May Day action against new US immigration “reform””

Submitted by cathy n on 19 April, 2006 - 4:39

A number of actions (marches, rallies, student walkouts and strikes) are planned on 1 May.

This is the lastest in a number of protests by mainly Hispanic workers fighting legislation which will make being an undocumented immigrant a felon and criminalise anyone who offers non-emergency assistance to undocumented workers and their families. Huge protests, demonstrations and rallies in many cities across America in the last two months have given birth to a national immigrants rights movement.

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Trade unionists slam calling-off of local government strikes

Submitted by AWL on 14 April, 2006 - 5:24

Leaflet from Unison United Left commenting on the local government unions' decision to call off the industrial action, continuing the campaign against pension cuts, due on 25-27 April.

No Time to Call Off Action

Local Government workers across the UK have reacted with alarm and anger at the news that all further action in our pensions dispute has been suspended pending further talks with the Local Government Association.

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Iranian workers' message to French workers

Submitted by AWL on 14 April, 2006 - 3:55

Message of Congratulations and Solidarity of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company on the victory of the workers, students and people of France.

Date: 11 April 2006

Over the past few weeks, the people of Iran, the working people, students and our union, have been closely and with much interest following the news from France, hoping in our hearts for the victory of the just movement of the great workers' and students' unions and the people of France.

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Tehran bus workers step up protests

Submitted by AWL on 14 April, 2006 - 10:59

Bus workers step up protests as more strikers are confirmed sacked; Hayat Gheibi released following a hunger strike.

Mansoor Hayat Gheibi, member of the executive board of Tehran bus workers' union, was released on 10 April following several days of hunger strike. Although out of prison once on 19 March, along with a number of other colleagues, Hayat Gheibi was re-arrested shortly afterwards. Last week he began a hunger strike in protest at his continued detention.

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French students and workers revolt against neoliberalism

Submitted by Anon on 12 April, 2006 - 6:42

“The student movement did not start with a single blow. At first it was just the students of Rennes who dared to bet that their strike would snowball, and who shut down their university, on their own for a week.

“It will be the same among the workers...”

So resolved the 300 university and high-school student delegates who met in Lille on 1-2 April to plan the way forward for the struggle in France.

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The biggest strike for decades

Submitted by Anon on 12 April, 2006 - 6:34

by colin foster

28 March saw the biggest strike in Britain for decades. According to Unison and the other unions involved, over a million local government workers struck against the Government’s plans to cut their pensions.

That one day’s action amounted to twice as many striker-days as the average for a whole year over the period 1994-2003. Many more workers struck than voted for strike action in the unions’ ballot, or even than voted at all. Union branches recruited dozens of new members in the run-up to the strike.

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Should we ally with free-marketeers?

Submitted by Anon on 10 April, 2006 - 8:09

In the last two issues of Solidarity we have been debating with Iranian socialists Maryam Namazie and Arashe Sorkh about political alliances against Islamism. We publish here a response from Maryam to left critics and a note from Arashe. Martin Thomas replies to Maryam.

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Defend the Amicus Three!

Submitted by cathy n on 5 April, 2006 - 11:49

By an Amicus member

Some 30 Amicus members lobbied the March meeting of the Amicus National Executive Council (NEC) in protest at the previous week’s sacking of three Amicus employees: Des Heemskerk, Jimmy Warne and Cathie Willis. The three had been suspended from their jobs in Amicus in mid-September of last year.

All three are leading members of the ‘Amicus Unity Gazette’, the broad left grouping in Amicus (although it is becoming ever less broad, and ever less left as time goes by – see below).

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Brian Haw faces eviction

Submitted by AWL on 2 April, 2006 - 10:22

From Voices UK.

Tomorrow, Monday 3 April, the Home Office and Metropolitan Police are appealing against the High Court decision in July last year that Brian Haw - who has been holding a one-person 24/7 peace vigil in Parliament Square since June 2001 - is exempt from the ban on unauthorised protest near Parliament brought in last year under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act.

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