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Barbara E, known as “Emmely”, worked for Kaisers supermarket chain in Germany for 31 years. The company say she had set aside €1.30 worth of bottle deposits for herself, and that these deposit slips were the property of a customer. The suspicion was never proved, but still Emmely was sacked in February 2008.

A few weeks before, Emmely was involved in an 18-month-long national strike. She organised the strike in her shop for the service union Verdi and she had been warned by workmates that she was on the black list.

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Korean workers defend their rights

Following a demonstration of over 100,000 workers at South Korea’s National Assembly building in early November, one of the country’s main trade union federation has begun balloting for a nationwide strike which could take place in mid December.

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International solidarity greetings to AWL conference 2009

Each year, the AWL conference receives a variety of solidarity greetings from other socialist organisations around the world. We publish a selection here.

From Solidarity, a revolutionary socialist group in the USA.

Greetings to Alliance for Workers Liberty Conference

Dear comrades of AWL:

A selection of greetings sent to the recent AWL annual conference from working-class socialist organisations around the world.

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“No nation will put up with so barefaced an exploitation of the community by a small band of bonus-mongers”

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Colin Foster

“No nation will put up with so barefaced an exploitation of the community by a small band of dividend-mongers”, wrote Frederick Engels over a hundred years ago.

He was explaining why he considered full state control of the capitalist economy theoretically plausible but practically unlikely.

If “all the social functions of the capitalist are now performed by salaried employees”, then “the capitalist has no further social function than than of pocketing dividends, tearing off coupons, and gambling on the Stock Exchange”.

The labour movement should fight for a workers’ government which will sweep out the “small band of bonus-mongers”...

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World economic crisis - Australian AWL 2008 conference report

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Martin Thomas and others

Martin: Since late 2006, stream of financial collapses. That's how the crisis has immediately presented itself. The peculiarity, compared to the norm of capitalist crises, is that it comes at a time when profits are generally high, average company debt low. Origins in consumer credit rather than in transactions between companies. Results so far: slowing growth, US recession. No collapses in trade and production yet, but we'll see.

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Two critiques: "Empire" and "new imperialism"

Empire

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Martin Thomas

Download this article (pdf). It discusses the issues round “globalisation” by way of two critiques, of Negri-Hardt and of the “new imperialism” theory of John Rees, Alex Callinicos and other writers associated with the British SWP.

Both accounts have a theological taste to them. But where Negri’s and Hardt’s is enthusiastic, mystical theology, Callinicos’s is the theology of the worldly-wise, “moderate” prelate of a modern established church.

Critique of "Empire" by Toni Negri and Michael Hardt, and of the "new imperialism" theory circulated by the SWP (Britain).

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Ours Is An Age of Barbarism — Why?

“Without revolutionary theory, there can be no revolutionary movement” — Vladimir Lenin

According to the classic account by Lewis H Morgan, “barbarism” is in human history the stage between savagery and civilisation; between the stage of “savage” peoples who are hunters and casual gatherers on one side, and on the other “civilised” people who have developed cities.

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Market Turmoil

Financial Markets around the world continued to tumble again today, following sizeable drops last week. There are several reasons for the falls. They centre on China, Japan and the US. In addition, capitalism has attempted, in recent decades, to provide itself with insurance against its own chaos, against the causes of periodic crises. Whilst these have succeeded in part, – though only really for the truly big capitalists – they have not resolved the basic contradictions of capitalism, but simply pushed those contradictions to a new height.

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Migrant Voices play - 8 June - Newcastle - FREE

Please forward to anyone who may be interested:

FREE theatre performance, Banner Theatre company's
MIGRANT VOICES - Thurs 8 June - 7pm
Moorside School, Beaconsfield St, Arthurs Hill, Newcastle

Hosted by Newcastle City Unison

More info contact:
Ed Whitby Campaigns officer (ed.whitby@workersliberty.org)

Migrant Voices: Touring in 2006

Migrant Voices explores the real-life experiences of asylum seekers and refugees in twenty-first century Britain – how they got here, why they came, and what they have found here.

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Call for an Alliance Against war in support of Iranian workers’ struggles

Call for an Alliance Against war in support of Iranian workers’ struggles

-The threat of a war against Iran is looming. Conflict and contradictions between the interests of neo conservatives in power in the USA and the defenders of the rule of capital in Iran’s Islamic Republic has entered a dangerous phase.

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The Grand Scheme

I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain
Bob Dylan, Masters of War

In order to demystify the post-September 11 situation it is helpful to briefly touch on the two basic claims of the warmongers which were bolstered by the tragedy of the attacks.

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Caribbean

Caribbean banana workers and farmers are campaigning in the UK ahead of new trade rule changes that threaten their livelihoods.

Many Caribbean workers and farmers depend on exporting their banana crop to the UK. At present bananas exported from the Windward Islands enjoy protected access to the EU without any tariffs — whereas “dollar” bananas from Latin America are liable for a tariff. All imported bananas are also subject to a quota system.

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News from working-class struggles across the world.

India

Half a million Indian tea workers are on indefinite strike demanding better wages and conditions. The strike has stopped work in the West Bengal’s 350 tea plantations, including in the famous hill district of Darjeeling for more than a week.

Tea workers’ unions say they will not accept the productivity-linked wages that the Indian Tea Association has demanded. Unions want the daily wage rate in Bengal to be doubled and other bonuses paid.

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Two views of neo-liberalism

There is sharp disagreement about the nature and meaning of imperialism on the left, with two broad schools of thought emerging. Two recent books sum up the differences very clearly. Paul Hampton reviews John Bellamy Foster and Robert W McChesney eds. Pox Americana, Exposing the American Empire (Pluto) and Leo Panitch and Colin Leys eds. The Empire Reloaded: Socialist Register 2005 (Merlin)

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Declaration de l'AWL du 7 juillet 2005 sur les attentats à la bombe de Londres

Les attentats à la bombe de Londres
Déclaration de l’Alliance for Workers Liberty du 7 juillet 2005 à 17H

L’AWL condamne les attentats à la bombe, commis ce jour (7 juillet) dans le Métro et les bus à Londres. Les victimes sont issues au hasard dans la population diverses de Londres, beaucoup d’entre elles se rendaient à leur travail. A l’heure où nous rédigeons cette déclaration, les rapports officiels font été de 37 morts et de plus de 700 blessés.

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Kosova and East Timor: an Australian view

East Timor was discussed at a September meeting of the National Committee of the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty. It was noted that there were discussions on troops in WL Australia. The minutes then state: “Doubt there will be disagreement on UN troops here [Britain] — after Kosova debates: don’t call for peacekeeping troops; don’t necessarily denounce them. The implication was clear — we shouldn’t have had a problem in Australia — the British debates on Kosova had already sorted out the issues.

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