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No NUT ballot after school drops academy plans

NUT will not be balloting members for industrial action at Warren Comprehensive after school drops academy conversion plans.

The difference engine - William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

Seminal novel set in an ahistorical Victorian England, where Lord Byron leads the technocratic government funded by trade unions, the Luddites and their Swing Riots threaten London and the first commune is declared in New York.

Down and out in Paris and London - George Orwell

Tramping memoirs from Orwell, where he worked in Paris as a dishwasher and then travelled around London, going from one bedsit to another.

Hangover Square - Patrick Hamilton

Late 30s novel following George Harvey Bone and his similarly unemployed feckless acquaintances in and out of Earl's Court pubs, with war and changing attitudes looming.

A short history of the police strikes of 1918-1919 - Ken Weller

Jack Hayes, police union secretary, addresses strike rally on Tower Hill, 1918

Ken Weller of Solidarity's brief history of the two strikes of London police officers during and after World War I. Libcom does not support strikes of police officers as such but reproduce this text as an important bit of the mass upheavals of the time.

Humphrey, John (1873-1947)

A short biography of London anarchist John Humphrey

The 1926 general strike in Hackney

Armoured vehicles protect scab deliveries during the general strike

Barry Burke's account of the UK general strike of 1926 in the East London borough of Hackney.

The London transport women workers' strike, 1918 - Ken Weller

A short history of the partially successful wildcat strike of women workers in London's public transport network during World War I for a war bonus payment and equal pay with men.

Class justice in 1920

A short account of the attack on the anarchist speaker Sydney Hanson

The unemployed struggle in West Ham in the 1900s

Cunningham, front left

A short history of the unemployed agitation in West Ham and the Triangle Camp events