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  • The unity we need: a movement of movements takes to the streets

    Photo: People's Assembly

    Thousands of activists from across the trade union and social movements march in London to fightback against the attacks on workers and to demand a general election

  • It’s a riot on the streets: campaigning for 5 November

    Counterfire members building the 5 November demonstration around the country

    Activists have been out across the country building for the demonstration on 5 November, reports Chris Nineham

  • Protesters say Tory scum out of Brum!

    Protesters assemble before the march | Photo: Chris Nineham

    Lindsey German reports on a large and militant protest outside the Tory Party conference in Birmingham

  • Chris Kaba: no slowing down in the fight for justice

    Protest for justice for Chris Kaba | Photo: Oscar Cousins

    Oscar Cousins reports from the protest outside New Scotland Yard against the killing by police of Chris Kaba

  • ‘This is just the start’: Workers back on the streets of London

    TUC National Demonstration, 18 June

    Tens of thousands of workers marched through London in a defiant rallying of the labour movement and a show of determination to take on the Tories, reports Chris Nineham

  • Pay the rate! Coventry bin workers refuse attacks on their pay

    Photo: Jack Sherwood

    HGV bin drivers of the Unite union in Coventry vow to bring their employers to their knees in strike rally to demand fair pay, reports Kieran Crowe

  • Rallying round the P&O workers in Liverpool

    Demonstrating in solidarity with sacked P&O workers | Photo: Madeline Heneghan

    Demonstrators in Liverpool call on the trade union movement to get off its knees and fight, reports Madeline Heneghan

  • Hull dock blockaded: P&O workers will not be ignored

    Protesters blockade the entrance to King George Dock | Photo: John Westmoreland

    Protesters marching in solidarity with P&O workers turn words into action in Hull as they blockade the entrance to King George Dock, reports John Westmoreland

    Demonstrators at King George Dock in Hull were determined to make P&O take notice.

    About one hundred people turned out for the third demo in support of sacked P&O workers today. The demo began with a rally on the dockside with a number of trade unions represented.

    Labour MP Karl Turner spoke first. His father was a leading figure in the National Union of Seamen and he spoke with passion about the difficulties of life at sea, and the crowd fell silent as he related the story of the 1987 Zeebrugge ferry disaster that killed 193 people.

    The disaster happened because a bow door was left open as the ferry set sail. The officer in charge of loading had worked for 48 hours without rest. The disaster was a consequence of company inspired exhaustion.

    He also called out claims that foreign workers are taking our jobs. “If we are all in the union nobody can take our jobs”, he said to applause.

    But when he called Labour’s intervention in the dispute “a victory”, because “we have shamed the Tories into taking action in defence of workers’ rights” he found few in agreement.

    Joe Gibbins from Hull Trades Council argued a more convincing case.

    “The Tories cannot be trusted to safeguard workers’ rights. They have been in government for more than a decade and have insisted on keeping the most regressive anti-union laws in Europe.”

    And added, “The Labour government before them was no different.”

    Pointing to the P&O dock area he said, “Those dock workers in there are the key to winning this dispute. When they refuse to load a scab ship it can’t sail. We have to get our strength back, recruit workers into the union and return the movement to its roots.”

    Words into action

    Despite the small numbers the RMT, led by Gaz Jackson and Craig Johnson, took the demo to the streets.

    Marching behind a group of motorcycle outriders the demo marched down Hedon Road stopping traffic and chanting. Once back at the dock entrance, a human blockade stopped access onto King George Dock to delay loading the ferry, Pride of Rotterdam.

    The goal was to make the ferry miss the tide, and the action stands in contrast to the lack of leadership shown by the movement as a whole.

    In conversation during the blockade there was overwhelming contempt for the surrender of the TUC. The idea that the TUC should see this as a crisis and initiate urgent action was readily received.

    As one RMT steward put it,

    “It is a scandal that the Tories are acting as the representative of the sacked workers. Putting demands on the government is meaningless without the action to back it up. Now Tory MPs Grant Shapps and Huw Merriman are talking about workers’ rights as if they were our shop stewards. The TUC should be leading a fight to the finish over this, not handing the wheel to the enemy."

    Joe Gibbons summed up the crisis very well when he said, “This is going to be a turning point where either the Labour movement will start a meaningful fightback that sees workers using their power to get their rights, or, it will see us broken and paralysed for another decade.”

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  • 'Seize the ships!': protesters demand public ownership of P&O

    RMT President Alex Gordon addresses the rally | Photo: Yonas Makoni

    Demonstration organised by the RMT demands reinstatement of sacked P&O workers, reports Yonas Makoni

  • Asking for what is ours: Fight to save our NHS

    NHS demonstration

    NHS activists are sounding the alarm on the continued Tory attack on our health service. Alia Butt explains why you should join the SOS NHS day of action this Saturday

  • Protesting against pollution: don’t incinerate our climate

    Protesters rally against incinerator | Photo: Orlando da Rocha Hill

    Activists take to the streets against the extension of a toxic incinerator in Edmonton, reports Orlando Hill

  • Scottish independence: the street movement is regaining momentum

    Rally for Scottish independence | Photo: Sophie Johnson

    Activists taking to the streets of Edinburgh show an enduring williness to take action for independence, reports Sophie Johnson

  • Merchants of death are not welcome in Liverpool: protesters rally against the arms fair

    Rally in Liverpool against the arms fair | Photo: Lindsey German

    Protesters confront the militarism of the Liverpool arms fair with a clear message of peace, reports Tayo Aluko

  • Palestine is still the issue: take the fight to the Tories in Manchester

    Palestine bloc on People's Assembly national demonstration | Photo: David McAllister

    Alex Snowdon explains how the People's Assembly demonstration outside the Tory conference in October presents another opportunity to build solidarity with Palestine

  • Kill the Bill: movements continue to converge on the streets of London – report

    Kill the Bill rally in Parliament Square | Photo: Jamal Elaheebocus

    Activists from different causes remain on the streets to defend the right to protest, reports Jamal Elaheebocus

  • This is profit before people: campaigning to save Brick Lane

    Locals protest in Brick Lane | Photo: Carole Vincent

    Brick Lane residents are campaigning hard to save their community from profiteering developers, reports Carole Vincent

  • Anti-capitalism reborn – why Genoa still matters

    ‘Genova 2001: No G8’ | Photo: han Soete - Flickr | cropped from original | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 | license linked at bottom of article

    Twenty years ago hundreds of thousands confronted the world's elites in the Italian city of Genoa. Chris Nineham looks at the significance of the events and their legacy

  • The Tories won’t divide us - anti-racists take to the streets

    Protesters take the knee in London | Photo: Yonas Makoni

    Protesters take to the streets around the country to stand strong against racism and to call out Tory hypocrisy

  • The Tories are not fit to govern! – People’s Assembly National Demonstration report

    Rally in Parliament Square | Photo: Shabbir Lakha

    A vibrant coalition of trade unions and social movements took to the streets of London on Saturday for the People’s Assembly National Demonstration, reports Cici Washburn

  • Resist G7: justice for Palestine

    Palestine demonstrators in London | Photo: Shabbir Lakha

    Thousands of protesters descended on Whitehall to confront Britain’s complicity in Israeli apartheid, reports Cici Washburn

  • John Berger: the nature of mass demonstrations

    People's Assembly march in Manchester during Tory Party conference, September 2019 | Photo: David McAllister

    As we build for the People's Assembly national demonstration on 26 June, we republish John Berger's May 1968 article on the role of mass demonstrations in social change

  • Palestine solidarity reborn: thousands demonstrate nationwide

    Photo: Shabbir Lakha

    Nakba Day saw the biggest wave of protests for Palestine in years, as thousands turned out against the attacks on Sheikh Jarrah and Gaza

  • Time to take a stand: the crucial case of Julian Assange

    Onstage at demonstration against the extradition of Julian Assange, February 2020. Photo: Sweta Tapan Choudhury

    The British State's sinister maneouvres around the extradition of Julian Assange are a flagrant injustice and are being rightly challenged, reports Alistair Cartwright 

  • Trump's back for the election - all out on December 3rd


    Mass mobilisation against the Trump alliance will give the left a big election boost, argues Chris Nineham

  • Fight for the soul of Hong Kong

    Anti-extradition bill protests, Hong Kong, 2019. Photo: Studio Incendo

    As the battleground shifts to universities, pro-democracy demonstrators continue to be met with violence in Hong Kong, reports Alex Doe

  • At last a large-scale fightback against Islamophobia in France?

    We won't be divided by hate. Islamophobia kills. Paris, November 10th, 2019. Photo: John Mullen

    John Mullen reports from Paris on a major breakthrough for Muslims fighting oppression in France

  • Shut down the Tories!

    People's Assembly Against Austerity demo, Chepstow St, Manchester, September 29th, 2019. Photo: Chrissy Brand

    As the rain poured down, the left took to the streets, its enthusiasm not dampened. Chrissy Brand reports from the demo 

  • Brazil: documenting the movement against Bolsonaro

    May 15th demo, Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Mavanio Matheus

    After the first mass, national anti-Bolsonaro demonstration and ahead of the second on 30 May, Lilian Hill speaks to Mavanio Matheus about photodocumenting and taking part in the social movement

  • Global school strike for climate kicks off

    Young girls with placards

    Thousands of school students across the world have already taken to the streets in today's coordinated stand against climate change, reports John Westmoreland

  • Movement gears up for fightback against austerity

    We are the minus 99%, Britain is Broken demo, Jan 12, 2019. Photo: Jim Aindow

    The Britain is Broken campaign is striking hard at the heart of austerity, writes Kevin Vickers

  • Why you should be on the protest that could bring down the government

    Theresa May. Photo: wikimedia commons

    John Rees on why the coming demonstration on the night of the Brexit vote could be the beginning of the end for the Tory government

  • Stop Tommy Robinson, All out for 17 November - Counterfire Freesheet November 2018

    Opposing the far right, people's vote, police racism, precarious workers, climate chaos, universal credit and more in this month's Counterfire freesheet

  • National Unity Demonstration against Racism and Fascism: unite against the right

    Stand up to Racism protest against Tommy Robinson

    With the far right gaining strength at home and across the continent, this demonstration provides the left with a crucial opportunity to fight back, writes David McAllister 

  • 'If women stop, the world stops': a view from the mass women’s strike in Spain

    Madrid on 8th March 2018 during the mass women's strike. Photo: Youtube

    After huge strikes and protests in Spain, the message on the ground is to stay in the streets

  • Why I took on Jacob Rees-Mogg and his despicable views on austerity

    People's Assembly activists demonstrated at a public meeting Jacob Rees-Mogg was speaking at. Photo: Steve Sweeney

    Shabbir Lakha explains why the People's Assembly protested Jacob Rees-Mogg and takes on some of the myths around austerity

  • People power: thousands march to tell Theresa May she has to go

    A banner from the demonstration. Photo: Bristol People's Assembly

    A hundred thousand people took to the streets on Saturday to oppose the Tories and put them on notice, Jonathan Maunders reports.

  • The movement is growing: teaching assistants on the front foot in Durham

    Teaching assistant protest in Durham on Saturday 25 March. Photo: Megan Charlton

    Durham teaching assistants brought together people from across the country in a huge show of solidarity

  • Fantastic march for our NHS

    Protestor at 'Our NHS' demonstration on 4 March. Photo: Jim Aindow

    A huge 'Our NHS' demonstration was passionately addressed by Jeremy Corbyn. He must be a part of the movement for change, argues Lindsey German

  • Refugees are welcome here: Newcastle trumps racism

    Anti-Trump protesters at Grey's Monument, Newcastle, 30 January 2017

    Trumpism’s first clash with the North East’s rich anti-racist tradition shall not be the last, reports Dawn Warcup

  • Socialists and mass protest: thoughts on the Women's Marches

    Women's march on London, 2017. Photo: Jim Aindow

    How should socialists orient to mass protests?

  • The Women's Marches are just the beginning

    Women's march on London, 2017. Photo: Jim Aindow

    This can be the start of a new wave of dissent, argues Lindsey German

  • SOAS and the fight against precarity

    United for Education demonstration, 19 November 2016, London. Photo: FFFP

    Reporting the extent of precarity across the university sector in Britain is welcome but precarious work needs to end now, argues Carrie Benjamin

  • Culture matters to us all

    Photo: flickr / Abhi Sharma

    As libraries, galleries and museums face cuts across the board, Jonathan Maunders reports from the fight-back on the streets

  • Corbyn, democracy and the movement

    Protestors at the 2003 anti-war demonstration in London. Photo: Wikipedia

    Opposing imperialism through the movement on the streets is imperative, argues Lindsey German

  • Durham Miners Gala: an inspiring day

    Jeremy Corbyn speaking at the Miners' Gala in 2015. Photo: durhamminers.org

    As the coup from the Labour right is launched, the Labour movement vehemently backs Jeremy Corbyn, writes Chris Nineham

  • Now is the time to Stop Trident

    Image: CND

    The Tories' plans to renew the Trident missile system are causing a revival of the anti-nuclear movement, writes Kate Hudson

  • Don’t just watch: The logic of Corbyn’s rise revealed

    Jeremy Corbyn speaking outside parliament about the government's arms deals with Bahrain | Source: Wikimedia

    Corbyn's rise is only the most recent expression of a long term trend towards a more radical and left-wing politics, argues Chris Nineham

  • NHS staff march against plans to scrap bursary

    Student nurses march against cuts

    Callum Thomas reports on today's demonstration by student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals against the government's proposed scrapping of NHS bursaries

  • NHS action spreads: student nurses protest - podcast

    Student nurses protest. Photo: Screen grab from Unison video

    We caught up with student nurse Danielle Tiplady, one of the organisers of tomorrow's demonstration against the scrapping of student bursaries

  • After the Paris climate talks: stay in the streets

    More than 300,000 march in solidarity for Climate accountability, at the People's Climate March on September 21, 2014. Photo: Robert van Waarden

    A turning point in human history? Elaine Graham-Leigh takes a closer and more critical look at what the Paris talks really mean for our planet

  • Saturday's demonstration can be historic

    It is the anti-war demonstration on 12 December, not Hilary Benn's speech which is likely to prove historic

  • Demonstrate at Tory Conference – and build a new left

    Anti-cuts demonstration

    To defend labour rights and stop further brutal austerity the TUC national demonstration on 4 October is crucial, writes Bristol Counterfire’s Tom Vaughan

  • Why Marx's Manifesto is still a revolutionary bestseller

    Karl Marx

    The new Penguin edition of Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto was an immediate bestseller. It’s even on sale in Tesco’s. Katherine Connelly explains why this book should be on your shopping list

  • This is only the beginning

    The massive End Austerity Now demonstration must be a springboard for more activity, locally and nationally

  • Live blog: End Austerity Now protest

    Rolling coverage from the build up and the day - submit your reports, images and videos using the hashtag #EndAusterityNow on Facebook and Twitter