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Cardiff Public Meeting

NATIONALISM AND INTERNATIONALISM

PUBLIC MEETING AND DISCUSSION

More than 170 years ago, the Communist Manifesto raised the banner: “workers of the world, unite!” It became the guiding motto of the First, Second and Third Internationals. And yet the national question continues to divide would-be-revolutionaries to this very day.

London Public Meeting

RUSSIA: REVOLUTION AND COUNTER-REVOLUTION

BOOK LAUNCH AND DISCUSSION

Our first public meeting post-lockdown will be a launch of the CWO's new book – Russia: Revolution and Counter-Revolution, 1905-1924 - A View from the Communist Left – followed by a discussion.

Liverpool Public Meeting

DAYS OF HOPE? CLASS STRUGGLE IN THE 1970s

FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION

As the post-war accumulation cycle was coming to an end, capitalist states of the West and the East alike were facing a crisis of stagnation. They responded in the only way they could: by extracting more and more value out of the working class and reducing its share of national product. In practice this meant layoffs, unemployment, deskilling, reduced job security, lower wages and higher prices for basic necessities.

Liverpool Public Meeting

COMMUNIST ABSTENTION – NOT ELECTORAL CON TRICKS

PUBLIC MEETING/DISCUSSION

Whoever You Vote For... The Bosses Still Win!

Once again the working class is being urged to play a part in keeping up the pretence that electing M.P.s can provide us with a better future. This is a lie that we need to resist.

Oxford Public Meeting

COMMUNISM NOT CORBYNISM

PUBLIC MEETING/DISCUSSION

Sheffield Public Meeting

ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER - NO SOLUTION WITHIN CAPITALISM!

Evidence of the crisis threatening the entire planet is increasingly stark. Desertification, flooding, hurricanes and cyclones, uncontrolled forest fires all destroy the very basis of life for the "women and men of no property" - the worldwide working class. This, of course, is massively increased by the spreading "wars without end". Whole communities are forced to migrate while the bosses' states raise barriers and walls.

London Public Meeting

TOWARDS THE FUTURE INTERNATIONAL!

From Iran to Mexico, a rising tide of strike actions across the globe shows that class resistance to the horrors of capitalism is still the "spectre that haunts" the capitalist class.

At the same time we are also encouraged by the appearance of new militants attracted to the ideas of Internationalist Communism — the only alternative to the abyss towards which capitalism is dragging the entire planet.

Liverpool Public Meeting

COMMUNISM NOT CORBYNISM

PUBLIC MEETING/DISCUSSION

Leicester Public Meeting

NO WAR BUT THE CLASS WAR

PUBLIC MEETING/DISCUSSION

As capitalism’s economic crisis deepens our rulers are determined to make the working class pay for it by increasing exploitation and reducing wages and living conditions.

Dorking Public Meeting

NO WAR BUT THE CLASS WAR

PUBLIC MEETING/DISCUSSION

As capitalism’s economic crisis deepens our rulers are determined to make the working class pay for it by increasing exploitation and reducing wages and living conditions.

Activities

Striking Kellogg's Workers: Take Control of the Struggle!

Leaflet distributed by the IWG during the Kellogg's strike in Lancaster, PA.

Let's Get Political!

Leaflet distributed by the CWO at recent strikes and protests happening around the UK.

Pay and pension cuts, redundancies, fire and re-hire, health & safety violations, precarity, evictions, anti-protest bills... The attacks are varied but they all point in the same direction: as always, it is the working class who will bear the cost of the crisis.

Sparks' Power in Tyne & Wear: Wildcat Action Wins Back Jobs

On construction sites around the UK, contractors such as Balfour Beatty and NG Bailey have already tried to de-skill the sparks’ (electrician) trade earlier this year. These contractors remain unpopular among many workers in the electrical industry due to this, though ultimately they failed to achieve their goal after much resistance from the sparks throughout the country.(1) However, this has not stopped other contractors from trying to do the same. Most recently we have seen an example of this in Gateshead.

Italy: Class Solidarity with the FedEx and Texprint Workers

The Bosses' Assault is the Bosses' Recovery!

Klasbatalo leaflet for the dockworkers' strike in Montreal.

Solidarity with Firefighters, Paramedics, and Hospital Workers!

Leaflet distributed by the ICO at a protest rally in South Australia for firefighters and paramedics.

THE SITUATION

Solidarity and Self-Organisation are the Weapons of the Working Class

Leaflet distributed by the CWO during the last round of strikes at universities across the UK.

More than 170 years ago, Marx, whose work has helped us understand the basic dynamic of capitalism and the historical ebb and flow of the class struggle, wrote that:

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.

Class Struggle and Gender Trouble

Leaflet distributed by the CWO at protests around the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) happening around the UK last year.

Kill the Bill? Change the System!

Leaflet distributed by the CWO at various Kill the Bill protests happening around the UK.

The heavy handed police response to a vigil in memory of Sarah Everard and the protest in Bristol against the new Police and Crime Bill have again drawn attention to the role of the police in society as it exists today.

Closing Intransigence

Editorial from 1919 (mcmxix.org), the new journal of the North American affiliates of the ICT.

Workers' conditions and struggles

The Italian General Strike

Striking Kellogg's Workers: Take Control of the Struggle!

Leaflet distributed by the IWG during the Kellogg's strike in Lancaster, PA.

Anti-Lockdown Protests and Working-Class Activity in Australia

As this statement is being written the number of active COVID-19 cases in Australia currently stands at just over 23,000, with New South Wales and Victoria accounting for the bulk of that. Between the two states, cases are averaging around 2,000 per day. The number of deaths is now nearing 1,400 since the beginning of the pandemic and almost 300 people are in the ICU. New South Wales has been in lockdown since the end of June and Victoria since the start of August. Nationwide, a little over 58% of people over 16 are now doubly vaccinated.

The GKN Struggle and the October "General Strike" In Italy

This introduction is being written on the day the British Government ends its support for the “furlough” scheme to pay 80% of workers’ wages so they would not be sacked during the pandemic. At least 1 million workers now face an uncertain future. The Italian government began unravelling its support for jobs on 1 July when it ended the moratorium on lay-offs. It was the signal the finance capitalist organisation, Melrose, had been waiting for.

Iran: Oil Workers Reject Trade Unions

Iran: On Oil and Troubled Water

End of Lockdown, No End to Workers Paying for It

Iranian Oil Workers Strike Update

Iranian Oil and Petrochemical Workers' Strikes Go On

Six Statements by the Workers Themselves

Let's Get Political!

Leaflet distributed by the CWO at recent strikes and protests happening around the UK.

Pay and pension cuts, redundancies, fire and re-hire, health & safety violations, precarity, evictions, anti-protest bills... The attacks are varied but they all point in the same direction: as always, it is the working class who will bear the cost of the crisis.

News

2019-01-16

At least 70,000 workers from 45 factories—including tens of thousands of auto parts and assembly workers at companies that supply GM, Ford and Fiat-Chrysler—have launched a wildcat strike in the US-Mexico border town of Matamoros.

The strike is a rebellion against both the “maquiladora” manufacturing corporations and the pro-company trade unions. Over 1 million workers endure low wages and sweatshop conditions at the 3,000 “maquiladora” factories that line the Mexican side of the border and account for 65 percent of Mexican exports. It looks like it has the potential to escalate.

Ant

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2018-11-15

China has detained student organisers and factory workers in at least three cities as a crackdown against labour protests spreads across the country. Security forces stormed student and worker dormitories in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen on Friday night, according to student activists, taking away five university students, three workers in Guangdong province, as well as several employees at a Shenzhen-based labour rights organisation.

For more from the Financial Times article see: ft.com

2018-09-25

It has now spread to other cities.

notesfrombelow.org

2018-05-21

bbc.co.uk

For a fuller investigation see Sarah O Connor here:

ft.com

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.