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Marxist Revival magazine, no.2

No.2 of the international revolutionary-socialist discussion magazine Marxist Revival is now out, and available for £2 (or £3.20 including postage) from AWL.

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No.2 of the international revolutionary-socialist discussion magazine Marxist Revival is now out, and available for £2 (or £3.20 including postage) from AWL. Please send payment via this website.

The first section of the issue is short articles from the participating organisations on recent interventions.

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Firefighters begin eight days of strikes

Firefighters in England and Wales began strike action on eight consecutive days this week, in an increasingly acrimonious and protracted battle over pensions.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has organised strikes from 6 until 8 in the morning and 5 and 7 in the evening from Monday to Thursday, and on Monday week. Friday’s strikes are 6-8am and then 11pm-1am. On Saturday the strikes are 11am-1pm and 11pm-1am. On Sunday they are 5-7pm. The union also commences action short of a strike from 7pm on 21 July.

Firefighters in England and Wales began strike action on eight consecutive days this week, in an increasingly acrimonious and protracted battle over pensions.

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July 10 Strike bulletin

Nearly two million workers could go out on strike on July 10. This bulletin lays out our ideas ahead of strike day.

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Nearly two million workers could go out on strike on July 10. This bulletin lays out our ideas ahead strike day.

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Turkish workers commemorate historic struggle

The Association of International Workers' Solidarity (UID-DER) in Turkey organised a commemoration this year of the 15-16 June 1970 workers' protests against anti-union laws, known as "The Great Workers' Resistance".

Comrades in Turkey organised a commemoration of the 15-16 June 1970 workers' protests against anti-union laws, known as "The Great Workers' Resistance".

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Ideas for Freedom 2014

Once again, well over 200 people attended Ideas for Freedom, the weekend of socialist discussion and debate hosted by Workers' Liberty.

Once again, well over 200 people attended Ideas for Freedom, the weekend of socialist discussion and debate hosted by Workers' Liberty.

(Omar Raii addresses the closing plenary)

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Iraqi union leader Falah Alwan speaks on workers' struggles in Iraq

On the Saturday night of Ideas for Freedom 2014, Workers' Liberty and comrades from the Worker-Communist Parties of Iraq and Kurdistan organised a fundraiser to support Iraqi workers', women's, and refugee organisations in their struggles against sectarianism.

In this speech Falah Alwan, the President of the Federation of Workers' Council and Unions in Iraq reports on the recent struggles of Iraqi workers.

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University workers plan next steps

Despite five days of strikes in June, the University of London has continued with its plan to close the Garden Halls of residence, with the loss of around 80 jobs.

The halls closed on 30 June, and many of the former Garden Halls workers are now on temporary summer contracts at other university sites until mid-September.

Despite five days of strikes in June, the University of London has continued with its plan to close the Garden Halls of residence, with the loss of around 80 jobs.

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Greek cleaners' strike: “We are no longer scared!”

Cleaners at the Ministry of Justice have been on strike for 10 months against government job cuts and privatisation

On 30 June the Greek civil service union ADEDY began a series of protests which will culminate in a strike on 9 July.

The protests are against the public sector mobility scheme which has been in operation since September 2013. Under the scheme selected workers, predominantly the lowest paid, have their wages cuts by 25%, are put into a redeployment pool and are sacked if no alternative job is found. The scheme was a way for the tripartite government of PASOK-ND-DHMAR to immediately sack 4,000 civil servants, and a further 11,000 by the end of 2014.

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Three million Syrian refugees; UK takes 24

Just 24 Syrian refugees have been admitted into the UK under a special arrangement — the Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme (VPR) — to help those identified as most at risk and who have not yet claimed asylum.

By comparison Sweden has admitted over 24,0000 refugees.

Since 2011 almost three million Syrians have fled the country, most to neighbouring Arab states with Lebanon alone taking in over one million people. A further 6.5 million people are believed to be displaced within Syria.

Just 24 Syrian refugees have been admitted into the UK under special arrangements to help those identified as most at risk and who have not yet claimed asylum; by comparison, Sweden has admitted over 24,0000.

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Labour betrays young people

Labour leader Ed Miliband has promised to cut Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA) for around 100,000 18-to-21-year-olds and replace it with a lower means-tested benefit depending on claimants’ qualifications and skill levels.

This will affect those young people under 21 who have do not have A-levels — around seven out of ten 18-to-21-year-olds currently claiming JSA.

Miliband told the press that “Britain’s young people who do not have the skills they need for work should be in training, not on benefits.”

Labour leader Ed Miliband has promised to cut Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA) for around 100,000 18-to-21-year-olds and replace it with a lower means-tested benefit depending on claimants’ qualifications and skill levels.

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Bring back Pride's radical roots!

As Pride season kicks off, it looks like the majority of festivities will be more establishment-focused than ever.

As Pride season kicks off, it looks like the majority of festivities will be more establishment-focused than ever.

Part of London Pride (28 June) will continue to the Cenotaph for Armed Forces Day and the police will be a prominent part of the parade.

Our movement seems to have a very short memory. Our acceptance as LGBT+ people into institutions has been very, very recent and is also not consistent or inclusive of all of us.

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Teaching “British values” in schools

Following the “Trojan horse” “scandal” regarding the alleged plans of Islamist governors at various Birmingham schools, David Cameron wrote an article in the Mail on Sunday about “British values”. He defined these as “a belief in freedom, tolerance of others, accepting personal and social responsibility, respecting and upholding the rule of law”.

Following the “Trojan horse” “scandal” regarding the alleged plans of Islamist governors at various Birmingham schools, David Cameron wrote an article in the Mail on Sunday about “British values”. He defined these as “a belief in freedom, tolerance of others, accepting personal and social responsibility, respecting and upholding the rule of law”.

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Defend South Yorkshire Freedom Riders!

A police crackdown on a long-running peaceful protest in South Yorkshire led to the arrest of two protesters on Monday 23 June. The “Freedom Riders”, Tony Nuttall, 65, and George Arthur, 64, have since been charged with fare evasion and obstructing a police officer.

Elderly and disabled campaigners for free and concessionary travel set on by police; two forcible arrests and two hospitalised.

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Tube cleaners stand up to Big Brother

Cleaning workers on London Underground are fighting the introduction of biometric fingerprinting machines, which cleaning agency ISS wants workers to use to book on for shifts.

ISS cleaners in the RMT union are boycotting the machines. A cleaning worker spoke to Solidarity about the struggle.


Biometric fingerprinting takes a print of your capillary blood vessels, which are unique to every one of us. Immigration authorities put biometric data on your passport and visas, to keep track of exactly who is in a country. It’s a “Big Brother” technology.

Cleaning workers on London Underground are fighting the introduction of biometric fingerprinting machines, which cleaning agency ISS wants workers to use to book on for shifts.

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Tubeworker 25/06/14 — ISS cleaners fight back

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

This issue discusses the ISS cleaners' fight against biometric fingerprinting, the ongoing LU jobs battle, 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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Protest against neo-Nazis after Tottenham stabbing

A crowd of about 200 people gathered outside Tottenham Town Hall on Monday night to protest fascism in the area following a racist attack on Saturday night..

A 24 year-old Polish man, believed to be Jewish, was knifed at a music festival in Markfield Park after neo-Nazis from the Zjednoczeni Emigranci (ZE) group stormed the event. They also threw flares and rocks at the crowd. The man who was stabbed was treated at hospital and is recovering well.

Polish fascists attacked a music festival in Tottenham, North London on 21 June, stabbing one attendee and harassing members of the local Jewish community. Anti-fascists called an action in response.

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Lewisham Hospital Worker #43 — 24 June 2014

A workplace bulletin by Lewisham Hospital workers, for Lewisham Hospital workers.

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A workplace bulletin by Lewisham Hospital workers, for Lewisham Hospital workers.

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