The Grunwick Strike - A. Sivanandan

Grunwick strikers

An essay written during the middle of the Grunwicks strike in Willesden, north-west London. A predominatly east African Asian female workforce went on strike against poor conditions and for union recognition.

There were mass pickets, sometimes violent, in support of the strikers. They eventually became disillusioned with the half-hearted and obstructive role of the unions and, towards the end of the defeated strike, conducted a hunger strike/picket outside the TUC headquarters.

From 'A Different Hunger', A. Sivanandan, Pluto Press, 1982.


Workers divided as teachers and lecturers strike alone in London

As groups of education workers have been left to strike alone in London on March 28, the Anarchist Federation (London) argue that we cannot rely on the union leaderships, and we need to find a way of organising collectively ourselves.

The strike actions called by the trade unions on March 28th in a supposed response to the attacks on pensions have moved from a “day of action” to a complete farce.

The Freedom anarchist bookshop volunteering guide

I've started doing the odd day at Freedom for a while as I have some spare time and was handed the standard guide for new fish today.

I thought I'd throw this in because amongst the usual "pick up phone, take messages, don't steal things" schtick is an entertainingly accurate assessment of "safety" for anarchists who find themselves holding the fort at this hub of libertarian socialism in London:

Classroom recomposition: Agencies, OFSTED, and academies

A short blog entry looking at the plight of a particular group of agency workers in a prominent London academy.

In London there is a local authority which claims to be the richest in Europe. Despite this, one-third of children in the borough live below the poverty line. In contrast, half of school age children in the locality are privately educated. This means that students left in the state system are overwhelmingly from the local estates.

A revolutionary youth - Harold Edwards

Albert Young

Harold Edwards' reminiscences of his life as an Anarchist and Wobbly in early 20th century London.

I was born in 1900 in Theobalds Road - my birthplace now houses the South Place Institute and Amnesty International. My father left my mother when I was about three and we went to live with my grandfather, a butcher, in Red Lion Street, next door to the shop where first I and then Charlie Lahr were to become booksellers.

Parliament Square

Not related to education but I felt compelled to get this off my chest.

So it looks like the police/council have taken advantage of the police reform and social responsibility bill and have started evicting 10 year protst veterans from parliament square and the surrounding area. This made me absolutely furious. Firstly, their cause is still relevant and the fact they have been there 10 years is testament to that. What harm are they doing ?

A radical history of 121 Railton Road, Lambeth

The story of the first successful squatters of private property in Lambeth. In 1972, Olive Morris and Liz Turnbull, both members of the Brixton Black Panthers, occupied a flat above a launderette in Railton Road and successfully fought off attempts at illegal eviction. In doing so, they set an example for hundreds of homeless young people in Brixton and the flat remained squatted for many years.

At the end of 1972, Olive Morris and Liz Turnbull (Obi) found themselves without a place to live and not much money to rent. Taking the cue from a group of white women who had squatted a building on Railton Road and were running a Women’s Centre, they decided to inspect the area and find a suitable property.

Brixton Black Panthers Movement

An uncritical look at the Brixton Black Panther Movement which, though short lived, worked to combat racial oppression, police brutality, discrimination at the place of work and the mis-education of black youths and black young people.

Olive Morris was an active member of the Brixton Black Panther Movement until the group dissolved and reformed into a number of organisations working on specific aspects within the Black struggle. The Black Panther and the Black Power Movements in the UK developed from the work of the Universal Coloured Peoples Association.

Book review - Poplar; Lessons of a historical struggle

Alan Woodward of the Radical history Network reviews Janine Booth's "Guilty and Proud of it: Poplar's Rebel Councillors and Guardians 1919-25".

This book re-tells the story of the courageous and successful resistance to grossly unfair local government financial regulations in 1921 but could be sub titled – but sometimes leads to State centralisation of welfare which we can look at that below.

Millwall not scabs shock

Prior to the two clubs meeting at The Den back in September 2011, Transpontine discussed the Millwall and West Ham rivalry and asked whether its origins in the 1926 General Strike is based on reality of fiction.

Millwall are playing at home to West Ham on Saturday in case you didn't know, and the police have promised a massive operation across South London to deal with it.