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Photo from UCU strike four fights rally in Manchester, banner in front reads 'End casualisation', behind that is a Manchester Metrolopitan UCU branch banner. Photo by Ian Allinson.

Lowering expectations: misrepresentations of McAlevey

Many trade union activists have been inspired and guided by McAlevey's books on strategy. But sections of the union bureaucracy are now co-opting her terminology to justify inaction and anti-democratic methods.
Photo shows burning hobs on a gas stove, as gas prices are set to rise dramatically in 2022.

The cost-of-living crisis

With high inflation and a sharp rise in energy prices on the way, Ian Allinson argues that the cost-of-living crisis will shape British politics over the coming months.
COP26 climate protests. Join a union/worker bloc. Sat 6 Nov: everywhere. www.wemaketomorrow/action

Unite Policy Conference backs climate action

Unite's Policy Conference backed the COP26 protests, workplace action and climate strikes, but remains attached to technical fixes.
Arise: Power, Strategy and Union Resurgence by Jane Holgate is available from Pluto Press from 20 August 2021.

How can unions rebuild power?

Ian Allinson reviews Jane Holgate’s new book, Arise! Power, Strategy and Union Resurgence, an exploration of why unions have failed to revitalise themselves.
Crowd with flags and 'end fire and rehire' banner

Video | Interviews with Go North West bus strikers

The day after ending their successful 12-week strike against #FireAndRehire, Manchester bus strikers spoke to Ian Allinson about the dispute and what comes next.
March with banners reading 'end fire & rehire' and 'Unite Queen's Road branch'

Ongoing Manchester bus strike defeats fire and rehire

The longest bus strike in British history is poised to win after a campaign involving an indefinite strike, community solidarity and a leverage strategy.
Queen's Road bus garage with pickets and flags

Indefinite bus strike in Manchester against #FireAndRehire

Around 400 Unite members at a bus garage in north Manchester have been on indefinite strike since 28 February against fire and rehire. Ian Allinson explains what is going on and the strike's wider significance.
Image shows a blue placard that reads "USS pension strike. We Earned It. We deserve it. We demand it."

The Tories are robbing our pensions by stealth

The Tories have sneaked through an obscure change to the Retail Price Index (RPI) that means big reductions in many pensions and downward pressure on pay. Unite activist Ian Allinson explains.
Returning to school or work now will kill thousands

Video: Not safe to return to school or work

The government is trying to force people back to unsafe schools and workplaces. Parents, school students and workers are resisting.

Remember the dead – fight like hell for the living!

Turn International Workers’ Memorial Day on Tuesday 28 April into a powerful cry of grief and rage. The government hasn’t called a day of national mourning – we must make our own.

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Crowd with Palestinian flags

Palestine solidarity and the future of the DSA – on the Bowman crisis

Arguments over Palestine solidarity have swept through the DSA in recent months – two American socialists explain the background.
Photo from UCU strike four fights rally in Manchester, banner in front reads 'End casualisation', behind that is a Manchester Metrolopitan UCU branch banner. Photo by Ian Allinson.

Lowering expectations: misrepresentations of McAlevey

Many trade union activists have been inspired and guided by McAlevey's books on strategy. But sections of the union bureaucracy are now co-opting her terminology to justify inaction and anti-democratic methods.

Review | Legacy of Violence: A History of the British Empire

Caroline Elkins' compelling new book makes the barbarity of the British empire in the twentieth century absolutely clear.

Striking union organizers raided by Russian security forces

Russian security forces raided the apartments of independent trade unionists in Moscow on Monday night in a direct attack on the organising of gig economy workers, writes an anonymous rs21 member.
Picket line rally of CHEP strikers - banners for Greater Manchester Area Trade Union Council, Bolton and District Trades Union Council, and a CHEP banner reading 'CHEP UK your offer is un'pallet'able - deliver fair pay now!'

Growing strike solidarity networks in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester has been home to an unusual number of major strikes in the last couple of years. Local activists and rs21 members Ian Allinson and Derek Fraser discuss what we can learn from these and the development of solidarity networks around them.
A photo of the occupation of the British Museum by BP or not BP

Activists occupy the British Museum

This weekend, climate and anti-colonial activists occupied the British Museum in opposition to its oil sponsorships.

Highlights

Ukrainian soldiers train with javelin missile systems in Donbas. These are arms supplied to Ukraine by NATO.

On the invasion of Ukraine

A statement from the rs21 Steering Group on the inter-imperialist war currently being waged in Ukraine.
Image shows around 10-15 people at the front of a crowd raising their fists and holding up a purple cloth banner reading 'Cut Energy Bills'

Cost of living crisis – strike, mobilise, occupy!

After the first wave of protests, we must continue the fightback against the companies and institutions that have caused the crisis.

The actuality of the revolution: exploitation and oppressions

In this extract from Revolutionary Rehearsals in the Neoliberal Age, Neil Davidson suggests ways to draw struggles against oppression and exploitation together.
Image shows a red-filtered photo of a laundrette, empty except for one woman in the background.

The double shift: talking childcare and gender in the pandemic

As many nations re-enter lockdown, Kate Bradley interviews two rs21 members on their experiences with childcare, work and gender during Covid lockdowns.
Image shows the cover of ABOLITION.FEMINSM.NOW by Angela Y. Davis, Gina Dent, Erica R. Meiners, and Beth E. Richie, plus background images of protestors.

Reimagining the relationship between care and power

Zad El Bacha reviews Abolition. Feminism. Now. in the context of radical politics in Britain.
Photo shows burning hobs on a gas stove, as gas prices are set to rise dramatically in 2022.

The cost-of-living crisis

With high inflation and a sharp rise in energy prices on the way, Ian Allinson argues that the cost-of-living crisis will shape British politics over the coming months.