Joe Thorne

The workers’ inquiry: what’s the point?

Joe Thorne looks at the history of the “workers’ inquiry” idea: from Marx, to Italy in the 1960s, to the present day. This fairly long article touches on debates amongst those influenced by operaismo about how we should relate to the modern workplace.

Mobilisation versus representation: the UK student movement in November and December 2010

This article was published in the January 2011 issue of The Commune. It argues that the student movement's strength comes from below, not from the long march through institutions.

Notes from an FBU picket line

Joe Thorne reports back from the front lines of the London firefighters strike against mass sackings and shift pattern changes.

Post strikes suspended: this deal is no deal! Resume action!

Joe Thorne from the Commune examines the CWU's decision to call off postal workers industrial action in order for "negotiations" to occur, and calls for postal workers to take the struggle into their own hands.

The struggle at Visteon, the union and the development of class consciousness, 2009

Joe Thorne from The Commune analyses the Ford Visteon workers occupation and dispute, the role of the union, and draws lessons for workers in the future. The article was published on 5th May 2009.

Notes from the Enfield Visteon occupation rally

Comments and thoughts from the rally in support of the occupied Enfield Visteon plant on Saturday 4 April 2009.