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The Curzon Cinemas struggle: A snapshot

Curzon Workers Party

An unfinished essay-interview with workplace activists at the Curzon Cinemas covering their living wage fight, their union recognition agreement, and changes to their terms and working conditions.

Organising as the AF; our politics and what the group actually does

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I was reluctantly asked to introduce the Anarchist Federation (AF) some months ago at an open workshop and this is the expanded and edited notes derived from this event. It should be noted from the outset; these are entirely personal and may not be endorsed by the group in their entirety.

Should we care about the EU referendum?

Part of a WSM poster for the campaign against the Lisbon Treaty

UK citizens get to vote on the UK's membership of the European Union (EU), should we give a shit?

Responding to the new Tory strike laws

Business secretary Sajid Javid standing outside 10 Downing Street

The Queen's Speech recently confirmed that the Tory government's intent to bring in new laws further restricting strikes. The unions have reacted with fury - but will they really do anything about it?

Fighting for #Justice4JohnPearson

Former PCS rep with a placard reading 'why won't PCS support victimised reps?'

Next week, the PCS union holds its annual delegate conference in Brighton. One of the most important issues on the agenda is that of whether the union will support its reps when they face victimisation. Unfortunately, the answer to that question remains uncertain.

Neo-Nazi groups to protest outside US embassy

Neo-Nazi protesting outside the US embassy.

Neo-Nazi groups will hold their third protest in six months outside the US embassy later this month, a memorial for Nazi terrorist David Lane.

Battle of Cable Street, 1936, photo gallery

Photo gallery from the 1936 Battle of Cable Street, which saw over 100,000 working-class residents in London's East End oppose a march by Oswald Mosely's British Union of Fascists, forcing them to abandon it entirely.

Post-election reflections: how the Tories wrecked the economy and why Labour couldn’t take advantage

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Now the election is over, it seems time to take stock of the last 5 years. A lot has been written about the horrific social reforms of the Tory-Lib Dem coalition government, on tuition fees, workfare, sanctions, privatisations and cuts - but the mainstream analysis, and public opinion, seems to be that for all that the Tories were at least competent from a macroeconomic perspective. This couldn't be further from the truth.

The headscarf revolutionaries - DD Johnston

The Headscarf Revolutionaries marching to confront the bosses, Hull, 1968

D.D. Johnston reviews Brian Lavery’s The Headscarf Revolutionaries, an account of a spontaneous campaign by fishermen’s wives in Hull, which following the 1968 triple-trawler disaster forced major changes to UK shipping laws.

The rich at play: foxhunting, land ownership and the Countryside Alliance

The Rich at Play - Foxhunting, land ownership and the Countryside Alliance

Published in 2002 this small book looks at the links between the then upcoming ban on hunting with hounds, landownership and class relations in the British countryside. Written at a time when the 'Countryside Alliance' were receiving a lot of media coverage the text aims to debunk the idea that fox hunting is solely an animal rights issue and is instead directly related to rural class relations. Written by Red Star Research, Published by Revolutions Per Minute.