Solidarity 465, 28 March 2018

Antisemitism is an issue



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


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


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. 

NEC slate debates


Will Sefton

The decision of the Labour Representation Committee, Grassroots Black Left and Red Labour to challenge the official Centre Left Grassroots Alliance slate for Labour’s National Executive is a tactical mistake.

Starting to re-imagine local government


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.

Labour set to gain in council elections


Keith Road

The local government election campaign has now started. On 3 May there will be elections in 150 councils, with 45 of these being all out. Corbyn’s Labour is expected to do well, particularly in big cities.

The return of racist science


Les Hearn

A recent article by Gavin Evans in the Guardian has drawn attention to a resurgence in the idea that race and intelligence are linked.1 These terms, though commonly used, are quite difficult to define…and for good reason. (see separate boxes)

“A refusal to settle down”


Fraction L'Etincelle

Klara Feigenbaum, a Trotskyist activist of Romanian origin, known as Irène, died at the age of 97 in March 2017, a year ago.

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


Sean Matgamna

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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