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‘Red Ellen’ Wilkinson - How a radical campaigner was limited by Labour

01 November 2016
A new biography of MP and campaigner Ellen Wilkinson documents her fight for radical change—and how a commitment to parliament scuppered it, writes Nick Clark

Don’t pass up chance to mobilise the fight against the Tory austerity

27 September 2016
When Tory leader Theresa May moved into Downing Street, the pundits claimed that the Tory splits had been healed.

TUC congress delegates pass motions opposing austerity and racism

13 September 2016
The TUC bureaucracy was pessimistic about the prospects of defending workers' rights at conference in Brighton this week.

TUC Congress - unions must break the law to defend workers' rights

13 September 2016
This year’s TUC congress in Brighton came after the Tories passed their Trade Union Act in May. 

The Tories can be beaten - but only if we fight

07 September 2016
The Tories marked their return from a long summer holiday by doing what they do best—whipping up racism and fighting among themselves.

GMB’s move against Corbyn warns us that union leaders can be fair weather friends

11 August 2016
The GMB union’s decision yesterday, Wednesday, to back Owen Smith in the Labour Party leadership election is a significant blow to Jeremy Corbyn.

Turn the radical mood into a mass movement against Tory austerity

09 August 2016
One thing the surge in support for Jeremy Corbyn shows is that working class people are seething with anger against politicians and the bosses.

Rail bosses' attack on safety is a plot to smash workers' unions—say no to DOO

02 August 2016
Workers in Scotland, London and the south east of England are stepping up their strikes to resist bosses’ plans to undermine safety on the railways.

London Met workers start indicative ballot on action to defend jobs

26 July 2016
UCU union members at London Metropolitan University are holding an indicative ballot for strikes against mass job cuts.

Big Bill Haywood - a fighter against the bosses and revolutionary trade unionist

19 July 2016
Big Bill Haywood was a giant of the US workers’ movement. John Newsinger has edited a new collection of Haywood’s journalism and writes on the life of the revolutionary

Unite union backs Trident renewal as delegates denounce Len McCluskey's 'fudge'

12 July 2016
The powerful Unite union will call on Labour MPs to vote with the Tories to back the renewal of the Trident nuclear missile system next week.

Unite union delegates back Jeremy Corbyn

12 July 2016
Delegates at the Unite union conference this week were furious at moves against Jeremy Corbyn—and wanted the union to take a stand.

Members or MPs - who's in charge of the Labour Party?

30 June 2016
The turmoil inside the Labour Party has uncovered the deep rift between its members and MPs. The cause of the tension lies right at the heart of the party, explains Dave Sewell

Industrial round up

07 June 2016
An inquest into the death of north London teenager Henry Hicks was set to begin on Monday of next week.

Floods can't wash away the strikes in France

07 June 2016
Workers bring France to a standstill days before the Euro 2016 football tournament, reports Dave Sewell

Anger over benefits deaths at TUC disabled workers conference

24 May 2016
Around 160 delegates attended last week’s annual TUC disabled workers conference.

French government in crisis over Work Law

11 May 2016
France’s centre-left government provoked a crisis that could bring it down by suspending parliamentary debate on its proposed Work Law. It faces a vote of no confidence tomorrow, Thursday—a day already set for nationwide strikes and protests.

Tories are in trouble—strike to get them out

10 May 2016
The polling stations had hardly closed last week when the Tories’ bitter feuding reached new heights. Their splits and weakness should be a signal to step up our resistance.

TUC gives the EU too much credit - and unions too little

19 April 2016
As union leaders gleefully jump into campaigning for the EU, Joseph Choonara says they are spinning against themselves

Springtime of struggle in France

05 April 2016
A rising movement of workers and students has unleashed a wave of anger against Labour-type president Francois Hollande—and is an opportunity to push back against the fascist Front National. Dave Sewell joined the thousands on the marches and college barricades in Paris during a mass strike last week

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