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Newcastle upon Tyne Public Meeting

Education Strikes from West Virginia and Kenya to the UK

New Class Composition? New Struggle?

“The bourgeoisie has stripped of its halo every occupation hitherto honoured and looked up to with reverent awe. It has converted the physician, the lawyer, the priest, the poet, the man of science, into its paid wage labourers.”

The Communist Manifesto

MDF meeting Birmingham

The next Midlands Discussion Forum will be on the subject:

Single Issue Campaigns and Reformism

2pm on Saturday 17th March at the Woodman, New Canal St, Birmingham B5 5LG

Durham Meeting

Open Meeting

Universal Basic Income: step forward for low paid workers or "bread and circuses" for the plebs?

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: Identity Politics and Class War

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.

reddit.com

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.

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

Universal Basic Income

Newcastle Public Meeting: Education Strikes from West Virginia and Kenya to the UK

On Sunday March 25 the CWO held a meeting in Newcastle focussing on the recent educational strikes across the world. It was attended by students, academics and other university workers (some in the CWO, some not) who had participated in the recent pickets of Newcastle, York and Durham universities. A CWO comrade gave the following introduction.

INTRODUCTION

West Virginia School Employees Strike Sold Out?

Autonomism – “Many Flowers Little Fruit”[1]

A Response to our Critics

Introduction

Solidarity with the GDN Logistics workers

Capitalism’s Crisis of Stagnation and Austerity

As 2018 opens economic optimism is breaking out amongst the capitalist class. Leaving aside the vainglorious boasts of the current President of the United States that unemployment in the US has reached lows only last seen in the post-war boom, or that the New York stock market is now at all time record highs, more serious economic commentators are arguing that after a decade of misery (at least for 99% of the planet) the signs of recovery from the 2007-8 banking collapse are now behind us.

Iranian Protests against Austerity

Does Venezuela have a Future?

For a Class Analysis of the Housing Question

We have translated this article from the latest edition of Battaglia Comunista, paper of our sister group in Italy, because it clearly frames the ‘housing question’ as a key part of the class struggle which must inevitably sharpen as the working and living conditions of the working class come under attack on all fronts.

Durham Teaching Assistants – Not Finished Yet?

News

2018-04-03

Thousands of teachers on strike in both states following the strike in West Virginia

In Kentucky its the pensions issue again but in Oklahoma the continual cuts in the state budget due to tax cuts has forced schools to shut an extra day a week and some schools find they cannot buy textbooks despite sacking teaching assistants and teachers en masse. edition.cnn.com

2017-12-15

libcom.org

More than 200 workers at the flagship rail construction project have downed tools today in solidarity with more colleagues who have been sacked and locked out.

2017-11-09

“Greece’s notaries have begun a two-month strike aimed at blocking the leftwing Syriza government’s plan to launch electronic auctions of repossessed properties this month, as agreed in the country’s current bailout deal with the EU. The notaries resorted to industrial action after their requests for protection from attacks by leftwing extremists protesting against foreclosures were ignored by the authorities, according to Giorgos Roskas, president of their union.

2017-11-06

Since austerity became official in 2010 food banks have grown exponentially. With an estimated 2,000 distribution centres across the country and tens of thousands of volunteers, they are now a key part of the state’s welfare ‘safety net’. To use a food bank, a referral is needed, typically from social service or housing support officers, but also from agencies such as local charities or Citizens Advice. The number of people resorting to food banks mushroomed after Benefit sanctions were introduced in 2012. (These can be applied at a bureaucrat’s discretion in cases such as failure to attend jobcentre appointments, interviews or health checks. Benefits are cut for periods from four weeks to three years.) Research by Oxford university found that for every 10 extra benefit sanctions imposed between one three-month period and the next, five more food parcels were handed out. Now the Trussell Trust, which covers two-thirds of distribution areas, reports a 6.64 per cent average rise in referrals for emergency food in 2016/17, but a 16.85 per cent increase in universal credit rollout areas.

2017-09-07

Very informative article at libcom.org

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.

See ft.com

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!