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Far Right Gilets Jaunes Attack Railway Union Picket.

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“There can be no unity with fascists even against a Tory government — they are not on our side, they are anti-working class.”

RAILWAY workers have called for people to turn out in defence of their pickets on January 12 after far-right activists attacked striking train guards in Manchester.

RMT assistant general secretary Steve Hedley said today it is “urgent” that members of the public stand by strikers after a group of thugs dressed up like French “yellow jacket” protesters marched on a picket line at Victoria station, central Manchester, yesterday.

The RMT strike, in defence of safety-critical train guard jobs, was scheduled on the same day that far-right organisers tried to launch a series of “yellow jacket” protests across the country, with a similar protest being held in London.


An RMT member of south-east Asian heritage was also singled out for abuse by the “yellow jackets,” who called him a “sex offender” and a “paedophile,” as well as shouting at him that “your lot get away with it” — an apparent reference to the recent grooming scandals in Rochdale and Rotherham.

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Written by Andrew Coates

January 7, 2019 at 11:44 am

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  1. Perhaps the SWP, Counterfire and People’s Assembly will now reconsider their efforts to jump on the bandwagon:

    Eg, this extraordinary circular from the People’s Assembly (ie Counterfire):

    Yellow vests protests across the world, largely ignored by the mainstream media, have caught a widespread mood of global discontent. The latest predictions are that the 1% will own 2/3 of the worlds wealth by 2030, aided by tax cuts for the rich and austerity for the poor. In France protestors have forced u-turns from former banker Emmanuel Macron’s government. 70% of the French public in support of the demonstration whilst President Macron’s popularity is at an all time low.

    With few friends, even in her own party, Theresa May’s own politics and popularity is similarly dire. Spontaneous displays of solidarity and resistance by activists wearing yellow vests have been seen across the U.K. As people awoke to a New Year with the Tories still in power many more have now resolved not to wait for the outcome of parliamentary processes and arithmetic – but to take direct action instead.

    The national demonstration on 12 Jan, just days before the vote on Theresa May’s doomed Brexit deal, is vital. It will bring those who oppose the Tories onto the streets with a clear demand for a general election that will end the Brexit deadlock and the failed policies of austerity.

    It doesn’t matter how you voted in the last referendum. Let’s stand together and get the #ToriesOut.

    Britain is Broken – General Election Now! See Facebook event here. Please share and invite all your friends



    Get involved!

    Transport from your area:


    If you can make it to the protest then wear your yellow vest on 12 Jan in solidarity with demonstrators!

    Jim Denham

    January 7, 2019 at 11:56 am

  2. Yellow is the colour of strike-breakers:

    Le « syndicalisme jaune » (connu également sous les appellations de mouvement jaune, syndicats jaunes, les jaunes ou « droite prolétarienne1 ») est un mouvement syndicaliste français, connu également sous cette dénomination dans d’autres pays, tant francophones qu’anglophones (« yellow unions »), et en Italie aussi (« i gialli »),


    “The first yellow union in France, the Fédération nationale des Jaunes de France (“National Federation of the Yellows of France”) was created by Pierre Biétry in 1902. The yellow color was deliberately chosen in opposition to the red color associated with socialism. Yellow unions, in opposition to red unions such as the Confédération Générale du Travail, rejected class struggle and favored the collaboration of capital and labour, and were opposed to strikes.[3] According to Zeev Sternhell, the yellow union of Biétry had a membership of about a third of that of the Confédération Générale du Travail, and was funded by corporate interests.[4] Moreover, also according to Sternell, there were close relationships between Pierre Biétry and Maurice Barrès and the Action Française. This makes the yellow union of Biétry seem a precursor of fascist corporatism. During the Nazi occupation of France, unions were banned and replaced by corporations organized along the fascist model by the Vichy Regime. The labor secretary of Philippe Pétain’s administration from 1940 to 1942 was René Belin. After the war, René Belin was involved in 1947 with the creation of the Confédération du Travail indépendant (CTI), renamed Confédération Générale des Syndicats Indépendants (CGSI) in 1949 as the original acronym was already used by Confédération des Travailleurs intellectuels. The movement was joined by former members of the Confédération des syndicats professionnels français, a union created by François de La Rocque in 1936. The CGSI declared that it was formed by “des hommes d’origine et de formation différentes [qui] se sont trouvés d’accord pour dénoncer la malfaisance de la CGT communisée” (men of different origins who agreed to denounce the malfeasance of the communist CGT).[5] CGSI developed mostly in the automobile industry, for instance in the Simca factory of Poissy.[6]

    Andrew Coates

    January 7, 2019 at 12:51 pm

  3. Andrew Coates

    January 7, 2019 at 6:08 pm

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