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ireland / britain / workplace struggles / policy statement Tuesday August 27, 2013 05:01 byZabalaza Books   image 1 image
Zabalaza Books is pleased to make available – in PDF – this classic text, by the (Platformist) Anarchist Workers' Group (AWG), active in Britain from 1988-1992: In Place of Compromise: Why We Need a Rank and File Movement (Huddersfield, Anarchist Workers Group, 1988). It deals with issues of anarchist strategy in relation to orthodox unions, provides an important analysis of the nature of trade union bureaucracies, and draws on the earlier history of rank-and-file syndicalism, notably the Workers' Committee Movement in Britain in the late 1910s. The AWG emerged from a split in the syndicalist Direct Action Movement (now the Solidarity Federation, or SolFed). It presented a strategy for militant work within the existing unions, rather than for building new pure (and tiny) alternative unions, or for boycotting or otherwise ignoring the existing unions. It must be noted that the AWG collapsed in 1992, and several of its former members moved to Leninism - a fact that has sometimes been absurdly used to suggest that platformism leads to Leninism. The choices of these individuals do not detract from the value of this pamphlet. For a balanced view of the fate of the AWG, see http://www.anarkismo.net/article/8452 and for other AWG texts, see http://flag.blackened.net/revolt/awg.html read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / gender / opinion / analysis Monday July 15, 2013 22:58 byAndrew Flood   image 1 image
Despite spending in the region of a million euro and getting the backing of the catholic church its now clear that the anti-choice extremists of Youth Defence & the Pro Life Campaign were resoundingly defeated when the Dail finally voted though legislation implementing the X-Case judgment of 21 years ago. This time last year they were confident that they already had enough Fine Gael TD's on board to block the required legislation but they reckoned against the wave of public anger that followed the death of Savita Halappanavar after she was denied a potentially life saving abortion in a Galway hospital. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / anarchist movement / news report Wednesday July 10, 2013 16:18 byCollective Action   image 1 image
We are pleased to announce our affiliation to the international anarchist communist co-operative project, Anarkismo. Our affiliation comes after months of discussion and clarification of Collective Action's political positions as well as the positions of constituent members of Anarkismo. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / gender / opinion / analysis Saturday June 29, 2013 17:17 byGlykosymoritis   text 1 comment (last - monday july 01, 2013 21:44)   image 1 image
Photo from last years Dublin Pride read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / community struggles / press release Wednesday June 26, 2013 23:57 byWorkers Solidarity Movement   image 1 image
The Workers Solidarity Movement has decided to withdraw from the Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes. Please see statement below. We have made a donation of €1,000 towards paying off the debts of CAHWT. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Friday June 21, 2013 11:38 bySean Matthews   image 1 image
At the post G8 press conference, PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggot claimed the G8 summit in Enniskillen was the "most peaceful and stable" in its history. The G8 gangsters may have left dazzled and wined by our local political class but beneath the media spin and smokescreen lies the ugly reality of a new Northern Ireland of one rule for the rich and powerful while the rest of us must accept our place in the ladder, or face the consequences. We only need to look no further than the selective internment of Marion Price and others. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / anti-fascism / opinion / analysis Thursday May 30, 2013 21:58 byJoseph Kay   image 2 images
You've all seen the images doing the rounds on facebook of EDL members waving mis-spelt placards. Maybe you've liked or shared them on Facebook. I had the autotuned 'Muslamic Ray Guns' tune stuck in my head for ages even though it was politically problematic. While humour and ridicule can be an important political tool, much of the 'humour' in this vein is counter-productive to an effective anti-fascism.
The problem with the EDL is that they're a violent, nationalist street movement. Not that they have northern working class accents and can't spell. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / miscellaneous / opinion / analysis Tuesday May 28, 2013 20:34 bySean Matthews   image 1 image
The media charm offensive has began as our local corrupt political class roll out the the red carpet to the notorious gang of eight, dealers of austerity, state terror and imperialism. The beautiful, tranquil lakes of Fermanagh will be turned into a "ring of steel" with security fencing extending for miles, protected by an army of professional thugs and watchtowers to keep the rest of us plebs at bay. read full story / add a comment
Minister for public expenditure & reform, Brendan Howlin
ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Monday May 27, 2013 21:17 byGregor Kerr   image 1 image
The "Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill 2013", published by the government on Thursday last (23rd May), is a clear attempt to bully public sector workers into voting for the re-hashed terms of the Croke Park II deal emphatically rejected by them just a couple of weeks ago. read full story / add a comment
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irlanda / gran bretagna / economia / opinione / analisi Monday May 27, 2013 21:09 byDermot Freeman   image 1 image
A dispetto di una una lunga e pervicace campagna antipopolare condotta sull'imposizione di questa ingiusta e crudele tassa sulla casa, oltre 650.000 famiglie al 22 maggio 2013 non avevano ancora provveduto al pagamento della tassa. Né una legge draconiana né le minacce di multe hanno portato la gente a recarsi volontariamente agli uffici del catasto. [English] read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / the left / review Saturday May 25, 2013 22:49 byGlykosymoritis   image 1 image
Review, by Barry Biddulph of Trotsky, Trotskyism and Trotskyists, a Communist Workers Organisation Pamphlet. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / economy / opinion / analysis Friday May 24, 2013 19:03 byDermot Freeman   image 1 image
In spite of a long and consistent campaign which has been waged against people in relation to the imposition of this unjust and unfair tax on homes, over 650,000 households have not registered with revenue [22.05.2013]. Draconian legislation and the threats of fines has not resulted in people volunteering their information to the revenue. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / anarchist movement / press release Thursday May 23, 2013 16:29 byGlykosymoritis   image 1 image
In response to yesterday’s Irish News (Mon 20 May 2013) front page article, “Police to Occupy hundreds of vacant premises in Belfast during G8”, the Workers Solidarity Movement condemned security forces scaremongering in the media. read full story / add a comment
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irlanda / gran bretagna / imperialismo / guerra / opinione / analisi Wednesday May 22, 2013 16:10 byEric Chester   image 1 image
Lo Scottish National Party (SNP) ha ribadito che una Scozia indipendente sarebbe un paese libero da armi nucleari. Questa posizione riflette il fatto che l'opinione pubblica scozzese è nella stragrande maggioranza contraria alla presenza del sistema di sottomarini Trident a Faslane. Questi sottomarini, un residuo della Guerra Fredda, sono a propulsione nucleare e trasportano missili balistici armati con ordigni nucleari. Questa campagna dello SNP per liberare la Scozia dalle armi nucleari è stato uno dei pochi argomenti salienti per l'indipendenza scozzese. [English] read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / imperialism / war / opinion / analysis Tuesday May 21, 2013 21:44 byEric Chester   image 1 image
The Scottish National Party has insisted that an independent Scotland would be free of nuclear weapons, says Eric Chester. This position reflects the fact that Scottish popular opinion is overwhelmingly opposed to the stationing of the Trident submarine system at Faslane. These subs, a leftover from the Cold War days, are nuclear powered and carry ballistic missiles armed with nuclear weapons. The SNP campaign to rid Scotland of nuclear weapons has provided one of the few salient arguments for independence. [Italiano] read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / community struggles / opinion / analysis Wednesday May 15, 2013 20:15 byJames McBarron   image 1 image
Dublin City Council have new by laws to permit officials to interrogate members of the public as to how they are disposing of their rubbish. When the councils started charging for waste disposal years back numerous people refused to pay, the councils then withdrew their collections and ultimately the service was privatised. At the time of the introduction of a fee for rubbish collection some environmentalists argued it was a good thing that would lead to greater recycling and lower waste production. The councils began charging for recycling also of course. read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Friday March 22, 2013 20:17 byAndrew Flood   image 1 image
We have to ask ourselves how we have found ourselves in unions where the leadership was allowed take such an approach. And we have to work out how we create unions that we control and which will help us organise together to defend our common interests. How has it come to this? read full story / add a comment
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ireland / britain / workplace struggles / opinion / analysis Wednesday March 20, 2013 20:09 byAndrew Flood   image 1 image
The government says if we Vote no to Croke Park they will impose it anyway. Many of the union leadership try and scare us into voting Yes with this threat and by saying the only alternative is strike action. Both are right. If we just vote no than the government will attack us. And when they do the only way we can win is if we are willing to fight back - that will mean industrial action. It will almost certainly mean at least the credible threat of an indefinite strike. read full story / add a comment
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irlande / grande-bretagne / luttes en milieu de travail / opinion / analyse Sunday March 10, 2013 22:42 byMark Hoskins   image 1 image
Les responsables des syndicats irlandais viennent d'approuver un programme d'austérité pour les travailleurs du secteur public. Le Workers Solidarity Movement s'oppose à cet accord. Cet article fournit des détails et des arguments contre cette attaque envers les travailleurs. [English] read full story / add a comment
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irlanda / gran bretagna / lotte sindacali / opinione / analisi Monday March 04, 2013 20:57 byMark Hoskins   image 1 image
I dirigenti sindacali irlandesi hanno siglato un accordo per un programma di austerity che riguarda i lavoratori del settore pubblico.Il WSM sta contestando questo accordo. In questo articolo dettagli sull'accordo e sulle nostre contestazioni a questo attacco ai lavoratori. [English] read full story / add a comment

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