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Schreiber, Otto, 1868-1917: victim of the war “for liberty and democracy”

Letter from Schreiber to Landauer

A short biography of German anarchist Otto Schreiber, who was active in London for many years.

Otto Franz Schreiber was born on 20th January 1868 in Germany. He seems to have made his way to London sometime in the1880s where he worked as a tailor. He was an active member of the Communistische ArbeitersBildungVerein (Communist Workers Education League) founded in London in 1840 to which many exiled members of the Communist League, including Marx himself, had belonged.

The BLSP dispute: the story of the strike - Ken Weller

A detailed account and analysis of an important strike at the British Light Steel Pressings plant against job cuts in 1961, which was undermined by the unions and eventually defeated.

Standard Triumph strike: the full facts - Solidarity

An account and lessons of the unofficial strike by 126 workers at the Standard Triumph Service Depot 24 April-14 June, 1961. Written by George Jacobs, Ken Weller, Tom Hillier and Jim Petter and published as Solidarity pamphlet 5.

Tube strikes: further action called off after last-minute "deal"

Update: Following a 48-hour strike of thousands of London Underground workers last week, the RMT and TSSA unions have suspended further industrial action following management agreeing to withdraw notice of 953 redundancies this year.

Thousands of London Underground workers were set to take part in a second 48-hour strike over proposed cuts which include closing every Tube ticket office in London.

Members of the RMT and TSSA unions walked out last Tuesday in the first of two 48-hour stoppages and are set to walk out from 9pm tonight to the same time on Thursday 13th February.

Busmen, what next? - Solidarity

Solidarity pamphlet 16, published 21 January, 1964 and written mostly by London bus workers. It looks at the life of the workers, past struggles, the present situation and makes suggestions on how to organise for the future.

A day in the life of a Curzon cinema worker

A brief tale of toil from a worker in a Curzon cinema in London, where there is an ongoing campaign for the London living wage.

We came in the other day and found out that the internet had been blocked at the bar and the tills. Me and my colleague J. were pretty sure that it was because the shift before, while Blue is the Warmest Colour was screening, we were behind the bar watching cat videos on YouTube. Blue is the Warmest Colour is three hours long. That's a lot of cats.

Solidarity for workers' full control - Solidarity (West London)

Partial online archive of the journal of the West London group of libertarian socialist organisation, Solidarity, from the late 1960s/early 1970s.

Jobbik chased across London by anti-fascists

Hungarian far-right group Jobbik were chased across London by anti-fascists on Sunday as their leader Vona Gábor visited the UK to meet with Hungarians living in the city ahead of elections.

Anti-fascists prevented Jobbik from holding a rally in the Holborn area before chasing them back and forth across the city. The far-right group successfully held a brief rally at Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park where Gábor addressed a crowd of around 100 supporters.

“What was all the fuss about?” My recent experiences of unemployment

One libcom poster's account of a spell of unemployment, and having to jump through the bureaucratic and pointless hoops of the welfare system.

Over the past two years I’ve walked out of three fairly ‘respectable’ (as my JC+ advisor put it) jobs because I couldn’t cope with the constant bullshit I was expected to produce, promote and deal with. I left these jobs feeling on the verge of having a serious mental health breakdown, taking some time to recover from work, and then finding a new job.

Curzon workers win union recognition

Curzon cinema

Curzon cinema workers have won union recognition after a high profile campaign as an agreement was reached between union officials and Curzon management.

Under the agreement Curzon management will recognise the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) as representing all 150 employees at its cinemas.