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Ecosocialist. Syndicalist. Critical Techno-Progressive.

Monday, March 24, 2014

DON'T TTIP PUBLIC SERVICES DOWN THE DRAIN !

DON'T TTIP PUBLIC SERVICES DOWN THE DRAIN !
* A dangerous new treaty is on the way between the EU and the USA. It's called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

* It may make it impossible to re-nationalise any public service that's been sold off or contracted out - like the railways or bits of the NHS!

* It will let companies sue governments about almost any policy that's against the company's interest

* It may threaten environmental regulations, safety rules, and workers' rights

* It's being talked through in secret. The European Commission promised a public consultation period in March

* Similar treaties have got some governments (e.g. Equador) big fines even for trying to get a company to pay its taxes properly

More information and debate on the site of the Green group in the European
Parliament at http://www.ttip2014.eu/about.html

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Monday, December 09, 2013

Green Left Statement on Local Authority Cuts

Green Left Statement on Cuts to Local Authority Services
The following statement was agreed and issued by Green Left, the ecosocialist platform in the Green Party of England and Wales, on 8th December 2013:
The Green party of England and Wales fought the 2010 general election in opposition to the savage public service cuts supported by the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties. The Green party offered a different approach to reducing the country’s debts, which included making the wealthy (people and corporations) pay their fair share of tax, investing in the economy to produce sustainable growth through the Green New Deal, some cuts for example to Trident and pledging to protect public services particularly for the most vulnerable in our society.
Unfortunately, we did not win the general election and so are unable to put these policies into practice, although Caroline Lucas has almost single handedly taken the opposition to the Coalition government cuts agenda. The ideologically driven shrink the state policies of the Coalition government aim to reduce public spending and turn most of the public services over to private corporations. Our elected representatives in local government are on the front line in the assault on public spending, with local authorities having their funding from central government cut by around a third since 2010. Councils of all political stripes are hurting and they worry about whether they will even be able to fund their statutory duties in the future. Local government is under serious threat and everyone involved in it knows this to be true, despite the blithe statements about local authorities making efficiency savings and encouraging local business growth to pay for services, trumpeted by the Coalition central government. All the easy savings and many not so easy have been made now, and a future of even more of the same is daunting.
We in Green Left say enough is enough, and call on all of our existing elected Green party local councillors and any that are elected in the 2014 local elections, to firmly refuse to implement these Coalition government cuts to essential public services. If the government sends civil servants to carry out their dirty work then the responsibility for the cuts will be firmly in the public view, and our elected representatives can be in the forefront of a popular campaign against them. The time has surely come to make a stand, in solidarity with our communities that depend so heavily on the services provided and with the local authority workforce who have endured cuts in wages if not redundancy.

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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Land of Opportunity?

David Cameron thinks that the Tory-led government are creating "a land of opportunity". 

In a sense he is right, they are creating a land of opportunity for loan sharks, exploitative bosses, union bashers, immigrant haters, spittle flecked tabloid ranters, divisive fundamentalist "faith schools", badger killers, environment-wrecking Frackers, Rachmanite landlords, joke "training" schemes for the unemployed, free labour for corporations, US Healthcare corps salivating at rich pickings from the corpse of the NHS, principle-free careerist politicians on the make and far right demagogues. A land with the opportunity for ordinary people to experience poverty, exploitation, prejudice, all-seeing surveillance and political betrayal. 

Some land of opportunity!

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Centenary of the First International Syndicalist Congress

100 years ago this week there took place in London the first International Syndicalist Congress, this came in part as an initiative of the Industrial Syndicalist Education League of Tom Mann, Guy Bowman and others who held a significant conference in Manchester three years earlier...It is interesting that on this anniversary weekend of an event that had so much promise, and that have might have led to great things had not the First World War intervened, the Unions in Britain are supporting a major demonstration in Manchester outside the Tory conference.  If workers wish to rebuild organisation and take the fight to the enemy in the era of zero hours contracts, exploitative agencies, workfare, poverty pay and food banks, they could do worse than look to the example of the industrial unionists and syndicalists of 100 years ago.  Reading facsimiles of Tom Mann's Industrial Syndicalist bulletin of that period, and the famous Tressell novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists that also grew out of early Twentieth Century social conditions the relevance to today is clear.

"The First International Syndicalist Congress was a meeting of European and Latin American syndicalist organizations at Holborn Town Hall in London from September 27 to October 2, 1913. Upon a proposal by the Dutch National Labor Secretariat (NAS) and the British Industrial Syndicalist Education League (ISEL), most European syndicalist groups, both trade unions and advocacy groups, agreed to congregate at a meeting in London. The only exception was the biggest syndicalist organization worldwide, the French General Confederation of Labor (CGT). Nevertheless, the congress was held with organizations from twelve countries participating. It was marked by heated debate and constant disagreements over both tactics and principles. Yet, it succeeded in creating the International Syndicalist Information Bureau as a vehicle of exchange and solidarity between the various organizations and the Bulletin international du mouvement syndicaliste as a means of communication. It would be viewed as a success by almost all who participated."

More here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_International_Syndicalist_Congress
and here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_Syndicalist_Education_League

The leading and growing advocates of radical Industrial Unionism in Britain today are the Industrial Workers Of The World  who will be represented on this Sunday's demonstration.  The current IWW pursue a strategy both inside and outside the existing TUC unions.


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Sunday, August 04, 2013

November 5th Blog

A new blog has been started to give links and info on the civil disobedience and protest being prepared for 5th November.

http://civildisobediencefifthnovember.blogspot.co.uk/

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

COMMUNIQUE

A communique from person or persons unknown.

COMMUNIQUE 1

THEY WILL NOT WITHDRAW FROM CUTS AND AUSTERITY UNTIL THE CONSEQUENCES OF CUTS AND AUSTERITY BOTH IN THE SHORT AND LONG TERM HURT THEM AS MUCH OR MORE THAN THEY HURT THE REST OF US WHO ARE THE WORST AFFECTED BY THEM.

THE AUSTERIANS ARE BEAN COUNTERS, CALCULATORS, PEOPLE WHO KNOW THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING AND THE VALUE OF NOTHING.  LET US BEGIN TO FORCE THEM TO ADD THE POTENTIAL COST OF CONTINUING ON THEIR CURRENT TRAJECTORY BEING AT LEAST SERIOUS DIFFICULTY, WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF THEIR TOTAL AND UTTER DEFEAT AND THE OVERTHROW OF THE CONDITIONS THAT EMPOWER THEM.  WE MUST CHANGE THE NATURE OF THEIR CALCULATIONS SO THAT THE ONLY QUESTION IS WHETHER THEY WILL ATTEMPT TO BUY TIME OR BE DESTROYED.

POWER YIELDS ONLY TO POWER.  THE POWER OF NUMBERS, OF THE MASS OF THE POPULATION IS GREATER THAN THE POWER OF NUMBERS ON BALANCE SHEETS AND IMAGINARY FORTUNES THAT CAN BE ERASED IN DAYS, MINUTES OR HOURS - BY MAN OR NATURE!

REMEMBER, REMEMBER, THE FIFTH OF NOVEMBER..................

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Support The People's Assembly

Unfortunately I cannot attend the People's Assembly Against Austerity on 22nd June due to family commitments, but would urge anyone who can get along to do so as this is an important opportunity to show that there are alternatives to the austerity drive and to network and build a stronger movement of resistance.

More from Owen Jones here

The Nottingham Assembly, which I went along to, was well attended and a good start locally.

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