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.

Spanish Telecom Workers on All-Out Strike

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The following document is translated from It concerns the indefinite or all-out strike of workers in the telecommunications sector in Spain. This in itself has been a rare thing in the class struggle in recent years. We don’t necessarily share the perspectives of the writer (who we don’t know) but we are publishing it as part of our internationalist duty to break the communications black-out on...

Vercesi, the Italian Fraction Abroad and the Internationalist Communist Party

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The short document which follows is taken from the introduction to some articles by Onorato Damen on Ottorino Perrone (Vercesi) republished in Prometeo 10 (March 1958). It appeared as an appendix to Damen’s book “Bordiga, Fuori dal Mito” (Bordiga: Beyond the Myth). · Vercesi (1897-1957) was one of the most dominant but controversial figures in the history of the Communist Left.

May 1915: Italian Entry into World War One and Internationalist Opposition

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Today (May 23) is the one hundredth anniversary of the Italian entry into the First World. To commemorate it we are publishing two documents of the internationalist opposition to that war in Italy written by Amadeo Bordiga. It is introduced by a brief essay on the events of 1915 which cover not only the equivocation of Italian imperialism but other commemorative myths such as those surrounding...

Idealism and Socialism: The Life of Alexander Bogdanov

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A young comrade with a knowledge of Polish has translated the following document from the works of Alexander Bogdanov (Alexander Malinovsky) who was born in 1873 at Sokolka in what would now be Poland to parents from Belarus both then integral parts of the Russian Empire. He was trained in medicine and psychiatry but was a genuine polymath.

Auto struggles in Turkey: "We don't want any unions. We have set up workers councils"

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The current strikes in the auto sector in the North-West Turkish city of Bursa raise many interesting questions of concern to both communists and militant workers in general. · At the the of writing (18 May), there are four factories on strike, Renault, TOFAŞ (a joint venture with FIAT) Coşkunuz, and MAKO (both suppliers of automotive parts) supported by over 15,000 workers.

Saudi Arabia, Religion in the Service of Imperialism

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West vs. East?. A clash of civilisations? Religious wars of Sunnis against Shiites, Sunnis against Sunnis, Muslims against Crusaders? Is this the true picture? Not at all. It's just some elements of world capitalism, shaken by the economic crisis, who have unleashed the latest episodes in imperialist war. Yemen is just one more example.

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