National Sections of the L5I:

The working class

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General Strike in Spain: A message has been sent

The Spanish working class showed its anger and opposition to the cuts policies of the right-wing government of PM Mariano Rajoy on November 14 by striking and demonstrating in more than one hundred ma Read more...

Condemn the Marikana massacre – unite to win demands

The League for the Fifth International condemns the brutal massacre – reminiscent of the Apartheid era – of 34 striking miners at the Marikana platinum mine, Rustenburg, South Africa. Read more...

Resolution on the working class

A resolution adopted by the League that explains the criteria for defining the working class Read more...

Hope in retreat: Obama and the US working class

Barack Obama was elected president under the slogan “sweeping change”. He spoke about the need for healthcare reform to cover everyone, a bill of trade union rights, and a “New Green Deal” to create jobs, protect the environment and “get America back on its feet”. Andy Yorke looks at Obama’s relationship to the unions and how the workers’ leaders have so far failed to fight to hold him to these promises. Read more...

Challenges to a changing US working class

Review: US Labour in Trouble and Transition: The Failure of Reform from Above, the Promise of Revival from Below by Kim Moody, Verso 2007. Reviewed by Andy Yorke.

Moody's book is a contribution to the debate around the US working class and how it can rebuild its strength in the unions, workplaces and communities. What kind of answers does he give? Read more...

The legacy of Jack Jones 1913-2009

Jack Jones, who has died at the age of 96, cut a very different figure from many of today's union leaders, writes Dave Stockton. Read more...

Why is there no socialism in the United States?”

Mainstream American politics is “big business” and the latest presidential contest is no exception. The eye-watering amounts of money thrown at Obama and McCain by the American rich testify to the simple fact that both the Democrats and Republicans are capitalist parties – neither has ever represented the independent interests of American workers. Andy Yorke asks, “Why have American workers never had a party of their own?” The answer, he argues, can be found in the historical struggles of the working class. Read more...

Will Barack Obama bring a new deal for American workers?

Barack Obama has electrified the American president elections and fostered the belief amongst American workers, African-Americans and youth, that, if elected, he will bring radical change. Dave Stockton looks beyond Obama’s celebrity and radical language and finds a candidate itching to serve the capitalist class. Read more...

Industrial Workers of the World: one big union

Mark Hoskisson looks at the history of the Industrial Workers of the World one hundred years on from its foundation Read more...

The Great Miners’ Strike, 1984-85

Two decades have passed since the British miners launched a strike to defend their pits from a huge closure programme. The strike turned into one of the most decisive economic and political struggles of the twentieth century. Mark Hoskisson looks back at this contest between the British state and the thousands of working class men and women, whom the Tory prime minister of the time, Margaret Thatcher, famously described as “the enemy within”. Read more...