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Union control reinforces divisions

On February 1st around half a million workers from different sectors in Britain were on strike – rail and some bus networks, civil servants, and in particular workers in education, both schools and universities. This was the biggest number of workers out on one day since the strike wave in Britain began last summer.

The Chinese bourgeoisie in turmoil

Far from being the “big winner” in the Covid crisis, the weaknesses of the Chinese model of state capitalism are being laid bare. 

The international importance of the strike wave in Britain

The extended wave of strikes that has been underway in Britain since early in Summer 2022, shows a real break, a whole change in attitude within working class. After thirty years where workers’ struggles have been very limited, setting records for militant inactivity, these strikes show that, in the face of the depths of capitalism’s economic crisis, workers are no longer prepared to be pushed around. These struggles are significant, not just in Britain, but internationally.

Attacking the ICC: the raison d'être of the IGCL

For once, we thank the “International Group of the Communist Left” (IGCL) for giving us the opportunity to remind ourselves of what it really is. To this end, we reproduce below (in full, including footnotes) their little article that is supposed to point out our impasse and contradictions on the issue of parasitism, if the title is to be believed. And for the benefit of our readers, we respond to it right after.

How to develop a massive, united and supportive movement?

In Britain since June the cry has echoed from strike to strike: "Enough is enough!" This massive movement, dubbed the "Summer of Anger", has become the Autumn of Anger, and then the Winter of Anger. The wave of strikes in the UK is a symbol of workers' combativity that is developing all over the world...

Why the proletariat is the revolutionary class : Critical notes on the article Leçons de la lutte des ouvriers anglais; in Révolution Internationale no 8

Alongside the article on the history of the “Bérard tendency” in International Review 169, we are republishing a developed response by the organisation, first published in Révolution Internationale no 9 (first series), May-June 1974. Its principal arguments against the embryonic “communisation” tendency – their rejection of the economic struggles of the working class, and of the political dimension of the proletarian revolution, etc – remain entirely valid today.

A citizens’ protest is not the class struggle

High energy bills are weighing on everyone's mind. How could it be otherwise when almost a quarter of your income has to be spent on energy? This is one of the major components of the “cost of living” crisis which has provoked a wave of strikes in the UK, and which is echoing in other European countries. But there are other forms of protest taking place, directly targeting energy bills but based on the idea of “popular protest”. This article looks at some of the dangers contained in these kinds of campaigns, focusing on “Don’t Pay UK”. 

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