A letter to Maryam Namazie

Submitted by AWL on 5 March, 2006 - 10:34

Click here to read this text in French.

Dear Maryam,

The organisers of the "March For Free Expression" (against political Islam) planned for 25 March are advertising you as a prominent supporter - alongside the Freedom Association, an extreme right-wing movement best known for its strike-breaking efforts during the Grunwick strike of 1977.

Paul Whetton, rank and file striking Notts Miners leader dies

Submitted by Pete on Sat, 03/04/2006 - 14:34

Yesterday morning one of the finest socialist activists I have ever known, former Notts militant miners' leader Paul Whetton, died.

Paul was the leading figure amongst the striking miners in the Notts coalfield during the historic miners strike of 1984/5. I had the privilege - and it was a privilege - to know Paul from that time onwards. Socialist Organiser, the predecessor of the AWL, had the privilege to work with him.

Should scientists be allowed to experiment on animals? AWL Thu, 03/02/2006 - 22:12

Should we support the right for scientists to do experiments on animals? The socialist scientist Steven Rose, who experiments on chicks in basic research into human brain function and memory, writes about this in his book The Making of Memory...

Strike at Cottam power station (Notts)

Submitted by AWL on 2 March, 2006 - 9:41

Briefly... Austrian contractors, SFL, supply cheap Hungarian labour to power station desulphurization construction project.

Prevented from mixing with British construction workers on the site. One Hungarian worker seeks out British union steward. Seen talking. Called into contractors’ office … sent back to Hungary…(I think he must have been threatened, don’t know quite how).

Appeal from Tehran bus workers

Submitted by AWL on 2 March, 2006 - 9:30

The following letter, addressing world labour organisations, was issued in Tehran on Monday 27 February by the Tehran bus workers' union.

The Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (Sherkat e Vahed) is most grateful to all the world's labour organisations for their unsparing support for our newly-formed organisation.

Real and invented differences on Political Islam 1: the Sharia Socialists Anon Thu, 03/02/2006 - 21:17

“But [against the state] socialists cannot give support to the Islamists either. That would be to call for the swapping of one form of oppression for another, to react to the violence of the state by abandoning the defence of ethnic and religious minorities, women and gays, to collude in scapegoating that makes it possible for capitalist exploitation to continue unchecked providing it takes 'Islamic' forms.

Korean unions call general strike

Submitted by AWL on 2 March, 2006 - 3:48

The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions called a general strike on 28 February against Korean government moves to impose greater "flexibility" on Korean workers.

Jo Jun-Ho, the President of the KCTU, has sent the following message:

On behalf of the KCTU, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, with its 800,000 grass-root members, I'm appreciating to deliver to all of you, the fact that the KCTU has called on a general strike from February 28th protesting the passage of a irregular workers legislation by the Parliament environment and labour committee.

Child Trust Fund: Who needs it?

Submitted by Janine on Mon, 02/27/2006 - 14:28

It seems that about a third of parents entitled to set up Child Trust Funds have not done so. While the banks and the government tear their hair out wondering why, they might consider the fact that parents of babies are just a bit busy and just a bit tired.

I finally got mine (or Harrison's, rather) done last month. He will get the money when he is 18, when it will immediately get swallowed up offsetting student debt or subsidising low wages.

No deportations to Iraq!

Submitted by AWL on 27 February, 2006 - 2:16

The British government still intends to deport Iraqi and Kurdish nationals to whom it has refused protection. Fifteen people were forcibly removed on 20 November 2005.

One person has been allowed back into Britain as the Home Office admit he should not have been on the flight. All were known to be frightened about their future when they returned, but it has not been possible to monitor their fate systematically.