Hundreds gather in spontaneous celebrations in London, Glasgow and Bristol on the day former Tory Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's death was announced.
Below is an open letter from Glasgow Women's Activist Forum to Occupy Glasgow. If your organisation would like to sign the letter, please email glasgowwomensactivistforum [AT] gmail.com
We, the undersigned, are writing to those involved in the Occupy Glasgow protest because our voices have hitherto been marginalised and our concerns systematically ignored in the days following the rape that occurred at the protest on Tuesday.
This pamphlet is about the Glasgow bus strike of April 1964. It tries to draw some lessons which may be of value to other busmen and perhaps even to other sections of workers. When union officials openly scab on their members as they did in Glasgow, far-sighted workers should ask themselves why.
Solidarity Pamphlet No.17
The following is a short extract from Mairtin O' Cathain's book 'With a bent elbow and a clenched fist’ A Brief History of the Glasgow Anarchists
Sometime during the Spanish Revolution, probably about 1937, a Glaswegian who had gone to fight Franco, was arrested by the Stalinist authorities then in the process of crushing the revolution. This nameless individual, popularised by the play From the Calton to Catalonia by Willie Maley, had been ‘leader aff’ of the Cheeky Forty, a Garngad-based gang, and was arrested in Spain for ‘hooliganism’.
Minutes of a meeting of the Glasgow group of McDonalds Workers Resistance in 2002, taken by Casper.
(some details have been omitted to protect the guilty)
Glasgow McDonalds Workers Resistance weekly meeting, XX/XX/02 @ the @&*?!$ !@**? boozer
Present: Brother Bouncer (chair), Brother Casper (minutes), Brother Funnywump, Brother Zotard, Comrade Beagle and ex-Brother Webel
Notes on the activities and organisations of anarchists in the Glasgow and Clydeside area in the 1970s and 1980s.
A LIBERTARIAN SOCIALIST group forms at Strathclyde University, reproducing an expanded version of Solidarity’s As We See It as a founding statement; an ad appears in the last issue of the ‘Glasgow News’ about an Anarchist group participating in squatting in the Glasgow University campus; a prominent NUSS activist gets involved in the Anarchist Workers Association.
Both today, Friday 28th, and on Monday 31st May nearly all of Glasgow’s museums, libraries and sport centres will be closed by industrial action.
The strike involves Unison, Unite, GMB and Bectu unions who have collectively 1,600 members working in over 140 facilities - from Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum to local libraries and pools. According to Unison, ‘Unions at Culture Sport Glasgow (CSG) are fighting a 10% wage cut for 150 workers, a pay freeze for all other staff and cuts in public holidays and overtime rates’.
Workers at leisure centres, art galleries, community centres and other cultural sites in Glasgow have taken part in two days of strike action over pay and working conditions.
Culture & Sport Glasgow (CSG), which runs the sites, has imposed a pay freeze on all staff, a pay cut of 10% on several hundred workers, and has cut overtime and public holiday rates. Weekly working hours are being reduced from 37 to 35 with a 6% cut in pay. In response, two walkouts have taken place, on the 30th of April and 6th of May, with further action threatened.