Belarus: support the workers and the genuine left!

Above: striking miners protest against disputed presidential election results in the mining city of Soligorsk, Belarus. August 19, 2020 (Sergei Gapon/AFP) By Omar Raii (of Workers Liberty) Belarus has been gripped by protests and strikes following the fraudulent “re-election” of dictator Alexander Lukashenko on 9 August. On 22 August Another Europe Is Possible held a … Continue reading Belarus: support the workers and the genuine left!

Solidarność: the Polish workers’ movement and the Gdansk occupation and strikes of August 1980

By Amina Saddiq Forty years ago, Poland’s Stalinist police-state system was rocked by a massive wave of working-class action. In just six weeks the Polish workers built Solidarność (Solidarity), a trade union movement of 10 million workers that had the potential to be much more. The period from August 1980 to December 1981, when the … Continue reading Solidarność: the Polish workers’ movement and the Gdansk occupation and strikes of August 1980

Fight antisemitism *and* Labour’s clamp-down on debate

By Martin Thomas The Labour Party's new General Secretary, David Evans, has written to all CLP [Constituency Labour Party] secretaries with a gag order. It's less than a month since the Labour Party's NEC [National Executive] allowed CLPs to meet again (online) and debate motions. Previously, and ever since March, CLPs had been allowed to … Continue reading Fight antisemitism *and* Labour’s clamp-down on debate

Anti-racism and the labour movement

The following piece was written in 2001, for the Workers Liberty pamphlet 'How To Beat The Racists', which has now been republished,. Obviously, my article is now out of date in many respects (not least, the strength of the trade union movement); but even so I think it carries some worthwhile messages for today. The … Continue reading Anti-racism and the labour movement

Ruth Cashman: ‘We need more class-struggle socialists’

Ruth Cashman, who is standing for election to the Momentum National Co-ordinating Group (London region), discusses the future of the left. Part three of three articles. Part one, 'How I Became a Socialist' + part two, 'The irreplaceable strategy of simply keeping going'. The depth of the recession facing us means that the Tories might either force through … Continue reading Ruth Cashman: ‘We need more class-struggle socialists’

AWL on Momentum Renewal and Islamophobia

Above: the Chinese state's brutal treatment of Uyghur Muslims This article also appears on the Workers Liberty website: By Mohan Sen For all its rhetoric about working-class politics, the conservative-left and Stalinist faction in Momentum’s national coordinating group election, Momentum Renewal, has had little to say about the huge crises confronting the working class in … Continue reading AWL on Momentum Renewal and Islamophobia

Ruth Cashman: ‘How I became a socialist’

Ruth Cashman, who is standing for election to the Momentum National Co-ordinating Group (London region), describes how early-life experiences and reading books made her a socialist, and what socialism means to her. The first of three articles. Because my parents were socialist trade unionists — they met on an anti-fascist demo — we always talked … Continue reading Ruth Cashman: ‘How I became a socialist’

Momentum: undemocratic maneuverings

There is a fight underway over the future of Labour left organisation Momentum. By Sacha Ismail A new grouping, Forward Momentum, is in conflict with those who run the Momentum office (which means, in Momentum as currently constituted, run the organisation). The office people seem to be supporting a counter-initiative, Momentum Renewal. Both will run … Continue reading Momentum: undemocratic maneuverings

Covid-19 and capitalism

Above: a market in Beijing . The Chinese economy ground to a near standstill, and many small businesses ran out of cash. [Kevin Frayer/Getty Images] By Angela Driver Despite many predictions over the years by the World Health Organisation that a new pandemic was fairly certain, fairly soon, capitalist governments and businesses failed to do … Continue reading Covid-19 and capitalism

COVID-19: take action to win safe workplaces

A briefing for workers, workplaces and union branches, first published in Solidarity (paper of the AWL): Download as a PDF Full pay for all workers from day one of absence No disciplinary action for following NHS advice in staying away from work Abolish zero-hour contracts and outsourcing All necessary measures to protect workers’ safety Has your … Continue reading COVID-19: take action to win safe workplaces