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Obituary: Eileen Cook, 1950-2021

Eileen Cook, who died on 6 October 2021, was a life-long trade unionist, feminist campaigner, and revolutionary socialist. She is much missed by many, including her comrades in Edinburgh rs21 who remember her in this obituary. Eileen Cook, 1 May 1950 – 6 October 2021 Eileen Cook was a brightly shi…

Review | Let the record show

Let The Record Show is a pathbreaking history of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) founded to fight the AIDS/HIV crisis in New York in the late 1980s. A major contribution to the history of LGBT+ struggles, it is reviewed here by Sherry Wolf, the author of Sexuality and Socialism: History…

Unite Policy Conference backs climate action

In a boost to all those building for action around the COP26 climate summit, Unite the Union’s Policy Conference has backed the protests, the climate strikes and workplace action, but remains attached to technical fixes being promoted by employers. Ian Allinson reports. Unite’s policy conference…

Brighton bin workers out on strike

Rs21 member Luigi Hay reports on the ongoing Brighton refuse workers strike. Brighton refuse workers are taking a 14 day strike called after management at the Hollingdean depot tried to change the rounds of 54 HGV drivers without following any of the procedures agreed between management and th…

An injury to Paul is an injury to us all

UNISON President Paul Holmes, a prominent left-winger, was been suspended by his employer during a strike two years ago on secret charges. UNISON has suspended Holmes and his branch. Sam O’Brien reports from a solidarity protest. On Monday 6 September, 60 people gathered outside the Clarion Hotel…

Extracts from Revolutionary Rehearsals in the Neoliberal Age

The late Colin Barker discusses social movements and the possibility of socialist revolution and Sameh Naguib explores the tragedy of the Egyptian revolution in these extracts from Revolutionary Rehearsals in the Neoliberal Age. Revolutionary Rehearsals in the Neoliberal Age is from Haymarket who ki…

Jet Zero: a one way ticket to climate hell

Jet Zero, the British Government’s package of plans to make the aviation industry ‘green’, is a charade driven by considerations of profit, economic growth and aviation’s corporate consumers. Gareth Dale and Josh Moos explain the problems with its promises of fuel efficiency and ‘offsett…

What a way to make a living | Working in care for 16 years

In the latest instalment of our What a Way to Make a Living series, an rs21 member discusses their experience of working in care and how wider changes to the care sector have affected the pay, conditions and experience of care workers over time. Photo credit: Care and Support Workers Organise, Marc…

How can unions rebuild power?

Ian Allinson reviews Jane Holgate’s new book, Arise! Power, Strategy and Union Resurgence, an exploration of why unions have failed to revitalise themselves. It argues for a fundamental rethink of union organising, structure and strategy in order to build power and change lives. Arise: Power, Stra…

Palestine campaigning escalates in Greater Manchester

Kate Bradley reports on recent Palestine campaigning in Greater Manchester, where campaigners defeated the University of Manchester over censorship and occupied the Elbit arms factory in Oldham. Manchester’s Palestine Action and Palestine Solidarity Campaign have been busy lately. Recently, pro-Pa…

Review | Red Metropolis

Danny Schultz reviews Red Metropolis, the latest work by acclaimed political thinker and architectural critic Owen Hatherley. Schultz argues it provides an insightful history of radicalism within London, yet falls short in considering the importance of the working class struggles which make municipa…

Sharon Graham wins stunning Unite victory

Sharon Graham, seen by most as an outsider, has won a clear victory in the Unite General Secretary election, with implications across the labour movement. She recognises the need to focus on rebuilding workplace power to reverse union decline. rs21 members in Unite respond to the election result. Sh…

Kill The Bill: the day of action

On August 21 2021, rs21 took part in protests opposing the new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill across the country with the #KillTheBill coalition. As well as joining protests as part of the Kill the Bill Day of Action, rs21 members shared our opposition to the Bill in this social media cam…

Lessons from the IPCC report for socialists

Gus Woody looks at the new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and discusses just how thoroughly it vindicates the basic principles revolutionary socialists have been arguing for years. A herd in Ethiopia traverses a dried river bed. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. The publicati…

Review | Revolutionary Rehearsals in the Neoliberal Age

Andy N reviews Revolutionary Rehearsals in the Neoliberal Age, a new collection discussing political upheavals since 1989. He finds a wide ranging and insightful work, which will deepen both the theory and practice of the modern left. Members of the ESMAD (mobile riot police). Photo: PolicĂ­a Nacion…

Johnson’s Tory party: how it started, how it’s going

Boris Johnson has been prime minister for just over two years. During this time there have been at least eleven political resignations by ministers, a series of national scandals around coronavirus rules, internal battles over Brexit, and a long series of policy U-turns. Colin Wilson surveys the po…

Review | Working for the War Effort

Merilyn Moos reviews a recent work on German-speaking refugees and their role in British wartime propaganda. Moos finds this an instructive area of history for modern socialists, but the narrow focus of this book prevents a sufficient investigation of the complexities of anti-fascism, communism, and…

Outsourced Staff take strike action at the Royal Parks

Picketing Royal Parks staff are part of an industrial struggle backed by two trade unions, Tom Schofield reports.

Stop Cambo

Pete Cannell, an activist in Scottish environmental group Scot.E3, looks at the political significance of the growing campaign to prevent the development of new oil and gas fields in the North Sea

Germany’s Namibia Genocide Apology: the limits of decolonising the past

Heike Becker writes about the recent agreement between the German and Namibian governments for special ‘reconciliation and reconstruction’ projects to benefit the Ovaherero and Nama communities that were directly affected by colonial genocide. What are the international ramifications of the agre…

Labour: socialists and witch-hunters

Ian Allinson and Rachel Eborall take up the issue of Starmer’s purges in the Labour Party and respond to Conti and Woody’s claim that the party represents the progressive petty bourgeoisie. We welcome the contribution of comrades Conti and Woody in trying to understand the nature of the Labour P…

Flooding in Germany is a man-made disaster

From the 14th July, after a week of intense rainfall, floods began across Central Europe, in particular in Western Germany. As of writing, over 180 people have died in the floods, many more are still missing. In this article Mark Bergfeld, trade unionist and climate organiser, discusses these latest…

Starmer’s purges and the problem with Labour

Finlay Conti and Gus Woody look at the Labour Party’s history to understand the meaning of Starmer’s purge, what it tells us about Labour’s inability to represent the working class, and how Marxists go forward from here. Keir Starmer and Jeremy Corbyn together in 2019, via Wikimedia Commons Wh…

Remembering Utøya

On 22 July 2011 Anders Behring Breivik committed a massacre in Norway. Despite attempts to depoliticise the attack, we must be clear that Breivik’s targets and motivations were deeply political. The memory of Utøya must spur us on to fight against racism and the rise of the far right across the w…