Telefónica Strikes in Spain

Reflections on the Class War in the Twenty-first Century · On March 28 this year the technicians and installers of multinational mobile phone company Movistar went on indefinite strike. Whatever its outcome the strike has turned out to be one of the most significant of recent times. This article outlines the nature of the struggle and reflects on what it shows for the future of the global working...

Greece and the World: Austerity and Capitalist Crisis Go On

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The article which follows is the editorial to Revolutionary Perspectives 06 which all subscribers should now have received. Besides a brief comment on the topical issue of Greece it also introduces the other themes of the journal. We will be publishing these over the next few weeks but if anyone cannot wait or would prefer a proper printed copy they can email the contact address uk@leftcom.

Greece - Notes Following the July 5 Referendum

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For all those who felt it was tactically correct to call for a NO vote in the Greek referendum. · The referendum trap was sprung twice. · The first, when the national-reformist Tsipras inevitably found he could not carry out his election promises. Faced with the ferocious demands of the Troika (before the debt can be paid, you have to make the necessary reforms such as increase VAT, reform tax...

Osborne’s Smoke and Mirrors Budget

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"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean ­– neither more nor less. "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." "The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master – that's all.

Greece - Solidarity with the Workers not the Capitalist Government!

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The Referendum - A Moment of Capitalist Trickery · On 5th July the leftist Syriza Government ran a referendum which was trumpeted throughout the world media as a chance to decide the future path of austerity in Greece. Despite the most strident campaign by the media and the political apparatus it is true that 37.

The Great Myth of Magna Carta

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All societies have their creation myths, Adam and Eve, Romulus and Remus and many others. But these myths are not limited to the ancient world, and capitalist society has its share of myth and mystification that are intended to legitimise the class rule of the bourgeoisie. For the Anglo-Saxon world and even beyond, Magna Carta serves this role; 800 years old last month we are told that it is the...

On the Greek Referendum

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On the Greek Referendum · Today is the referendum called by the Syriza Government in Greece. There will be demonstrations in support of a NO vote in many places including the UK. Many of the demonstrators are under the illusion that a NO vote “will be the start of the fightback against austerity” everywhere. In this brief position document the ICT reject this.

Workfare - Slavery Without the Wages

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"Workfare: a welfare system which requires some work or attendance for training from those receiving benefits." (Oxford English Dictionary) · Prelude · 27 June saw a day of action against B&M – the cut price retail store – which has been expanding its involvement in the workfare scheme as a whole. They were recently given the so-called honour of being the 'workfare employer of the year' from ERSA,...

Class War on the Homes Front

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(From Aurora 35, June 2015) · New Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis wants the demolition of London’s housing estates and their replacement with owner occupied ‘city villages’. It’s a scheme the Tories have long favoured; earlier this month 13 London Boroughs met property developers and speculators at an exclusive trade fair at Berkeley Square to make deals to pull down the estates and build homes...

A German-style Strike, Don’t Hold Your Breath ...

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The following article is a short opinion piece about how the biggest and longest strike in Germany for a decade is nothing but a turf war or a power struggle between unions. It has little to do with either the economic or political future of workers. It was written in Italian for Battaglia Comunista by our German affiliate the Gruppe Internationaler SozialistInnen (GIS).

Fighting Back in the Global Class War

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"There’s class warfare, all right but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." · Warren Buffett the investment guru told the New York Times in 2006. He was not wrong. In the US wages in the late 1960s were equal to 51% of GDP. By the time Buffett was speaking it was 45% and they have declined further to 42% today. It’s the same in all the advanced capitalist countries.

Get Rid of Capitalism Not Just the Tories

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Post-Election Blues? · The Tory election victory has brought anger and despair in equal portion to many. There is no doubt that for all the hypocritical talk about being “the party of working people” a new round of attacks on workers is on the cards. From making it almost impossible to legally strike, to the selling off of social housing, the agenda is clear.

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