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Doctors strike in Pakistan - Workers and oppressed unite!

The struggle of the young doctors in public hospitals in the Punjab province reveals the real picture of the poor health system in Pakistan. It also makes clear how much – or better how little – the capitalist class care about the working class and poor people.

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The pomp and poverty of Durham Miners' Gala

If you want to understand the labour movement in Britain, go to Durham Miner's Gala (14 July). At Durham you see our movement it all its pomp and all its poverty, its great strengths and its many weaknesses.

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Anticapitalist Initiative not fit for purpose

Anticapitalist Initiative not fit for purpose | Socialist News | Scoop.it

Rebellion, a national event of the Anticapitalist Initiative (ACI), took place in London on 14 July. It attracted around sixty people – somewhat less than were at the founding meeting. In the view of Workers Power this meeting was a failure; not in terms of the numbers it attracted, but rather in what came out of it – i.e. nothing.

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Another split, another sect

Another split, another sect | Socialist News | Scoop.it

Readers might be aware that Workers Power, the organisation which heads the League for a Fifth International (LFI), has recently suffered yet another split - its second haemorrhaging of cadre in the last six years. Around 15, predominantly younger comrades departed, reducing WP’s forces by about a third.

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New anticapitalist initiative: a hopeful start

The first national meeting of a new anticapitalist initiative (ACI) took place last Saturday (28 April). Stuart King reports on the meeting at the University of London Union.

 

About 80 people came to the first formal national meeting of the ACI. Anticapitalists from London, Manchester, Leeds, Doncaster and other towns discussed what they wanted from this new initiative, adopted a short founding statement and agreed to encourage and prioritise campaigning against NHS privatisation.

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Workers Power Conference 2012: Divisions, Expulsions, Appeals – The VOAG Investigates.

Workers Power Conference 2012: Divisions, Expulsions, Appeals – The VOAG Investigates. | Socialist News | Scoop.it

Workers Power, a small communist group had its conference over the weekend. The conference was dominated be factionalism and division. Two people were expelled, and although as yet there have been no formal splits, resignations from the National and Political Committees surely herald one in the coming days.

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I’ve been stopped from participating in the UAF election. I need your help to kick out David Cameron.

So I found out yesterday that I am not allowed to run for a position in UAF due to a mistake made by my union branch. UAF rather than giving me an opportunity to correct the mistake have refused to let me stand citing bureaucratic reasons. Who would have thought trying to get rid of David Cameron from UAF would be so controversial?

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Labour's dead, we must build anew

News that the two Eds are not going to reverse any of the cuts to services or the pay and conditions of public-sector workers should come as no surprise.

 

It is imperative that progressive union leaders call an open conference to found a new workers' party. Those union leaders who have voiced their fears for the direction Miliband is taking Labour must see that he is a prisoner of the right.

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“Don’t open this can of worms”: report of 14 January Unite the Resistance conference

In a number of respects, the Unite the Resistance conference held, in effect, by the Socialist Workers’ Party on 14 January was better than the previous weekend’s PCS Left Unity/Socialist Party conference.

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No sell-out on pensions - Fight until we win!

No sell-out on pensions - Fight until we win! | Socialist News | Scoop.it

Name the day for the next coordinated strike in January.

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Lanka’s JVP purges central committee of radicals : Tamil News Network (TNN)

(PTI) Sri Lanka''s third largest political party, JVP, sacked nine dissidents from its policy making central committee today, virtually completing the split in...
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NTUI statement on Prafulla Chakraborty's arrest

The New Trade Union Initiative (NTUI) condemns the arrest of veteran trade-union leader, Prafulla Chakraborty. We demand his immediate release!

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Morning Star weasels on Marikana

Morning Star weasels on Marikana | Socialist News | Scoop.it

As socialists, one of our most basic duties is solidarity with workers in struggle. The striking platinum miners of Marikana who saw 34 of their comrades murdered by the South African police should be an obvious case for solidarity. Not so for the Communist Party of Britain or for its daily newspaper the Morning Star.

 

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Where is the LFI drifting? An Open Letter to Workers Power from Michael Probsting, former leading member of Workers Power, Austria

Where is the LFI drifting? An Open Letter to Workers Power from Michael Probsting, former leading member of Workers Power, Austria | Socialist News | Scoop.it
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Posties' wildcat wins

A 48-hour wildcat strike by postal workers in Bridgewater, south west England, ended in victory as a suspended Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) activist was returned to work

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Rank and file teachers' conference fails to confront NUT bureaucracy

Over 100 delegates attended the LANAC conference in Liverpool on 16 June. For the left in the union this initiative represented an opportunity to take stock and challenge those on the leadership who had voted against national strike action. It could have mobilised the left to revivify the pensions dispute and begin the work of transforming the NUT into a class struggle union controlled by the rank and file rather than the bureaucracy.

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Ditch sects and fronts

Ditch sects and fronts | Socialist News | Scoop.it

As I reported in last week’s Weekly Worker, bound up with the recent decamping of 15 younger comrades from Workers Power (British Section of the League for a Fifth International) is another far-left unity drive under the title of the Anti-Capitalist Initiative.

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Lessons of Libya for the anti-war movement

Lessons of Libya for the anti-war movement | Socialist News | Scoop.it

There is currently a very serious threat of war against Iran and Syria. Algeria, Sudan, Somalia, Zimbabwe and elsewhere are also on the ‘hit list’. The key issue for the anti-war movement in the west is, obviously, what can we do to prevent wars of imperialist aggression taking place?

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Justin Baidoo from Question Time on riots and police brutality

Interview from the Give Our Kids a Future march from Hackney to Tottenham.
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Huaxi: The socialist village where everyone is wealthy

Huaxi: The socialist village where everyone is wealthy | Socialist News | Scoop.it

The sort of oxen you expect to see in Chinese villages tend to be pulling carts or tilling fields, not a beast made of a ton of gold.

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NUT executive votes on pensions campaign

Patrick Murphy, a Workers' Liberty member who represents West Yorkshire on the National Union of Teachers national executive, writes:

 

"At the 12 January executive I put proposals for the NUT to, firstly, clearly reject the Heads of Agreement, and, secondly, commit to convening a meeting of unions rejecting the pensions deal and propose co-ordinated days of action in February and March. These proposals were defeated. The vote was 26 to 13.

 

"The union has agreed to convene a meeting of unions who haven't signed up to consider action but without a mandate to propose a specific date or period."

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Meeting calls for NUT to "name day" for further pension strikes

Meeting calls for NUT to "name day" for further pension strikes | Socialist News | Scoop.it

A caucus of members of the National Union of Teachers at the pension activist conference called by PCS Left Unity on 7 January agreed to press NUT Executive members at their meeting on 12 January to commit the union to name a date for a further strike before 11 February and explicitly to reject the Government's 19 December formula.

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Tories celebrate - then panic - over pensions deal

The Tories and their Lib Dem collaborators are crowing that they have won the pensions battle. But this afternoon also displayed the fragility of the deal, and the possibility it can be defeated

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