accounts

Rivethead - Ben Hamper

Down and out memoirs of a line assembly worker for GM Motors over the 1980s. In amongst co-workers going postal in the local bar, drinking on the job and witnessing mental breakdowns, Hamper wrote the book during his shifts on the shop floor.

Self-employment, or the illusion of freedom

An account of 'freelancing' and the attitude this has promoted within the author's co-workers.

Factotum - Charles Bukowski

The only person to have made a writing career about yo-yoing in and out of employment, Bukowski accounts the conditions in 1944 having faced rejection from the draft. Although racist, incredibly misogynistic and generally prejudiced to anyone including himself, this is an honest look at the tedium of work.

The anarchists in London 1935-1955 - Albert Meltzer

Albert Meltzer's personal account and reminiscences of the anarchist movement and its personalities in London between 1935 and 1955

A moving story

A Moving Story

In the Summer of 2012 the exploited workers of Rabbit Movers autonomously organized our shop and began the fight for control over the conditions of our lives. This is one worker’s account of how it all went down.

On worker control (of the staff meeting)

A short blog detailing and analysing a low-level direct action in which I participated in the recent past.

Visiting the Freie ArbeiterInnen Union (FAU) in Berlin

An account by a Solidarity Federation member of a visit with FAU members in Germany.

Union maids

Three women union activists tell their fascinating stories of organising in 1930s America, recounting their conflicts with bosses, police as well as their struggles against racism and sexism.

A Wobbly report from Greece

A member of the Twin Cities IWW reports back from Greece.

On the buses - Solidarity

London buses, 1976. © Copyright Martin Addison

An excellent pamphlet from 1976 by libertarian socialist group Solidarity about work and struggle on London's buses. Includes strikers' leaflets.