An extensive two-part article on factory workers in the US in 1947. In the first half, auto worker Phil Singer (using the pen name,Paul Romano) vividly describes factory life, and in the second, Grace Lee Boggs (using the psydenym, Ria Stone) outlines a Marxist analysis.
by Paul Romano and Ria Stone (1947)
Introduction by Martin Glaberman
LIFE IN THE FACTORY
I. THE EFFECTS OF PRODUCTION
II. A LIFE-TIME TRANSFORMED INTO WORKING TIME
III. SINCE THE WAR ENDED
IV. THE INEFFlCIENCY OF THE COMPANY
An account by Liebknecht of a smashing drunken evening in London town, written some 40 years after the event...
One evening, Edgar Bauer, acquainted with Marx from their Berlin time and then not yet his personal enemy […], had come to town from his hermitage in Highgate for the purpose of “making a beer trip.” The problem was to “take something” in every saloon between Oxford Street and Hampstead Road – making the something a very difficult task, even by confining yourself to a minimum, considering the enor
Paul Krehbiel tells how he and his co-workers carried out a slowdown in a Buffalo glass factory in 1968; they succeeded in preventing management from raising their production quota. The author has used some literary license for dramatic purposes and has changed some names to protect co-workers' privacy.
I heard rumbling in the distance that sounded like military jeeps on a cobblestone street. The heavy door swung open in front of me and loud crashing and banging noises assaulted my ears. Dragon-like machines spit fire. Black and green pipes and hoses crisscrossed everywhere, hissing like coiled cobras.
One man's very personal account of the often violent picketing during the News International strike at Wapping in 1985-6.
They said we were greedy printers but we showed them all.
Since the Winter of Discontent, when the Soft Cops were no longer able to control the workers their role for Capital has been on the decline and that of Hard Cop on the increase.
Daily reports, eyewitness and participant accounts and documents from the December 2008 uprising in Greece following the police killing of 15-year-old Alexander Grigoropoulos.
The reports cover the murder of Alexander 6 December 2008, participants then document the rebellion on a daily basis from 8 December to 20 December 2008.
These reports were compiled daily at the time by libcom.org and were grouped together retrospectively in order for easy browsing in November 2009.
A postman explains Royal mail's "modernisation" programme and how it affects workers and service delivery.
Like Roy Mayall writing in your issue of 24 September, I am a postman and concerned at the absence in the media of any account of how mail delivery is organised and what Royal Mail’s modernisation programme entails. The programme was introduced because the popularity of email and texting has caused a drop in mail volume.