Solidarity 202, 4 May 2011

May Day turnouts signal a big job for Trades Councils

The Leeds Trade Council May Day march this year was much bigger and a lot livelier than it had been for many years. Young UK Uncut activists, and fresher trade unionists, outnumbered the ageing Stalinist stalwarts.

Glasgow also had an improved turnout. Even so, the numbers, 400 in Leeds and 3000 in Glasgow, were modest.

The Leeds Trade Council May Day march this year was livelier than in recent years. But in many cities the turnouts showed much work yet to be done in revitalising Trades Councils.

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Iraqi government cracks down on unions

The General Federation of Iraqi Workers has called for support from the international labour movement against a crackdown by the Maliki government.




According to the GFIW a ministerial committee has "dismiss[ed] the Executive Bureau of the GFIW [and] authoris[ed] the Ministerial Preparatory Committee (MPC)... to renew and issue memberships to trade unionists".

These measures "pave the way for rigging [the] elections" for union committees now due to be held by ministerial decree.

The General Federation of Iraqi Workers has called for support from the international labour movement against a crackdown by the Maliki government.

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Police kidnap anti-monarchists to prevent protest

On the morning of the royal wedding, the police arrested a small group of socialists and anarchists for no reason, releasing them a few hours later without charge - essentially an act of kidnapping to prevent an anti-monarchy protest.

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