Bar humbug: the new shape of work

The Clapham Grand

Pete Wright describes his experience of one job in his career as a precarious bar worker...

My life as a security guard - Oppressors gain at expense of the oppressed

Mashumi ‘Lindela’ Figlan, a South African security guard, writes about his working life, the bosses and unions and conditions in the industry.

Sometimes We Don't Even Get to the Point of Winning or Losing...

Reading The American Worker and old Italian operaismo surveys of auto workers, it occurred to me that it would be worth documenting some of my own experiences in wage labor. We often forget how powerful and important first person accounts of what happens to us are.

A Public Nuisance - Tales of adventure and a spirit of revolt: Glasgow Anarchists 1974-1986

Notes on the activities and organisations of anarchists in the Glasgow and Clydeside area in the 1970s and 1980s.

A “zero-hours” contract… for thousands and thousands of hours

No-one has ever sincerely smiled this much while wearing a headset

Jack Staunton writes on his work in a call centre compiling government market research surveys.

Workers' report: general conditions and the conditions for generalisation at Hackney Street Cleansing Department

A report about working life in refuse collection, recycling and street cleaning department of Hackney Council, including conflicts and co-operation in the workforce.

Gee, Charlie - A working class hero

Silentnight picket line banner

Charlie looks back at his youthful experiences as a militant hippy factory worker and shop steward in 1970s & 80s northern England. Part 2 deals with his involvement in the long-running Silentnight bedding factory strike; the dispute began in late July 1985 - a few months after the ending of the 1984-85 Miners Strike - and by the time it finally ended in April 1987 it had become the UK's "longest-running continuous strike in trade union history". The Prime Minister, Mrs Thatcher, visited Silentnight owner Tom Clarke to show support and dubbed him "Mr Wonderful".

Progressive Pretensions

"Kwazee Wabbitt" recounts and compares climbing the career ladder at a "progressive" firm to being part of a Leninist sect.

Attack is the Only Way Forward. The struggle of the GGB (Healthworkers Syndicate) Hannover at the Wahrendorff Clinic

An account of workplace organising in a privately run hospital in Germany in 2007.

Berlin 2006: The long road Organizing the unemployed can be as strenuous as trying to repel the Labour Exchange's impudences

An account of welfare claimants' collective organising for their rights in Germany.