UK

Jolting memory: Nightcleaners recalled - Sheila Rowbotham

Frames from Nightcleaners

Sheila Rowbotham recalls both the campaigns to organise female night cleaners in London from 1970, and the 1975 film by Marc Karlin about the same.

Hipsterphobia - Cava Sundays

Class War's Fuck Parade anti-gentrification protest in Shoreditch

Interesting article on Class War attacking "hipsters" as part of their high-profile protest against gentrification in east London last month, pointing out its pitfalls, as well as pitfalls of populist anti-gentrification campaigning in general.

The case against economic calculation - Adam Buick

Randall Park, once the world's largest mall from Black Friday by Seph Lawless

Talk by Adam Buick for the Socialist Party on 27 September 2015 in London. The Economic Calculation Argument is a classic argument against the possibility of socialism put by defenders of free-market, private-enterprise capitalism. It was set out in a particularly clear and concise form in an article in 1920 “Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth” by Ludwig Von Mises, an Austrian member of, appropriately enough, the Austrian School of Economics and translated into English in 1935.

Why are junior doctors in the UK so pissed off?

Junior doctors marching in central London last weekend

After marching around the country last weekend, junior doctors in the UK are to be balloted on strike action against changes to their contracts. We interview an anarchist junior doctor about what the changes are, and what workers are doing about it.

libcom.org's London Anarchist Bookfair pub guide

Pints in Millers

We went on a crawl of pubs near the new London Anarchist Bookfair, taking place this Saturday at Central Saint Martin's from 10am till 7pm.

Black Flag 235 (2012)

With workfare in the news at the time, this issue focused on the CWU union's enthusiastic support for its use in Royal Mail, alongside articles on the economy, Scottish Independence and the potential consequences of the collapse of the BNP.

For the centre spread, Tom L offered a a slightly different tack on the union question, looking at it from the ruling class point of view, while in history Jack Ray and Iain McKay looked at the 1934 Asturian miners' strike and the Pentonville Five campaign respectively.

Timeline of UK schoolchildren's strikes

Schoolchildren on strike in 1985. Photo by Dave Sinclair

A chronology of school pupil walkouts which I have been able to discover in the UK from the 19th century to today.

The UK school students' strike, 1985 - Steven Johns

Striking schoolchildren march in Liverpool, 1985. Photo by Dave Sinclair

A short history of a successful national walkout of up to a quarter of a million school students against the Conservative government's workfare Youth Training Scheme.

The Stepney schoolchildren's strike, 1971

Stepney schoolchildren on strike, 1971

A short account of a strike of 800 pupils in Stepney, east London on May 27, 1971, which successfully won reinstatement of a teacher who was sacked for publishing a book of pupils' poetry.

The Burston Strike School, 1914-1939

Striking pupils and their parents, Burston, 1914

A short history of the longest schoolchildren's strike in UK history, when nearly all pupils at Burston school in Norfolk, England walked out in support of two unfairly sacked teachers who then started their own school with funds from the workers' movement.