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Class struggle events listing, Nov 25-Dec 1st

Cautiously pessimistic
Another quickish listing of upcoming events for the next week. In passing, I’d just like to plug the new Spycops resource, and also to mention that the Nottingham College dispute has ended after a new deal was accepted, as has the one by non-academic staff at the University of Birmingham.

The big thing coming up soon is the eight days of strike action being taken at around 60 universities over pensions, pay and conditions by UCU members, from Monday 25th through to Wednesday 4th December. A similar ballot by Unison members working in non-academic roles returned a majority favouring strike action, but didn’t pass the 50% turnout needed. Having said that, UCU Left advise that “Successful pay ballots allow other workers who are not in UCU to participate in strikes. (It is unlawful for employers to discriminate by union membership and branches can extract statements from HR to that effect.)” So non-academic workers at affected universities are probably best off contacting their local branch to work out what to do. For anyone wanting resources, I’m not aware of a strike bulletin this time round, but the Autonomous Design Group have some nice poster designs, and the IWW and Unis Resist Border Controls have made some useful leaflets, the latter being multilingual.

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The Labour Party Manifesto on Housing 2019

Architects for Social Housing

This is my first reading of the content relating to housing in the Labour Party Manifesto 2019, which was published today following Jeremy Corbyn’s speech at the launch of the manifesto in Birmingham.

Well, it’s not a good start. Although, on the contents page for the manifesto, the National Health Service, Education, Police and Security Services, Justice, Communities and Local Government, Fire and Rescue, and Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are all listed under the title of ‘Rebuild our Public Services’, Housing is listed under the following section titled ‘Tackle Poverty and Inequality’, together with Work, Women and Equalities, Migration, Social Security and Constitutional Issues. This echoes the diminished importance accorded the housing crisis by the Labour leader at this year’s Labour Party conference, where it merited a single mention in a 45-minute speech.

Even worse,

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Should Revolutionaries Back Corbyn? The case against.

A well-argued case from an experienced activist comrade of ours.

“We’re still here because we have to keep on fighting”

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Paul Cudenec of Shoal Collective reports from Montpellier, France, on the first birthday of the Gilets Jaunes’ uprising

Mont1066 The Yellow Vest protest in Montpellier on Saturday November 16

“I am not ashamed to feel afraid from time to time. I keep on coming, but I understand those who don’t come any more because they’re too frightened”.

So spoke Antoine, a 75-year-old Gilet Jaune marking the first anniversary of the Yellow Vest movement in the southern French city of Montpellier on Saturday November 16.

This was just one of many protests and occupations across the country (notably in Paris) marking the birthday weekend and paving the way for a big day of strikes and actions on December 5.

Antoine explained: “I’ve been here from day one and I’ve escaped police batons by a whisker on several occasions, even though my only weapons are my whistle and my gilet jaune!”

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