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The left and Brexit: a debate

Submitted by martin on 8 July, 2018 - 3:04
young demonstrators

Join us on Friday 20 July for a debate between Michael Chessum of Another Europe is Possible and Grace Blakeley of the London Young Labour committee.

This meeting is organised by left wing activists in South London, working with Another Europe is Possible. It follows the main London event of The Left Against Brexit, which will take place on 11 July. For full details on the nationwide tour see http://anothereurope.org/tour.

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How teacher walkouts can revive the US labour movement

Submitted by AWL on 15 July, 2018 - 5:06 Author: Lois Weiner
Virginia teachers on strike

Lois Weiner is a socialist and teacher trade unionist based in New York. She is the author of The Future of our Schools: Teacher Unions and Social Justice (2012, Haymarket Books) and a member of the editorial board of the socialist journal New Politics. She answered questions from Cathy Nugent of Solidarity and Daniel Randall of the Labour Days podcast about the recent wave of teacher walkouts in the US, and the struggle to revive and transform the labour movement in the age of Trump.

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Workers' Liberty summer camp (West Yorkshire, 10-12 August 2018)

Submitted by AWL on 7 July, 2011 - 2:40
 We'll be camping in the hills above Todmorden

Come and join our now-legendary annual socialist summer getaway above Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. This is the seventh year we've run the camp; it's always great fun.

This will be a long weekend of music, campfires, food, drink, socialist discussions, workshops, tree climbing, and arsing about in the great outdoors - organised by the socialist group Workers' Liberty, but open to all!

NB we will be sleeping inside a building, a big farmhouse and barn, though there is also room for camping if you want to bring a tent.

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Submitted by AWL on Thu, 18/07/2013 - 10:06

Things to bring:

1) it's up a hill, in the countryside, so bring shoes you can walk up a hill in. Bring a waterproof jacket.

2) You'll need a sleeping bag/blanket, pillow and a roll-mat.

3) Not a tent, unless you specifically prefer to sleep in a tent. There is sleeping space for everyone inside the farmhouse. There are, however, no beds. There are spaces for tents outside, but not for lots.

4) There is a shower, so if you want to wash using that rather than using moss and rainwater, bring a towel, soap etc.

5) A torch is often useful in survival situations.

6) Bring fun items if you like fun. Like, musical instruments, a frisbee, a football, kites, and so on.

7) There is no internet in the farmhouse. It is a farmhouse. This is a camp. But there is electricity, so do bring a phone charger.

Getting to Height Gate is easy.

Look at this Google map.

In order to get to Height Gate it is necessary to go up a road called Stoodley Glen, which is halfway between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden and takes you off the main road and over a road-bridge, to the start of an uphill dirt track. Height Gate is at the top of the hill which Stoodley Glen and the dirt track lead to. Stoodley Glen starts just a bit down the road from the EastWood Bus Stop, which you can get to by taking the bus from Hebden Bridge in the Todmorden direction.

My number is: 07775 763 750. It is the contact number for the weekend. Upon arriving in Hebden Bridge, call/text it and let us know you’re on your way up.

We’ll also be running some lifts from the station to the bottom of the hill. But there won’t be many of these because we’ll only have one driver and he is human, all too human, so try to use public transport instead.

If you are a cyclist, good for you! A cyclist writes: “The Leeds-Manchester via Hebden Bridge railway accepts bikes without booking. The A646 is a flat-ish albeit busy road, but there is a canal towpath from Hebden Bridge if you prefer that sort of thing. The climb up to Height Gate is 98meters over 1.5km with an average gradient of 8.5%”

These are the instructions from the Height Gate website:
Public transport
Both Hebden Bridge and Todmorden have railway stations on the Manchester-Leeds line, and buses run regularly along the A646 between the two towns. Get off at the Eastwood bus stop.

To reach Height Gate from the layby, walk in the Todmorden direction for about 100 metres, turn down Stoodley Glen between the houses, and follow the tarmac road over the canal to the gate at the bottom of the farm track, signposted Height Gate. Follow the winding track up hill, eventually levelling out to pass a farmhouse on the left. Height Gate is the building with prominent white lime pointing at the end of the stretch of straight track in front of you

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SWP "stewards" police debate

Submitted by AWL on 7 July, 2018 - 9:25 Author: MS
over turned stall

Today (Saturday 7 July), a group of Workers’ Liberty supporters went along to the SWP’s annual Marxism festival. We wanted to talk to attendees and challenge some of the SWP’s politics, and especially their support for “Lexit” during the European referendum.

We were leafleting for a fringe meeting hosted by ourselves – The Left Should Oppose Brexit. One of the guest speakers was from Another Europe is Possible/Left Against Brexit.

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Submitted by lefty (not verified) on Sat, 07/07/2018 - 22:43

it should also be taken for granted that the left should not support israel and make it a flag about anything it does, let alone defending the european union, a capitalist construction that fills every day the sea of the mediterranean with human bodies

Submitted by Mikey (not verified) on Sun, 08/07/2018 - 16:55

There is nothing new in this when it comes to the SWP.

http://hurryupharry.org/2010/06/01/from-the-vaults-spartacist-league-july-8-1980/

Submitted by Stuart (not verified) on Sun, 08/07/2018 - 20:51

Where on this website have you found support for Israel or the EU? The Awl’s attitude to Israel and the eu is pretty much identical to Corbyn’s. Two states for Israel and Palestine; antiEU as a neoliberal institution but also anti Brexit. Awl have a difference on tactics, strategy etc but on these issues it is basically in line with mainstream labour movement opinion. Groups like the swp have more far more bizarre (and bloodthirsty) positions. Perhaps if there was a more healthy culture of discussion and debate on the left, rather than boneheaded thuggery, then people like you, lefty, might get your facts straight. In the meantime maybe read the website before posting the thug’s propaganda?

Submitted by TyBy on Mon, 16/07/2018 - 16:49

During the form up for the anti far right demo on Saturday I was giving SWPers our leaflet asking their CC to investigate the incident.

First young SWPer says we are too big to be concerned about small groups and also that SWP had paid for venue so they could allow/disallow anybody they wanted. He said maybe it was inexperienced comrades but later I learned that a full time organiser was part of the offending group. I said that at some stage of the class struggle I hoped that all the socialists would be in one organisation but for that to happen the SWP would need to learn how to debate its differences with the rest of the left without resort to violence. I pointed out that they had done this to kind of thing to us before and that they’d also done it to the Sparts.

Second young SWPer quite apologetic genuinely didn’t seem to know anything about it. Older SWPer sees us discussing it, comes over and says in all his 30 years in the SWP he never heard of any SWPer doing anything like this. I said it had happened before; shrug of shoulders. When I asked if he would condemn it if it had happened then he said it was out of order that I should be discussing this on a day when we had all come together against the fascists, I replied that I was still intending to march with him against the far right but as we were all just standing around waiting for the demo to set off I didn’t see how that detracted from our ability to counter Robbo’s gang. He then changed tack and asked me how many people I had brought to the demo. I said I had only brought myself to which he triumphantly replied that he had brought 50 and having thus demonstrated his superiority walked away without once engaging with the issue on the leaflet.

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Vote YES in the PCS pay ballot!

Submitted by SJW on 11 July, 2018 - 2:47 Author: a PCS activist
Vote YES in the PCS pay ballot!

PCS, the largest civil service union is in the middle of an industrial ballot on pay. which is running from June 18 to July 23.

Over 130,000 members of the union working for government departments and their agencies and responsible bodies have been balloted in the wake of the government's refusal to lift the cap on pay or even enter into negotiations with the unions.

This is the first national statutory ballot PCS have run since the new 50% turnout threshold for union ballots came into force.

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Bolivarianism and Bonapartism

Submitted by SJW on 5 July, 2018 - 6:01 Author: Eduardo Tovar
Chavez and Bolivar

El Cinco de Julio (July 5) is Venezuelan Independence Day. It marks the day in 1811 when a congress of Venezuelan provinces declared Venezuela’s separation from the Spanish Crown. In doing so, Venezuela became the first Spanish American colony to declare independence. For most Venezuelans, this is a day to commemorate not only the initial signatories to the Declaration of Independence, but also the major figures in the broader fight for national liberation from Spanish rule. Chief amongst these is Simón Bolívar, popularly known as El Libertador.

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Life and politics in Iraq

Submitted by SJW on 4 July, 2018 - 1:05 Author: Nadia Mahmood of the Worker-communist Party of Iraq spoke to Solidarity
Mutanabbi Street

We boycotted the [Iraqi] elections [of May 2018] with a very active campaign. Now many political parties and candidates in particular those who did no won seats complain that there was corruption.

The Prime Minister says that the vote count was so corrupt that all the votes need to be recounted.

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HE pay ballot new test for UCU

Submitted by SJW on 4 July, 2018 - 1:17 Author: By a Cambridge UCU Member
UCU strike

On 29 June, UCU confirmed that, between August and October this year, it will ballot HE members for industrial action over pay.

This follows a consultative members’ ballot on whether to accept the 2% pay rise offered by the Universities and Colleges’ Employers Association (UCEA). On a 47.7% turnout, 82% of UCU members rejected the offer and 65% said they would be prepared to take industrial action.

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Robert Fine, 1945-2018

Submitted by martin on 12 June, 2018 - 1:30
Robert Fine at Lewisham 1977

The socialist writer and activist Robert Fine died on 9 June 2018, at the age of 72. We publish tributes from Workers' Liberty people and from others who knew and worked with him. Photo: Robert Fine with Jean Lane (in the clearing in the middle of the photo, slightly right of centre, holding Workers' Action newspapers) at the anti-fascist march in Lewisham, 13 August 1977.

For some of the writings by Robert Fine on this website, and a review of his latest book, click here or scroll down.

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Submitted by Jason Schulman on Tue, 12/06/2018 - 16:39

It's a classic. I can't think of any other book like it. Necessary Marxist reading. RIP, comrade.

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No relief for Yemen’s poor and starving people

Submitted by cathy n on 20 June, 2018 - 2:24 Author: Dan Katz
Saudi air strike

Saudi-backed forces are fighting to take control of the port city of Hodeidah.

Hodeidah, on Yemen’s West coast, has over half-a-million inhabitants. It is the only major port controlled by the Houthi insurgents who have had control of most of the populated areas of Yemen since late 2014. The Houthis have been battling a Saudi-led coalition which started a bombing campaign against them in 2015.

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Solidarity and Workers' Liberty: who we are

Submitted by martin on 5 June, 2018 - 2:14 Author: Colin Foster
Ideas for Freedom

Who are we? What are Workers' Liberty and Solidarity? We are a political strand in the flux of the broadly-Corbynite left, a flux which may be reshaping the left for a long period to come.

We are the socialist, class-struggle, consistently-democratic, internationalist strand in the left. That is why we meet such hostility from the NGO-politics, Stalinistic or semi-Stalinist, bureaucratic, nationalistic, and "kitsch anti-imperialist" bloc. That small but vocal bloc represents the deadweight inflicted on the left in the Blair-Brown-Cameron decades, but with feet.

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Defend Nic Shall

Submitted by SJW on 14 June, 2018 - 9:22 Author: a Bristol student
Defend Nic shall

This Friday, 14 June, a trans student and pro-trans activist, Nic Shall, will face the University of Bristol’s disciplinary board for writing an open letter to the University calling for the cancellation of the “A Woman’s Place UK” (WPUK) event in Bristol.

WPUK are an organisation campaigning against proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act (GRA). These reforms would allow trans people to change the gender on their birth certificates by self-declaration without requiring a medical diagnosis through a long, intrusive, expensive and degrading procedure.

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Submitted by Zac Muddle on Thu, 14/06/2018 - 23:54

The location has changed, its now 31 Great George street, not Senate House

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Yarmouk: from refugee to “death” camp

Submitted by SJW on 6 June, 2018 - 12:09 Author: Simon Nelson
Yarmouk

Before the Syrian civil war the Yarmouk district on the outskirts of Damascus was home to almost 150,000 registered Palestinian refugees. It was probably the largest and most well-developed refugee settlement in the world; it was certainly the biggest in Syria.

In May 2018 the last Daesh fighters who had occupied the camp, along with other Syrian rebels, were driven out. The area now stands in ruins and is completely uninhabitable. There are plans for the complete redevelopment of southern Damascus, and the former camp residents may find themselves excluded.

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Submitted by Jams O'Donnell on Sun, 10/06/2018 - 18:39

"The livelihoods and rights the Palestinians once had in Yarmouk have been annihilated" and "Suggestions that Palestinians might be moved out to scrubland rather than returned to the area are clearly not unfounded" - clearly they are as yet "unfounded" unless there is further information which you have not included here.

Are you trying to suggest that this was Assad's fault? If so you don't explain why Assad would change from being "one of the most pro- Palestinian of regional leaders" to something else.

Submitted by Jason Schulman on Tue, 12/06/2018 - 16:29

Assad has a hell of a lot of Palestinian blood on his hands. See:

Victims Table

Special Reports

and

Press Releases

Submitted by Michael Karadjis (not verified) on Wed, 13/06/2018 - 07:47

The article is completely weird. The claim that most Palestinians in Yarmouk supported the regime is false; obviously, like any other group, they were divided, but the general sympathies of Yarmouk Palestinians to the people in revolt all around them (who often enough were relatives and friends) has abundant evident evidence. Most of the
Palestinian armed groups are pro-regime, because obviously they were the one's allowed to operate - a list is little more than the same list of organisations that Assad father spawned to split the PLO in the 1980s in Lebanon (PFLP-GC etc). The exception was the local cadres of Hamas who have been pro-opposition all along. The article also dishonestly conflates ISIS (which seized the camp in 2015, years after Assad's siege began) with the rebels. That is not to say all rebels acted well, as some didn't; or that Palestinians were thrilled with the FSA entering the camp, knowing it would result in Assad destroying them; but the regime's repression in the camp began before the rebels
entered, due to the activities of Yarmouk Palestinians as part of the civil uprising in solidarity with their Syrian brothers and sisters. And Assad was anything but one of the most pro-Palestinian leaders in the region: no other Arab leader has so much Palestinian blood on its hands, and that is long before 2011 and the siege and destruction of Palestinian camps in Syria.

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Far right anti-Muslim bigot to stand in Lewisham East by-election

Submitted by AWL on 1 June, 2018 - 12:34 Author: Rosalind Robson
Tommy Robinson and Anne Marie Waters

Anne Marie Waters from the tiny political party, For Britain, is standing in the Lewisham East by-election on 14 June. Waters is a far right anti-Muslim bigot and, as well as working hard for the Labour candidate Janet Daby in this election, we must be oppose her racism.

Who is Waters? Waters, was once a prominent Labour, secularist and LGBT activist; in the past she was seen to be on the left. She claims to have been involved in the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign but no-one in that campaign remembers her.

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Psychedelic drugs as therapy
Micro dose
SJWWed, 06/06/2018 - 12:14

On 19 April 1943, Swiss chemist Albert Hoffmann ingested a small dose of a chemical he had synthesised and experienced the world’s first LSD trip. His experience ushered in two decades of experimentation and clinical research into psychedelic drugs until it was cut short by prohibition in 1970.

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Officials suppress the rank-and-file at UCU Congress

Submitted by SJW on 6 June, 2018 - 2:51 Author: a Workers’ Liberty UCU member
Motion 10 at UCU conference

The congress of the University and College Union (UCU) on 30 May to 1 June was repeatedly shut down by officials to prevent discussion of motions criticising the General Secretary, Sally Hunt.

The 14 days of strikes this year to defend USS pensions in 65 universities, and a coordinated wave of local campaigns in further education colleges, have boosted union membership and pushed forward a new generation of activists.

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Build the left against Brexit

Submitted by SJW on 6 June, 2018 - 2:45 Author: Editorial
Anti Brexit protest

Pressure is growing inside Labour for it to take a firm stance against Brexit.

Some of this pressure comes from the right of the Party. On Sunday 3 June Sadiq Kahn called for Corbyn to oppose Britain’s departure from the single market. He advocated Labour supports an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill which aims to keep Britain in the European Economic Area, effectively signing the UK up to the so-called “Norway option”, which would retain access to the Single Market.

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Submitted by AS on Mon, 11/06/2018 - 12:47

The article states Solidarity supports the PLP voting for amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill that would keep the UK in the EEA. Whilst this is an improvement on the prospect of a hard Brexit, I think it is the wrong approach to the question.

The AWL has been raising the slogan of 'Stop Brexit' and rightly so. Membership of the EEA is a poor substitute for full membership of the EU. EEA members must make budget contributions and accept regulations without having any say in decision making.

Furthermore, if we accept Labour is only arguing for EEA membership, we lose the opportunity for debate and give credence to the Labour right. The article correctly states their primary concern is for businesses to continue trading freely. Therefore whilst a Government defeat in Parliament is welcome, it will do nothing to aid our cause of building the left against Brexit.

Secondly, I think there is a typo in the phrase “A minority of Labour voters opposed Brexit”. From the context of the paragraph, I think this should read “A minority of Labour voters supported Brexit”. There were various arguments for a leave vote, from the Red Tories of Labour Leave to sections of the hard left peddling the myth of Lexit. In contrast, polling just after the referendum showed two thirds of Labour supporters voted 'Remain'. Today, opposition to Brexit is estimated at 80% among Labour members.

These statistics give further weight to having a proper debate on Brexit at this year's Labour Party Conference.

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France 1968: When ten million workers took capitalism by the throat

Submitted by AWL on 30 April, 2010 - 3:36 Author: Sean Matgamna
May 1968

[Published in 1968]

“I hate the revolution like sin” said the hangman of Germany’s 1918 revolution, the Social Democrat Ebert. Less direct, but equally clear after the events in France, is the recent statement of the parliamentary leader of the French Communist Party, Robert Balanger: “When we talk about the revolution we now think in terms of a political struggle in which our party agrees to fight the bourgeoisie with their own weapons.”

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Students: unite and renew the student movement

Submitted by SJW on 30 May, 2018 - 10:42 Author: Workers' Liberty students
UCU strike demo

The conference of the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts is being held in Sheffield on 8-10 June.

The conference follows a series of important industrial disputes in education — for lecturers’ pensions and against the destruction of further education — from which the National Union of Students has been shamefully absent. Those disputes form the background for our discussions.

A groundswell of solidarity from local student activist groups, Labour Clubs and others showed meaningful support for the strike where the NUS failed. This needs to be built on.

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Socialism Makes Sense: Ideas for Freedom 2018

Submitted by AWL on 2 April, 2018 - 8:36
A ring of roses with the words "socialism makes sense" in the middle.

Socialism Makes Sense: Ideas for Freedom 2018
21-24 June 2018
Saturday-Sunday: Birkbeck University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX
Friday evening debate 7pm at Nunn Hall, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
Thursday evening walking tour meet at 6.30pm, Bow Church DLR, look for the red flag.

image of agenda, see below for full agenda in text format

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Who was Karl Marx?

Submitted by Anon on 5 March, 2006 - 12:36
Karl Marx

Karl Marx (1818-83) was born into a middle-class family in Germany. At university he was one of many radically-minded philosophers. In his mid-20s, partly under the influence of workers' socialist groups he met during a stay in Paris, he decided to throw in his lot with the working class then emerging as a social force in Europe.

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War clouds gather in Middle East

Submitted by SJW on 9 May, 2018 - 2:50 Author: Colin Foster
Israel-Palestine protest 14 April 2018

Threats of war are piling up on all sides in the Middle East.

On 8 May US president Donald Trump is announcing his decision on whether the US will withdraw from the 2015 deal lifting many economic sanctions on Iran and restricting Iran’s nuclear program. He is expected to withdraw.

Trump’s new National Security Adviser, since 9 April, is John Bolton, a long-time advocate of the US bombing Iran.
On 14 May Trump will make the symbolic and provocative move of declaring the US Embassy to Israel officially sited in Jerusalem rather than Tel Aviv.

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The new deal we want: socialism!

Submitted by SJW on 9 May, 2018 - 1:17 Author: Editorial
nationalise energy

The TUC has called a march and rally for 12 May under the slogan of a “new deal for working people”. There is plenty to protest about.

The cuts since the 2008 crash are overwhelming. There has been a decline in real wages. The NHS has been brought to its knees. At the start of May we heard that one million more children are growing up in poverty since 2010, due to in-work cuts in benefit.

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Rewind Labour’s policy on Europe

Submitted by SJW on 9 May, 2018 - 12:54 Author: Martin Thomas
LCSM

Labour right-winger Chuka Umunna is using European issues as a device for self-promotion and to bash Corbyn, but on the Single Market he is right.

It will be abject if Labour ends up using its votes in the Commons to save the Tory government on a possible pro-Single-Market amendment which will be debated in the House of Lords on 8 May and may be backed by enough Tory rebels to defeat May unless Labour gives her its votes.

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Protest against Israeli shootings: For an independent Palestine alongside Israel

Submitted by SJW on 10 April, 2018 - 7:29 Author: Editorial
Gaza protests

The Israeli army has killed 44 Palestinians, and injured hundreds more, after Israeli Defence Force (IDF) snipers opened fire on demonstrations on Israel’s border with the Palestinian territory of Gaza, on Fridays between 30 March and 27 April.

One protestor, 18-year-old Abdel Fattah Abdel Nabi, was shot in the back as he turned to flee IDF fire. Another victim was Gazan journalist Yaser Murtaja, killed by a bullet to the abdomen underneath his bullet-proof vest clearly marking him out as a member of the press.

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UUK backs down, but no deal yet

Submitted by Gemma_S on 27 March, 2018 - 1:42 Author: Gemma Short
Hundreds of UCU members on a picket line with placards and a purple smoke flare

On Friday 23 March UCU members were emailed by the union with a ″proposal for resolving the dispute″ on pensions from Universities UK.

The new proposal is a significant step back by the employer, and shows victory could be within reach, but does not guarantee enough for strikes to be called off just yet.

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Support the May Day McStrike!

Submitted by SJW on 25 April, 2018 - 12:52 Author: a McDonalds worker
McStrike

Workers at five McDonalds restaurants (in Crayford, Cambridge, Manchester, and two in Watford) will strike on Tuesday 1 May. Richard, a Bakers’ Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) activist from Watford, spoke to Solidarity.

I first got involved through one of our organisers, Gareth. I’ve been a member of the union since before the September strike but we didn’t have the numbers in Watford at that point to ballot, but I attended the strike committee meeting in Crayford. I helped build up the campaign with workers from the other stores.

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"We've really started something"

Submitted by AWL on 27 March, 2018 - 7:47 Author: By Olivier Delbeke
22 March strike

Between 400,000 and 500,000 demonstrators – on top of the 202,000 from pensioners' groups on demonstrations the previous week – came together across France, with around 60,000 in Paris, including the public sector and railway workers, came together on 22 March.

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Revolt in the degree factory

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 11:55 Author: A UCU member
UCU London demonstration

On Monday 12 March Universities UK and the University and Colleges Union (UCU) announced they had reached an ″agreement″ at ACAS in the ongoing dispute over the USS pension scheme.

As details of the ″deal″ came to light UCU members across the country were at first confused as to why the UCU would have agreed such a deal, and then angry.

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Editorial: Trump threatens trade war

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 12:28 Author: Editorial
World trade

On 1 March Donald Trump announced tariffs of 25% on steel imports, 10% on aluminium imports.

Other governments are alarmed by this shift towards trade war. The OECD, a consortium of the world’s 35 strongest capitalist economies, has criticised the move. Further argument will come at the meeting of the finance ministers and central bank governments of the G20 (20 strongest countries) in Buenos Aires on 19-20 March.

Socialists should be alarmed too, for our own distinct reasons.

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Socialism Makes Sense

Submitted by SJW on 9 January, 2018 - 1:57
Socialism makes sense

The economic crisis of 2008 and its aftershocks cracked the mystique which the world capitalist system had built in the two decades after the collapse of Russian and European Stalinism. For the first time in 30 years the left is on the offensive in the Labour Party.

Socialism is again on the agenda — a society based on human solidarity, social ownership of industry and banks, and on political, economic, and social democracy.

This book confronts head-on the strongest arguments against socialism now in circulation, inside the Labour Party and beyond.

NUS Conference 2018: defeat the right, fight for left-wing, militant leadership

Submitted by AWL on 27 March, 2018 - 12:09 Author: AWL Students
Demo pic

At last year’s National Union of Students conference, NUS’s broadly leftish leadership was displaced by a new, mostly more right-wing team of officers. President Malia Bouattia, whose re-election we critically supported, lost to incumbent Shakira Martin.

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Tories welcome “modernising” Saudi Prince

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 12:56 Author: Ralph Peters
Saudi welcome billboard

This month’s visit to the UK of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MbS), at the head of a large delegation of Saudi military and business leaders, marks a new low for the Tory government.

It also indicates a major strategic economic priority for the Tory government, as Emily Thornberry put it, “to plug the hole that will be left in Britain’s trade and growth prospects … after Brexit”.

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Behind Wakanda’s utopian vision

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 1:15 Author: Sameem Rahimi
Black Panther audience

Firstly, I like Black Panther as a character. My first introduction him was in the highly acclaimed (and short lived) ‘Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ TV series from 2010.

The portrayal of this character was that of a stoic, no nonsense, quiet member of the team, who relied on his instincts and intellect to overcome more powerful enemies.

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Open borders for people!

Submitted by Matthew on 28 February, 2018 - 11:13
UK border controls

Editorial from Solidarity 463

The Labour Party has inched a step further to opposing the erection of new barriers between Britain and Europe.

That brings the immediate prize of a possibility, within the next few weeks, of defeating the Government in Parliament over its desire to take Britain out of the European customs union.

It should also open a thorough discussion in Labour over Europe, leading to a debate at the Labour Party conference in September.

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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.

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Maduro stabilises authoritarian regime

Submitted by AWL on 5 March, 2018 - 1:34 Author: Pablo Velasco

The Bonapartist regime in Venezuela has stabilised its rule for now, but is becoming increasingly authoritarian while still failing to meet the elementary needs of workers. Nicolas Maduro’s regime has managed to quell right-wing opposition protests through a combination of repression and gerrymandering. The government faced down last year’s opposition demonstrations and proceeded to establish a parallel parliament – the National Constituent Assembly, breaking the stalemate in the legislature.

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University pension revolt gains strength

Submitted by Gemma_S on 27 February, 2018 - 6:45
A big red picket fence in front of the gates to a University building.

See more coverage of student protests here.

As Solidarity goes to press, staff at 64 universities are on the fourth day of strikes over pensions which began on Thursday 22 February. Seven more universities are due to join in coming weeks.

There has been a strength of feeling on the picket lines unprecedented in recent university disputes. A thousand people joined a protest at Bristol, and at many other campuses numbers have been in the hundreds.

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We are all West Virginia

Submitted by AWL on 6 March, 2018 - 4:33 Author: By US International Socialist Organization (6 March)
West Virginia teachers

West Virginia is often discussed as the symbol of the rightward shift of downwardly mobile white workers.

Decimated by the decline in unionized mining jobs, it's the second-poorest state in the country and spends an incredible 12 percent of its GDP on costs related to the opioid epidemic.

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NUS: Unite the student left

Submitted by Matthew on 7 February, 2018 - 2:30 Author: Ruaridh Anderson
Unite the student left

NUS Conference 2018 will be marked by a showdown between the left and the right.

The left wing of conference will be made up of students whose politics centre on the Corbyn surge: supporters of the Labour left and socialism, however defined. The rightwing president Shakira Martin has distanced herself from this left, instead organising a high-profile review of Further Education with Vince Cable, the Lib-Dem bigwig whose party oversaw the tripling of tuition fees when it was last in government in 2009.

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Labour base shifts on Brexit

Submitted by Matthew on 31 January, 2018 - 10:47 Author: Rhodri Evans
Labour against brexit demo

The base for a left-wing campaign in the labour movement to defend and extend free movement, and to stop Brexit, is expanding.

A recent poll has shown a four-to-one majority of existing and potential Labour voters want Labour to back permanent membership of the EU’s single market and customs union.

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Tax the rich to build social housing

Submitted by Matthew on 31 January, 2018 - 12:46 Author: Ken Worthington, Mol Konits, George Russell and Hilary Jones
Homes for all demo

Homelessness is on the rise in the UK. By end of 2016, the official underestimate was 4,134 people sleeping rough on the streets of the UK.

The figure has doubled since 2010 and is a 16% increase on 2015. The housing campaign Shelter estimates 300,000 people sleeping rough or in temporary or overcrowded accommodation, a 13,000 increase on 2016.

Further tens of thousands are sofa surfing or staying with friends in tense conditions.

By the end of 2017, 79,190 households were in temporary accommodation, a 17% increase on 2015, and a 59% increase on 2010.

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Deliveroo strikes go global

Submitted by Gemma_S on 1 February, 2018 - 9:23 Author: Gemma Short
Deliveroo strikers in Brussels

Deliveroo workers in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Hong Kong have all been on strike in recent weeks.

Deliveroo workers in Hong Kong stopped work on Monday 22 January and protested at Deliveroo′s Hong Kong office. Deliveroo in Hong Kong had previously paid workers by the hour rather than by delivery, giving them a stable and predictable salary.

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Stop the Turkish assault on Afrin!

Submitted by SJW on 25 January, 2018 - 12:39 Author: Simon Nelson
Afrin

Turkey’s incursion and bombing campaign in Kurdish controlled area of Afrin is a worrying escalation in a prolonged stand-off on the Syrian border.

Erdogan’s hostility to the expanding territory now under the control of Kurdish forces has been held back by the support of both Russia and the US for the Kurdish forces. But as relations have thawed between Turkey and Russia, the dynamic has changed.

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