We Stand For Workers' Liberty

Ireland

Northern Ireland is in chronic communal conflict. For there to be a democratic solution, a wider framework than Northern Ireland is needed.

Northern Ireland is in chronic communal conflict.

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Why the working class is the key

Capitalism is a system of exploitation. Capitalism is defined by the production of commodities for profit. Employment levels and living standards depend on the profitability of private firms. Businesses and capitalists make profit by paying workers less than the value they produce.

Capitalism is a system of exploitation. Capitalism is defined by the production of commodities for profit. Employment levels and living standards depend on the profitability of private firms. Businesses and capitalists make profit by paying workers less than the value they produce.

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Capitalism is destroying our planet

Capitalism creates economic crises. It also creates ecological degradation. Capitalism is a system that reshapes and reconstructs nature - and destroys the environment while doing so. The thirst for profit makes environmental damage inevitable.

Capitalist firms pollute water, air and soil. Their farming methods have little regard for nature. They introduce chemicals without adequately assessing their impact on the environment, on humans and on other animals. They introduce drugs into the food chain and create disease-resistant organisms.

<p>Capitalism creates economic crises. It also creates ecological degradation. Capitalism is a system that reshapes and reconstructs nature - and destroys the environment while doing so. The thirst for profit makes environmental damage inevitable.

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What we do in the workplaces and unions

The hope of changing the labour movement lies with its rank-and-file members. We concentrate our efforts not just on calling for resolutions to be passed and rule changes to be made, but fundamentally on helping and encouraging workers to organise, to stand up for themselves collectively, to develop a collective class
identity, and to fight for control in the workplace. We work to rebuild the unions from the ground up.

As the American Marxist Hal Draper put it:

<p>The hope of changing the labour movement lies with its rank-and-file members. We concentrate our efforts not just on calling for resolutions to be passed and rule changes to be made, but fundamentally on helping and encouraging workers to organise, to stand up for themselves collectively, to develop a collective class identity, and to fight for control in the workplace. We work to rebuild the unions from the ground up.

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Can the labour movement be transformed?

Socialism can only be the act of the working class, conscious of its own interests. Working class struggle is collective struggle. Its power of numbers gives the working class huge economic and political strength.

But without organisation, collective action is impossible. Without organisation workers will remain wage-slaves, raw material for exploitation. The history of working class struggle is, mostly, a history of the fight to organise - in committees, unions, councils and political parties.

Can the labour movement be transformed?

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What we do - the Labour Representation Committee

The Labour Representation Committee (LRC) is a movement formed by
trade unionists and socialists to fight for the principle of labour
representation within the Labour Party, the unions and parliament. As
of 2005, four unions - the post and telecom workers' CWU, the
railworkers' RMT, the firefighters' FBU, and the bakers - are
affiliated.

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South Africa - workers defeat apartheid

A strike wave began in Durban in 1973 involving nearly 100,000
workers. It shook the racist apartheid regime (where only the white
minority could vote). Students played an important role, assisting
and doing research for workers.

From the early 80s, there was a massive upsurge in working class
struggle. On 1 May 1986, 1.5 million workers "stayed away" from work
to demand an official May Day holiday - the largest strike in South
African history.

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