Solidarity 493, 30 January 2019

Deliveroo strike on 1 February

Published on: Wed, 30/01/2019 - 20:28

Zack, a Bristol Courier

Bristol couriers working for the meal-delivery company Deliveroo have voted to strike again on Friday 1 February, this time to be joined by couriers from at least four other cities.

Like many courier companies, Deliveroo falsely categorise us as “self-employed independent contractors”, so depriving us of any workers’ rights, and paying us only per order with no hourly minimum.

The net weekly pay has steadily reduced over the last six months or so. We have been demanding higher pay and a hiring freeze (full demands at

Bristol previously struck on 4 October alongside couriers

China: 10 million Uighurs face state terror

Published on: Wed, 30/01/2019 - 12:51

Ollie Moore

Jen Kirby, writing for American news website Vox, has described the system of surveillance and repression in Xinjiang put into place since 2016, when Chen Quanguo was appointed head of the regional government. Xinjiang, in the north west of China, is home to ten million Uighur Muslim people.

“Increased surveillance and police presence accompanied [Quanguo’s] move to Xinjiang, including his ‘grid management’ policing system.

“As the Economist reported, authorities divide each city into squares, with about 500 people. Every square has a police station that keeps tabs on the inhabitants. So

Salmond and “conspiracy”

Published on: Wed, 30/01/2019 - 12:47

Dale Street

Former Scottish National Party (SNP) leader and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond appeared in court on 24 January after having been charged the previous day with two attempted rapes, nine sexual assaults, two indecent assaults, and a breach of the peace.

In line with Scottish legal procedures for “solemn” serious cases, the hearing was held in private and Salmond was not required to enter a plea. After the hearing Salmond told reporters that he was “innocent of any criminality whatsoever”.

Scotland’s strict contempt of court laws limited the scope for comment about the case, in line

Salvini pushes Italy to right

Published on: Wed, 30/01/2019 - 12:40

Hugh Edwards

“The moment we have been waiting for 50 years has arrived, the cycle has of anti-fascism has closed — determinate ideas have entered the hearts of the Italian people”. Roberto Fiore, veteran fascist, and now national secretary of Forza Nuovo, one of Italy’s fast growing neo-Nazi forces, addressing a conference on “From Populism to Revolution”.

Whatever one might think of the self-regarding Fiore and his posse of thugs, his estimate of the significance of the 4 March 2018 election victory of the populist Five Star Movement of Luigi di Maio and its governmental alliance with Salvini’s La

Wrong priority

Published on: Wed, 30/01/2019 - 12:30

Mike Zubrowski

On Saturday 26 January, the Labour Party called a national day of action. Against no deal Brexit? For migrant rights? Against the academy rip-offs recently exposed by a parliamentary report? For the NHS? Over Universal Credit? No — to “say no to police cuts”.

Leaflets implicitly linked “deep Tory cuts to the police” to rising violent crime, and called for 10,000 extra officers and more resources for the police. Many BAME and working-class people directly experience high levels of police harassment and violence which make their communities feel less not more safe. Socialists aim to limit

The “soft coup” in Venezuela

Published on: Wed, 30/01/2019 - 12:21

Eduardo Tovar

On 23 January 2019, Juan Guaidó, member of Voluntad Popular and leader of the opposition, declared himself Venezuela’s interim President.

Thousands have taken to the streets, to support Guaidó or to oppose him and back incumbent President Nicolás Maduro. The US, Canada, Brazil, and the UK, and others have recognised as Guaidó as president. Maduro has severed diplomatic relations with the US; Russia and China continue to support him.

Maduro still holds government power, largely thanks to the Venezuelan military leadership’s enduring loyalty. On 10 January the opposition-held National

McDonnell says no capital controls

Published on: Wed, 30/01/2019 - 12:15

Martin Thomas

“I want to make it absolutely explicit that capital controls would not happen under a Labour government”, said Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell to the Financial Times on 23 January. That, he said, is the answer he gives to reassure City plutocrats in a series of meetings now underway.

In the faster-moving global financial markets which have developed since the early 80s, even mildly reformist governments can suffer capital flights like the one which in 1983 switched the Mitterrand administration in France from its initial policies (nationalisations, shorter working week by law, increased

Replacing nuclear by… gas?

Published on: Wed, 30/01/2019 - 12:08

Mike Zubrowski

Hitachi has shelved plans for a new nuclear plant at Wylfa, Wales, months after Toshiba scrapped plans in Moorside, Cumbria, and Horizon suspended work at Oldbury, Gloucestershire. These withdrawals by three private Japanese corporations leave gaps in the UK government’s already bad climate and energy strategy.

Many old reactors are due to retire through the 2020s, and coal-fired power stations are due to be phased out by 2025. These new nuclear plants were due to fill the energy gap while contributing to the UK’s (insufficient) climate goals.

Recent analysis from the Committee on

Morning Star goes for "no deal"

Published on: Wed, 30/01/2019 - 12:05

Jim Denham

Conspiracy theories are on the rise in politics these days. Traditionally conspiracism has tended to be associated with the right but – increasingly in the UK – it’s coming to characterise sections of the left.

Conspiracists see the world in terms of shadowy groups of individuals controlling finance, the media and institutions. Insofar as they oppose capitalism, it’s not through a critique of basic social relations: no, it’s because sinister forces (often characterised as finance capital or just “the bankers”) are in control. This kind of thinking has nothing to do with Marxism even when

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