Blogs

Wal-Mart: The high cost of low price (documentary)

Wal-Mart has become one of America’s most successful retail chains by offering everyday goods at low prices for working families. But just how is Wal-Mart able to charge less than many of their rivals, and what has their success done for their employees? Documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald takes a look inside the discount retailer’s empire in Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, and discovers a company short on scruples and long on shabby treatment of the people who work for them.

"The fight of our lives": An analysis of the UK pensions dispute

Steven Johns' detailed account of how Unison has handled the recent dispute over pensions. It sheds light on the role unions play in contemporary society, and argues that if ever us workers are going to start winning things again, we will have to go beyond them.

Unemployment, the JobCentre, and the imposition of labour discipline

Having been gainfully unemployed for a number of months, I’ve recently returned to take a swim in the shark-infested, soul-destroying, disease-ridden hell hole that is the job market. It’s also the first time I’ve been, ehhem, lucky enough to be able to claim dole. This means applying for jobs and making a fortnightly trip to the JobCentre. And it sucks.

Income management for the poor

From April 1st 2013 Liverpool City Council will replace the crisis loans and community care grants with the Citizen Support Scheme (CSS). It is not just a meaningless re-branding exercise; it has serious ramifications for people all over the country.

Gasland (Documentary)

Its happening all across America - rural landowners waking up to find a lucrative offer from an energy company wanting to lease their property. The reason? The company hopes to tap into a reservoir dubbed the ""Saudi Arabia of natural gas."" Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground - a hydraulic drilling process called ""fracking""- and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower.

The beginnings of a rank-and-file rebellion in the Civil Service?

A look at recent developments within the civil service. The government's latest attacks, the response from both the union and ordinary members, and the prospects of workers taking control of their own struggles.

Round-ups, detention camps and deportations

The anti-immigrant operations continue and expand across Greece. Detention camps, round-ups and harassment are now state policy.

Barcelona diary: Celebrating radical history

Recently I was lucky enough to take part in a meeting of radical historians in Barcelona. The event was billed as “a meeting of colleagues and comrades, all active in interpreting and bringing out the radical history of the place where they live”.

L'Aquila's earthquake trial: scientists as politicians' puppets

Current news headlines in Italy concern the 6-year prison sentence given to seven scientists and officials found guilty of manslaughter.

Ill Manors, directed by Ben Drew, and The Angels' Share, directed by Ken Loach

Official 'truth' being more dishonest as well as stranger than fiction, Tom Jennings looks instead at feral youth fairytales screened since last August's riots.

Libcom at the London anarchist bookfair 2012

London anarchist bookfair

Ahead of the London anarchist bookfair on Saturday, here's a few recommendations and announcements from the libcom team.

State crackdown on trade unions in Fiji

The military dictatorship in Fiji are attempting to crush the trade union movement in the run up to alleged free elections in 2014.

Because you should have clocked in at 7…

Because you should have clocked in at 7…

In memory of assaulted and slain Starbucks barista Whitney Heichel.

TRIGGER WARNING FOR SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Bangladeshi workers fight back against corrupt bosses

15,000 Bangladeshi garment workers blockade a key highway in protest at unpaid wages. Meanwhile, bosses at the company – who supply Primark and New Look – are arrested on embezzlement charges in the country’s largest ever corruption case

Wear the shirt and doff your cap….or else

A brief look at the decision by over 30 players not to wear the 'Kick it Out Campaign' T-shirt, and the response of the football establishment elite.

European-wide general strike November 14 - how real? How relevant?

In at least four countries, there will be a general strike on November 14. There are calls to turn it into a European general strike. What to make of the idea, how to operate most fruitfully in connection to these and similar initiatives, is the subject of this article.

Another review of Fighting for ourselves

Nate Hawthorne reviews Solidarity Federation's upcoming pamphlet, Fighting for ourselves: anarcho-syndicalism and the class struggle.

What October 20 tells us about the state of the movement

Saturday October 20 saw the TUC's "Future That Works" march and rally. It was the second biggest demonstration so far against austerity, the belated follow-up to the "March for the Alternative" last year. But what was the point? And where do we go from here?

On human nature

Arguments I see time and time again against left-wing politics include “human nature will get in the way” or “it ignores human nature”. Recently I’ve even seen this argument trotted out by people on the left, that any future system must “take human nature into account”. It’s fairly clear what is meant here without asking too many questions. Human beings are selfish. Human beings only work in their own self-interest and that this is natural. But I believe this to be wrong. This blog post will hopefully explain why.

"No politics in the union"? Come off it

no-politics

This blog post argues that "No politics" is a bad idea and an inaccurate description of the IWW.