UK

20 June: the beginning of what?

Marchers in London standing behind a banner saying 'End Austerity Now'

Saturday 20 June saw up to 250,000 people march in London under the banner ‘End Austerity Now.’ But four years on from the first ‘March for the Alternative’ back in 2011, how far have we actually travelled?

Warehouse-spotting! Short Reports from AngryWorkers Northern Tour…

Four reports from short visits at different warehouses in Manchester, Leeds, Bradford area.

Positive affect as coercive strategy: conditionality, activation and the role of psychology in UK government workfare programmes

A journal article on the use of psychology in workfare to erase the experience and effects of social and economic inequalities and to construct a psychological ideal that links unemployment primarily to psychological deficit. This, in turn the authors argue, authorises the extension of state — and state-contracted — surveillance to psychological characteristics.

6 ways to fight climate chaos

Steam from power plant cooling towers

What can we do about a problem as big as climate change? Here are six ideas.

A workerist response to Mid Atlantic Revolutionary Socialists on the union question and the ultra left

This short article is a response to an essay written by the Mid Atlantic Revolutionary Socialists. I found the essay thought provoking and agreed with parts. Certainly an essay outlining a Trotskyist rank and file strategy in as open and honest a way as it does is very welcome, and I would recommend elements of it as a useful critique of anti-union dogmatism. The purpose of this article, is to discuss the parts I found interesting and respond to the parts I found lacking.

The Curzon Cinemas struggle: A snapshot

Curzon Workers Party

An unfinished essay-interview with workplace activists at the Curzon Cinemas covering their living wage fight, their union recognition agreement, and changes to their terms and working conditions.

Organising as the AF; our politics and what the group actually does

London AF Banner

I was reluctantly asked to introduce the Anarchist Federation (AF) some months ago at an open workshop and this is the expanded and edited notes derived from this event. It should be noted from the outset; these are entirely personal and may not be endorsed by the group in their entirety.

Should we care about the EU referendum?

Part of a WSM poster for the campaign against the Lisbon Treaty

UK citizens get to vote on the UK's membership of the European Union (EU), should we give a shit?

Responding to the new Tory strike laws

Business secretary Sajid Javid standing outside 10 Downing Street

The Queen's Speech recently confirmed that the Tory government's intent to bring in new laws further restricting strikes. The unions have reacted with fury - but will they really do anything about it?

Fighting for #Justice4JohnPearson

Former PCS rep with a placard reading 'why won't PCS support victimised reps?'

Next week, the PCS union holds its annual delegate conference in Brighton. One of the most important issues on the agenda is that of whether the union will support its reps when they face victimisation. Unfortunately, the answer to that question remains uncertain.