Blogs

"It will ignite again": Strike at large shoe-factories in Dongguan, China

Yue Yuen strike, April 2014

Recently, the city of Dongguan in the Pearlriver-delta saw the biggest strike of migrant workers so far. As many as 50,000 workers took part in the strike at Yue Yuen ((裕元) shoe factories. Owned by the Taiwanese Pou Chen Group, Yue Yuen is one of the biggest contract manufacturers in the world for shoes. Its factories in China, Indonesia, and Vietnam produce for all big brands like Adidas, Nike, or Reebok.

Climate, class, and the Neolithic revolution

Neolithic farmers

Climate change helped make human civilisation possible. Does it now threaten its existence?

Working for The Man

This describes my brief experience at a (now infamous) language school in London. It would be great to hear from others who have had similar kinds of experiences.

The anxious worker

Looking at the contemporary conditions of work and how these give rise to anxiety and depression.

AngryWorkersWorld - Crisis/Struggle List

We propose to set up a mailing-list in order to collectivise a basic gathering of material concerning the development of crisis and struggles in the UK

Renzi’s EU election victory fuels wave of evictions and arrests

A wave of evictions and arrests of militants from radical and housing rights movements began just a few days after the notable victory of Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party in the European elections.

The trials and tribulations of a non-native TEFL teacher

A personal account of the difficulties encountered in the TEFL industry by a non-native teacher.

Twenty-five years since the Tiananmen protests: Legacies of the student-worker divide

Workers on the square

During the protest movement that centered around Tiananmen Square in Beijing twenty-five years ago, workers protested alongside students and intellectuals. But the political relationship between the two social groups was weak at best. Things have only gotten worse since.

Rhythms: second movement

Second post on the subject of rhythms. Begins to explore the idea that madness may be an experience of corporeal rhythms, and that power operates by imposing its rhythms of its own.

Election developments in Greece

The results of last weekend's European and Local elections have done little to change the political landscape of Greece. However, they are another sign of the fragmentation of the political scene.

The student parliament: reflections on the Sunflower movement

The Taiwanese students movement against Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement with China was hardly a radical movement in any way, it nonetheless politicized a lot of people and perhaps opened up space for a more radical critique of existing relations. The following are a few reflections and impressions of events that took place in Taipei from middle of March to beginning of May.

The necessity of experimentation and the immanence of change today

A short piece on the uncertainty of the present and the need for experimentation and creativity.

Politics as an alienated sphere of life

A short article on politics as an alienated separation of social life, and the need for constructing collective practices that challenge the divisions and relationships that constitute political activity in favor of libertarian alternatives.

Disarm: part 1

Part 1 of post I decided to split up. This part is more of a short rant about the demonization of youth by older, failed generations. The upcoming second part features a more personal story of a friend from my past, in other words, one of the youth being demonized.

On balance: guidelines for the representation of women and men in English language teaching materials

Article by Women in EFL Materials written in 1991 offering a good overview on how to avoid discriminatory language and stereotypical images in ELT publishing.

Young workers' rights - TEFL lesson

A TEFL handout for advanced / upper-intermediate students from the book 'Functional skills English: health & social care workbook' (aimed at students who would like to find work in health care).

I punched my boss in the face - TEFL lesson

A lesson plan based on this article, which appeared in Vice Magazine in January of 2013.

Victory against wage stealing language school!

After a short but intense campaign, Marta, a receptionist at the Speak Up London language school, has won a week’s unpaid wages and a glowing reference.

33 country fast food strike - TEFL lesson

A lesson plan around the "Fight for 15 campaign" and a recent international one-day strike in support of US fast food workers fighting for better wages.

Marta: 2, Speak Up: 0

A successful action and a short Twitter callout regarding wage theft at the Speak Up School of English in London.