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Solidarity for workers' full control #02

The second issue of the South London Solidarity newsletter from April 1969 with articles about May Day, the Labour Party, struggles at Kingsnorth, LSE, Kellogg's, Dungeness and more.

Jobbik chased across London by anti-fascists

Hungarian far-right group Jobbik were chased across London by anti-fascists on Sunday as their leader Vona Gábor visited the UK to meet with Hungarians living in the city ahead of elections.

Anti-fascists prevented Jobbik from holding a rally in the Holborn area before chasing them back and forth across the city. The far-right group successfully held a brief rally at Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park where Gábor addressed a crowd of around 100 supporters.

IWGB strike action at the University of London

IWGB picket

Outsourced workers at the University of London’s Central Administration, employed by Cofely GDF-Suez, will be striking this Monday to Wednesday, 27 to 29 January, 2014.

The first and third days of the strike will be at Senate House, University of London, from 6 am until 1 pm. On the second strike day, the entire picket line will board an open top bus and do a whistle-stop tour of high profile sites throughout London, including national media outlets and places of particular interest to the University of London and Cofely.

PCS hangs militant rep out to dry in HP dispute

PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka

The Public and Commercial Services Union has in the past year worked to sabotage a dispute between its members at Hewlett Packard and their employer. This has culminated in the betrayal of one of their own reps, John Pearson, after he was unjustly sacked by the company.

PCS is best known as the civil servants’ union, however it has members in various areas of the private sector due to privatisation and outsourcing. This includes workers for Hewlett Packard who before 1995, with several contract transfers in between, were civil servants in the Department for Social Security’s (now the DWP) IT Services Agency.

Background

People died for your right, not your obligation

2014 and 2015 are, in a row, two big years for electoralism. I'm already fed up with it.

This year, there will be a referendum on Scottish Independence. Next year, there will be a UK general election. Both of these events are the source of considerable hope and excitement on the left, because either or both offer the opportunity for change.

“What was all the fuss about?” My recent experiences of unemployment

One libcom poster's account of a spell of unemployment, and having to jump through the bureaucratic and pointless hoops of the welfare system.

Over the past two years I’ve walked out of three fairly ‘respectable’ (as my JC+ advisor put it) jobs because I couldn’t cope with the constant bullshit I was expected to produce, promote and deal with. I left these jobs feeling on the verge of having a serious mental health breakdown, taking some time to recover from work, and then finding a new job.

Some thoughts for the coming year…

A member of Portsmouth Anti-Fascists takes an interesting look at the situation British anti-fascists find themselves in, the enemy we find ourselves against and what we can do to move forward.

The below is an article written by a socialist activist from Portsmouth Antifascists just before the new year. To add a bit of context – we are a collection of people with different political beliefs who are united against racism and fascism. The author wanted to mention that the views expressed in this article are their own.

Solidarity national group paper

Archive of Solidarity/Solidarity for self-management, the national paper of the UK libertarian socialist group, Solidarity published from 1977 and coordinated by the Oxford Solidarity group.

'You're different, you're one of us': the making of a British Asian

Asian children play in Bradford.

Interesting interview with a Sikh man who grew up in Manningham, Bradford, and was one of the founders of the Asian Youth Movement. Here he talks about his experiences growing up as one of the first Asian children to go through the city's education system and his eventual politicisation.

The politics of Britain's Asian Youth Movements - Anandi Ramamurthy

AYM members from Bradford, Sheffield and Birmingham.

Excellent study into the politics of the Asian Youth Movements, groups of radical working class Asians who fought against the racism of both the British state and far-right as well as conservative elements within the south Asian community itself.