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The Workers' International League
(WIL) was a British Trotskyist
organisation that split in early 1987
from the Workers' Revolutionary Party
(WRP) which had been led by Sheila Torrance.
The League soon started to publish Workers' News
as its monthly publication. Initially, the group around leading WRP adherents Richard Price and Ian Harrison defended the Healyite
tradition, albeit in a critical way. However, during and after a nine month faction struggle against a minority section in the organisation who supported the idea of joining David North
, the group began to abandon the Healyite tradition and came to the conclusion that the Fourth International had degenerated by the late 1940s, needing to be rebuilt afresh.
Due to a physical altercation between a leading member of the WIL, then in Torrance's WRP, with a leading member of the Workers Press faction of the WRP
during the 1986 printers' dispute in Wapping
, east London, there was great hostility between the two groups, which did not help in its fledgling steps into the wider labour movement
. Even so, two years after its formation, the WIL had recruited Bob Pitt
, who was originally a supporter of the Workers Press faction of the WRP.
The League also began to have discussions with other small groups, particularly Workers Power
and the Revolutionary International League
, and though these discussions did not amount to a merger of these groups, they did help the... Read More