Solidarity 413, 10th August 2016

Solidarity 413 AWL Wed, 08/10/2016 - 10:42

Brazil: behind the Olympics

Submitted by Matthew on 10 August, 2016 - 2:02 Author: Martin Thomas

On the day of the Olympic opening ceremony, 5 August, a demonstration against interim president Michael Temer closed off a main street in Rio de Janeiro.

With banners from the CUT union federation, the Workers' Party (PT, which governed Brazil from 2002 until the "impeachment" of president Dilma Rousseff on 12 May 2016), the left parties PSOL and PSTU, and from Brazil's two Communist Parties, PCB and PCdoB, the 15,000 demonstrators demanded "Temer Out" and condemned Temer, installed after the "impeachment", as a "putschist".

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 10 August, 2016 - 1:50 Author: Ollie Moore and Gemma Short

Members of the RMT union on Southern Rail have struck again, this time for five days, as they continue their battle to defend the role of the guard. Southern, which is owned by Govia Thameslink Railway, a train company which operates other services, including Gatwick Express, wants to de-skill the guard's role, meaning the safety-critical on-board tasks would be carried out by the driver only.

Reinstate Brighton District Labour Party! Matthew Wed, 08/10/2016 - 13:23

Brighton and Hove District Labour Party was suspended in July after Corbyn-supporting officers were elected at its AGM. Mark Sandell, the newly-elected Chair, describes what happened.


Since Corbyn was first elected in 2015 our local party, which has a rather peculiar structure across three constituencies, has grown from 2,000 members to 6,000.

When a class-struggle socialist stood for Labour Matthew Wed, 08/10/2016 - 13:08

Jill Mountford, Momentum national Steering Committee member and campaigner in Wallasey in 1987, wrote this introduction to Workers’ Liberty’s reprint of the pamphlet How to fight elections.

The life and films of Ken Loach

Submitted by Matthew on 10 August, 2016 - 12:58 Author: Luke Hardy

People think they know what to expect from a Ken Loach type of film. It’s about working class struggle, collectively or as individuals. It’s political. It uses non-professional actors, alongside professional ones. It will be naturalistic and eschew studio filming or flashy effects. The welcome BBC documentary ‘Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach’ reminds us there is more to Loach.

Connolly and the Irish labour movement Matthew Wed, 08/10/2016 - 12:50

Part ten of Michael Johnson’s series on the life and politics of James Connolly. The rest of the series can be found here.

Why Sanders and his supporters are now backing Clinton Matthew Wed, 08/10/2016 - 12:29

Over the course of the last year, millions of Americans voted for Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist candidate who offered a programme of radical change. According to public opinion polls, nearly all of them are now going to cast their votes for Hillary Clinton.

Back Corbyn, transform Labour, fight the Tories Matthew Wed, 08/10/2016 - 12:20

The tide has changed! The Labour right is being pressed back. The initiative is now with our movement to get Jeremy Corbyn re-elected as Labour leader.