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Saturday, 4 February 2012
Karl Marx said that the proletariat were the revolutionary class, that they would transform the ownership structures of capitalism and replace it with a new economic system of socialism. But he never said what that would look like or how it would be structured!
Nor organ nor last rites
Eleven years already how quickly eleven years go by
You made use simply of your weapons
Death does not dazzle the eyes of Partisans
You had your pictures on the walls of our cities
Black with beard and night hirsute menacing
The poster that looked like a bloodstain
Friday, 3 February 2012
On 20 February 2012 several trade unions will appeal against the High Court 2-1 majority decision to reject the case for a judicial review of the measure announced by the Chancellor in his first budget in June 2010 - which could reduce the value of pensions by up to 18%: https://www.eversheds.com/uk/home/articles/index1.page?ArticleID=templatedata%5CEversheds%5Carticles%5Cdata%5Cen%5CPensions%5CPensions_speedbrief_RPI_CPI_the_judicial_review_judgment_051211
A demonstration will take place outside the High Court, The Strand WC1 at 8.30am on 20 February.
Leading economic think tank the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), says that the Coalition Government's economic austerity policies are hindering growth and is calling for £15bn of public investment to boost demand and avert another recession in 2012: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/9057898/Chancellors-austerity-measures-causing-UK-lasting-damage-NIESR-warns.html
Thursday, 2 February 2012
Wednesday, 1 February 2012
As Greece and the IMF continue negotiations on a debt deal to avert economic collapse, the Washington Post reports that Chief IMF inspector Poul Thomsen is seeking to capitalise on the crisis by pressing for lower employment costs, notably a slashing of the minimum wage – a sure fire way of worsening the recession in a country where 1 in 5 workers are already wageless: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/markets/greece-imf-expect-crucial-deals-on-debt-swap-and-new-bailout-to-be-completed-soon/2012/02/01/gIQANRlahQ_story.html
Amongst the vast outpouring of news reporting and coverage and punditry regarding whether Scotland should or shouldn't become independent. This article from GMB Scotland's Richard Leonard - analysing the situation from a Trade Union and Left perspective stands out like diamond in a dungheap.
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
The UNISON National Labour Link Committee met on Monday 30 January to consider its response to the statements made by the Labour Party leadership about public sector pay restraint and cuts. It issued the following statement:
Monday, 30 January 2012
The June 2010 Coalition Agreement included the aim of 'removing big money from politics' and to that end the Con Dem appointed Committee on Standards in Public Life conducted a protracted review in 2010/11. Its report was published in November 2011 recommending a £10,000 annual cap on individual donations from 2015, over £20m additional state funding and some reform to the law governing trade union political contributions (opt in instead of opt out). Yesterday, a Commons select committee, the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, published a report urged renewed consideration of the proposals - which back in November were met with a lukewarm response from the main political parties and silence from Labour's 15 affiliated trade unions: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201012/cmselect/cmpolcon/1763/176302.htm
Sunday, 29 January 2012
All trade unions are reporting big increases in the rate of recruitment during the final quarter of 2011. The surge in union membership because of the Pensions disputes - including in the private sector - is confirmed by research carried out by the independent Labour Research Depeartment (LRD).