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Retail tales of festive frenzy

For many bookshop workers, Christmas is a season of stress and exploitation – but it could also be the perfect time to put pressure on management.
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Stop playing Starmer’s game

To defeat the right-wing politics that Keir Starmer exemplifies, socialists need to take their fight outside of Labour's rigged internal structures.
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Class struggle against Covid

We are facing a second wave of Covid-19 due to the reckless drive for profit of the capitalist class. Mass action from below is the key to stopping the virus – and remaking society in the interests of the majority.

The British left must stand in solidarity with Palestinians

Max Stein argues for vocal solidarity with Palestinians as the annexation of the West Bank goes ahead.

The villains of Parliament Square

A who's-who of the murderous colonialists set in stone in Parliament Square Gardens.

‘Justice for Belly! Justice for George!’

Mass protests have returned to British streets, calling for justice for George Floyd and Belly Mujinga, and an end to systemic racism and police violence.

Time to leave Labour

The social crises thrown up by the coronavirus pandemic make internal battles in the Labour Party increasingly irrelevant.

Double or nothing

Boris Johnson's manoeuvre to shut down parliament is a step towards establishing a right-wing populist hegemony in Britain

‘Soldier F’: the far right’s new rallying cry

As Jeremy Hunt pledges to block prosecution of British soldiers, Max L explores the role of the far right in a growing street campaign for immunity for soldiers who committed war crimes in the North of Ireland.

Labour split: meet the gang of seven

At long last, the new centrist party is here. Meet the seven Blairite relics promising to #ChangePolitics.

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Review | China in One Village

Charlie Hore reviews China in One Village by Liang Hong, finding an informative and personal account of the contradictions of rapid urbanisation and societal...
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An injury to Paul is an injury to us all

UNISON President Paul Holmes, a prominent left-winger, was been suspended by his employer during a strike two years ago on secret charges. UNISON has suspended Holmes and his branch. Sam O'Brien reports from a solidarity protest.
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Extracts from Revolutionary Rehearsals in the Neoliberal Age

Colin Barker discusses social movements and the possibility of socialist revolution and Sameh Naguib explores the tragedy of the Egyptian revolution in these extracts from Revolutionary Rehearsals in the Neoliberal Age.
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Jet Zero: a one way ticket to climate hell

The British Government's package of plans to make the aviation industry 'green', is a charade driven by considerations of profit, economic growth and aviation's corporate consumers. Gareth Dale and Josh Moos explain the problems, and offer some alternatives.
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What a way to make a living | Working in care for 16 years

In the latest instalment of our What a Way to Make a Living series, rs21 member discusses their experience of working in care and how wider changes to the care sector have affected the pay, conditions and experience of care workers over time.
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. It argues for a fundamental rethink of union organising, structure and strategy in order to build power and change lives.

Highlights

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Sharon Graham wins stunning Unite victory

rs21 members in Unite respond to Sharon Graham's victory in the Unite General Secretary election. She recognises the need to focus on rebuilding workplace power to reverse union decline.

Kill The Bill: the day of action

rs21 members took part in a social media campaign as part of the #KillTheBill day of action against the new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill on Saturday 21 August 2021,

Afghanistan: the end of the occupation

Nancy Lindisfarne and Jonathan Neale write about the Taliban's defeat of the United States, challenge Islamophobic myths about Afghanistan and urge solidarity with refugees.

Remembering Utøya

We cannot allow the memory of the Utøya massacre ten years ago to be co-opted and depoliticised. Breivik's murderous Islamophobia and his hatred of the Left display affinities with far more mainstream political ideology.

Marx, the Paris Commune & socialism’s two souls: What liberation are we fighting for?

At the heart of the Communist Manifesto of 1848, recalled Engels, was the idea that “the emancipation of the workers must be the act of the working class itself.”

The Nakba never ended. Victory to the Intifada

For 73 years Palestinians have not only mourned the Nakba but refused to accept its continuation.