accounts

Women's work and capital's use of childhood

An account of working at a daycare center. How privatized childcare both changed and preserved gender roles, how childhood makes alienation normal- and what was the real structural function of all the damn creepy propaganda in the halls?

Back from hell: Black power and treason to whiteness inside prison walls

Prison cell

A personal account by Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin of a cross-race alliance of prisoners against conditions at a federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana in the early 1970s.

Here to stay, here to fight - Kenan Malik

An extract from Kenan Malik's From Fatwa to Jihad that delves into the roots of the Asian Youth Movements of the 1970s and 1980s and how they came to be formed.

Conflict and repression in an Argentinean car factory: a cycle of resistance from a worker’s perspective

Maurizio Atzeni presents a worker’s account of two factory occupations in Argentina during the mid-1990s. This reconstruction, rather than focusing on the role of specific agents, allows an unveiling of the dynamics through which the clash between the employer’s drive for profitability and workers’ interests in defence of their salaries developed.

Industry insight: a spark's view

A SolFed member who has worked as an electrician since the late 1970s shares his experience of the electric supply industry, privatisation and the trade unions.

Once upon a time there was a place called Nothing Hill Gate…

A personal account covering 20 years of working class history in Notting Hill, including the Carnival, the 1987 riot and the conflicts on All Saints Road. Published by BM Blob in the spring of 1988.

Diary of Virginia Woolf during the 1926 General Strike

Indifferent account of the 1926 General Strike by writer Virginia Woolf.

Diary of Margaret Woods during the 1926 General Strike

Diary account from a schoolgirl during the 1926 General Strike which is largely critical but reproduced for reference.

Pissing blood

An account written by Abbey Volcano about non-profit employment, lack of medical insurance and divisions in the workplace.

"The fight of our lives": An analysis of the UK pensions dispute

Steven Johns' detailed account of how Unison has handled the recent dispute over pensions. It sheds light on the role unions play in contemporary society, and argues that if ever us workers are going to start winning things again, we will have to go beyond them.