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Martin Smith given PhD place at Liverpool Hope University

It has come to our attention that Martin Smith – who resigned from the Socialist Workers Party following rape and sexual harassment allegations – is now based in the Social Work department at Liverpool Hope University. Trigger warning: rape, sexual harassment.

The accusations against Smith were covered up by an internal investigation from the party’s disputes committee.

Edinburgh Muckraker 4

Front page image of Edinburgh Muckraker 4

The Edinburgh Muckraker was produced by an independent group in solidarity with council workers, to inform the people of Edinburgh what is really going on behind the lies, mis-information and threats.
This issue is from mid-2010 and deals mostly with the Council's 'equalising' pay scheme. The text is below and the print version attached as PDF.

SELLING WHAT’S LEFT OF THE FAMILY SILVER

Edinburgh Muckraker 3

Front page image of Edinburgh Muckraker 3

The Edinburgh Muckraker was produced by an independent group in solidarity with council workers, to inform the people of Edinburgh what is really going on behind the lies, mis-information and threats.
This issue is from early 2010. The text is below and the print version attached as PDF.

Equal Pay, Not Low Pay

It makes us sick: notes on affective labour, sanity, and post-Fordism

The division of leisure time is an insult - Abigail Rebakah Barr

A slightly polished version of a short talk for a panel discussion on post-Fordism and mental health with Hannah Black and Mark Fisher, as part of Auto Italia South East's Immaterial Labour Isn't Working 2013 event series.

From the 1970s onwards Marxist feminists paid close attention to the role of affective labour and caring work1, and expanded our understanding of what counts as “work” into

  • 1. by which I mean traditionally “pink collar” occupations such as nursing, social care and so on

“The revolution starts in the ATOS smoking area” - on welfare, addiction, and dependency

If anyone knows who to credit this picture to please let us know

A blog about welfare reform from a social care worker's perspective, and the creation of the "welfare addict" as a recession-era scapegoat. Inspired largely by today's Novara show, and the people I work with.

I've got a personal grudge against a colleague of mine. I know this is bad for workplace solidarity. A month ago I sat in the office filling out a service user's DLA1

  • 1. Disability Living Allowance – a non-means-tested benefit intended to cover the additional costs of having long term care or mobility needs.

Women's work and capital's use of childhood

An account of working at a daycare center. How privatized childcare both changed and preserved gender roles, how childhood makes alienation normal- and what was the real structural function of all the damn creepy propaganda in the halls?

This past summer, I was a cook at a daycare center in the northeast US. Ultimately, it wasn't viable to stay, and I became homeless, quit, and relocated south, where I found a better housing situation. But for several months, I had the chance to observe the industry of reproductive and caring labor.

Witches, midwives, and nurses: A history of women healers - Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English

An interesting analysis of women's undervalued and often repressed role in health care throughout history Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English.

Introduction

Women have always been healers. They were the unlicensed doctors and anatomists of western history. They were abortionists, nurses and counsellors. They were pharmacists, cultivating healing herbs and exchanging the secrets of their uses. They were midwives, travelling from home to home and village to village.

Anarchism and psychology - Dennis Fox

Article by Dennis Fox on anarchism and psychology. Originally from http://www.dennisfox.net/papers/anarchism_and_psychology.html

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Sacked Remploy workers occupy the company head office

Earlier today a group of sacked Remploy workers occupied the companies head offices in Leicester

A spokesperson for the group said that:

Quote:
“Today, ex Remploy employees who were casually sacked last week, are occupying Remploy's head office, Remploy House, 18c Meridian East, Meridian Business Park, Leicester LE19 1WZ demanding to see a Director to try to get answers to questions that have so far remained unanswered.

Report on demonstration against pay cuts 30/3/12

Originally posted at Carers Talk

Yesterday (30/3/12) support workers were joined by supporters from around Merseyside in holding a demonstration at Lion Court, Alternative Futures Group’s head office.