Unions & politics

Workers' Liberty 3/60: Trade unions, yesterday, today and tomorrow Matthew Thu, 10/05/2017 - 10:56
A Contribution to the 2018 LP affiliation debate in RMT TB Wed, 04/11/2018 - 22:55

Support the Polish socialists

Submitted by SJW on 10 April, 2018 - 7:33 Author: Michael Chester

On 23 March — the day that has been dubbed “Black Friday”— tens of thousands of predominantly young activists descended on the centres of Poland’s major cities demanding the far-right Law and Justice government drop its plans for abortion reform.

Abortion law in Poland is already one of the most restrictive in the western world. The only exceptions under which a woman can obtain an abortion are in the case of a threat to the mother’s life, severe foetal abnormality or where conception is as a result of a crime (incest and rape).

“A refusal to settle down” SJW Wed, 03/28/2018 - 18:41

Klara Feigenbaum, a Trotskyist activist of Romanian origin, known as Irène, died at the age of 97 in March 2017, a year ago.

General Secretary: debate the issues! SJW Wed, 03/14/2018 - 13:26
Jennie Formby

The withdrawal of Jon Lansman from the contest to replace Iain McNicol as the next Labour Party General Secretary makes almost certain that Jennie Formby will get the job.

The contest should have been an opportunity to talk about what a left-led Labour Party should be like in its culture and structures. It became an opaque fight where any differences between candidates were unclear and impossible for ordinary Labour members to decode.

US teachers declare victory SJW Wed, 03/14/2018 - 12:35
US teachers declare victory

On Tuesday 6 March teachers in West Virginia, USA, were celebrating winning all five of their demands after a nine-day statewide strike and included an occupation of the Capitol.

Teachers defeated an expansion of charter schools (similar to academy schools in the UK), a proposal to eliminate seniority, and a ″paycheck-protection″ bill which would have ended union dues being collected from pay. They won a significant pay rise and a mechanism to change unfair health-insurance practices.

“Get informed and talk about what you find out”

Submitted by Janet on 5 March, 2018 - 10:56
Taking back our penalty rates RAFFWU logo

Retail and Fast Food Workers – building solidarity on the job

Most Retail and Fast Food Workers Union members are the only member in their workplace. Janet Burstall of Workers’ Liberty spoke with a RAFFWU member from Melbourne who has organised around 20 of his fellow workers at a Woolworths store to join up in only a few months. We asked Loukas how he made the difference.

Italian elections: fascist menace grows

Submitted by Matthew on 28 February, 2018 - 9:15 Author: Hugh Edwards
Lega Nord

The horrific act of fascist violence on the 3 February in the central Italian town of Macerata, where eight young west Africans were gunned down by a neo-fascist thug, has highlighted the level of putrefying decadence of the major political contenders for office.

A battle to liberate Scottish Labour from the old guard cathy n Mon, 11/13/2017 - 15:59
for real change

The result of the contest for leadership of the Scottish Labour Party will be announced on Saturday, 18th November.

At the core of that contest has been a struggle by the rank-and-file of the Scottish Labour Party and affiliated trade unions in Scotland to liberate the Scottish labour movement from the grip of a right-wing old-guard establishment.