accounts

Winning together - collective identity and workplace action

A member of the Solidarity Federation Tech & Digital workers network recounts the building of a collective identity in their workplace, pushing a collective grievance and building on workplace victories.

Language teaching, open plan education, and organising prospects in the industry

A blog entry detailing my recent experiences as a language worker--examining the structure of my particular workplace and potential opportunities for organising in the industry.

Civil Service Rank & File Network conference - a report

On Saturday 2 February, the Civil Service Rank & File (CSRF) Network held its inaugural national conference in Coventry. This is a brief report of the event and analysis of where the group is and should be heading.

The break-up of the WRP: from the horse’s mouth - Simon Pirani

An account by one of its former activists of the breakup of the UK Trotskyist group Workers Revolutionary Party following widespread sexual abuse by its leader, Gerry Healy in the mid-1980s. Trigger warning for discussion of sexual abuse.

The anti-liberation movements

This is an edited version of a talk given by veteran communist Alan Lipman who participated in drawing up the Freedom Charter in 1955, about why he left the Communist Party and the ANC, subsequently becoming an anarchist. He was addressing a two-day workshop held by the Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front at the invitation of the now defunct Anti-Privatisation Forum, on class, capitalism, apartheid, neo-liberalism and the ANC, which was held at the headquarters of the Orange Farm Crisis Committee on May 21 this year (2006). The talk was given in English and translated into seSotho.

Requiem for a campaign

An organizer's overview of an ended Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) campaign in the Twin Cities.

The birthday card as collective action

A short blog looking at a small instance of solidarity in defense of a victimised workplace activist and the connections between such small acts and building a wider culture of solidarity at work.

Down and out in Paris and London - George Orwell

Tramping memoirs from Orwell, where he worked in Paris as a dishwasher and then travelled around London, going from one bedsit to another.

My experience with the work programme so far

I was recently reffered onto the Work Programme by the Job Centre on very sketchy grounds. Yesterday I had my initial introductory group meeting with A4E called "About You" and here is my account of how it went and everything leading up to it.

Why I joined the Party: An Africana womanist reflection

Regina Jennings' personal account on why she joined the Black Panther Party, her personal development and the sexism that she faced within the organisation.

TRIGGER WARNING: sexual harassment