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The call centre diaries, part 2: performance review

The second installment of this ongoing series details boss/worker relations at Manpower's National Recruitment Centre before and during a period of performance reviews, focusing in particular on the behaviour of one notorious member of management

Resisting the Bedroom Tax in Newcastle: Eviction of Disabled Tenant Adjourned For 42 Days

A brief report from today's action in Newcastle Upon Tyne to resist the eviction of a disabled tenant due to rent arrears incurred from the Bedroom Tax

Black Circle Records: Reflections on the consequences of conflict in light of the ongoing Israeli offensive in Gaza

Black Circle Records have released a compilation of underground noise/electronic/abstract/weirdo sounds reflecting on the Israeli states current offensive in Gaza.

Haden, Charlie, 1937-2014

A short obituary of the seminal jazz bassist and anti-war activist Charlie Haden, who died last week.

The call centre diaries, part 1

The Call Centre Diaries will be a semi regular series detailing my experiences as a precarious worker. To kick things off I’m going to share my experiences of working at Manpower, a major UK recruitment agency. Hopefully this won’t just touch on my experiences as a worker but also how the environment fostered in the kind of companies that thrive in economies structured around temporary contracts is adversely affecting the lives of both their own workers and the unemployed they are supposed to be finding work for.