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Ten years on, the US is helping to destroy Fallujah again

International solidarity

Ten years on, the US is helping to destroy Fallujah again Mike Phipps Conflict and carnage on a scale unseen since the height of the Occupation nearly a decade ago have broken out in Iraq’s Anbar Province. Over 140,000 people have been made homeless since fighting started at the end of last year. According to the UN, 65,000 people fled the fighting in the towns of Fallujah and Ramadi in one week alone. [continue...]

The two faces of Ed Balls

Labour's Future

The two faces of Ed Balls By Andrew Fisher During the Labour leadership election, many people were impressed by Ed Balls’ apparent conversion to a social democratic economic settlement as espoused in his Bloomberg speech in 2010. [continue...]

Falkirk: a fuss about nothing

Falkirk: a fuss about nothing Stevie Deans was convenor at Ineos, Grangemouth, and also chair of Falkirk West Labour Party. The efforts of his union Unite to get a working class candidate selected at Falkirk were sabotaged by his employer, who seized his laptop and leaked stories about his emails to the press. Rumours of malfeasance at Falkirk LP were stoked, to their shame, by some Labour Party members. This muddied the waters of the selection process and led to a Labour Party report into the affair. The Falkirk issue was also the trigger for Ed Miliband to question the link between Labour and the unions. In the end the Party found there was no case to answer at Falkirk. [continue...]

Blacklisted worker: justice denied

Trade Union Rights

Blacklisted worker: justice denied A High Court judge had accepted a UCATT safety rep blacklisted for his safety activities was treated unjustly, but has no legal redress because he was an agency employee.  Dave Smith was repeatedly dismissed and refused work after his name appeared on The Consulting Association blacklist.  [continue...]

Probation Privatisation

Their Crisis Not Ours!

John McDonnell MP
On Monday the Government announced that plans to privatise the National Probation Service are to be delayed by two months due to difficulties in implementation. Today (Wednesday) MPs on the Justice Committee have released a damning report raising serious concerns over the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling’s whole approach.
Justice Select Committee Member. John McDonnell MP said: “The report exposes what the professionals in the field have been advising Ministers that the Government’s proposals are a risky gamble. Grayling completely screwed up the Work Programme when he was in the Department of Work and Pensions and now the evidence points to him risking the same disaster in privatising probation. The fear is that this time public safety will be put at risk.”
-ENDS- [continue...]

Break with this Tory rhetoric! Labour Briefing editorial

Break with this Tory rhetoric! Recent weeks have seen a poisoning of the political discourse about immigration. Much of the ludicrous fear mongering about an imminent invasion of Romanians and Bulgarians was whipped up by Tory tabloid newspapers. Their agenda is transparent: maximum publicity and support for UKIP ahead of the European Parliamentary elections this spring, primarily as a means of pushing Cameron to the right. Then, no doubt, they will suddenly discover that the UKIP website mocked the death of Nelson Mandela and that its leader Nigel Farage allegedly sang Hitler Youth songs at school. The same tabloids will then quietly fall in behind the Tories before the 2015 general election. [continue...]

Fast Food Forward:support US and British fast food workers

International solidarity

Fast Food Forward: support US and British fast food workers There has been an enormous movement of fast food workers in the USA for a living wage of $15 per hour. 2.3 million workers exist on as little as $7.25 per hour. In December 2013 fast food workers from 130 cities struck for a day in support of their cause. Below is a statement from their campaign, Fast Food Forward. Show your support for British fast food workers in their battle against low pay in the Day of Action on Saturday 15h February. [continue...]

Vote for Centre Left Grass Roots Alliance For Labour’s Executive 2014

Vote for Centre Left Grass Roots Alliance for Labour’s Executive 2014

Mark Duggan: no justice, no peace

Mark Duggan: no justice, no peace Perverse verdict denies justice to the family of an unarmed man killed by the Met Police: LRC statement [continue...]

2014: The year Miliband’s labour turns left?

2014: The year Miliband’s labour turns left? By Thomas Butler [continue...]

Economic prospects for 2014

Economic prospects for 2014 Labour Representation Committee interviews Michael Roberts [continue...]

Same old story?

Same old story?
Wikipedia on the furore leading up to the introduction of the Aliens Act 1905. [continue...]

Special Financial Appeal - brother Keith Henderson

Special Financial Appeal - brother Keith Henderson As you will be aware the GMB union was found to have discriminated against LRC member Keith Henderson for his philosophical beliefs in left wing democratic socialism. This had played a significant part in his dismissal.  [continue...]

Mandela’s contested legacy

Mandela’s contested legacy Mike Phipps collates some of the less mainstream assessments of the leader of South Africa’s liberation struggle. [continue...]

Mandela’s economic legacy

Mandela’s economic legacy By Michael Roberts The death of Nelson Mandela reminds us of the great victory that the black masses of South Africa achieved over the vicious, cruel and regressive apartheid system first encouraged by British imperialism and then adopted by a reactionary and racist white South African ruling class to preserve the privileges of a tiny few. Mandela spent 27 years in prison and the people he represented fought a long and hard battle to overthrow a grotesque regime, backed by the major imperialist powers, including the US, for decades. [continue...]

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