To party or not to party? – The SWP and Scottish independence – review by Allan Armstrong

The following  posts includes the Contents and the Introduction of a review by Allan Armstrong of Breaking up the British state – Scotland, Independence & Socialism, editors, Bob Fotheringham, Dave Sherry and Colm Bruce. The full review can be read at: https://allanarmstrong831930095.files.wordpress.com/2021/07/breaking-up-the-british-state.pdf   TO PARTY OR NOT TO PARTY? THE SWP AND SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE   Introduction…

Unite Hospitality: Organising against sexual harassment and gender-based violence

The following article written by Maria Elena Carpintero Torres-Quevedo first appeared in bella caledonia. It looks at how hospitality workers are trying to organise against sexual harassment and gender-based violence.   HOW HOSPITALITY WORKERS ARE ORGANISING AGAINST SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE “There’s no protection for Hospitality workers,” say Caitlin Alexandria Lee. She’s one of…

Belfast Hovis Strike

This article was first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland)and outlines the struggle between the Belfast Hovis workers fighting for pay parity with fellow workers in the rest of the UK, and the limitations imposed on their struggle by the relationship between the UK state and Northern Ireland and its acceptance by the trade union bureaucracy.…

Further reflections on the Battle of Kenmure Street

We are posting two further articles on the events at Kenmure Street on 13th May. The first is by Smina Akhtar of Glasgow University , which outlines the blog post by Smina Akhtar, University of Glasgow, describing the history organisation in Glasgow which led to this successful challenge. The second if by Alistair Davidson, first posted…

Successful resistance to fire & rehire in Manchester

Ian Allinson a member of rs21 and rank and file candidate for UNITE general secretary in 2017, writes about the successful resistance by Manchester bus workers to the imposition of Fire & Rehire using Covid-19 as an excuse. Strikers were celebrating after voting to accept an offer and return to work. The strike was defensive…

Its the constitution stupid!

This article by Allan Armstrong (RCF) looks at the aftermath of the May 6th elections in Scotland, Wales and England, the current situation in Northern Ireland, and then to the political significance of new movements from below across these islands, culminating in the people of Govanhill challenging the UK state’s Home Office Border Agency’s attempted…

Challenges for the Catalan left wing movement in 2021

This is the second article we are posting written by Lorena Sorantes, from Galicia in Spain, about the political situation in Catalunya. Introduction This brief article will be an attempt to enumerate and then explain the current challenges the Catalan left-wing movement is facing and will face from this year onwards . In order to…

The Stranglehold of the Hard Right is Tightening in Brexitland

We are posting these two articles from bella caledonia about the  Johnson’s Tory  government’s attempt to suppress any voices of opposition to their plans. 1. Threats to Free Speech 2. A Corporate Media Takeover for the Brexitland Era ____________ 1. Threats to Free Speech The stranglehold of Brexitland’s new right is tightening. As we explored…

Mass Farmers’ Strike In India

India has witnessed one of the largest strike movements in global history. This has involved many millions of farmers taking action against Narendra Modi’s Right populist and viciously sectarian government, which is strongly supported by the Tory government, and in particular, Priti Patel. The first article was posted by Women of Colour the day prior…

School Opening Revolt Puts The Squeeze On Union Bosses

This article from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) shows how the social partnership between the Irish government and trade union bureaucrats is beginning to fray under school reopening revolt which puts the squeeze on union bosses The Dublin government announced in January that plans to reopen special schools as part of a phased reopening of the school…