Solidarity 459, 17 January 2018

DOO strikes escalate

Submitted by SJW on 16 January, 2018 - 8:18 Author: By a train driver
DOO picket

RMT guards on Merseyrail, Northern, Greater Anglia, South Western and Southern Train Operating Companies struck on 8, 10, and 12 January, as the fight against Driver Only Operation escalates.

Guards on Northern were very solid again, and Merseyrail workers kept up their usual high standard of solidarity with the vast majority of guards supporting the strike, as well as almost all drivers, who are members of Aslef. Elsewhere the support seems to have been patchier, for example on South Western where the urban depots are solid but the outlying depots are reportedly less so.

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Picturehouse locks out workers!

Submitted by SJW on 16 January, 2018 - 8:10 Author: Gemma Short

Workers at five Picturehouse cinemas in London will strike for 13 days starting on 20 January.

The strike will include two 48 hour strikes on 20-21 and 26-27 January. Despite other strikes in the period being for partial days, the management one of the cinemas, the Ritzy in Brixton, has decided to shut the cinema completely for the whole 13 day period. Workers at the cinema have described this as a ″lock out″, and an attempt by management to ″starve them back to work″.

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End outsourcing at UoL!

Submitted by SJW on 16 January, 2018 - 8:07
Xmas cards

Security workers and receptionists at the University of London (UoL) will strike on 25 January over broken pay rise promises, with a protest in the evening in support of outsourced worker demands to be brought in house. 

IWGB union organiser and press officer Emiliano Mellino spoke to Solidarity.

The campaign is going well. On every single protest we have there are more people — both workers and supporters.

The Foundation Day protest on 21 November had easily 500 people, probably the biggest protest we′ve done at Senate House.

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Take organising seriously

Submitted by SJW on 16 January, 2018 - 8:03 Author: David Morris

Whilst it contained some interesting historical content, Martin Thomas’ feature on trade unions, ‘From the “organising agenda” to the democracy and solidarity agenda’ (Solidarity 457), fails utterly to grasp what the move to organising represents, the nature of the crisis in our unions or the historical approach our current has taken to the mass trade union movement.

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Locking horns with the Tory government

Submitted by SJW on 16 January, 2018 - 7:59 Author: Rosalind Robson
Clay Cross

Rosalind Robson begins a two-part article on the 1972 struggle over council house rents in the Derbyshire town of Clay Cross.

Clay Cross Labour council’s defiance in the face of a Tory government which wanted to increase council house rents, and the council’s determination to keep rents low, is a landmark event in British labour movement history and deserves to be better known.

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Fighting the cuts with Council Tax hikes?

Submitted by SJW on 16 January, 2018 - 7:56 Author: Simon Nelson
Mansion

The departure of Chris Williamson as a shadow minister has been explained by Williamson and others around the Labour leadership as either a conflict over principle or the removal of a maverick left-winger.

It is true that Williamson has spoken out on other issues outside his brief as Shadow Fire Minister, in his weekly online videos. Most recently he advocated rises in council tax for more expensive homes.

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Documenting the “new transgressives”

Submitted by SJW on 16 January, 2018 - 7:52 Author: Charlie George

Charlie George reviews Kill All Normies: online culture wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the alt-right by Angela Nagle

How did Steve Bannon, who Nagle describes as “an anti-establishment figure with ambitious ideas”, go from editing “the alt-right’s go-to website” to being Donald Trump’s chief strategist?

How did Bannon get from the centre of the leading capitalist power, before being told by Trump that he had “lost his mind”, and losing his role at ‘Breibart’ alt-right news site? Nagle does not tell us these things.

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Trump to renew Iran deal

Submitted by SJW on 16 January, 2018 - 7:49 Author: Johnny Whiteley

Donald Trump is set to maintain the 2015 “nuclear deal” with Iran when it comes up for renewal on 17 January.

Under the deal Iran is obliged to restrict its nuclear programme in return for the easing of international sanctions.

Trump had previously declared his intention to undo the nuclear deal, denouncing it as weakness in the face of the regime. Accordingly, he has had to hedge his renewal of the deal with much tough-sounding bluster and secondary sanctions.

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