Blogs

Class time: Work, pay, and unpaid labour in language schools

What does it mean to work in the language teaching industry? A follow-on blog from our callout regarding unpaid labour in language schools.

Of Sweatshops & Starbucks: Will Dual Unionism Win the Labor Movement?

This is the final installment in a four-part series analyzing the Industrial Workers of the World as the failure of dual unionism in the American revolutionary left. This installment focuses on the potentials of a new approach to unions based on reforming and democratizing established unions from within rather than founding competing unions.

Of Sweatshops & Starbucks: Is the IWW a Good Union?

This is the third in a four-part series analyzing the Industrial Workers of the World as the failure of dual unionism in the American revolutionary left. This installment focuses on the structural capabilities of the organization, and its geographical and industrial reach.

Of Sweatshops & Starbucks: Is the IWW an Industrial Union?

This is the second in a four-part series analyzing the Industrial Workers of the World as the failure of dual unionism in the American revolutionary left. This installment focuses on the internal structure of the group - whether industrially structured, or generally chartered.

Of Sweatshops & Starbucks: Is the IWW a Union?

This is the first in a four-part series analyzing the Industrial Workers of the World as the failure of dual unionism in the American revolutionary left. This installment focuses on the ultra-political orientation of the IWW.

No water, no peace! States of emergency and water shut-offs in Detroit

After a month-long moratorium, water shut-offs in Detroit have started again this week, leaving indebted households across the city with no access to running water.

Invite for Crisis/Class Struggle Discussion and Coordination Meeting in Liverpool, 26th to 28th of September 2014

We would like to invite you to a weekend of debate about the current stage of crisis in the UK, the situation of class struggle and the question of how to organise both debate and practice on a wider level.

Sources and the police raid on Bristol Indymedia

The Indymedia network has reported today that its Bristol site is no more, after police forced access to its users' IP records as part of a search for the individual or group behind a string of politicised arsons in the area.

Keeping fascists off the streets in North West London

This Saturday will see the South East Alliance hold their third attempted march in Cricklewood, a diverse working class area in North West London. The South East Alliance will be opposed by local residents and anti-fascists from across the capital.

March on the slumlord: Portland Solidarity Network brings community together to stand up to landlords

Miranda has decided enough is enough and is joining with the Portland Solidarity Network to demand the money she is owed from her former landlord.

Solidarity: a union which betrays its name

Next week Solidarity will organize its anniversary festival in Gdansk. It will be punctuated by such events as a huge mass in a grand cathedral and a ceremony dedicated to union-busting Ronald Reagan.

Zim ship sits unloaded at Port of Oakland

ILWU shift not reporting to work

After Zim Integrated Shipping Service ship Zim Piraeus was kept offshore due to a pro-Gaza protest at the Port of Oakland on Saturday, August 16, 2014, a longshore shift from ILWU refused to cross "community pickets" on Sunday, August 17, leaving the ship docked but unloaded.

Class struggles, climate change, and the origins of modern agriculture

Plantation slavery

Class conflicts and colonial expansion in the context of the Little Ice Age lead to the emergence of capitalist agriculture and the transformation of social relations on a world scale.

Further comments on organisation

Delayed comments on comments on our previous text on organisation...

Robin Williams, mental illness, and the stigma epidemic

The tragic death of Comedian Robin Williams, in an apparent suicide, has placed the issues of mental illness, suicide, and associated ignorance and stigma, firmly in the public sphere.

The national campaign against IKEA in Italy

‘The warehouse worker has no fear’: this is the slogan that has been backing the national day against IKEA launched by the two grassroots unions S.I. Cobas and ADL Cobas for the 26th of July. The campaign against the well-known ready-to-assemble furniture company is inscribed in a longer round of struggles within the logistics sector.

A home for everyone: help save the Red & Black Cafe

Known as a wonderful radical community space in Portland, Oregon, the Red & Black Cafe has also been an important resource for Portland's houseless community. Now they are in danger of losing their building, so they need our collective help!

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.

NHS agency spend: the hidden truth

In 1997 the NHS spent over £700 million on agency nurses. This year the figure will have risen to over £2.5 billion. Why pay outrageous amounts of money to agencies when it is clearly cheaper to employ permanent staff? I will show that in actual fact it is not cheaper to employ permanent staff, and that increasing agency use is just more laying of ground work in preparation for the privatisation of the NHS.

libcom.org launches new working class history social media pages

Today, 30 July, anniversary of the first recorded strike in North American history, we are launching a new working class history page on Facebook and Twitter to celebrate our history: people's history.