Chilli Sauce's blog

8 questions on Turkey

A short-ish interview with an Istanbul-based militant who has been active in the now nearly year old protest movement against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP government.

Just say no

A short of account of a low-level direct action - a collective refusal to undertake a certain aspect of work - that occurred at a small language school.

Impressions from Ankara: the Turkish protest movement

A first person account, some background, and some analysis of the ongoing protests in Turkey.

Sussex University Pop-Up Union officially enters dispute

Coming off the back of massive and energetic student campaign and a sordid history of trade unions sell-outs, workers at Sussex University in Brighton have organised the "Pop-Up Union" and have officially entered into dispute with management. See below for more information and see here to donate to the hardship fund.

Callout for submissions: depression and the class struggle

A number of us have begun work on a pamphlet/online text which seeks to offer advice to those who suffer from depression. While the bulk of the text is complete, we’re still looking for submissions from those who’ve dealt with depression, how it’s affected their involvement in class politics, and what strategies folks have found useful for managing mental health in general.

Language teaching, open plan education, and organising prospects in the industry

A blog entry detailing my recent experiences as a language worker--examining the structure of my particular workplace and potential opportunities for organising in the industry.

The birthday card as collective action

A short blog looking at a small instance of solidarity in defense of a victimised workplace activist and the connections between such small acts and building a wider culture of solidarity at work.

Wither the NLRB?

A blog exploring what appears to be a turn away from NLRB elections by the mainstream unions in America.  Why is this happening and what does it tell us about the state of working class self-organisation in the States?
 

The 'Black Friday' Wal-Mart strikes: an analysis

Friday the 23rd of November will see Wal-Mart, which owns UK chain ASDA and which has an entirely non-union workforce, hit with coordinated strikes and protests on “Black Friday”, the busiest shopping day of the year.

This article, written by a American-born SolFedder who's worked retail in the past, seeks to explore the strikes: their roots and their implications for the American working class. This is written in lieu, I should add, of a proposed North London SolFed solidarity picket on the day. It didn't happen. I blame PAMSU wink

Unemployment, the JobCentre, and the imposition of labour discipline

Having been gainfully unemployed for a number of months, I’ve recently returned to take a swim in the shark-infested, soul-destroying, disease-ridden hell hole that is the job market. It’s also the first time I’ve been, ehhem, lucky enough to be able to claim dole. This means applying for jobs and making a fortnightly trip to the JobCentre. And it sucks.

Autonomy Alliance: The interview

An interview conducted with two members of St Louis libertarian group, Autonomy Alliance.

On worker control (of the staff meeting)

A short blog detailing and analysing a low-level direct action in which I participated in the recent past.

Flagrant Self-Promotion

Seven-hundred words discussing an article I wrote a for the Black Flag magazine. It's not super exciting, but helps me clarify the writing process and I'd be glad to get feedback from any interested folks.

On the Picket Line: The ConEd Lockout in New York

An account of New York City electrical workers who've been on the picket since being locked-out earlier this week.

Five simple reasons to abolish capitalism

This is not going to be theoretical. There’ll be no discussion of the alienation of labor or the theory of surplus value. I won’t even be focusing on the big reasons like not having a boss or the three hour workday. Instead, I’m just going to list five day-to-day changes that that I’m pretty damn sure will happen once the flood of communism comes to atone for the sins of capital.

Fighting Academies in Brent

A short blog detailing to the nascent and so far trade union dominated fight against academy conversion in Brent, London.

The books that have shaped my politics

So as my blog posts increasingly become me stealing idea from other libcom bloggers, I'd like thank Working Class Self Organisation for inspiring me to write this. I'm not gonna lie, it does feel a bit self-indulgent writing this, but here goes...

Work experience, student organising, and the nature of schooling

At the same time that the public outcry—and, indeed, what might legitimately be called a movement—over workfare developed, students at my school were on a two-week unpaid work experience program. The blog entry will examine not only the nature of such placements, but explore the organising opportunities they present. Also, a big thanks to Croydonian Anarchist for giving me the kick up the arse to actually write this.

The business of schooling

While “business partnerships” have a long history in state schools, the increasing marketisation of comprehensive education has seen such arrangements propagate across the sector. This blog details my experience, as an education worker, of the creeping business ethos of an inter-city secondary school.

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.