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CWO Durham Meeting

The Communist Workers’ Organisation (North East Section) holds regular meetings in Durham open to all who are interested in defending the independence of working class action. These are usually on the third Tuesday of every month at 7.30 p.m. in

Alington House

4 North Bailey — Durham — DH1 3NP

The next meeting will be on:

Tuesday 19 September 2017

Main topic: To be decided

MDF Meeting Birmingham

MDF Meeting Birmingham Saturday July 15 2017.

The next open discussion meeting of the Midlands Discussion Forum will be 2-6pm at 'The Woodman' pub, New Canal Street (next to the parkway at the Curzon St end), Birmingham, B5 5LG, (15min walk from New Street or Moor Street Station)

Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair

The Communist Workers' Organisation and Midlands Discussion Forum will holding a meeting in the Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair on May 20 2017. The meeting will be from 4.00 - 5.30 p.m.

Venue:

Showroom Workstation

15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2BX

Topic: How will Capitalism End?

IWG online public meeting

Follow the link below to an online public meeting of the IWG held in the USA, Thurs April 6, (7pm/1900hrs -6 UMT). The topic is the reorganization of the IWG in the US as well as a political introduction for any sympathizers where they can ask as direct questions. Anyone who is interested may PM me on reddit for connection info.

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CWO London Public Meeting

"How can workers fight exploitation today and prepare for the new society of tomorrow?"

London CWO Meeting in the Anarchist Bookfair

Saturday October 29 2016

at 12.00 noon

CWO Meeting on

After Brexit, Populism, Corbynism etc …

Political crisis in the capitalist class, way forward for the working class?

The global capitalist system has reached an economic impasse. This is reflected in a sense of political uncertainty in ruling class political circles everywhere. Where does this leave the working class and how do we respond to the overlapping crises?

Bordiga Beyond the Myth is now available

Bordiga Beyond the Myth by Onorato Damen is now available in English translation (it already exists in Italian, French and Spanish). It contains 168 pages and includes 114 footnotes to guide English readers plus 4 appendices, one of which is the first full translation in English of Bordiga's famous letter to Karl Korsch. The price of £7.25 includes postage and packaging in the UK.

Midlands Discussion Forum Sheffield Meeting

Midlands Discussion Forum presents an afternoon of discussion on ‘The Left and the Working Class – ideology and practice in both opposition and power – a critical perspective’

There will be a introduction looking at how left relates to both the working class and bourgeois ideology both in theory and practice with plenty of time for discussion.

In Sheffield on the 6th of February from 2pm till 6pm upstairs at the Rutland Arms, 86 Brown St, Sheffield, S1 2BS. Which is 5 minutes walk away from both the train and bus station.

Sheffield Public Meeting (with the Free Communist)

The CWO (Yorkshire) section will be holding a discussion forum in the Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair with the Free Communist (and possibly others). We don't yet have all the details as the organisers obviously have to coordinate a lot of different requests but the working title is

So many varieties of nationalism. Why we oppose them all.

The bookfair is on 16 May 2015 and you can find out more from www.sheffieldbookfair.org.uk

London Public Meeting

Public Meeting on Islamism and Imperialism: The Rise of the Islamic State

Saturday April 18th 2015

at 2.00 p.m (note not 1.00 as erroneously stated earlier)

245A Lucas Arms

Grays Inn Road

London

WC1X 8QY

nearest underground Kings Cross

Activities

Class Struggle Recognises no Borders: We Win Internationally or We Lose Patriotically

It’s Time to Open a New Season of Proletarian Struggle
Serious Event at the Parma ICT Office

Translated into English by the comrades of FICL who we warmly thank

During the night of Wednesday 16 to Thursday 17 May, unknown persons got into our office in borgo San Giuseppe 5, Parma, and have taken tens of volumes from the Dimitri Papaioannoy library. The following Friday morning one comrade passing the office found the mailbox pulled off and thrown in front of the door.

Their crisis and ours
Wisconsin: Workers Protests Get Stuck in the Electoral Swamp

Class War in Wisconsin

Workers' conditions and struggles

Durham Teaching Assistants Fight On – Against Labour and their Unions

There is much to admire in the resistance that the Teaching Assistants (TAs) of County Durham have put up over the last 20 months. Their resilience and solidarity was once again confirmed by their vote to reject the latest “offer” agreed by their unions and Durham County Council.

Background

Grenfell Tower: A Tragedy Foretold

We may never know how many people lost their lives in this horrific fire. The images and stories over the past few days have been unbearable; people trapped in blazing rooms, holding their children, waving for help. A mother dropping her baby from the tenth floor to a man below. A woman fleeing her burning flat on the 21st floor with her six kids, but only escaping the building with four of her children.

Don’t Vote - Prepare the Resistance

Political and Economic Crisis

“You don’t know what you’re doing” is a familiar England football chant. The same refrain could be directed at the British (and global) ruling class.

Fight for an End to Capitalism - The Only Way to a Better Life

2007: 9 August, PNB Paribas shocks financial markets by freezing three financial funds, comprising “complex assets” of largely fictitious capital built around mortgages.

14 September, As financial markets steer clear of mortgage-backed ‘securities’ Northern Rock has difficulty selling on its mortgages. Fears that the bank will go bust spark the first run on a British bank for 150 years.

The General Election – More Ruling Class Mystification

The electoral trick – over and over again

In the last few years our rulers have laid on 2 Referendums, elections for Regional Mayors and Police and Crime Commissioners, elections for at least three levels of local Councils and elections for "national" Assemblies/Parliament in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. To crown it all the last General Election elected a Government bound by a Law which was said to spare us the spectacle of a further such pantomime until 2020.

Against Exploitation, Crisis and War - No War But the Class War!

The ANC’s South Africa: Kleptocracy and Exploitation

USA: Unions Welcome the New Boss

As seen above, leaders from the building trades unions posed for pictures with the new President. The operating belief among these union leaders is that they will profit, as petty-capitalists, from hypothetical future national infrastructure projects. The leadership of the AFL-CIO came out in support of the new regime's trade warfare policies. The unions have dug up their own “Buy American” slogan that they coined in the 1970s. As a national chauvinist and patriotic slogan it fits in nicely with the “America First” line of the new lords of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Two Comments on Recent Events around SiCobas in Italy

Trump: The Problem is Still Capitalism

The Rise of the Authoritarian Right

The avalanche of protests at the accession of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States is unprecedented in modern times. He is a reactionary, racist, sexist bully who peddles hatred and loathing. He responds to every criticism by attacking the messenger, a “technique” he learned from his one-time lawyer, and counsellor to the “Mob”, Roy Cohn. He has already called parts of the US state, its judiciary, its secret services, and the mainstream media, “enemies of the people” for questioning his decisions.

News

2017-08-13

In the Mahalla al-Kubra district, where Egypt’s textile industry is concentrated and which has always been amongst the vanguard of Egyptian movements there is an all-out strike. Workers are demanding wage rise to cope with 33% inflation. Workers have promised "We will fight to the bitter end". A victory here could trigger protests across the country

The movement began on Saturday night (August 120 with a partial strike for a few hours, but in the face of the company's inflexibility and the provocations of security guards (who asked workers to denounce the "agitators") the strike was extended to thirty establishments in this industrial hub. According to the Egyptian independent press the strike is 100% solid.

The workers are demanding those annual bonuses, and profit-sharing payments which often end up disappearing from pay slips. In this case, the strike started over a bonus payment that was due in July. After waiting for a month, the strike started, with a much wider list of demands, which add up to a 10% increase in wages.

2017-07-19

Tata Steel paid its top European managers loyalty bonuses totalling about £25m after its UK workers accepted a pension cut to keep the British business alive. The “retention” payments were made to high-ranking staff across Tata’s UK and Dutch operations, according to people briefed on the matter. The move is likely to rankle the workforce of Britain’s largest steelmaker, who voted to approve the closure of a £15bn retirement scheme earlier this year in a bid to save the Port Talbot steelworks in south Wales.

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2017-05-31

Since Wednesday 24 May 175,000 construction workers in Quebec province have been on an all-out “general” strike. This is a repeat of the same strike in 2013 which was halted through a "loi spéciale" passed by the Quebec National Assembly ordering the strikers back to work. This is expected to be repeated today on the grounds that the strike is costing $45 million a day.

The province of Québec is the only province in Canada where construction workers are obliged to belong to a union. A lot of these workers are small registered contractors in their spare time which give them the advantages of tax deductions while still being employees with salaries over $80,000.

The construction sector is the most unionized sector in Québec province. About five years ago, the unions got the authority to manage the deployment of workers to sites (it was called the “placement syndical”) so they played immediately some kind of a management role like a boss. If union bosses didn't like you, you would have tough times finding job as a construction workers. However this role has now passed to the Québec Construction Commission.

2017-05-27

From Angry Workers of the World

Subject: Urgent: Solidarity protest for sacked catering worker, Hayes

Genuine Dining Co. sacks worker whose brother died…

We want to bring your attention to the fact that the catering company at Rackspace, The Genuine Dining Co. recently sacked a worker (Boubacar-Claude) in their kitchen after his brother passed away. They would not authorise the time off he needed to cope with the bereavement. Boubacar was very close to his brother and took the news hard. He provided doctors notes saying he was unfit for work. He was looking for understanding from his employers. Instead he was sacked.

The Genuine Dining Co. has recently taken over the catering for Rackspace. Their website is all about being ethical and “cutting edge innovators”. Obviously this means kicking their workers when they’re down…

Boubacar appealed the dismissal and still the Genuine Dining Co. were Genuinely Unsympathetic. Boubacar has worked at Rackspace for one year and is liked and respected by his colleagues. We hope you will support him!

2017-04-27

In February, a strike of workers metrostroiteley Construction Management "INGEOKOM". "INGEOKOM" paid one-tenth of the amount promised by the workers - and the strike resumed in March. March also ended only in partial payments. Moreover, on March 30, many workers were dismissed in connection with the expiry of the term of the employment contract. And, of course, without any payments. Collective visits to the President's Reception Office and to the Investigative Committee also did not yield any results on the workers' stolen wages.

In order to quickly finish the story with the recalcitrant workers who do not want to work for free, the leadership of the SMU "INGEOKOM" has begun to take even more decisive measures.

On April 18, about 30% of the debt was paid to workers (not all), after which the workers were announced about an upcoming eviction from the hostel. The management of INGEOKOM, wants to steal with impunity and leave workers without housing.

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2017-03-30

On Monday March 27, protests took place against the "Plato" system in different parts of Russia. The drivers of the trucks stopped the delivery of consumer goods and parked them in parallel along the roads (partially blocking them) whilst the drivers attended rallies. Truck drivers from more than fifty regions of Russia are taking part in this all-Russian strike. The action is also supported by truckers of the Republic of Belarus, who are also ready to stop transportation across Russia during the strike.

"Plato" is the Russian system of taxing trucks which exceed the maximum permissible weight of 12 tons. From the moment the system was put into operation on November 15, 2015 money has been collected from haulage firms via bills for compensation for damage caused to the federal highways.

2017-03-24

In Moscow, metro builders on Tuesday once again went on strike because of non-payment of wages of SMU "Ingeokom", said on the air of the radio station Ekho Moskvy (Echo of Moscow) activist Alexander Zimbovsky.

"More than 100 people are on strike, they refused to work because of a small salary. The Labor Code allows it - in case of non-payment of wages for more than two weeks, workers can suspend work, but this is not a few weeks, but several months already, "the activist said.

He recalled that the workers of the SME "Ingeokom" had already carried out a strike because of non-payment of wages in February 2017, then the company's management promised to pay off the salary arrears, but to date has paid only part of the amount.

2016-04-26

"All 96 victims were unlawfully killed" For those who need a reminder this is what a comrade wrote 4 years ago

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2016-01-10

After all the manoeuvres of Tsipras and his supposedly anti-austerity left party pensions which have already been cut are to be cut by another 15-30% to meet the terms of the Third Memorandum with the Troika of the EU, IMF and ECB. All this to obtain money that will only go straight back to Greek creditors and will do nothing to fix the Greek economy. No wonder the pensioners took to the streets in protest but perhaps no surprise that the police, in defence of the Syriza regime, should attack them with cudgels.

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