The International Socialist League is a revolutionary socialist organisation. We are part of an organisation which has groups in many countries, the International Workers League Fourth International (IWL-FI),(link to a statement on FI) with the aim of building a world party for socialist revolution.
We are based in union, community, immigrant and linked to international struggle. We are for combative and democratic trade unions and workers’ and people’s organizations that defend the principle of class independence and the fight against all oppression.
We aim to build a revolutionary party with mass influence to advance the interests and raise the political consciousness of the exploited and oppressed . Our goal is to aid mobilise the working class to take action in the workplaces, on the streets and in our communities and for the class to take power, with the oppressed, through a socialist workers’ government.
As workers, we understand that our ability to effectively organise to fight for our class interests is directly linked to our ability to construct strong proletarian organisations, capable of giving theoretical and political coordination to our struggles, that are drawn from, and representative of, all the groups currently oppressed in our society.
We support the struggle against male chauvinism, racism and homophobia that is extremely widespread in workplaces, unions and political organisations.
In Britain, we reject parties like Labour or the Greens, who in reality defend a pro-capitalist alternative to the Tories. For example the Labour Party openly protects business interests in Labour councils at the expense of workers and actively undermines and oppresses our communities.
Many workers and youth support the Corbyn-McDonnell lead Labour Party as a means to fight austerity. However, despite the rhetoric the new Labour leadership has reduced the struggle against austerity and cuts in local services. In the final analysis, the working class cannot defeat capitalism through parliament or in the council chamber – it can only do so through mass action on the streets and in the workplaces.
Where possible, we will participate in elections and encourage working-class independent and anti-oppressive groups to do so. We defend this as a tactic and support those organisations that we may choose to support only on the basis that such representatives in parliament and local authorities must act as a tribune and support class struggles that fight austerity including the pro-business policies of Labour councils.
PFI privatisation schemes, the anti-trade union laws, the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, Immigration Laws, and the attack by the Department for Work and Pensions on housing and other social benefits are means by which the successive governments implement wide oppression, including terrifying vulnerable and immigrant communities in order to make a vast transfer of money from the working class to the City of London and the multi-nationals.
Britain is an imperialist country. The City of London remains a world financial centre and the struggle is on against the EU over the spoils that can be wrenched from oppressed countries and the workers and the poor of the world. The period from 1900 have been the most brutal in history, and threatens humanity and planet earth itself. The destruction of people and the environment go together.
The only way forward for the working class in Britain is in linking up with the European working class and world struggles. It is not a simple matter of remaining in or leaving the EU. Only the destruction of the EU can free the oppressed nationalities in Europe but this has to be done on our terms – not those of the ruling class in Britain or Europe. The working class in Britain has to overcome all the political and bureaucratic barriers that prevent it from linking with European countries. International organisation of workers is developing and British workers need to participate directly.
With this approach we defend the struggle for a united Ireland and for self-determination in Scotland and Wales. We are for the unity of workers in the UK against austerity and capitalism but that cannot be imposed from above. Only a mass movement seeking its democratic rights in the struggle for socialism can achieve a democratic revolution in Scotland and Wales and to achieve that the working class will have to lead the struggle and take power.
The EU and the UK government have agreement against the world’s refugees seeking safe haven. Therefore, the UK helps the EU in Calais and in countries like Greece to prevent immigrants reaching safe havens or deport them if they do. The EU, with UK support, has an extremely brutal policy to build mass surveillance and detention centres in northern Africa to stop refugees reaching Europe.
The wars in Africa and other parts of the world are created by the policies and actions of imperialism. The 21st century opened with the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan supported by Tony Blair and the Labour Party, and wars in other parts of the world have been overtly or covertly supported by British imperialism. While today Jeremy Corbyn openly supports NATO!
The colonial and imperialist domination in the world is reaching new levels of desperate and brutal control by imperialism, while the oppressive policies inside the UK reach new heights. Capitalism is decaying and seeking to survive by taking ever more tribute from workers. It is this war on the workers and peoples of the earth that is driving many rebellions against capitalist rule and their stooges in oppressed countries.
We are part of the international struggle of workers and say that struggle has to be based in workers’ democracy against all varieties of union and political bureaucracy that everywhere has been selling out workers and preventing its power from being unleashed.
The best way to assist that struggle is to join the INTERNATIONAL SOCIALIST LEAGUE!