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How Ontario won $15 Minimum Wage

How Ontario won $15 Minimum Wage

In May, the Ontario government, to the surprise of many, announced its plan to introduce a $15 an hour minimum wage, beginning with $14 in January 2017 and reaching the full $15 the following year. Given that the existing minimum is $11.75 and that the implementation time to a full 15 is one of the […]

Posted in: Canada, Ontario, Work
Review: No Is Not Enough – Defeating the New Shock Politics

Review: No Is Not Enough – Defeating the New Shock Politics

Reviewed of Naomi Klein’s new book, No is Not Enough,  Allen Lane, Canada, 2017 “[Trump is] the personification of the merger of humans and corporations – a one-man megabrand, whose wife and children are spin-off brands… He is the embodiment of the belief that money and power provide license to impose one’s will on others, […]

Posted in: International, Reviews, US
Socialists Spearhead Victory on $15 in Minneapolis

Socialists Spearhead Victory on $15 in Minneapolis

Minneapolis is getting a raise, and becoming the first Midwestern city to enact a $15 an hour minimum wage. The proposal will benefit 71,000 workers, overwhelmingly women and workers of color. Winning $15 in Minneapolis shows another way cities can push back against Trump’s corporate-backed agenda. In three short years, the fight for $15 in […]

Posted in: US, Work
Varadkar, Ireland’s new Prime Minister: Unapologetic Thatcherite assumes power

Varadkar, Ireland’s new Prime Minister: Unapologetic Thatcherite assumes power

The election of Leo Varadkar, first as leader of Fine Gael, then as Taoiseach, has been hailed by the international media as an important change. Varadkar is an openly gay man and the son of an immigrant, and the election of such a man as Taoiseach would have been unthinkable up until relatively recent times. […]

Posted in: International, Ireland
Greece: The rise and fall of Syriza

Greece: The rise and fall of Syriza

On 5 July 2015 a historic referendum took place in Greece against the European troika’s austerity memorandum, with a tremendous 61.5% majority vote for No. But two years later, Greek society under a Syriza-led government is faced with the continuation of the same policies that were applied by the traditional parties of the ruling class, […]

Posted in: Greece, Workers' Parties
USA: Democratic Socialists of America Grows to 21,000

USA: Democratic Socialists of America Grows to 21,000

Toward a New Socialist Party! We are witnessing the largest opening to build the socialist movement in the U.S. in decades and it is not just leftists who recognize it. National Review, a leading right-wing journal, published a breathless warning in March titled “Socialism’s Rising Popularity Threatens America’s Future” by David Nammo, CEO of the […]

Posted in: US
July 1917: The Bolsheviks “become a power”

July 1917: The Bolsheviks “become a power”

A century ago this week, 500,000 workers and soldiers marched through the Russian capital Petrograd, with tens of thousands joining marches in Moscow, Kiev and other cities. The demonstrations on 1 July (18 June according to Russia’s old calendar), called by the pro-government socialist parties who at that time held a majority in the soviets […]

Ireland: Jobstown – Not Guilty

Ireland: Jobstown – Not Guilty

A rotten stitch up exposed “The news has just come through from the Central Criminal Court and I am the first to report it to the House. Deputy Paul Murphy, not guilty; Councillor Michael Murphy, not guilty; Councillor Kieran Mahon, not guilty; Frank Donaghy, not guilty; Michael Banks, not guilty; and Scott Masterson, not guilty.”- […]

Posted in: International, Ireland
France: Record low vote in legislative election
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France: Record low vote in legislative election

Time to build a fighting left force The ‘sweeping victory’ for ‘La Republique En Marche!’ (REM) – the party of neo-liberal President Emmanuel Macron- in the second round of parliamentary elections is not as resounding a victory as it might appear. It has indeed got 308 MPs out of 577, plus 42 for its allies […]

Posted in: France, International
Russian Revolution: May and June 1917

Russian Revolution: May and June 1917

May and June: Provisional Government weak but revolutionary movement not yet able to take power The situation is one of dual power: the weakness of the Provisional Government is becoming increasingly clear; the revolutionary movement not yet able to take control. Right-wing social democrats are poised to join a coalition with the capitalist and pro-tsarist […]