Tag: class struggle

Postal workers in orange work jackets stand in a parking lot, with flyers of the Communication Workers' Union in their hands.

What the CWU ruling means for the movement

Rachel Eborall explains the implications of the recent Royal Mail injunction.
A person on the street wearing a yellow vest, photographed from the back, with a handwritten message on the vest in French reading 'Macron resign, 3/4 of people didn't vote for you'

‘The hateful crowd’ – the gilets jaunes movement one year on

A gilet jaune protester shares his reflections on the movement one year on.

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.

What a way to make a living | The Royal Mail...

In the latest instalment of our What a way to make a living series, Daniel Freeborn tells us about the daily grind at a Royal Mail sorting office.

Building movements and solidarity at Endgames? Capitalism and the climate emergency

On 26 October, rs21 hosted a day of discussions in London about capitalism and the climate emergency. This session heard from various activists in climate justice groups.
Thousands of people gathered on a street at night, waving Lebanese flags and shining phone torches.

Lebanon’s ‘October Revolution’ must go on!

Lebanon has a golden opportunity for the formation of an alternative, we should not let the ruling class reproduce itself again. In this piece originally published on Open Democracy, Rima Majed reflects on the recent uprising.
A handpainted banner reading 'The oceans are rising and so are we'

Motion: Support the YouthStrike4Climate on 29 November

On 29 November 2019, pupils and students are going on strike for the climate again. We encourage all workers to stand in solidarity with them. The following motion outlines some practical ways to support the youth strikes in workplaces and trade union branches.
Royal Mail workers hold up signs saying 'yes' in preparation for industrial action

Royal Mail workers get ready for ‘the fight of their lives’

Ikenna Azụbụike Ọnwụnabọnze reports on the struggle of Royal Mail workers and the Communication Workers Union to protect the four pillars agreement.

Social justice and climate action: where is the power to win?

We urgently need to win – to stop climate catastrophe, defeat the far right, get rid of the tories, and to end wars, poverty and oppression. How do we get the power to do so? Marx pointed to the working class as having interests and potential power to end capitalism. But what is the working class today? How have occupational changes affected power? What role can workplace and non-workplace struggles play? Even when working class people have potential power, how can we get the organisation and ideas to use it? Come and join the discussion led by Ian Allinson (socialist and former Unite General Secretary candidate).

Where is the power to win today?

How do we get the power to stop climate catastrophe, defeat the far right, get rid of the Tories, and to end wars, poverty and oppression? Marx pointed to the working class, but what is it today? How have occupational changes affected power? How do workplace and non-workplace struggles, social reproduction, ideas and organisation fit in? Discussion led by Ian Allinson (former Unite General Secretary candidate).

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Challenging a rigged system

Katherine Hearst organised voter registration drives in the lead up to the 2017 and 2019 General Elections. But here she argues that active voter suppression is just one symptom of a rigged system.

What does my body know of photography? – Remembering the resistance through art

On Holocaust Memorial Day, Annie Dobson remembers Faye Schulman, photographer and Jewish partisan with her lyric essay.

Report: strike day in Paris

Macron may believe he does not need to compromise over his pension reforms. But on the streets of Paris workers have other ideas.

Interview: The formation of the French strike movement

French collective Plateforme d’Enquêtes Militantes explain the strikes in France.
Forest burning

Motion: climate strikes and COP26

rs21 members have produced a model motion to popularise the idea of a climate strike on International Workers' Day, 1 May 2020 and mobilise for the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November.

Reject the Ten Pledges

Sai Englert argues that the ten pledges represent a continuation of an attack on the left and the Palestine solidarity movement, rather than a serious attempt to tackle antisemitism in Britain.
Photos of Gerry Adams, Martin McGuinness and Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn and the IRA smears

Claims that Jeremy Corbyn was a supporter or even a member of the IRA were a prominent part of how he was demonised. But there was little discussion of the context for the IRA campaign or the left’s attitude.

What a way to make a living | Minicabbing since 1979

In the latest instalment of our What a way to make a living series, Mitch Mitchell reports on his experiences driving minicabs over the decades

France on the march: Macron vs. the unions

The movement against Macron’s pensions reform is at the crossroads,. Public support remains high, but it will have to spread to other basic services and key industries to defeat Macron.

Motion: Solidarity with strikers in France

A show of international solidarity and concrete financial solidarity is vital at this point in the mobilisation where the strike is becoming a significant strain on strikers themselves.

Highlights

Reject the Ten Pledges

Sai Englert argues that the ten pledges represent a continuation of an attack on the left and the Palestine solidarity movement, rather than a serious attempt to tackle antisemitism in Britain.
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.
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.