Solidarity 465, 28 March 2018

Antisemitism is an issue

Submitted by SJW on 29 March, 2018 - 6:06 Author: Editorial

It is strange to see things for which Solidarity and Workers’ Liberty have long been despised and abused, among much of the left, the kitsch left, now being brandished as weapons against the Corbyn Labour Party by our political enemies.

Certainly “left-wing” antisemitism, expressed as “anti-Zionism”, is a malignant and powerful force on the left. Especially among the would-be revolutionary left, who on many other things say what we say.

Victory for Daily Mail cleaners

Submitted by SJW on 28 March, 2018 - 8:02 Author: Charlotte Zalens

Cleaners who clean the offices of the Daily Mail newspaper have won the London Living Wage.

The cleaners, who are employed by contractor Mitie, were being balloted for strikes by the United Voices of the World union and had been threatened by Mitie′s management that they would be sacked if they struck. Over 100,000 people signed an online petition written by the cleaners supporting their demand for the Living Wage.

Cleaners have won a 25% pay rise from the national living (minimum) wage of £7.50 an hour.

Rail strikes continue

Submitted by SJW on 28 March, 2018 - 7:56 Author: Ollie Moore

Guards on Northern Rail struck on 26 March, as the RMT union began the latest round of action aimed at halting the imposition of “Driver Only Operation”.

Official Northern figures said they were able to run 50% of its timetabled service, but union sources say the company’s estimates are inflated.

RMT members on South Western Railway are also due to take action in the coming weeks, with a ban on rest day working planned for the Easter weekend. 

Starting to re-imagine local government

Submitted by SJW on 28 March, 2018 - 6:55 Author: Ruth Willis

On Saturday 24 March around 100 Labour Party activists attended “Re-imagining Local Government: London for the many and not the few”.

This event came out of discussions between London Momentum members and left activists. We wanted to create a forum for the left to think about what it would do if it won seats in the May elections.

21 lies the "Holocaust-mitigator" left tells itself on Israel/Palestine

Submitted by SJW on 28 March, 2018 - 6:16 Author: Sean Matgamna
Jordan refugee camp

A central fact of our political situation is that the left, especially the ostensible revolutionary left, is a major source of antisemitism — they say “anti-Zionism” — in the country and in the labour movement, including the Labour Party.

Jeremy Corbyn has admitted that there are pockets of antisemitism in the Labour Party. On the self-described revolutionary left you will find only pockets of opposition to the “anti-Zionism” which becomes antisemitism — AWL for example.

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