Youth

'Support students in the fight for their future', Communists urge

Britain's Communists fully support this Friday's strike by school students demanding action against global warming, the party's Political Committee declared at its meeting on Wednesday evening (February 13).

'The young will inherit the planet and so they have every right to insist that vital steps to avoid catastrophic climate change must begin immediately', Tony Conway told the meeting. He urged pupils across Britain to join those in more than 40 towns and cities already planning to hold local protests.

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Communist Party of the Philippines statement on typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) calls on the entire Filipino people, including those overseas, to mobilize and generate the maximum possible emergency funds and supplies for the victims of the recent supertyphoon Yoland (international name Haiyan).

An estimated nine million people, or 10% of the entire Filipino population suffered the wrath of the storm considered to be the strongest in recorded history, which barreled through 36 or 72 provinces. Majority of the victims of the storm are small peasants, farm workers, fisherfolk, mountain people, workers and other poor people who are the most vulnerable to the storm. Wide swathes of land were engulfed by the surging seas resulting in massive destruction of public infrastructure, homes, property and agricultural land. It is feared that the number of deaths may run up to several thousand people.

The revolutionary forces under the CPP commiserate with the entire Filipino people, especially those who lost friends and family members and who are suffering from the grave impact.

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Portsmouth Industry Cull - It doesn't have to be this way

The fundamentally exploitative and ruthless nature of capitalism is daily illustrated in the most direct fashion for all to see – except for those who choose not to see… and who would have us believe that this is as good as it gets - perhaps with a bit of gentle tweaking here and there, writes CP chair Bill Greenshields.

In casting 1800 shipbuilding workers on to the scrap heap BAE explained that it was a matter of regret but perfectly normal in times of a “significant decline in demand”. In doing so they held it to be perfectly normal that they have no responsibility towards the people who have been producing their profits year on year, decade on decade. And they were right. Capitalism and its monopoly and transnational corporations have no such responsibility.

Their workers are a source of profit pure and simple. When their labour power is not required they, their families and communities are abandoned. And if those workers show resentment or even anger, they are encouraged by the company, politicians, media moguls and twitterers to blame fellow workers in another shipyard, another workplace, another town, another country… some of whom have, for the time being at least, kept their job.

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YCL Statement on Remembrance Sunday

This Remembrance Sunday, David Cameron and his government, and indeed the entire British establishment, are seeking to whip up sentiments of jingoism and false patriotism ahead of next year’s World War One centenary. They claim to be remembering and celebrating Britain's fallen service men and women. The YCL recognises that in this they are only hijacking the legacy of Britain's war dead for their own interests; perpetuating support for further imperialist war. In this they tarnish and desecrate the entire legacy and ideal of remembrance, for the war that was supposed to end all wars.

The First World War is celebrated with particular zeal in this country. We look to the bravery and sacrifice of British soldiers in that conflict and cannot help but be humbled. However what will Mr Cameron tell the country those men and women died for? For democracy in Europe? The vast majority of British people could not vote until 1918. It is Lenin who lived in that tumultuous period who describes the real nature of the war in Europe:

“The war of 1914-18 was imperialist (that is, an annexationist, predatory, war of plunder) on the part of both sides; it was a war for the division of the world, for the partition and repartition of colonies and spheres of influence of finance capital.”

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Public Meeting: Scotland Needs Socialism

The next date in the ongoing YCL Scotland speaking tour "Scottish Independence: A Communist Perspective" will be Thursday the 14th of November 2013 at 7pm in Pollokshields Burgh Hall, Glasgow.

The meeting is entitled "Scotland Needs Socialism" and will focus on the need for a revolutionary transformation of society in the context of the world today and Scotland in particular. The speaker will be Chair of the CP Scotland District and Communist Candidate in the 2011 general elections in the Glasgow North-West seat, Marc Livingstone.

Look out for YCL posters and stalls advertising the meeting this week!

Come along this Thursday, free entry and all welcome.

14th of November 2013 7pm
Pollokshields Burgh Hall
70 Glencairn Drive
Pollokshields
Glasgow G41 4LL

Support the Living Wage Campaign

The Young Communist League welcomes Living Wage Week (3rd - 9th Nov) and urges young workers and students to support the demonstrations and lobbies in support of the campaign.

The living wage campaign has highlighted the inadequacies of the minimum wage in meeting the rising cost of living and has thrust the lowest-paid workers’ daily struggle to get by into the spotlight.

On the campaign website, it points to independent research showing that employers have seen that paying workers more means they are more productive and their work is of a higher quality. More importantly it allows employees to better provide for their families.

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Young Communist League condemns EU's anti-communist legislation

During this past week steps have been taken towards banning the communist movement in Europe. The European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation has submitted to the European Parliament, its document ‘A Model National Statute for the Promotion of Tolerance’ with the view to this being enshrined in law.

Despite the seemingly banal and benign title, the YCL notes the highly dangerous substance at its core.

Section 2 of the document tells us that “the purpose of this statute is to take concrete action…with a view to eliminating…totalitarian ideologies”. Not only this, but it states its guarantee of tolerance to all groups, including social classes.

The insult then is twofold. The first we are all used to: the slander that communism is a totalitarian ideology. The second is a much more cunning and crafty ploy. Disguised as tolerance, the Trojan Horse of anti-communism is sneaked in. This itself, is in essence, totalitarian ideology. That which the ECTR claims its purpose is to eliminate, is its very own identifying nature.<!--more-->

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Support the UK universities Halloween Strike

The YCL calls on all students across the UK to support the strike action called by UCU, UNISON and Unite for tomorrow 31st of October. On Thursday students should not attend lectures, tutorials or seminars etc. or use university library, or any other facilities, while the strike action is taking place.

Where possible attend the local joint union rallies taking place in support of the strike. Young Communists and all students place themselves firmly on the side of the workers striking for fair pay in higher education tomorrow. Unity is strength! UCU Statement 29/10/13: "Unions disappointed employers refused talks to try and avert Thursday's walkout UK universities will be hit with the most widespread disruption for years on Thursday as members of UCU, UNISON and Unite take their first coordinated strike action in a row over pay. The unions said they were disappointed the employers had refused talks to try and divert Thursday's walkout, but said they are still prepared to meet for eleventh hour talks.

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