An almost complete online archive of the publication of the London Workers Group from 1977-1983. 14 issues were published.
London Workers Group Bulletin
Libcom also hosts:
- A short history of the London Workers Group, 1977-1985 - Dave Morris
- An archive of the related Workers' Playtime journal (1983-1985).
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
London Workers Group Bulletin #1 Nov 1977 (incomplete)
A few pages from the first London Workers Bulletin, which introduce the aims of the group.
It appears that there were two versions of the first issue of the bulletin, so it's possible that one of these was a draft.
Contents listed, but not included in these PDFs are: News from Kings Cross, Newspaper Workers Claim on NPA, My Job: Confessions of a Postal Worker part 1, The Fireman's Claim.
If you have access to a complete version of this edition, please let us know.
London Workers Group Bulletin #2 1977
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.
London Workers Group Bulletin #3 1978
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.
London Workers Group Bulletin #4 1978
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,
NB two pages are quite blurry.
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.
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.
London Workers Group Bulletin #7 Jan 1980
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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/
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.
London Workers Group Bulletin #14 October 1983
LWG bulletin from late 1983.
PDF courtesy of Sparrows Nest archive, Nottingham
- The Crisis of Reformism
- State Industries - "Monsters"
- The Revolution is not a Party affair by Otto Ruhle (reprint & discussion)
- Letter to Clydeside
- Unwaged Report
- Class Education
- Controversy Corner: Letter From Brum / SS Strike / Open Letter from Wildcat / Scorcher Article / A London Worker Replies