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Solidarity with British Gas strikers: their fight is our fight - News from the Frontline

Solidarity with British Gas strikers: their fight is our fight - News from the Frontline

Latest News February 26, 2021

Counterfire's weekly digest rounding up the stories of working people getting organised and fighting back

Our children need less neoliberal education, not more - CounterBlast

Our children need less neoliberal education, not more - CounterBlast

Opinion February 25, 2021

Williamson’s Covid catch-up plan will not address the real fault lines in our schooling system, says Sean Ledwith

The Sickness is the System: When Capitalism Fails to Save Us from Pandemics or Itself - book review

The Sickness is the System: When Capitalism Fails to Save Us from Pandemics or Itself - book review

Book Reviews February 25, 2021

Richard D. Wolff in The Sickness is the System exposes the flaws and failures in the capitalist economic system, and argues for workplace democracy, finds Phil ...

A school student speaks: 8 March ‘big bang’ reopening just isn’t safe

A school student speaks: 8 March ‘big bang’ reopening just isn’t safe

Opinion February 23, 2021

The government have had a year to make schools safe for students to return, but they keep failing to learn the lesson, argues Jamal Elaheebocus

London bus drivers strike against attack on pay and conditions

London bus drivers strike against attack on pay and conditions

Latest News February 22, 2021

Over 2,000 bus drivers began strike action on Monday in response to a new contract that will see a cut in pay and conditions, reports Yonas Makoni

Racism, sexism and ‘Karens’

Racism, sexism and ‘Karens’

Opinion February 20, 2021

You can’t fight one oppression by doubling down on another, argues Elaine Graham-Leigh

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Defiant British Gas workers continue to stand their ground - picket line reports

Defiant British Gas workers continue to stand their ground - picket line reports

Workers at British Gas have begun another round of strikes to demand the company abandons its fire and rehire plans. Counterfire members report from p...

February 26, 2021 Counterfire

Go North West goes nowhere as community acts to support bus strikers

Go North West goes nowhere as community acts to support bus strikers

Ahead of an all-out strike beginning Sunday against fire and rehire, community activists blocked Go North West's buses, reports Chris Neville

February 26, 2021 Chris Neville

Myanmar protests: More than a fight for liberal democracy?

Myanmar protests: More than a fight for liberal democracy?

Three weeks on from the military coup, Myanmar’s crisis-stricken working class is playing a key role in the escalating popular uprising, writes Susan Ram ...

February 25, 2021 Susan Ram

Why we won't back down: Interview with a British Gas striker - video

Why we won't back down: Interview with a British Gas striker - video

Counterfire's Chris Neville interviews Darren Chambers, a British Gas striker and GMB trade union rep on why he's taking strike action and why everyone should s...

February 25, 2021 Chris Neville

The gig is up? Historic Uber ruling offers chance to take down precarious employment

The gig is up? Historic Uber ruling offers chance to take down precarious employment

The victory against Uber in court offers precarious workers an opportunity to organise and bring an end to the gig economy, reports Yonas Makoni

February 25, 2021 Yonas Makoni

Solidarity with London bus drivers - model resolution

Solidarity with London bus drivers - model resolution

A model motion to pass at your trade union branch/CLP/other organisation in support of bus drivers in London taking strike action

February 24, 2021 Counterfire

Johnson’s not-so-cautious roadmap raises more questions than it answers - CounterBlast

Johnson’s not-so-cautious roadmap raises more questions than it answers - CounterBlast

Despite the bluster over 'data not dates' there are big holes in the prime minister’s 'irreversible' plan argues Terina Hine

February 23, 2021 Terina Hine

'We just want to be treated like humans': London bus drivers strike

'We just want to be treated like humans': London bus drivers strike

The feeling of being let down and anger was palpable on the bus drivers' picket at Tolworth Garage, reports Sri Viswanatha

February 22, 2021 Srikanth Viswanatha

Events

LGBTHM: Class, Sexuality and Liberation - 25 Feb, 7pm

LGBTHM: Class, Sexuality and Liberation - 25 Feb, 7pm

For LGBT History Month, Counterfire is hosting this public meeting with Kevin Ovenden to discuss the radical history of the movement, how it won key arguments a...

Events

The Socialist Tradition of Organising Women - 6 Mar, 2pm

The Socialist Tradition of Organising Women - 6 Mar, 2pm

The first in our series of Marxist Forums on Women's Liberation

Events

The Individual and Collective in Women's Liberation - 13 Mar, 2pm

The Individual and Collective in Women's Liberation - 13 Mar, 2pm

The second in our series of Marxist Forums on Women's Liberation

Events

Paris Commune @ 150 - 21 Mar, 1pm

Paris Commune @ 150 - 21 Mar, 1pm

A commemoration of the Paris Commune 150 years on

Events

Women's Oppression and its Roots in Class Society - 27 Mar, 2pm

Women's Oppression and its Roots in Class Society - 27 Mar, 2pm

The final session of our Marxist Forums series on Women's Liberation

Events

Theory

Why does the Labour Party fail? - explainer

Why does the Labour Party fail? - explainer

Alex Snowdon dissects the root of Labour's failures as a party that's meant to represent working people

October 27, 2020 Alex Snowdon

What is imperialism? - explainer

What is imperialism? - explainer

In the tenth part of a series of explainers, Dragan Plavšić examines the roots of imperialism and how to oppose it

September 8, 2020 Dragan Plavšić

Is revolution possible in the twenty-first century? – explainer

Is revolution possible in the twenty-first century? – explainer

In the ninth part of our explainer series, Katherine Connelly looks at the continuing possibility of revolution for transforming society today

August 25, 2020 Katherine Connelly

What went wrong in Russia? - explainer

What went wrong in Russia? - explainer

In the eighth part of a series of socialist explainers, Vladimir Unkovski-Korica analyses what went wrong in post-revolution Russia

August 18, 2020 Vladimir Unkovski-Korica

Is a society without oppression possible? - explainer

Is a society without oppression possible? - explainer

In the seventh part of a series of socialist explainers, Elaine Graham-Leigh analyses where oppression comes from and if it can be overcome

August 11, 2020 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Books

The Adventures of the Communist Manifesto - book review

The Adventures of the Communist Manifesto - book review

Hal Draper’s edition of the Communist Manifesto with commentary strips away layers of falsifications and misconceptions to reveal afresh Marx’s meaning, finds D...

February 18, 2021 Dominic Alexander

Monopsony Capitalism: Power and Production in the Twilight of the Sweatshop Age - book review

Monopsony Capitalism: Power and Production in the Twilight of the Sweatshop Age - book review

Monopsony Capitalism brings competition into the centre of industrial organisation theory and shows how labour is an agent in the power struggle, finds Orlando ...

February 11, 2021 Orlando Hill

The University and Social Justice: Struggles Across the Globe - book review

The University and Social Justice: Struggles Across the Globe - book review

Student movements all over the world, covered in The University and Social Justice, show the potential student protest has to challenge the current order, finds...

February 4, 2021 Graham Kirkwood