accounts

Unions with Leaders Who Stay on the Job (a.k.a. Class War Lessons) - Stan Weir

Stain Weir writes about direct action and on-the-job union leadership as a merchant marine in the 1940s.

The informal work group - Stan Weir

Stan Weir on some of his life experiences at work and what he saw as the "the only organizational form opposed to formal bureaucracies which cannot be captured by them", the informal work group. From Rank and File: Personal Histories of Working-Class Organizers (1973)

“The bottom line isn't the whole thing”: Detroit, anti-racism and labour history

New Beginnings interviews a Detroit militant with decades of organizing experience in the area.

“What do you do for a living?”

A tale of toil by Frank Edgewick, a guest services agent in an American hotel.

Waves of Struggle, The Winter Campaign at the Post Office in Edmonton

In the summer of 2011 Canadian government legislation ordered Canadian postal workers back to work after an intense Canada-wide strike. The struggle continues after the end of the official strike, and, as this article shows, the struggle started before the official strike began. The militancy and creativity of the Canadian postal workers offer lessons well beyond their industry.

Diary of an anarchist hospo worker

Diary of an Anarchist Hospo Worker

An article by a member of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement looking at life in the hospitality industry.

The work and the job - Wild Rose Collective

A piece about the alienation of work and how even work that is directed towards helping people is structured in a way to be about profits over everything else.

Makhno: the impressions of a French journalist - Stéphane Roger

Among the many enemies facing the Ukrainian anarchists in the Russian Civil War were the French armed forces sent to bolster the counter-revolution in Ukraine. A deserter from these forces describes his encounter with Nestor Makhno and his troops.

Locked out workers' anger grows at Canada Post

Following weeks of rolling strike action, Canada Post locked out its 50,000 workers on the night of 14 June. Here follows an exciting personal account of workers fighting back and locking managers in in Edmonton.

Indignados in Seville and Barcelona: reports from the #spanishrevolution

Reports from anarchists in two different cities in Spain about the assemblies movement there. From late May/Early June 2011. Translated for The Commune.