Posted: January 12, 2017 by Admin in 'Counter-insurgency', Ahmad Sa'adat, At the coalface, Democracy movements, Imperialism and anti-imperialism, Internationalism, Israel, Palestine, PFLP, Political prisoners, State repression
The following statement was released by the Prison Branch of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on January 3:
The resolution of the government of the Zionist occupation with respect to the imposition of new sanctions on Palestinian prisoners comes in the context of the overall attack being waged against the Palestinian people, from the continuation of settlements, the Judaization of Jerusalem, the imprisonment of the bodies of the martyrs, to the daily attacks against our people and attempts to crush their ongoing resistance. The decision taken against the prisoners is an escalatory step as we have seen in the Nafha prison yesterday, with the isolation of a group of leaders, including the leader Comrade Kamil Abu Hanish. This action means that the year 2017 will be a year of confrontation inside the prisons. These sanctions will not pass! We will not accept these policies that attempt to divide the prisoners and engage in micro-targeting. We will face them united, and the prison sections will remain a square of Read the rest of this entry »
Faulty trucks at Otahuhu Fire Service workshop
by Susanne Kemp
Auckland firefighters have blacked an entire fleet of Fraser-MAN fire trucks. The union ban on the trucks follows months of disquiet over the trucks.
Back in August last year, for instance, the union began trying to resolve issues related to these trucks. Auckland firefighters were forced to black an appliance due to safety concerns. The Auckland City fire truck carrying the life-saving “jaws of life” rescue equipment was found to be faulty and had to be taken off the road.
In October a AGM of Auckland firefighters expressed frustration and anger over the pumping and pump-rescue appliances on these trucks. At the time, the Auckland local of the union produced a comprehensive account of the problems with the trucks and rebuttal of the stalling and arse-covering antics of fleet management at national headquarters.
The Auckland local noted, among other things, “A proper trial involving a few prototypes would likely have avoided the current situation, a situation where $20 million of levy payers’ money has been wasted on a fleet of lemons with irretrievably bad DNA. A situation where vehicles less than six months old are literally coming apart at the seams (Christchurch). Where vehicles have had their wiring interfered with to the point where they won’t start when called upon to respond. Where pumps will not Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 5, 2017 by Admin in At the coalface, Capitalist ideology, Class Matters, Commodification, Economics, Imperialism and anti-imperialism, Internationalism, Ireland, Limits of capitalism, State capitalism, State repression, Workers' rights
Below is the New Year statement by the Irish revolutionary movement Éirígí. With marches around Ireland and a major occupation in Dublin going on at present, the statement focuses on the housing question:
On the first day of 2017 Éirígí sends New Year greetings and solidarity to our members and supporters across Ireland and beyond. Throughout the centenary year of the 1916 Rising our activists worked within their communities to challenge injustice and inequality. From Galway to Dublin and Wexford to Belfast we honoured our patriot dead by continuing the struggle for an all-Ireland Republic that will put the interests of the many ahead of the greed of the few.
In a change from previous years, this New Year’s statement will focus on a single issue – namely the privatisation and commodification of housing and the devastating impact that this is having on our people, the economy and the environment.
While there are some differences in relation to housing in the Six and Twenty-Six County states, both jurisdictions are now in the grip of a full-blown crisis that is denying millions of citizens access to secure, affordable, suitable homes.
Contrary to the propaganda of the political establishment, the housing crisis has not happened by accident or because of factors beyond the control of those who masquerade as Ireland’s political leaders. In truth, the housing crisis has occurred as a direct result of the Read the rest of this entry »
The following is taken from Engels on Capital (London, 1938) and transcribed by us
The necessary labour-time is given. The surplus labour is variable, but within certain limits. It can never = 0, since then capitalist production ceases. It can never go as high as 24 hours for physical reasons, and, moreover, the maximum limit is always affected by moral grounds as well. But these limits are very elastic. The economic demand is that the working day should be no longer than for normal wear and tear of the worker. But what is normal? An antimony results and only force can decide. Hence the struggle between the working class and the capitalist class for the normal working day (pp255-259).
Surplus value in former social eras. As long as the exchange-value is not more important than the use-value, surplus labour is milder, eg among the ancients; only where direct exchange-value – gold and silver – was produced, frightful surplus labour (p260). Likewise in the slave states of America until the production of quantities of cotton for export. Likewise corvee labour, eg in Roumania.
Corvee labour the best means of comparison with capitalist exploitation, because the former fixes and exhibits the surplus labour as a specific labour-time to be performed – Reglement organique of Wallachia (pp261-4).
The English Factory Acts are negative expressions of the greed for Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 1, 2017 by Admin in At the coalface, capitalist crisis, Class Matters, Community organising, Democracy movements, Europe, France, Imperialism and anti-imperialism, Independent Working Class Association (IWCA), India, Internationalism, Latin America, Limits of capitalism, Marxism, Mass resistance, New Zealand history, New Zealand politics, Political & economic power, Revolutionary organisation, Workers history, Workers' rights, Workers' strikes
But only if the masses choose to use that potential power. . .
One of our biggest concerns at Redline is that, while workers’ rights, living standards and general conditions of life have been made worse over the past 30 years, workers’ resistance has declined to negligible levels. Moreover, the rare tussle that does take place is a defensive one. Workers in this country, with the possible exception of the early days of Unite union when it was organising new workplaces and fighting to get contracts for new union members, haven’t been going on the offensive for several decades now.
Sometimes it seems that two generations of workers got defeated – through the 1980s and 1990s – and the next generation therefore hasn’t had a fighting spirit and class consciousness passed on to it nor developed these through its own experiences.
But if workers here have forgotten or, in the case of the new generation, not yet learned what resistance is let alone what going on the offensive is, there is no shortage of examples of powerful workers’ upsurges and of workers’ resistance pointing to, or at least offering a glimpse of the potential for, alternative ways of organising economic, social and political life.
The really big stuff: dress rehearsals for workers’ emancipation
France, May-June 1968: the glimmer of revolution
Forms of popular power in Chile, 1970-1973
The grandeur of workers’ revolution: Portugal, 1974
History’s biggest general strike (2013)
History’s biggest strike: Indian workers show us how
Recent Workplace Occupations (and one from 1989)
Workers occupy Paris Bakery, Moore St, Dublin
When workers occupied – the Cockatoo Island occupation of 1989
Factory takeover in Argentina sees discussions on workers power, women’s liberation
Greek lessons: workers occupy factory, continue production
Video on the Vio.me struggle
Greek factory: “the machines of self-management have been turned on”
Workers’ self-management only solution: interview with spokesperson for the Vio.me occupation
Resisting austerity and taking on the state in Ireland
Working class resists water tax in south of Ireland
Working class community organising against Class A drug pushers
Standing up for ourselves: a brief history of the IWCA’s campaign against Class A drug dealers in Blackbird Leys
What about New Zealand?
When workers had class
Which way forward for workers and unions?
Whatever happened to workers’ resistance?