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30th anniversary: the Battle of Orgreave

Thirty years ago in the Yorkshire coalfield, thousands of striking miners and their supporters faced an army of riot police intent on smashing the union and demoralising the pickets. Chris…

Going all out to win at Lambeth College

By Jeremy Dewar Like many further education establishments, Lambeth College is facing devastating cuts. Unlike most, however, its workforce has come out fighting – in an all-out indefinite strike. Teachers…

Miners’ strike 30 years on: ‘We’re the women of the working class’

Originally published in Workers Power 284 in March 2004, edited by Rebecca Anderson WITH NOT just their own futures at stake, but also the future of the entire working class,…

For a working class women’s movement

Working class women across the country are confronting austerity and winning local battles. Bringing these class fighters together to forge a working class women’s movement has the potential to bring…

Has the Labour Link broken beyond repair?

  A special conference in London voted by 86 per cent to approve constitutional changes that will massively reduce the number of union affiliated members in the party and curtail…

Teachers: all out on 26 march

 The National Union of Teachers has called a national strike in a continuing campaign to defend pay, pensions and conditions: report by NUT member Bernie McAdam Teachers are right to…

Scrap the Tories’ hospital closure clause

  By Dara O’Cogaidhin   The Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign brought about one of the most significant defeats for this government to date – a judicial review in July ruled…

Is independent rank and file organisation the key to unlocking trade union potential?

  In the last issue of Workers Power, Tim Nelson of the International Socialist Network (ISN) wrote an article in favour of building a rank and file movement. Andrew Bebbington,…

Next steps for the People’s Assembly

The People’s Assembly – founded on 22 June 2013 at a 4,000 strong rally in London – has, it seems, finally succeeded in establishing unity between the hitherto scandalously divided…

Women’s Assembly: how not to organise

On 22 February around 200 women attended the Women’s Assembly in London. Joy Macready reports Tightly stage-managed by Socialist Action and Counterfire, the top-table speakers were predominantly Labour, Green Party…