Sep 14 2018

FRENCH POSTAL WORKERS INTERNATIONAL STRIKE FUND

French workers remain one of the best organised groups in Europe. This is why Macron has launched attacks on the rail workers (see http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2018/04/14/french-public-sector-workers-under-attack/) and the postal workers. The organised French working class offers the best alternative to the neo-liberalism of Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche and the rampant national chauvinist, racist Right populism of Marine Le Pen’s Fronte National. The post workers have been on strike since March. We are publishing this appeal.

 

FRENCH POSTAL WORKERS INTERNATIONAL STRIKE FUND

French Postal Workers are locked in a fight to the death against the Macron government, defending wages, conditions and the right to organise as trade unionists. We urge trade unionists to support the fight by contributing to the information strike fund at the link below.

An account of the struggle and video links follow.

https://www.lepotcommun.fr/pot/be0v4537

MACRON GOVERNMENT AUTHORIZES THE FIRING OF A FRENCH TRADE UNIONIST, GAEL QUIRANTE : A POLITICAL DECISION !

ON THE NEXT DAY, MARCH 26TH HIS COLLEAGUES DECLARED AN UNLIMITED STRIKE… THEY’RE STILL ON STRIKE TODAY !

LET’S HELP THEM WIN : GIVE TO THE INTERNATIONAL STRIKE FUND !

URGENT ! 0€ PAYCHECKS ARE COMING IN FOR THE POSTAL WORKERS ON STRIKE

A text “Stop Gaël’s termination ! End repression at La Poste and beyond !” was published in the french press (Libération). Among the first signatures : Jean-Luc Mélenchon France Insoumise house representative , Elsa Faucillon PCF house representative, Frédéric Lordon, Alex Callinicos and Stathis Kouvelakis London King’s College, Taxiarhis Efstathiou General Council of ADEDY (Greek trade union), Céline Verzelleti confederal bureau of CGT, Eric Beynel national spokesman of Union Syndicale Solidaires-SUD, Bernadette Groison national spokesman of FSU, Elie Domota UGTG and LKP, UNEF, Nathalie Arthaud Lutte Ouvrière, Olivier Besancenot et Philippe Poutou NPA, Nicolas Galepides SUD PTT, Mickael Wamen, Jean-Pierre Mercier et Xavier Mathieu CGT, Gerard Filoche, Amal Bentounsi (commitee against murders by the Police),…

Postal workers of a Paris, France suburban area have been on unlimited strike since March 26, 2018.

The strike initially sparked in protest of the firing of Gaël Quirante (secretary of the postal union SUD Poste 92). Labor Ministry Muriel Pénicaud, who authorized his firing, is now being called in by the court to testify as former CEO of Business France, a company suspected to have been unduly favored in the awarding of a public contract ! Today, the 150 strikers are fighting for Gaël’s rehiring but also against worsening working conditions and job destruction and for the hiring of temp and otherwise casualized workers.

La Poste management stops at nothing to try and break the strike : bailiffs, physical assaults by supervisors, summons by the police… And no spreading over time of the wage deductions, meaning 0€ paychecks !

The next paycheck is coming in the next few days, we need as many contributions as soon as possible.

Let’s help them win !

TO SUPPORT LA POSTE STRIKERS :

CONTRIBUTE TO THE ONLINE INTERNATIONAL STRIKE FUND :

-A transparent strike fund, in which the trade union Sud Poste 92 will receive and manage the funds

– A democratic strike fund governed by commonly agreed upon rules, which will be decided directly by the strikers.

The aim is to help all the post office workers participating in this unlimited strike, whether or not they be union members

Or write a check to SUD Poste 92 and send it to : SUD Poste 92, 51 rue Jean Bonal, 92250 La Garenne-Colombes France (Important : write « Solidarité grévistes » on the back)

VIDEOS WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLING OR DUBBING (most recent to older) :

The YouTube Videos’ Playlist : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5NHf7cni3I&list=PL9BMDYhoGmCiRQH8fwKLsI77vPX3JqYdg

Mostly in French:

https://fr-fr.facebook.com/sudposte.hautsdeseine/

https://www.facebook.com/nonaulicenciementdegaelquirante/

@AllGaelQuirante

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Sep 11 2018

EDINBURGH OCTOBER 6th – A RALLYING CALL FOR THE LEFT

Allan Armstrong puts the case for building a Scottish-wide Left contingent on the ‘All Under One Banner’ march in Edinburgh on October 6th

 

EDINBURGH OCTOBER 6th – A RALLYING CALL FOR THE LEFT

 

35,000 in Glasgow, 10,000 in Inverness, 13,000 in Dumfries and 16,000 in Dundee – ‘All Under One Banner ‘ clearly represents something significant in Scottish politics. However it requires an examination of a wider politics going back to 2014 to appreciate the nature of this phenomenon.

A thwarted democratic revolution

If we look at the Indy Ref1 campaign we can see that it represented a democratic revolution, with 85% actually voting, following a registration drive which drew in 97% of the potential electorate. This was something unprecedented in UK politics. Continue reading “EDINBURGH OCTOBER 6th – A RALLYING CALL FOR THE LEFT”

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Aug 31 2018

CRISIS IN THE SSP


The SSP is currently going through another crisis. It survived the traumatic experience of Tommygate, but despite promises, the leadership declined, once the court case was over,  to have  a full debate on the lessons to be drawn. Instead those who raised these issues (including the RCN) became the subject of attack. However, the position of the SSP continued to decline, and the leadership coalition that had prevented such discussion, also began to fall apart, beginning with the collapse of the Women’s Network. The leadership became even more centralised around  Colin Fox, Richie Venton, Ken Ferguson and Bill Bonnar.    

However, the Scottish independence referendum campaign provided another opportunity for the SSP break out of the laager and relate to a mass democratic movement.  The Radical Independence Campaign (RIC) (with successive conferences of 800, 1100 and 3000) was able to reunite many of those who had ended  up on different sides over Tommygate.  Solidarity, the Tommy Sheridan Fan Club, went into decline, abandoned even by the CWI/SPS and SWP, which had opportunistically given him their backing. The SSP leadership joined the official ‘Yes’ campaign, whilst also keeping a foot in RIC. In the process it attracted quite a lot of new members, particularly from the 2011 generation. Continue reading “CRISIS IN THE SSP”

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Jul 20 2018

THE ‘CRISIS OF DEMOCRACY’ – A RATIFICATION REFERENDUM

The Campaign for a European Republican Socialist Party distributed the following leaflet the Radical Independence Campaign AGM in Glasgow on June 30th.

 

100,000 ANGLO-EUROPEANS ON THE MARCH ON 23rd JUNE IN LONDON-

For a Ratification Referendum

 

 

20,000 ANGLO-BRITISH ON THE MARCH ON 5th May IN LONDON

For Brexit and Tommy Robinson

 

 

For a Peoples Vote on Tory Brexit Deal

On 23rd June 100,000 people marched through London demanding the right to vote on the anti-working class Tory All-British or Unionist Exit deal. There were Scottish saltires and Welsh dragon flags but it was mainly an Anglo-European demonstration. Continue reading “THE ‘CRISIS OF DEMOCRACY’ – A RATIFICATION REFERENDUM”

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Jul 19 2018

WHAT NOW FOR THE INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT?

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Murdo Ritchie raises questions for the Scottish Independence Movement.

 

WHAT NOW FOR THE INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT?

Nicola Sturgeon and corporate lobbyist, Andrew Wilson present the SNP’s Growth Commission report

 

The issue should never be in what direction the Scottish national independence movement should go but what is the best way a new Scotland can be created. It is from this approach that the future political movements can be built. Organisations and movements can limp from political crisis to another if they fail to critically examine their initial purposes. Self-censorship in order to obtain a Yes vote may produce an outcome that could be very undesirable. Continue reading “WHAT NOW FOR THE INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT?”

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Jul 18 2018

LEFT UNITY CONFERENCE, 20.6.18

Emancipation & Liberation has been chronicling developments in the Left Unity Party in England and Wales. Steve Freeman reports on the LUP’s recent conference.

 

LEFT UNITY CONFERENCE, 20.6.18

Left Unity and the crisis of democracy

On 16 June Left Unity held its annual conference. The party has been steadily shrinking since 2016 but it still has over five hundred members. Over twenty five activists attended which tells its own story. It was a significant conference after last year’s nervous breakdown. The demand LU liquidates into the Labour Party was no longer evident in resolutions or speeches.

The main question before conference was the ‘crisis of democracy’ which grew from the politics of austerity. The EU referendum has taken this to a whole new level. It has divided England between the Anglo-British and Anglo-Europeans. An emergency resolution was tabled about the recent Anglo-British mass mobilisation in London by the supporters of Tommy Robinson, the BNP and UKIP etc. Continue reading “LEFT UNITY CONFERENCE, 20.6.18”

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Jun 22 2018

HOW WORKERS IN UKRAINE’S STEEL INDUSTRY ARE FIGHTING FOR WAGES, RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY

This is an update on a major workers’ struggle in Ukraine, which this blog has been covering. This report first appeared at https://ukrainesolidaritycampaign.org/2018/06/04/how-workers-in-ukraines-steel-industry-are-fighting-for-wages-rights-and-democracy/

 

HOW WORKERS IN UKRAINE’S STEEL INDUSTRY ARE FIGHTING FOR

WAGES, RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY

Striking steel workers in Krivyi Riy

A major struggle of workers at the global corporation ArcelorMittal plant in Kryvyi Rih in southern Ukraine has been underway. The company has only just secured a rotten Ukrainian court to rule against arbitration of the dispute in an effort to delay the joint unions campaign and strike action. We publish a article on the campaign by Maxim Kazakov Ukrainian socialist and activist of the Social Movement, which has been translated by Open Democracy Ukraine Solidarity Campaign calls on the labour movement to organise solidarity with this important struggle of Ukrainian trade unions. Continue reading “HOW WORKERS IN UKRAINE’S STEEL INDUSTRY ARE FIGHTING FOR WAGES, RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY”

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Jun 22 2018

ALLAN ARMSTRONG REVIEWS ‘THE RED AND THE GREEN’ BY GERARD CAIRNS

Review of The Red and the Green – Portrait of John Maclean by Gerard Cairns

Gerard Cairns has recently published his informative and challenging new book, The Red and the Green – A Portrait of John Maclean. I have known Gerry since the early 1990s and I would find it hard to call him Gerard, so I will use Gerry for the rest of this review.

The book’s title reveals the two main aspects of Gerry’s assessment of John Maclean. The Red and the Green highlights Gerry’s research into ‘Red’ John and his relationship with the ‘Green’ or Irish community on Clydeside .[1] A Portrait of John Maclean examines Maclean the political activist and family man. It raises questions about how Socialists organise and relate to others, especially their partners and families. When assessing  Maclean, Gerry brings his own personal experience to bear. “This has been a very personal portrait of a man I have researched, studied, lectured on, debated for a long time.” [2] Thus Gerry’s book is viewed through the prism of his own life of political activism. Continue reading “ALLAN ARMSTRONG REVIEWS ‘THE RED AND THE GREEN’ BY GERARD CAIRNS”

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Jun 17 2018

FEELING POWERS GROWING

The question about how socialists or communists should organise is the subject of this interchange between Silvia Federici and carla bergman and Nick Montgomery. It was posted by bella caledonia (https://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2018/06/08/feeling-powers-growing-an-interview-with-silvia-federici/).

 

FEELING POWERS GROWING – AN INTERVIEW WITH SILVIA FEDERICI

Silvia Federici

This interview was conducted by carla bergman and Nick Montgomery for Joyful Militancy (building thriving resistance in toxic times) published by AK Press. Silvia Federici is an Italian activist and author of many works, including Caliban and the Witch and Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle. She was co-founder of the International Feminist Collective and organizer with the Wages for Housework Campaign in the ‘70s. In it they discuss new ways of acting and destructive cultures within political movements. Continue reading “FEELING POWERS GROWING”

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Jun 04 2018

8th AMENDMENT REFERENDUM

We are posting the following article from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) on the victory  over the forces of the traditionalist Right in the 8th Amendment referendum on abortion in Ireland.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH KNOCKED DOWN BY REPEAL VOTE –

BUT THE IRISH STATE DODGES THE BULLET

 

 

The success of the referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution and legislation for abortion reform produced a deafening hurrah that should echo to all corners of the planet. The result is a body blow to the Catholic Church and to the reactionary church-state counter-revolution established following the Irish Civil War. Continue reading “8th AMENDMENT REFERENDUM”

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