Blogs

Bologna: from culture to evictions

Once known for its culture and its seemingly idyllic political model, the city of Bologna has undergone harsh political and economical transformation, leading to gentrification and massive real estate speculations. F or those political people seeking to address the lack of housing, cultural space, or free social spaces in the city, evictions are currently the only answer.

NUT Executive votes against strike action in March

NUT executive votes against strike action in March despite accelerated attacks on education

Combating the bedroom tax

We Won't Pay!

An account of the resistance building against the Bedroom Tax in the UK.

Requiem for a campaign

An organizer's overview of an ended Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) campaign in the Twin Cities.

Angry workers hold bosses hostage

More than 1,000 migrant workers in Shanghai have gone on strike and held 18 managers hostage following a dispute over the introduction of a draconian new disciplinary policy. Four hundred riot police officers attended to the factory in a bid to free the bosses. There are reports of many workers being injured in the subsequent clashes, including several with broken limbs. Following the incident the bosses have withdrawn the new policy, issued an apology for its introduction, and have promised the workers a pay rise…… Direct action gets the goods!

The birthday card as collective action

A short blog looking at a small instance of solidarity in defense of a victimised workplace activist and the connections between such small acts and building a wider culture of solidarity at work.

‘Fighting for ourselves: Anarcho-syndicalism and the class struggle' review

Collective Action's review of Solidarity Federation's recently published book 'Fighting for Ourselves: Anarcho-syndicalism and the class struggle'.

Thousands of Coca Cola workers walk off the job

Thousands of Coca Cola workers across Germany are staging a series of short term ‘warning’ strikes this week in protest over their wages. Workers at two factories in Bavaria walked out today, with a further 50 plants expected to follow suit later in the week.

Il manifesto lives, Pubblico closes, Liberazione is back: update on the Italian mediascape

As the 40-year old Communist newspaper il manifesto managed to survive its imminent closure earlier in December, the mediascape of the Italian left continues to evolve. Recent newspapers like Pubblico shut down, due to poor management and lack of readers, and an old player like Liberazione comes back. Meanwhile, journalists, print workers and contract-staff take action, revealing the labour side of Communist and radical press.

Guilt, choice, and responsibility in the austerity kitchen

Some thoughts on low-income cooking, health, guilt, and the punishment of the poor.

On prisons, screws – and their unions

An attempt to sketch out my attitude as an anarchist towards the prison system. Why do we oppose them? Why does our solidarity go to the jailed over their jailers? How do we view the role of trade unions such as the Prison Officers Association?

Liverpool Against the Cuts occupy Liverpool City Council chamber

While delegates from Labour councils across the country met at the BT Convention Centre in Liverpool, likely at public expense, to discuss how best to implement cuts while keeping their council seats under the banner of “Austerity With Fairness”, members of Liverpool Against the Cuts, Birmingham Against the Cuts and comrades from across the country decided to forgo a police pen outside the Convention Centre in favour of occupying the council chamber inside the Town Hall, making it, temporarily at least, the People’s Chamber.

Richard-Ginori: still turmoil

Richard-Ginori, famous around the world for the production of porcelain, is one of the best known “Made in Italy” names. The firm’s production plant has been in Sesto Fiorentino, near Florence, since 1735. In August 2012, due to the firm’s critical economic condition, all 314 workers at the plant were laid off and on January 7th the Court of Florence declared the company bankrupt.

Italy is top of European table for work-related deaths

Eurostat figures released on 7 January 2013 confirm Italy’s shocking success: it is the country with the highest number of work-related deaths in Europe.

Another squat evicted in Athens

This afternoon the police evicted the Lelas Karagianni squat in central Athens. The fourth attack in under a month.

A post-mortem on the workplace committee that never was

A look at my recent experiences organising at work, and in particular how they've been undermined by certain branch officials. How can militant workers respond when rank-and-file action is sabotaged by factionalism and personalities?

PM's office fired upon in Athens

Early this morning the main office of governmental party New Democracy was fired upon with an AK47. This is the latest in a series of attacks on political and media targets in the last few days.

Towards a Wobbly methodology: establishing yourself as an organizer in a new workplace

This essay is the second in a series articulating a methodological framework for developing Wobbly organizers and identifying key features of workplace committee building at the micro level.

Joke Kaviaar, activist/ publicist, under attack by Dutch state - solidarity needed

Joke Kaviaar, put on trial by Dutch authorities for speaking out

Joke Kaviaar, writer/ poet/ anarchist/activist, had been put on trial by the Dutch state for íncitement against public order'. The charge is based on four articles she wrote and published on het website, in which she strongly criticized the oppression, detention and deportation of migrants/ refugees/ people without papers, and called for active resistance aganist these policies

My experience with the work programme so far

I was recently reffered onto the Work Programme by the Job Centre on very sketchy grounds. Yesterday I had my initial introductory group meeting with A4E called "About You" and here is my account of how it went and everything leading up to it.