Workers Power Issue 387

A living wage for all

By Jeremy Dewar Workers in Britain are being hit by a triple whammy this month: inflation heading towards 5%; a £20 cut to Universal Credit, hitting the unemployed and worst paid workers; and the ending of furlough for 1 million workers, throwing hundreds of thousands out the door. These are not ‘temporary blips’ that will […]

Jeremy Dewar  ·  10 October 2021

Battle of Blair Mountain: When miners took on the US state

By Chris Clough One hundred years ago, a five-day bloody battle raged in the US. A million rounds of ammunition were fired, and planes flew overhead dropping bombs and poison gas. This battle, the largest since the Civil War, is rarely mentioned in the history books and the centenary passed by without most politicians even […]

Chris Clough  ·  10 October 2021

SPD: Life in the old dog yet

By Jaqueline Katherina Singh (Berlin) The Social Democrats (SPD), led by Olaf Scholz, topped the polls with 25.7% in the German general election on 26 September and will take the first shot at forming a coalition government. Negotiations are likely to last till Christmas. Over the preceding year both the conservatives (CDU/CSU) and the Greens […]

Jaqueline Katherina Singh  ·  10 October 2021

Texas abortion ban is a class issue

By Marcus Otono (Nashville, Tennessee) Texas has become the testing ground for a new approach to the nearly 50 year-long battle over abortion rights in the United States. A new law took effect on 1 September which prohibits terminations after the detection of a foetal heartbeat, around six weeks into a pregnancy. There are no […]

Marcus Otono  ·  09 October 2021

We need system change to stop climate change

By Chris Clough The world’s eyes will be fixed on the COP26 governmental conference on climate change in Glasgow from 1 to 12 November. But in truth little will be ‘negotiated’ there as most, if not all the fundamental points have been agreed in advance. And it is clear that the ‘big players’ – the […]

Chris Clough  ·  09 October 2021

National Insurance hike will make workers pay for Tory health and care crisis

By Reginald Banks The Tories have fired an initial salvo at the working class in the battle over who is to pay for the pandemic. The new ‘health and social care levy’, which cleared all of its Commons stages in a single day, will raise national insurance rates by 1.25% to their highest level ever […]

Reginald Banks  ·  09 October 2021

Aukus is an escalation of inter-imperialist rivalry

By Alex Rutherford The Aukus security pact between Australia, the UK and the US represents one of the most dramatic moves yet taken by the United States to counter the threat to its interests posed by its largest imperialist rival, China. It also represents a brutal snub to France and by extension to the European […]

Alex Rutherford  ·  09 October 2021

Met boss keeps top job – for now

Despite a career of abuse, cover-up and racism, Cressida Dick will be reappointed as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

Marcel Rajecky  ·  07 October 2021

COP26 won’t avert climate catastrophe

Only a rapid and radical economic transformation can save us from climate disaster.

Chris Clough  ·  07 October 2021

Review: How Black and Asian workers fought bosses and unions in the 20th century

Jeremy Dewar reviews Ron Ramdin's epic history of the black working class.

Jeremy Dewar  ·  07 October 2021

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