Submitted by Phil on Jan 9 2015 18:25
Earlier this week, gunmen attacked the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and murdered several of its cartoonists. Some thoughts on the various issues that have arisen out of this event.
Submitted by Phil on Dec 1 2014 19:10
Submitted by Phil on Jul 9 2014 17:11
Tomorrow's coordinated strike by public sector workers looks set to be larger than the one on 30 Novermber 2011 that was billed as a public sector 'general strike.' But what does that mean, and are we in any better position now, industrially, than we were then?
Submitted by Phil on May 13 2014 17:26
An initial response to the announcement from the People’s Assembly that there will be a ‘mass strike’ on 10 July this year.
Submitted by Phil on Apr 4 2014 20:42
Why aren't we rising up? Whether the 'we' in question is young people, the British people, or the poor, this is a question asked an awful lot by both mainstream and leftist commentators. Austerity, job cuts, pay freezes, workfare, poverty, food banks, police brutality, political corruption - it's all the rage, so why aren't we all enraged?
Submitted by Phil on Mar 31 2014 18:25
Some cursory thoughts on the contradictions created by trade unions, as the collective voice of organised workers, also being employers.
Submitted by Phil on Feb 13 2014 22:19
Some quick thoughts on the need to respect picket lines and the challenge of the anti-strike laws and multi-union workplaces.
Submitted by Phil on Jan 24 2014 17:14
The Public and Commercial Services Union has in the past year worked to sabotage a dispute between its members at Hewlett Packard and their employer. This has culminated in the betrayal of one of their own reps, John Pearson, after he was unjustly sacked by the company.
Submitted by Phil on Jan 22 2014 20:49
2014 and 2015 are, in a row, two big years for electoralism. I'm already fed up with it.
Submitted by Phil on Dec 31 2013 19:55
If there’s one thing, politically, that I want to happen in 2014 it’s for leftists to drop the demand for a 24 hour general strike from above and start building for an all out general strike from below.
Submitted by Phil on Nov 5 2013 16:31
Dan Hodges has written an article for the Telegraph, using the horrific murder of Bijan Ebrahimi as an excuse to attack “the dark side of working class Britain.” This is an attempt to address the points he has side-stepped for the benefit of his polemic.
Submitted by Phil on Oct 23 2013 19:34
Following a debate on Twitter, several statements appeared online seeking to defend the PCS union over its position on welfare reform and sanctions. This is a response, particularly aimed at PCS Vice President John McInally’s piece for the Socialist Party.
Submitted by Phil on Oct 21 2013 17:20
A look at two of many attacks faced by workers in HM Revenue & Customs. The contrasting responses from clerical grade union PCS and senior grade union ARC are worth noting, but not for the reason you might guess.
Submitted by Phil on Sep 21 2013 11:06
Why the pledge from the Labour Party to axe the Bedroom Tax doesn't mean we've won and, if we take it at face value, could mean that we lose.
Submitted by Phil on Sep 20 2013 13:20
Some quick thoughts on privatisation and how workers can effectively challenge it.
Submitted by Phil on Aug 31 2013 09:50
A short post on the reactions to the Commons vote on Syria and the illusions of parliamentary democracy.
Submitted by Phil on Jun 13 2013 17:13
Some thoughts on the People’s Assembly. Dissecting its claims to be the birth of a movement and looking at what is really required to take on austerity and, more broadly, capitalism.
Submitted by Phil on Apr 23 2013 19:43
Tensions between claimants and jobcentre workers over sanctions have been rising for some time. Now, with the Public and Commercial Services union stifling rank-and-file efforts to initiate a non-cooperation campaign, they threaten to boil over into active hostility. How can we avoid this – and resist sanctions?
Submitted by Phil on Apr 8 2013 20:36
Former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died. The occasion has been the cause of both mourning and jubilation. What follows is a reflection on what this means in the context of the ongoing class struggle.
Submitted by Phil on Apr 5 2013 06:16
The Public and Commercial Services Union has responded to threats of legal action by removing one section of its membership from the strike action due to take place on the 5 and 8 April. This shows the limits of legal trade unionism. It also underlines the urgent need for strong rank-and-file movements in the UK.