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Class struggles on the rise across Europe

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CWI summer school reports

The Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) held its annual Summer School, in Belgium during the second week of July. Over 400 people were in attendance including from across Europe, Russia, Central Asia, India, the US and Quebec and the Middle East. This article is a summary of the discussion that took place at the school on The World Capitalist Crisis and Class Struggle in Europe.

By Kevin Parslow

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Building new workers’ parties and the tasks of socialists

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European CWI Summer School Report

by Paul Murphy, Socialist Party (CWI Ireland)

On Tuesday 13 July, attention at the European Summer School, held by the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) last week in Belgium, with over 400 attending, turned to the question of building new mass-based workers’ parties. The call for the building of new mass workers’ parties has been a vital part of our political programme for almost 20 years in many CWI sections. The summer School was an ideal arena to share the varied experiences of our sections so far, discuss the perspectives for the development of new parties and draw the key lessons to assist our dual tasks of building revolutionary Marxist forces and assisting the development of new mass parties.

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Socialist Party Councillor speaks to striking miners

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5,000 sacked miners on strike in South Africa


by Steve Jolly, Socialist Party (CWI in Australia)

On Saturday June 26 I travelled with comrades from South Africa’s Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) to a mass meeting they had called in Rustenburg, about two hours north west of Johannesburg. The DSM is the Socialist Party’s sister party in South Africa.

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Heading for a coalition government?

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Peter Taaffe, general secretary of the Socialist Party, discusses the options facing the capitalists and their parties following the 6 May general election.

The general election - which could lead to a form of coalition government after 6 May - is in terms of ideas and policy probably amongst the worst in history, certainly since the winning of universal suffrage, the right to vote. If democracy means that the people have a 'choice', then there is no real democracy in Britain. It is as if we live in a one-party regime divided into three wings: New Labour, the Tory party and the Liberal Democrats.

Three brands of the same cheap soap powder would offer more excitement than this election! 'Change' is in the air - especially from Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats - and yet, as the French say, 'everything changes so everything remains the same'.

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Put the News of the World on trial

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Bring the media monsters into public ownership

Rupert Murdoch’s News International has been lacerated by a report from a House of Commons select committee into the News of the World's phone hacking activities. Chris Huhne, the Lib Dem home affairs spokesperson, in no sense an anti-establishment figure, has demanded a judicial inquiry. Ben Bradshaw, New Labour’s media secretary said the report raised “extremely serious questions” for the Murdoch empire. Even Gordon Brown’s official spokesperson described the revelations in the report as “absolutely breathtaking and an extreme cause for concern.”

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“Capitalism is an evil, and you cannot regulate evil”

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Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary, reviews Michael Moore's 'Capitalism: A Love Story

Karl Marx likened capitalism to a vampire which lives and expands by sucking "living labour" from the worker by extracting "surplus value", "unpaid labour".

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Is the People’s Charter a step towards workers’ political representation?

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From the Socialist - paper of the Socialist Party in England and Wales

The first convention of the People's Charter took place on Saturday 21 November. Speakers included Matt Wrack, general secretary of the FBU, Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT, and John McDonnell MP. The Charter has the support of eight national trade unions and of the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

Hannah Sell

The Socialist Party supports the demands outlined in the People's Charter. The Charter's demands include restructuring the tax system so big business pays more and the working class less; stopping house repossessions; increasing the minimum wage; bringing the privatised utilities back into public ownership - demands that all socialists should support and which are popular with the vast majority of working class people.

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Is the People’s Charter a step towards workers’ political representation?

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From the Socialist - Paper of the Socialist Party in England and Wales

The first convention of the People's Charter took place on Saturday 21 November. Speakers included Matt Wrack, general secretary of the FBU, Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT, and John McDonnell MP. The Charter has the support of eight national trade unions and of the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

Hannah Sell

The Socialist Party supports the demands outlined in the People's Charter. The Charter's demands include restructuring the tax system so big business pays more and the working class less; stopping house repossessions; increasing the minimum wage; bringing the privatised utilities back into public ownership - demands that all socialists should support and which are popular with the vast majority of working class people.

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Debt, Hardship and Stress

As thousands of students return to university and college and many others arrive for the first time, most have something in common, another year of debt to look forward to.

Leah Ganley, Dundee University

The SNP government might claim to "have restored the principal of free education" in Scotland by crapping the Graduate Endownment, but this falls far short of their 2007 election promise.

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Billion for bankers – Pay freeze for workers

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“Bonuses are back.” That’s the new slogan running round the City of London and the bankers’ boardrooms today.

Philip Stott and Brian Smith

As unemployment races towards 3 million and working people face an avalanche of demands for pay cuts and job losses top bankers are greedily swallowing billions in bonuses.
“Getting a nine by three” – that’s £9 million for three years work – is the benchmark for these parasites.

Take the near death RBS, kept alive through a £20 billion bail-out from public money and now 70% owned by the government.

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