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Direct Action #48 (April/May 1988)

Issue #48 of Direct Action, with articles on a health service dispute and a Scottish demonstration in support of it, welfare restructuring and benefit cuts, the Burton's sacking dispute, a mass eviction of Stamford Hill squatters, a Third Position-influenced split in the NF, a TV technicians' dispute, sackings of union journalists on a Finchley local paper, Scottish pit closures, a Doncaster council strike, shoot-to-kill policies in Northern Ireland, the "corporals killings" and attacks on IRA funerals, an article from the USI about the COBAS movement, news from the Spanish CNT, the fight against Section/Clause 28 and more.

Direct Action #62 (January 1990)

Issue #62 of Direct Action, with articles on an ambulance workers dispute, Militant (now the Socialist Party) manipulation of the anti-poll tax campaign, poll tax resistance in Scotland and East Anglia, the exposure of dirty tricks by West Midlands Police in cases including the Birmingham Six, reports on Northern Ireland including raids on loyalists in the army, and the Guildford Four case, the DAM's new industrial strategy, an attempt at union-busting by Herald Juices, the risk of work-induced heart disease, an article from the USI about racism in Italy, the grim reality of "community care", antifascism in Edinburgh, water pollution and more.

Direct Action #47 (March 1988)

Issue #47 of Direct Action, with articles on a Manchester nurses' strike, unpaid work in the NHS, a dispute at Ford's, a Burton's boycott, "community care", mental health service users organising, new police weapons, the Economic League, Charlton Athletic, the Official Secrets Act, a Dave Douglass interview, Rudolf Rocker on anarcho-syndicalism, the COBAS and USI in Italy, legacies of 1917, modern slavery, the CNT/CGT court case, letters including a reply to the "Attack" and animal liberation reviews, rank-and-file health workers and an anti-apartheid conference, the environment, Edinburgh tenants' organising, and more.

Direct Action #46 (February 1988)

Issue #46 of Direct Action, with articles on NHS disputes, unofficial strikes at Ford, Linda Bellos overseeing "left Labour" cuts in Lambeth, abortion rights and sackings of pregnant workers, Clause 27/Section 28, a post dispute being called off, a call for a rank-and-file council workers group, an interview with Dave Douglass, the USI and struggles in Italy, the first Intifada, women in the Puerto Real struggle, a Moroccan miners' occupation, anarchism and theory with reviews of The Heavy Stuff, Attack and a pamphlet on animal liberation, the divided working class in Northern Ireland, and more.

Direct Action #39 (May 1987)

Issue #39 of Direct Action, with articles on a strike against low pay in the civil service, the Ardbride/Laura Ashley and Midlands Trader disputes, tensions in the post office, Islington's "socialist" Labour council trying to break the union, the 1987 election, fascism, the USI and French CNT, Turkish anarchism, a strike wave in Brazil, chemical and biological weapons, the need for solidarity with South African workers, workplace hazards like RSI, a report from a DAM conference, the introduction of GCSEs, worldwide starvation and more.

Direct Action #18 (September 1984)

Issue #18 of Direct Action, with articles on the miners' strike, an anarcho-syndicalist perspective on the strike, international solidarity with the strike from the CNT, FAU and IWW, police brutality and pressure from social security, solidarity with the strike from Dutch, French and Polish workers, a fundraising single recorded by striking workers in Bradford, the refounding of the USI in Italy, solidarity with Polish workers, a police raid on 121 Bookshop, an occupation of South London Women's Hospital, international news including class struggle in the USSR, a strike at Phillips Rubber in Manchester, and more.

Independent unions found new Global Union Federation

confederation founding in Parma group picture

In May 2018 the “International Confederation of Labour” was founded in Italy to unite independent unions and worker organisations across frontiers. We interviewed delegates at the congress to hear about their union activities at home and what they hope will come out of the new confederation.

Some reflections from the Red and Black Coordination meeting in Madrid

Some short interviews with participants of a Red and Black Coordination meeting in Spain during 2014.

USI document for the International Syndicalist Conference (Paris, April 2007)

A discussion paper by Italian syndicalist union USI for a Paris conference in 2007.

Exploring alternative forms of workers' organization: anarchist communists and the Italian 'base union' movement

A member of the Federazione dei Communisti Anarchici (FdCA) goes over the history of the 'base unions' in Italy.