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Manchester housing workers to reballot after three months of strikes

On the last day of three months' of strike action, culminating in a four-week continuous strike, Unite activist Ian Allinson interviewed Unite UCATT steward...

Manchester housing maintenance workers strike

Report from the ongoing Manchester strike for pay parity and against housing maintenance on the cheap

#GE2017: Can Labour deliver security at work?

Unite activist and former General Secretary candidate Ian Allinson examines Labour's third pledge of 'Security At Work'.

revolutionary reflections | The Upturn/Downturn Debate: An Introduction

Ian Allinson summarises a debate on the development of capitalism since 1968, and how this has impacted the working class and its struggles, in...
Bartley Willcock portrait

Obituary: Bartley Willcock

Ian Allinson and Sam O'Brien describe the remarkable life of Brian Bartley Willcock who died last week at the age of 82. Note: this has...

Unite conference backs Corbyn and mandatory reselection of MPs

Ian Allinson gives a second update on Unite Policy Conference which took major decisions on migration, industrial strategy, backing Jeremy Corbyn and mandatory re-selection of MPs, fracking and climate change.
Banner Theatre with Chicago teachers after a performance of "Chicago: The Great Teachers' Strike" at Manchester May Day 2016

Chicago teachers join Manchester’s biggest May Day for years

Tara Stamps and Matt Luskin from the Chicago Teachers' Union joined Manchester's biggest International Workers' Day festival for years. Ian Allinson reports. Manchester TUC had...
Chicago teachers' rally 1 April 2016, banners read "Strike 4 Justice, Fight For Funding" and "Rock Beats Scissors, Solidarity Beats Cuts"

Academisation and the Chicago teachers’ strikes

It is really important and positive that the National Union of Teachers (NUT) conference was so determined to strike against the Tories' plans to...

EU debate: 38 points on Brexit and the Left

Ian Allinson examines what points the radical left can agree on, and what points remain contentious, concluding that we should not lose sight of the...

Civil Rights and the Trade Union Bill

Ian Allinson discusses the Tories attempts to attack our right to organise in the context of civil rights  Since the election the Tories have moved...

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Anti-Boris demo in Uxbridge

How we fight back

A devastating electoral defeat for Labour brings with it an inevitable battle for interpretation. It also sharply illustrates the need for our side to build power beyond parliament.
Giant banner across bridge reads "reclaim your future. Vote the Tories out"

Get the Tories Out!

After weeks of frenetic campaigning, election day is finally here. Today is a chance to shape the terrain we fight on. Everyone can help with the final push to get out the vote - turnout could be decisive. Whatever the result, relationships, skills and experiences from the campaign will be vital in the coming months.
TUC march

Workers’ and union rights in #GE2019

The Labour and Tory manifestos could hardly be more different when it comes to workers’ individual and collective rights, but there are also important implications for what happens after the election - whatever the result.

Labour’s plans on education are a step in the right direction

Vygotsky, who is a teacher in a school for pupils with special educational needs, reflects on Labour's proposed changes to the education system and on her experiences canvassing.

Winning the Revenge Election

After decades of betrayal, we need to make class arguments not only for redistribution but also for retribution.
Trixie Smith

Music of the people: The Blues

Mitch Mitchell is back with another people’s music playlist. This time he’s here with a brief history of The Blues

Report: Cambridge protests Erdoğan’s visit

Zareen Taj reports on the protest in Cambridge against Erdoğan's visit.
25 April 1983

revolutionary reflections | Portugal’s revolution portrayed

Raquel Varela’s new history of the Portuguese revolution is essential reading for revolutionary socialists, argues Brian Parkin.
Picket line conversation

Picket line conversations

A Unison member reflects on conversations on the picket-lines that offered a different vision about how universities could and should be run.
French firefighters on strike

The biggest strike for a decade in France

Kleanthis Antoniou explains today's strike in France.

Highlights

25 April 1983

revolutionary reflections | Portugal’s revolution portrayed

Raquel Varela’s new history of the Portuguese revolution is essential reading for revolutionary socialists, argues Brian Parkin.
A group of artworkers stand with a banner outdoors on the Southbank in London

What a way to make a living | An art worker in the climate...

Katherine Hearst, art worker and climate activist reflects on the links between precarity and the climate crisis.
Kick Boris Out

The long Conservative decline

Labour still has a long way to go to win this election. But the Tory crisis won't go away either, regardless of who wins on 12 December, argues Duncan Thomas.

Striking together for Higher Education

The whys, whats and what nexts of the upcoming higher education strikes, which begin on 25 November.

revolutionary reflections | Class struggles in the 1989 revolution

For the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we publish a translation of Volkhard Mosler's analysis of the class composition of the East German regime and the opposition movement to it.