the Scottish Socialist Party.

Following Labour's surge in the general election, two branches of the Rail, Maritime, and Transport workers union (RMT) have called for the union to reaffiliate to the party, in emergency motions to the union's AGM.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Trade Unions: 

Nationalists in decline

Author: 

Dale Street

Compared with the 2015 general election, the number of SNP MPs fell from 56 to 35. Scottish Tory MPs increased from one to 13, Scottish Labour MPs increased from one to seven, and Scottish Lib-Dem MPs increased from one to four.

Eleven of the new intake of SNP MPs have majorities of less than 900. In some constituencies their majorities were wafer-thin: two, 21, 60, 75, and 195.

The Scottish Labour left needs to recruit new Labour voters, especially youth into the Party and break the grip of the right.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Around the world: 

Publications: 

Eastern Avenue Job Centre strike

Author: 

Lotte Jeffries

The first PCS strike day took place at Eastern Avenue Job Centre, Sheffield, on Friday 2nd June. It was a very successful strike and picket line after a colossal 92% vote in favour of strike action in the ballot. The picket was supported by community activists, Momentum and the Labour Party.

The first PCS strike day took place at Eastern Avenue Job Centre, Sheffield, on Friday 2nd June. It was a very successful strike and the picket line was supported by community activists, Momentum and the Labour Party.

Issues and Campaigns: 

Trade Unions: 

Publications: 

Tubeworker — 03/06/2017: Vote Labour, fight for a workers' government!

Author: 

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.

Publications: 

On Guard - 31/05/17: Strikes suspended after Manchester Atrocity

Author: 

On Guard

On Guard is a socialist bulletin for Northern rail workers, published by Workers' Liberty.
Download and read it here

The fourth issue of a socialist bulletin for Northern rail workers, published by Workers' Liberty.

Publications: 

Against the terrorists, fight to rebuild hope

Author: 

Colin Foster

Only a rebirth of social hope can cut the roots of the vindictiveness-obsessed, death-obsessed political-Islamist movements.

The bombing at the Manchester Arena, which as we go to press has killed 22 and injured 59, has been claimed by Daesh as its own. Experts say that may be inaccurate and macabre boasting; but almost certainly the killer was an Islamist clerical-fascist of some sort.

We join many others in extending our solidarity to the families and friends of those killed and injured.

Only a rebirth of social hope can cut the roots of the death-obsessed political-Islamist movement which almost certainly carried out the Manchester bombing.

Issues and Campaigns: 

Publications: 

The SNP and the Tory #rapeclause

Author: 

Dale Street

#Rapeclause was one of the four most popular Twitter hashtags used by SNP MPs and MSPs in the run-up to the Scottish council elections held earlier this month.

SNP MSP Humza Yousaf tweeted about “Tory born-again Brexiters and rape-clause advocates.” Fellow SNP MSP James Dornan explained: “If you’d rather vote for the Tories than SNP, you’re a right-wing Rape Clause supporting enabler.”

Only in the run-up to the council elections did the SNP discover that the #rapeclause was the defining feature of the Tories, all opponents of independence, and the British state itself.

Issues and Campaigns: 

Around the world: 

Publications: 

Solidarity across borders: May Day in Jerusalem

Author: 

Janet Burstall

“Music without borders mingled with an encounter of solidarity among humans” in a special May Day celebration, with Palestinian garage and carpentry workers, art teachers, musicians, agricultural workers and cleaners, Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians.

The WAC MAAN Workers Advice Centre in Jerusalem organised a May Day celebration with Palestinian garage and carpentry workers, art teachers, musicians, agricultural workers and cleaners, Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians.

Trade Unions: 

Around the world: 

Publications: 

Labour manifesto: clawing back from the rich

Author: 

Martin Thomas

The output (value-added) of the UK economy these days is around £1900 billion a year. Of that, about £360 billion is goods and services bought by central and local government, about £320 billion is capital investment, and about £1,130 billion is stuff bought by households. The sub-totals do not add up to the overall total because of other categories, and the figures are rough, based on the last available official figures, for 2014.

The choice at this election is between a drive to make inequality even more hurtful, and an attempt to reduce inequality and institute some social solidarity and cooperation.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Issues and Campaigns: 

Publications: 

How you can support the Picturehouse workers

Here you can find a printable 1) collection sheet; 2) a letter to union branches from BECTU reps to organise donations from your trade union or Labour Party branch; and 3) model motions for trade unions, Labour Party branches and student unions. Scroll down for text of model motions. Also various useful links to more information.

How to support the Picturehouse cinema workers' strike - info on the dispute, letter from reps, collection sheet, bank details, model motions and more.

Rallying to stop Macron-monarchy

Author: 

Arguments pour la lutte sociale

The French socialist newsletter Arguments pour la lutte sociale reports on preparations for the June legislative election.


So this Sunday, while the workers of Souterraine barricade their factory with the active support of the whole population, the Elysee is seeing the monarchical ritual of the “transfer of power” from Mr Hollande to Mr Macron.

The French socialist newsletter Arguments pour la lutte sociale reports on preparations for the 11-18 June legislative election.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Around the world: 

Publications: 

Security guards at University of London strike for security and wage rise

Author: 

Sacha Ismail

Security guards at the central University of London site in Bloomsbury took a third day of strike action against the university and contractor Cordant on 16 May, following two last month. They want an end to disguised use of zero-hours contracts, itemised pay slips and a pay rise they were promised six years ago when UoL’s outsourced workers first won the Living Wage.

The Independent Workers of Great Britain union is continuing to put the leaderships of the big unions to shame by pushing hard for the demands of workers where it organises, despite daunting circumstances.

Issues and Campaigns: 

Trade Unions: 

Publications: 

Scotland: local elections, national issues

Author: 

Dale Street

In the Scottish council elections, the Tories did well, Labour did badly, and although the SNP won more seats than other parties, it failed to maintain the electoral momentum unleashed by the 2014 referendum.

The boundary reorganisation carried out after the 2012 council elections makes it difficult to compare the number of seats won in 2012 with seats won in 2017.

In the local elections, the issue of a second referendum on Scottish independence was central, overtly or covertly.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Around the world: 

Publications: 

After 7 May: French left prepares for battle against Macron

Author: 

ALPS/ NPA/ LO

43% of those who voted for Macron in the second round of the French presidential election on 7 May 2017 said they did so only, or mainly, to stop Marine Le Pen of the Front National. Only 16% of his voters said they backed him because of his program.

The newsletter Arguments pour la Lutte Sociale headlined, on 5 May: "Beat Le Pen Sunday [7 May], beat Macron in June [legislative elections, 11th and 18th, impose unity of action and democratic debate".

Views on the second round, the legislative elections, and the coming battles.

Around the world: 

The Front National and fascism

Author: 

Martin Thomas

France’s Front National, which now has a real though outside chance of gaining the country’s powerful presidency, is not a fascist movement comparable to the Nazis or Mussolini’s Fascist Party when they were on the eve of power in the 1920s and 30s. Neither, however, is it a conventional hard-right party like UKIP or Germany’s AfD. The makeover the FN has given itself since 2011 is a makeover.

The FN still has a fascist core cadre and a fascist ideology and functions as the electoral-political wing of a broader fascist current.

Publications: 

Around the world: 

Student union rights under attack over BDS campaigns

Author: 

Ben Tausz

The Charity Commission is investigating a number of student unions for their policies on boycotting Israel and may take action against them, amid right-wing calls for such boycotts to be banned.

The Charity Commission is investigating student unions with policies on boycotting Israel amid right-wing calls for such boycotts to be banned.

Issues and Campaigns: 

Publications: 

Around the world: 

Trade Unions: 

Pages