End of an era.

Trade unions appear to have no place in the new neoliberal economy, nor does collective bargaining which underpins them. If teachers had built professional unity in their unions there may have been half a chance that they would be in a strong position to resist performance related pay, a precursor to the break up of their national collective bargaining. As it stands, the poor leadership in all three main teaching unions looks unlikely to be able to resist with any real fortitude.

Local government workers and health workers have lost collective bargaining in all but name by accepting 0% pay rises for years and worse pensions. It remains to be seen if NAPO will defeat the break up of probation. The worst attacks on the Employment Tribunal system have taken place with little opposition even from the judges and tribunal members who know they are wrong. Access to justice for trade unions and individual workers will be severely curtailed as the Jackson Review and Beercroft proposals make their way through  parliament in other guises.

Workers, the unemployed and those millions now living in destitution without hope need a resurgent, strong and confident trade union movement in 2013 and the years of cowardice, inter-union competition and division have to end. Political education needs to be at the heart of this programme in every workplace rather than the futile recourse to protest and complaining. We are no longer fighting ‘the cuts’ but for a socialist future and national sovereignty.

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Azov battalion surrender at the Azovstal steelworks; a symbolic defeat for Ukraine. US, UK & some EU governments still want to fight the war to the last Ukrainian; they continue warmongering and sending weaponry to Ukraine.
https://youtu.be/YSNhBbQtE5A

#Russia says it has no problem with #Sweden or #Finland, hence no problem with it joining #NATO. It will however monitor its deployment of troops and weaponry, and take action appropriate to the threats.
As in Britain it's up to the people to say #No2NATO.
https://youtu.be/doz4lfzAKNY

Protests outside the offices of the #NewYorkTimes against coverage of the murder of #ShireenAbuAqleh, by Israelis military, #IDF. The #BBC also reported "violence breaks out at funeral", even though video clearly shows Israelis police attacked mourners.
https://youtu.be/HEGelLR_Vqs

In a statement to MPs in late April Ben Wallace Secretary of State for Defence said "gifts of weapons by Britain could eventually total £500m" to Ukraine, as he gloried in the reported of the deaths of 15,000 Russian soldiers. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/apr/25/uk-military-aid-to-ukraine-could-rise-to-500m-mps-told#:~:text=In%20a%20statement%20to%20MPs%2C%20Ben%20Wallace%20said%20gifts%20of%20weapons%20by%20Britain%20could%20eventually%20total%20%C2%A3500m%2C%20and%20he%20said%2015%2C000%20Russian%20soldiers%20had%20died%20since%20the%20invasion%20began%20on%2024%20February.&text=%E2%80%9CWe%20have%20gifted%20in%20aid%20%C2%A3200m%20which%20we%20propose%20will%20grow%20to%20%C2%A3500m%20to%20Ukraine%2C%E2%80%9D%20Wallace%20told%20the%20House%20of%20Commons.

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