Solidarity 402, 27 April 2016

Justice for the Hillsborough 96MatthewWed, 27/04/2016 - 11:51

On Tuesday 26 April, the jury returned their verdicts in the inquest into the 1989 Hillsborough football disaster in which 96 football spectators, all except one Liverpool fans, were killed.

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Industrial news in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 27 April, 2016 - 11:44 Author: Dale Street, Ollie Moore, Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens and David Ball

CCTV workers employed by Glasgow Community Safety – a Glasgow City Council Arms Length External Organisation (ALEO) – are back at work having won a 24% pay rise after twelve strike days over six weeks. The 19 workers, all Unison members, struck to achieve equal pay, i.e. parity of shift allowance payments, with other employees who work the same pattern of 12 hour shifts in a round-the-clock service.

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Labour right moving fast

Submitted by Matthew on 27 April, 2016 - 11:24 Author: Martin Thomas

For probably the first time, the right wing slate for the six constituency places on Labour’s National Executive Committee, put together by Progress and Labour First, is getting far more nominations from Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs) than almost all the nominees on the Centre-left Grassroots Alliance (CLGA) slate.

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Challenging the nationalist narrative

Submitted by Matthew on 27 April, 2016 - 11:22 Author: Janine Booth

From its declaration of war in 1914, Britain’s ruling class appealed to patriotism to boost its support and its military recruitment. By 1916 both were flagging. On the pages of socialist newspaper The Herald, poets used verse to question both nationalism and the war’s aims. When the government asked men to fight for King and Country, was it shielding its true motives?

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Workers’ democracy is the bottom line

Submitted by Matthew on 27 April, 2016 - 10:59 Author: Gemma Short

Steve Bloom has written an interesting and thoughtful review of The Two Trotskyisms confront Stalinism (Solidarity 400 and 401). It is interesting to hear from someone who identifies with the Cannon tradition where they feel that tradition went wrong.

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Vote Labour, turn against the cuts

Submitted by Matthew on 27 April, 2016 - 10:39 Author: Editorial

A 12 April opinion poll put Labour ahead of the Tories, 34/31, for only the second time since the 2015 general election. Among people aged 18 to 24, it showed a Labour lead of 51/20.

The Tories have been battered by Ian Duncan Smith’s resignation, by their splits over Europe, by their forced retreat on disabled benefits, and by the Panama Papers. Labour can get ahead. It will be hard on 5 May.

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Right question, wrong answer

Submitted by AWL on 27 April, 2016 - 9:31 Author: Ben Tausz

In response to recent controversies around “no platforming” and censorship in the student movement, the Right2Debate campaign has sprung up. It opposes the growing practice of denying controversial, bigoted and “extremist” speakers platforms on campuses, and instead proposes that student unions adopt its model policy for dealing with these situations, focussed on ensuring that these speakers are countered in debate.

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