Sade Sawyers, who organised a protest for the Uyghurs at the Chinese embassy in London on 11 September, spoke to Sacha Ismail from Solidarity. I watch a lot of political videos on YouTube, and about a month ago I came across one about the Uyghurs. Before that I hadn't actually heard about the issue, even though … Continue reading How I got 100 people to back the Uyghurs
Yanis Varoufakis' attempt to build an international organisation seems to be foundering. Having welcomed Vijay Prashad, a propaganda cheerleader for the Chinese state, into the fold and dismissed attempts to raise repression and exploitation in China as 'intra-left-sectarianism', there's now this: they invited a well-respected Syrian leftist to join its 'advisory Council' and then dropped … Continue reading “It came to many of us Syrian leftists and democrats as a shock that our struggle for democracy, justice, and dignity was dismissed by anti-imperialists in the West, and indeed globally.”
Above: a shop steward negotiates with a foreman Guest post by Johnny Lewis As with UNISON, both Unite and the GMB will soon face a General Secretary Election - what marks them out as different is they are the last two unions with a private sector membership of any size. As such they are our … Continue reading Sounding the changes in Unite and the GMB
Above: workers from many of Belarus' most famous companies have gone on strike calling for Lukashenko to leave and fresh elections to be held The organised working class has entered the struggle for democracy in Belarus. There may even be the beginnings of a general strike. This could prove to be the decisive turning-point in … Continue reading Balarus: enter the workers!
Also published at: Tendance Coatesy Statement from the left-wing collective Ta’amim al-Masaref in Lebanon: ‘It is time for rage’ (Picture from L’Orient du jour.) A statement from left-wing collective Ta’amim al-Masaref in Lebanon: ‘It is time for rage’ Comrades, we are trapped. We are trapped between the barbarism of capital accumulation and the subsequent nonchalant … Continue reading Lebanon: ‘It is time for rage’
March (socially distanced, of course!) or join the online protest on Saturday August 8: NHS workers across the country are organising a wave of protests on Saturday 8th August demanding a 15% pay increase paid from 1 December 2020, in order to start recovering a decade of lost wages. From the organisers: “We are calling on NHS … Continue reading March or go online with NHS workers for a 15% pay rise!
By Chen Ying A music teacher in Hong Kong has been sacked by her school, because she allowed one of her students to perform the song "Glory to Hong Kong" as part of an assessment task at school. Lau Ka-tung, a social worker, was accused of hindering officers from proceeding by standing in front of … Continue reading Hong Kong: The Empire Strikes Back
From Free Our Unions: As protests continue in the USA and worldwide against racism and police brutality, we are beginning to see organised labour take action as part of the movement. During protests in Minneapolis and New York, members of transport workers’ unions refused to drive buses for arrestee transport. On 9 June, members of the International Longshore … Continue reading ‘Juneteenth’: US unions strike in solidarity with Black Lives Matter
Photo by Joseph Chan on Unsplash By Chen Ying China's National People’s Congress decided on 28 May to introduce a National Security Law in Hong Kong. It represents the most direct change of governance on Hong Kong, imposed by the People’s Republic of China, without any discussion with Hong Kong’s Legislative Council. According to Article … Continue reading Support Hong Kong democrats against the Chinese ruling class!
Photo: Tammy Ljungblad /AP Guest post by Dave K: The brutal murder of George Floyd by police in Minnesota has sparked a rebellion by working class African Americans and anti racists across the US. Floyd was unarmed and was detained for allegedly presenting a counterfeit $20 dollar bill. The police forced him to the ground … Continue reading The US labor movement and socialists must stand alongside black communities