health and medicine

The Reality of Denial and the Denial of Reality

anti-vaxxer graffiti

This text was meant as a polemic intervention in the debate around the questions of the Sars-CoV-2 virus in Greece. Above all, it was triggered by our surprise towards the fact that many of our comrades and friends within the radical milieu had embraced a denialist approach, while quite a few of them gradually but surely slid into conspiracy thinking and shocking absurdities. Even though the text tries to answer the question of what the Covid pandemic (and its management) tells us about contemporary capitalism and the state, it also asks the difficult question of what it tells us about the subjects of the contemporary period and the material conditions for collective thinking and struggle.

The Path Not Taken - Colin Ward

photo of Colin Ward speaking at the International Anarchist Conference in Venice

Colin Ward contrasts working class self-help with the welfare state.

From The Raven #3, 1987.

NHS pay dispute from below – Online newsletter no.2

Fellow health workers – We have to take this struggle into our own hands – Leaflet

This is a longer version of a leaflet that we wrote for the current pay campaign in general and the day of action on the 3rd of July in concrete. If you want us to send you copies for your local protests, please contact us at: healthworkersunited@protonmail.com

Solidarity With Nurses

Strike support for Nurses in Aotearoa.

Learning from health workers in Argentina – On the current rebellion in Neuquén

Here in the UK we face a difficult situation in the health sector, people are tired, they survive on low wages, they fear changes such as privatisation. We haven’t found our own ways yet to do something about this. Health workers in Argentina don’t have it easier than us. Their conditions are similarly bad, if not worse. But they have found ways to make themselves heard.

French lessons – What we can learn from the 1988 hospital workers’ strike coordinations in France

We translated the following two texts from 1988, because we think that there are still things we can learn from the strike movement back then. Today in the UK we are confronting similar questions: how can we organise the struggle for higher wages in the NHS and defeat the insulting 1% pay offer? How can we overcome divisions into different unions and professional groups and regions (e.g. with the government in Scotland offering a still puny 4% increase)

Pipelines, Pandemics and Capital’s Death Cult: A Green Syndicalist View

Sign saying, Call off the RCMP, We Stand on Stolen Land

Covid outbreaks at extractives industry sites bring together shared interests and concerns of the diverse working class—blue collar and white collar workers in various industries, Indigenous people, including site workers. This provides a green syndicalist analysis of these issues and convergence points of resistance.

1%? Up yours! We need health workers' and patients' power!

Things are heating up – the 1% pay increase insult dished out by the government led to a lot of angry discussions in tea rooms and on ward floors.