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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'.
Striking workers outside the Ritzy cinema. Keywords: what is picketing strikes

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...

Latest articles

graffiti in Holyrood Park, near the Scottish Parliament showing a heart transgender symbol

No more ‘delays’ to trans rights: reform the GRA now!

Scotland-based rs21 member Leslie Cunningham argues we should all be fighting in the struggle for trans rights, and asks: why the delays to reforming the Gender Recognition Act?

Palestine: never give up the struggle

What is happening to the Palestinians right now is not new, not some anomaly, not some break with the past.
Relatives carry a woman who fainted after seeing the body of her husband at a hospital in Ahmedabad, India

Turning a profit from death: Modi’s pandemic response in neoliberal India

The recent upsurge of Covid across India has laid bare the Indian state's utter failure to protect its population. Here Tithi Bhattacharya explains why the Modi regime's callous disregard for human life amplifies the murderous logic of neo-liberalism that previous regimes have followed.
Demonstrators in the nationwide protests against tax reforms

Colombia: ‘the hegemony of the right is cracking up’

The mass movement that broke out in opposition to the tax reform proposals presented to Congress by the government of President Iván Duque has not only succeeded in forcing the withdrawal of those proposals, but has shed light on a much broader situation of discontent. This is a translation of an interview with Colombian leftist Pietro Lora Alarcón.
Riot police surround a chalet during the Dale Farm eviction in 2011.

How the Police Bill targets Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

The Police Bill will further criminalise so-called 'unauthorised encampments', increasing repression of GRT people. Charlotte Powell interviews Luke Smith from GRTSocialists.
Cover of 'Fight the Fire' by Jonathan Neale. Text: 'FIGHT THE FIRE: Green New Deals and Global Climate Jobs.

Review | Fight the Fire

Jonathan Neale's new book calls for a global mass movement to confront the capitalist forces driving climate breakdown, linking analysis with real world action and what must be done to fight climate disaster.

Highlights

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.
View from the city walls as Loyalists prepare a bonfire in the Fountain estate in Derry

What’s behind the riots in the North of Ireland?

The riots in the North of Ireland must be understood in the context of continued sectarian division and state repression.
Image of Kill the Bill protesters in Parliament Square

#KillTheBill – where it came from, where it’s going

Th Police Bill is an assault on us all and an attack on us all must be met by resistance from us all. Unity and solidarity must be the clarion call of this movement.
An engraving depicting the 1871 revolt against French rule in the Kabylia region of Algeria

1871: the Commune and the Kabylia

Rosa Moussaoui recalls the uprising that swept colonised Algeria at the same moment that a Universal Republic was proclaimed in Paris

Remembering the Paris Commune

On the 150th anniversary of the instigation of the Paris Commune, rs21's Art Group presents a video project to commemorate the world's first working-class revolutionary government.
A painting of Parisian National Guard gathered in the open air during the winter of 1870

The Paris Commune: Order Reigns in Paris

A new translation of an article from Le Cri du peuple, the leading newspaper of the Paris Commune