France: A New Attack on the Working Class

For the last few months French workers have gone on strike and taken to the streets in demonstrations and street meetings against the new Labour Law. What is striking about the El Khomri law (so-called after the Minister for Labour), especially when compared to the rest of Europe, is not its content but the reaction that it has provoked amongst wide sectors of the working class and so-called...

Brexit Vote – Another Sign of Global Capitalism’s Deepening Crisis

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The British referendum on the EU may be over but the debate still rages. Let’s just get one thing out of the way first. Nowhere in the UK has the working class anything to gain from Brexit and “Remain” equally meant nothing to a class already suffering the pain of austerity. A vote for either is a vote to give the national capital a blank cheque for more austerity.

Iran: The Day They Flogged “God”

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In December 2014, in protest against the sacking of 350 seasonal workers, a large gathering of laid off workers took place in front of the guards house of the "Agh Darreh" gold mine, Iran’s second-largest, with more than 30 tons of proven reserves and one of the biggest gold mines in the Middle East.

Strikes in France - A Brief Introduction

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The document which follows was written by an Italian comrade of Battaglia Comunista as a preliminary introduction to the text we have called “The Strikes in France May 2016” which appeared on the site some days ago. His intention was simply to put the strikes in context for Italian readers. This slightly adapted translation intends to do the same for English speakers and should be read in...

France: What does the “Up All Night” Movement Signify?

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What does the “Up All Night” Movement Signify? · [Further reflection by comrades in France on the political situation there to go with the previous document on the struggles – See · Irrespective of the use and abuse of "Up All Night", this phenomenon is a sign of a subterranean journey of some reflection and of the need to struggle against the seriousness of the political, economic, social,...

The Strikes in France May 2016

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The following document is a translation of a text written by a French comrade. It is obviously not a complete picture and refers only to the situation of the struggle in May but an update is already being prepared as is a document of deeper reflection on the significance of these struggles. CWO · The purpose of this document is to reflect on the current social situation and the balance of power...

Swimming Against the Stream, the Challenge for Revolutionaries

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The following document is approximately the text of the introduction to a one hour meeting introduced by the Communist Workers’ Organisation in the Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair on April 23 2016. The meeting was advertised in the programme with these words · “Capitalism faces its longest ever unresolved crisis.

Ecuador: Against the Attacks of Capital and the State

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For around a decade and a half the usual leftist motley crew have been proclaiming the virtues of “socialism” and “anti-imperialism” in Latin America. If it was not Chavismo in Venezuela[1] or the electoral success of the Workers’ Party in Brasil then there was always Morales in Bolivia or the Correa government in Ecuador to point to the possibility of social change without changing the...

Against Exploitation, Crisis and War:

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It’s Time to Organise · We live in an increasingly dangerous world. Capitalism is in its deepest crisis for 80 years. The falling rate of profit has led to a worldwide stagnation in investment. Its effects are visible everywhere. This includes the ecological destruction of the planet which increasingly threatens the future of life on earth itself.

The Minimum Wage Con-Trick

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For the likes of Terra Firma, a debt-fuelled private equity firm run by Guy Hands from his tax haven in Guernsey, the rise in the minimum wage threatens the viability of its Four Seasons Care Homes. This is the biggest group of homes for the elderly in Britain but exists for nothing more than financial speculation.

The Panama Papers: The Real Scandal is Capitalism

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Remember “we are all in it together”? This was the British Prime Minister’s arrogant claim in 2010 that people like him were suffering as much as the working class from the crisis. It appears he has now got a new version. When he got up in the House of Commons this month to justify why his father had set up a shell company, Blairmore Holdings to avoid paying inheritance tax, his main argument was...

UK Capital – New Steps, New Drama, New Pain for the Working Class

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The media and the Government keep repeating the message that “the crisis is over, things are improving, we are making headway”. They point to the fact that jobless totals are down, production is up, debt is being reduced, and they say the economy is on the upturn. What they cannot explain is if the outlook is better for the UK economy, and even possibly the world, why is life for millions still...

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