As LRC membership increases, new members are establishing branches as far afield as York and Oxfordshire. Cathy Augustine, co-vice chair of the LRC and chair of one of our newest branches, shares some recent developments from Oxfordshire
Tom Rollings (UCU Sheffield University) reports from Moscow on the recent elections
Don’t plan for business as usual on Friday the 20th. Instead, expect lively marches between schools and college campuses, occupations of roundabouts, slow moving columns of cyclists, road-blocks and surprise walk-outs and banner drops.
The networks of women’s congresses, armed units and community organisations are clearly central to the entire project, from grassroots to the main co-ordinating bodies of the autonomous administration. Each local council or neighbourhood assembly right up to district and overall level must have a 40% quota of either sex.
In addition to this, women’s councils exercise vetoes over male decision-making. By these means, the gender balance of power is deliberately skewed towards women.
IN AN UNPRECEDENTED MOVE 58 Lincolnshire health visitors, organised in the Unite union, have so far mounted six days of strike action in a dispute that stems from their transfer from NHS employment to the Tory-controlled county council.
Victories in these three battles could serve to bolster that great intangible — workers’ confidence — and also embolden union leaderships to consider once more the possibility of a wider revival of an old weapon in the working class arsenal.
The last issue of Labour Briefing covered the Oxfordshire FBU campaign against proposed safety critical cuts to crew numbers. Steve Wright, Oxfordshire Fire Brigades Union vice-chair and organiser, updates us on some positive developments.
Parts of the South East have as many challenges as the North of England. This is particularly true of coastal areas like Thanet where more than a third of our population is living in extreme deprivation.
“Across the world, strikes have been severely restricted or banned in 123 out of 145 countries. Half the countries of Europe deny workers the right to join a union”
The Airwars Team highlight the under-reporting of civilian casualties in recent US-led wars
Mike Phipps highlights a new report on the abuses committed by the government of Daniel Ortega (pictured)
Signed by Noam Chomsky and over 100 prominent Jewish figures, this letter appeared in the print edition of today’s Guardian (July 9th). It has mysteriously disappeared from the online version ‘pending investigation’. Guardian readers should be asking why. Here it is anyway.
In Oxford, the most recently established branch of the Labour Representation Committee has started its campaigning with a programme of activity in solidarity with the local Fire Brigades Union.