Blogs

Wigan celebrates its radical communist heritage

Several hundred people converged on the centre of the lovely town of Wigan to celebrate the life of local radical Gerrard Winstanley (1609-1676) and the Diggers' (True Leveller) Movement that he played a central role in establishing.

Workers' struggles in East Asia (August 2012)

Workers strike at an automotive parts factory in Wuhan, China

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around East Asia during August 2012 and related resources. The most important stories appear on my Twitter feed as soon as I find them: http://twitter.com/spartacusnews.

Black Flag on hiatus

I’m a little sad to announce that Black Flag won’t be coming out with a London Bookfair issue this year, as all three of the core editorial members are just too swamped with other commitments to put it together.

These days in Athens

While the Greek government decides on the latest budget cuts strikes and protests return to the streets of Athens.

Fighting for ourselves - preview

Preview excerpts of the forthcoming text by the Solidarity Federation setting out the background and the tasks ahead for anarcho-syndicalists in the 21st century.

Report from St. Imier International Congress, 8th-12th August 2012

This year marks the 140 year anniversary of the first anarchist International held at St.Imier, Switzerland, in 1872. In celebration of the anniversary an international gathering was called in St.Imier in mid-August. A contingent of Collective Action militants attended the gathering along with thousands of other anarchists from around the world to discuss politics, create new international ties and, of course, have some fun.

Manhattan bakery workers fight-back against union busting bosses

The largely immigrant workforce at the Hot and Crusty bakery on 63rd and 2nd avenue in Manhattan, sick of working for abusive bosses, and for less than the minimum wage, voted to form an independent association and register with the National Labour Relations Board.

More striking miners shot in South Africa

It has been reported that four striking miners have been shot by security guards using rubber bullets at the Aurora goldmine in South Africa. It is alleged that shots were fired to break up clashes between strikers and scabs.

Warning: Tout

Seamus Colligan

A London-based 'anarchist' going by the name of Seamus Colligan (aka O’Colgan) has started a campaign to 'out' anarchists and feminists.

Jeff Monson on 'No Holds Barred' podcast: capitalism, anarchism, communism and Jon Jones

Jeff Monson was the guest on 'No Holds Barred' this week discussing politics, history, and the economics of mixed martial arts.

Justice for the Shrewsbury Pickets - the fight continues

The 40th anniversary of the 1972 builder's strike has been marked with a conference held at the Unite union building in Liverpool.

Hired goons target worker’s rights groups in China

On Thursday, approximately sixty unidentified goons carrying hammers broke into the offices of a workers advocacy group in Shenzhen, China.

New pamphlet by the Solidarity Federation

Fighting for ourselves: anarcho-syndicalism and the class struggle

Forthcoming: 'Fighting for ourselves: anarcho-syndicalism and the class struggle' – a new pamphlet by the Solidarity Federation

PCS blinks first in dispute with HM Revenue & Customs

Yesterday, the Public and Commercial Services union announced that strike action due to be taken by HM Revenue & Customs workers on Monday had been suspended. This supposedly followed "significant progress" in negotiations with the employer. The reality is quite different, in a campaign that has been mismanaged (at best) for coming on two years.

Are the strikes In South Africa good for mining companies?

As the dispute continues in Marikana, and appears to be spreading to both other platinum mines and to more workers at Lonmin, is it worth taking a step back from the immediate actions and considering the broader economic effect of the strikes?

libcom.org site updates log

A log of updates, new features and improvements we make to libcom.org.

End the repression! IWW union supports Chile's students fight for education!

Industrial Workers of the World (European Regional Administration) statement of solidarity with the Student Movement and student/university strikes in Chile (cf. attached PDF).

Workers occupy coal mine in Sardinia

Workers occupy coolmine in Sulcis, one of the poorest regions of Sardinia, to protest poverty and demand state aid in order to restart production. The occupation has been ongoing since August 26 and its pool of supporter is growing stronger.

Update about Castelnuovo Scrivia migrant workers’ struggle

Two months into their struggle, the migrant workers at Castelnuovo Scrivia, near Alessandria, have started up new strikes on August 1. They are protesting exploitative working conditions in the farming sector. Their struggle has gained support from several associations, labor unions, and political parties.

Construction workers clash with police on Melbourne picket line

Police have clashed with striking construction workers in Melbourne. The strikers have been blockading entrances to a $250 million construction project for the last week.