Solidarity 304, 20 November 2013

Interview with Israeli military refuser Noam Gur

Submitted by AWL on 19 November, 2013 - 11:34

Noam Gur is 19 years old. In 2012 she was jailed by the Israeli Defence Force for publicly refusing to enlist in protest against Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

She is currently taking part in a speaker tour of the UK with Workers’ Liberty, and spoke to Solidarity. (This is a longer version than in the printed paper).

Fighting casualisation in Higher Education

Submitted by Matthew on 19 November, 2013 - 8:06

Higher Education workers will strike again on Wednesday 3 December in a fight against a 1% pay deal.

Many HE workers also face battles over zero-hours contracts and casualisation. Here, a UCU activist reports on the campaign against precarious working.

Contract-researchers are employed precariously by universities to fulfil short-term projects.

Tube workers set for jobs war

Submitted by Matthew on 19 November, 2013 - 8:01

London Underground Ltd will announce its new plan for station cuts on Thursday 21 November. Workers expect huge job losses, ticket office closures, and some kind of reorganisation and restructuring. The background to the cuts is a 12.5% cut to Transport for London’s funding from central government. The RMT plans a rally on Tuesday 26 November to prepare for a dispute.

We reprint this article from the blog of rank-and-file bulletin Tubeworker.

Act immediately

The cuts councillor and the Unite leadership

Submitted by Matthew on 19 November, 2013 - 7:58

The People’s Assembly is often suspected of uncritical support for Britain’s trade union leadership.

It was outdone, however, by its younger sibling, the Student Assembly Against Austerity (9 November), in its relation to the Unite leadership.

On stage with Unite’s Steve Turner, Socialist Action’s Aaron Kiely lavished praised on the union for “saving jobs at the Grangemouth Refinery.”

Not joining shrill cries of “sell out!” is one thing; essentially painting up a crushing defeat as a victory is quite another.

Tories plan new anti-union laws

Submitted by Matthew on 19 November, 2013 - 7:55

The so-called review of industrial relations announced by the Tories on 17 November is a build-up for new attacks on the right of trade unions to take effective action to defend their members. It is also another stage in the Tory campaign against union-Labour links.

As a manufactured pretext for the review, the Tories have latched on to Unite’s “leverage” tactics, especially its use of those tactics during its recent dispute with Ineos in Grangemouth.

Debate on Islamism and imperialism

Submitted by Matthew on 19 November, 2013 - 7:50

The introduction to a January 2006 pull-out from SolidarityWorkers' Liberty 3/1, on “Marxism and religion” — has sparked controversy recently, after being moved to a more prominent position on our website as part of our routine circulation of content to make less-ephemeral items from our large archive more accessible. Here we reprint an abridged version of a reply by Sacha Ismail of Workers’ Liberty to a polemic against the introduction by Simon Hardy of the Anti-Capitalist Initiative.

Egypt meeting broken up

Submitted by Matthew on 19 November, 2013 - 7:42

Video footage has surfaced of a meeting held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) on 18 October being interrupted by protesters, allegedly from the Muslim Brotherhood.

The SOAS Palestine Society had invited Mohammed Nabawy of the Egyptian Tamarrod (“Rebel”) movement to speak at the meeting in the Khalili lecture theatre at the University of London college.

The invaded Australians

Submitted by Matthew on 19 November, 2013 - 7:34

In June 2007, “remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory were invaded and martial law imposed”. So Diane Fieldes put it in the Australian journal Socialist Alternative, and she wasn't wrong.

Six hundred troops were deployed. Aboriginals faced compulsory acquisition of townships; the “quarantining” of a proportion of their welfare benefits; new restrictions on alcohol; and the closure of government programmes which gave some of them part-time employment.