London Workers Group Bulletin

An almost complete online archive of the publication of the London Workers Group from 1977-1983. 14 issues were published.

Submitted by Fozzie on April 1, 2020

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PDFs taken from Spirit of Revolt and Sparrows Nest archives.

"Joe Thomas edited the early editions of the bulletins (which ran to 14 editions, mostly produced on a Gestetner duplicator at the office of the Rising Free Collective in Upper Street, or in Haringey - sometimes running to 500 copies)."

- The Life and Times of Joe Thomas: The Road to Libertarian Socialism - Alan Woodward

syndicalist

10 months 4 weeks ago

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Been a long time since I seen a copy!

London Workers Group Bulletin #1 Nov 1977 (incomplete)

London Workers Group bulletin 1 cover - typewritten intro to the group

A few pages from the first London Workers Bulletin, which introduce the aims of the group.

Submitted by Fozzie on April 7, 2022

London Workers Group Bulletin #2 1977

London Workers Group bulletin 2 cover - just the words written large in black marker pen on light blue paper

Second issue of the LWG bulletin from late 1977, including: introduction to LWG, Redwing Healthcare Workers Organisation 1973-1976, hotel & catering workers, postal worker, the firemans' strike, print workers.

Submitted by Fozzie on April 6, 2022

London Workers Group Bulletin #3 1978

A blurry photograph of the cover of LWG bulletin 3, showing press curttings about worker struggles in 1978 UK and details of LWG meetings, contact details etc.

LWG bulletin 3, including: confessions of a postal worker, print guerilla battles, the Garners Steak House strike, authority in the workplace, notes from the dole queue, unemployment creation.

NB: contents of PDF are more readable than the blurry cover may suggest.

Submitted by Fozzie on April 5, 2022

London Workers Group Bulletin #4 1978

cover of London Workers Group bulletin 4 showing two columns of press cuttings marked "us" and "them" - concerning government pressure to keep wages down vs pay rises for bosses and the ruling class

Issue 4 of the LWG bulletin, including: opposition to National Front Railwaymen's Association, Fleet Street Anti-Nazi League, Post Office engineers industrial action, Towards Workers Councils by Joe Thomas, print industry report, Labour govt's "Industrial Democracy" report. detourned cartoon against official unions,

Submitted by Fozzie on April 4, 2022

London Workers Group Bulletin #5 1978

An issue of the London Workers Group Bulletin from late 1978. Articles on the Times Newspaper lockout of workers, part two of an article about Workers Councils, postal workers, a report from a hotel gardener, what is a worker, detailed report on Direct Action anarcho-syndicalist conference.

Submitted by Fozzie on April 1, 2020

London Workers Group Bulletin #6 1979

An issue of the London Workers Group bulletin, probably from 1979. Articles on Tory economic policy, lessons learned from the Garners restaurant strike, Direct Action Movement conference report, rank and file (SWP-affiliated) conference report, public sector workers - cuts, engineers' stop work campaign, report from a librarian, CNT - an assessment.

Submitted by Fozzie on April 1, 2020

London Workers Group Bulletin #7 Jan 1980

cover of LWG bulletin 7: Bus condcutor with speech bubble "The best thing about the 1980s is that they won't be as bad as the 1990s.

Issue 7 of the LWG bulletin including: print unions face new technology, postal work - report, report on Direct Action Movement conference, critique of syndicalism, musicians with disabilities, health and safety, response to article on the CNT in bulletin 6.

Submitted by Fozzie on April 1, 2022

London Workers Group Bulletin #8 June 1980

Issue 8 of the LWG bulletin, scanned in by Sparrows Nest Archive, Nottingham.

Contents include: Provincial Newspapers Wages Struggle, Post Office struggles, Direct Action Movement conference report, British Rail, Pour Une Intervention Communiste write, LWG - first quarter of 1980, 5th Congress of the CNT-AIT.

Submitted by Fozzie on December 18, 2020

Fozzie

1 year 6 months ago

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Can we just take a moment to appreciate that cover, which is a brutally detourned image from the UK comic 2000AD?

Fozzie

1 year 6 months ago

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bastarx

1 year 6 months ago

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Fozzie

Can we just take a moment to appreciate that cover, which is a brutally detourned image from the UK comic 2000AD?

So good. Who's face is on Dredd's body?

bastarx

1 year 6 months ago

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Fozzie

Can we just take a moment to appreciate that cover, which is a brutally detourned image from the UK comic 2000AD?

So good. Who's face is on Dredd's body?

Reddebrek

1 year 6 months ago

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Looks like Neil Kinnock, though I don't recall his hair ever looking that bouncy.

Edit, wait probably Scargill, found this photo of the two side by side,
https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/07/14/article-0-00EFF37F00000191-293_468x619.jpg

Never noticed how much they looked alike before.

R Totale

1 year 6 months ago

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My first guess had been Livingstone but the small print says it's actually Ross Evans - not a name/face I recognised, but I suppose TUC heads aren't always the most recognisable figures? I like that the contents include "atrocious duplicating" as well.

bastarx

1 year 6 months ago

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R Totale

My first guess had been Livingstone but the small print says it's actually Ross Evans - not a name/face I recognised, but I suppose TUC heads aren't always the most recognisable figures? I like that the contents include "atrocious duplicating" as well.

Thanks, I could've seen that if I'd bothered to look properly. Sorry.

Splits and Fusions

1 year 6 months ago

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I have LWG Bulletin 13 and 14 (although my 14 has a big chunk missing from the cover).

I will put out feelers for the missing issues.

Fozzie

1 year 6 months ago

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That would be appreciated! Thanks :)

lurdan

1 year 5 months ago

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The trade union leader whose head we appropriated was Moss Evans who at the time was General Secretary of the TGWU. How soon they forget.

'Ross Evans' was either a result of a flaw in the typewriter (probably the rather decrepit one in the basement of Rising Free), or possibly of a flaw in the London Worker doing two fingered typing on it. A couple of generations of subsequent reproduction have completely lost the bottom of what started out as a capital B, and thus spoiled the 'joke'. Moss Evans = Boss Evans. I'd like to say we were able to sustain this level of wit. Unfortunately...

London Workers Group Bulletin #9 December 1980

London Workers Group bulletin from December 1980. Contents include Poland, unions, secretarial work, apprenticeships, job reports, "Autonomous Groups - what are they?".

Scan courtesy of Sparrows Nest archive in Nottingham.

Submitted by Fozzie on February 16, 2021

London Workers Group Bulletin #10 May 1981

An issue of the bulletin produced by London Workers Group from May 1981.

An "unemployment special" Including articles on the myth and reality of unemployment, unemployment and organisation, report on London Unemployed Peoples Conference, list of claimants unions, book review: In And Against The State, Librarians against literacy, Brixton riots, assembiles in Spain, Stuff Forte campaign, parody letter from Ted Knight causes controversy in Brixton, the unions and the lives of the workers by Combate (Portugal).

Submitted by Fozzie on April 1, 2020

London Workers Group Bulletin #11 August 1981

An issue of London Workers Group bulletin from 1981.

Featuring articles on riots, report from a nurse, report from a postal worker, Press Association dispute with clerical workers, BBC Publications strike, British Rail workers, automation/information technology, report on claimants and unwaged conferences in South East England and Leicester, union bureaucrats, Poland, letter from Albert Meltzer, Workers Autonomy leaflet from France.

Submitted by Fozzie on April 1, 2020

London Workers Group Bulletin #12 May 1982

London Workers Group Bulletin #12 including: Alternative Economic Strategy, Job Reports (print, rail, printers in Poland, farm labouring, dole), Is Workers Self-Management Just Self Abuse, Industrial Technology - less or none?, Council Communism Today, In The Course of Time, International Discussion Bulletin, Toulouse Conference Report, more on bloody assemblies in Spain.

"more tiny unreadable type than ever before, ho hum"

Cropped PDF from https://archive.leftove.rs/

Submitted by Fozzie on April 22, 2021

London Workers Group Bulletin #13 February 1983

An issue of the LWG bulletin from 1983. Contents include NHS Dispute, ASLEF strike, Work or Dole?, Correspondence, Unemployed Groups, Press Agency job report, The Economic Crisis.

Submitted by Fozzie on February 16, 2021

London Workers Group Bulletin #14 October 1983

LWG bulletin from late 1983.

PDF courtesy of Sparrows Nest archive, Nottingham

Submitted by Fozzie on February 16, 2021