John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

How did Communist parties handle issues of internal discipline and democracy in Lenin’s time? The recent intense discussion within the British Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP) and beyond has heard claims that the SWP rests on the traditions of democratic centralism inherited from the Bolsheviks.

John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

Some extended thoughts about Stephanie Bottrill, the woman who committed suicide because of the bedroom tax.

Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

Dave Renton: Who Was Blair Peach?

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the killing of Blair Peach by the police. David Renton looks back at Blair Peach’s life as a poet, trade unionist and committed antifascist

Dave Renton: Who Was Blair Peach?

Bunny La Roche: Nasty Little Nigel gets a rude welcome to Kent

Bunny La Roche of RS21 on Nigel Farage's visit to Kent

Bunny La Roche: Nasty Little Nigel gets a rude welcome to Kent

Financial Appeal

We're up and running! An appeal for funds to kickstart the IS Network

Financial Appeal

Sponsor a Lambeth College striker!

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This appeal to 'sponsor a Lambeth College striker' is being circulated by Lambeth UNISON. UNISON are only offering their striking members a £15 daily strike fund despite the Lambeth College strike being of potential national significance to the Further Education sector and beyond.


For £35 you can sponsor a Lambeth College UNISON striker for a day of strike action and be part of their important fight against a two-tier workforce. 

Your sponsorship pack:

A sponsorship certificate
A photograph of your striker's picket line, signed by a striker
A letter from your striker, updating you on the strike

You can sponsor a striker yourself, club together to sponsor a striker or sponsor a striker as a gift for a friend or relative.

SPONSORSHIP FORM

Your name ___________________________________

Email/phone __________________________________

UNISON branch________________________________

Amount of sponsorship_________________________

Cheques payable to Lambeth UNISON, 6a Acre Lane, London SW2 5SG. Contact email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Background to the dispute at Lambeth College

Teaching staff at Lambeth College are on all-out strike action. The workers are fighting new contracts that attack pay and conditions and would effect all new workers and create a two-tier workforce at the college. The changes include:

  • An increase in working hours, and a lower hourly rate of pay.
  • Reduced holiday.
  • An attack on sick pay entitlement for those on long term sick leave.

In a second ballot UCU members backed the indefinite strike action with 89% yes vote on a 72% turnout after the first was the subject to an injunction under the anti-trade union laws. UNISON members at the college have taken 2 days of action, alongside UCU and are planning further action, including 3 days next week. The UCU have agreed £50 strike pay for their members, UNISON's rate of strike pay is £15. UNISON members are worried about the financial impact of the strike, so we are calling for donations so we can make hardship payments so no member who wants to fight this disgusting attack is forced back to work because they cannot afford to stay out.

This is a local dispute of national significance to workers in Further Education. If this package of terms and conditions are pushed through at Lambeth College they will be rolled out across the sector. This is a local dispute, of national significance to trade unionists everywhere. Mangement at the College have tried to use the anti trade union laws to stop the democratic decision of UCU members to take strike action, they have used intimidatory tactics against strikers threatening trade union reps with spurious disciplinary charges for their role in the dispute.

The Lambeth College strikers' fight is everybody's fight. Make sure you play your part!