Looking at the explosive struggles in Greece and Spain, or mass strike victories like the Chicago teachers or Queensland Children’s Hospital construction workers, or at inspiring incipient labour movements like that of the Chinese workers, you could get gloomy about the relatively low levels of struggle in Britain and the lack of strategy from the capitulatory trade union leaders.
But lulls never last. We are only living through a quiet period in very noisy times, and struggles on the scale of Greece and Spain — a scale not seen in Britain since the 1980s — will return again to this country.
What socialists do now, in the relative “lull”, can make a huge difference to how quickly they return, and how they fare when they do.
We believe that our organisation, the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty, has an irreplaceable role to play in ensuring that struggle revives and succeeds.
AWL members in workplaces are integral to catalysing and helping shape workers’ struggles on a democratic, rank-and-file basis. Our publications combine activist news, historical and theoretical education, and debate and discussion between socialists with different views in a way that is sadly all too rare on the contemporary left. The AWL attempts to be a force for agitating, educating and organising for revolutionary-democratic socialist ideas within the labour movement.
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