Amazon Bessemer: organising after the defeat

By Traven Leyshon For the union to succeed in the historic drive to get recognition at Amazon’s facility in Bessemer, Alabama, USA, fifty-per cent plus one would have had to vote “yes”. Out of the 3,215 workers who voted over seven weeks up to 29 March, 1,798 “no” votes and 738 “yes” votes were recorded … Continue reading Amazon Bessemer: organising after the defeat

Biden’s Afghan betrayal

Above: hospital workers and relatives moving the body of one of the three female media workers killed in attacks in Jalalabad . Photo: Noorullah Shirzada/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Guest post by Jackie McDonough Back in January 8, 2002: ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair has promised Afghans that the world will not … Continue reading Biden’s Afghan betrayal

British Gas to sack thousands today

Assuming it goes ahead with its threat, British Gas (aka Centrica) will sack thousands of workers today (14 April) as part of its “fire and rehire” tactics to impose a 15 per cent pay cut and other detrimental changes to terms and conditions. Simultaeously, British Gas engineers and office staff (GMB members) will strike for … Continue reading British Gas to sack thousands today

Morning Star: “people in the re-education centres are assessed on how much harm they have caused, their willingness to receive training and … might still require further rehabilitation” – so that’s OK, then!

(Above) "Seated in rows in blue boiler suits, this is possibly the most famous image of that is used to imply the existence of concentration camps, slave labour and genocide. Sourced by Qiao Collective back to Luopu County Reform and Correction Centre on April 14, 2017, what has become the face of the 'genocide' [claims] and still … Continue reading Morning Star: “people in the re-education centres are assessed on how much harm they have caused, their willingness to receive training and … might still require further rehabilitation” – so that’s OK, then!

US union activists lose the vote at Amazon, Bessemer

Above: Union organisers outside the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer. Photograph: Nathan Posner/Rex/Shutterstock Amazon workers at the company's warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, have voted against unionising the facility’s 5,800 employee workforce. Had the vote gone the other way, the Bessemer workers would have formed the first Amazon union in the US. Union organisers had hoped that a … Continue reading US union activists lose the vote at Amazon, Bessemer

Tony Benn on why we must abolish the monarchy

From the Workers Liberty website: The death of Prince Philip has revealed how strong the ideological pressure against republicanism is even on the left. The TUC has put out a statement saluting the monarchy - as have a number of left-wing Labour MPs who are known to oppose it, at least privately. When republicans refuse … Continue reading Tony Benn on why we must abolish the monarchy

N. Ireland riots – blame Johnson’s lies, Foster’s cowardice … and Brexit

Above: Fires burn in Carrickfergus in the early hours of Tuesday morning after a night of disturbances across Northern Ireland. Photograph: Pacemaker Today’s Guardian reports: Northern Ireland’s justice minister has said the government’s “dishonesty” over the consequences of hard Brexit has contributed to the anger felt by loyalists, as police counted the cost of 41 … Continue reading N. Ireland riots – blame Johnson’s lies, Foster’s cowardice … and Brexit

Against regionalism, against seperatism, for class politics

By Edd Mustill The rapid online rise of the Northern Independence Party (NIP) has been the cause of much comment, especially in light of the announcement that former Labour MP Thelma Walker will be backed by the new party in the forthcoming Hartlepool by election. Anecdotally it appears that a layer of what we might call the post-Corbynite … Continue reading Against regionalism, against seperatism, for class politics

The many mysteries of Robert Maxwell

Fall: The Mystery Of Robert Maxwell, by John Preston (pub: Viking) The subtitle of this biography is The Mystery of Robert Maxwell. Mysteries certainly abound in this story - and not just about the fraudster’s death. The biggest mystery of all is how it was that this extraordinary charlatan was allowed to continue with his … Continue reading The many mysteries of Robert Maxwell

Institutional racism and left antisemitism

Above: 'denialists' lobbying the Labour National Executive Committee against the IHRA definition of antisemitism, 2018. (Photo/JTA-Stefan Rousseau-PA Images via Getty Images) “Outright racism still exists in the UK, whether it surfaces as graffiti on someone’s business, violence in the street, or prejudice in the labour market. It can cause a unique and indelible pain for … Continue reading Institutional racism and left antisemitism