Direct Action: Paper of the Syndicalist Workers' Federation (1960s)

A partial archive of Direct Action, a paper produced by the Syndicalist Workers' Federation. Taken from the excellent collection at the Sparrow's Nest.

Direct Action (SWF): Vol 2, #03 (March 1962)

Volume 2, Issue 3 of Direct Action, with articles on calls for a general strike against a wage freeze, Guyana's supposedly anticolonial rulers calling on British imperial support, apprenticeships, a review of a Solidarity pamphet, police attacks on a demonstration against the far-right OAS in France, and a Committee of 100 court case.

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Direct Action (SWF): Vol 2, #04 (April 1962)

Volume 2, Issue 4 of Direct Action, with articles on a rank and file movement in the National Union of Seamen, the use of military courts in Northern Ireland, a review of a pamphlet about strike strategy, the leader of the Liberal Party talking about syndicalism, another pamphlet by the "liberal new left" New Orbits group, and a letter from Socialism Reaffirmed/Solidarity.

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Direct Action (SWF): Vol 2, #05 (May 1962)

Volume 2, Issue #5 of Direct Action, with articles on May Day, an advert for a Committee of 100 meeting featuring Alan Sillitoe among others, the rank and file vs the bureaucracy inside the National Union of Seamen, industrial news and Irish electricians striking against a "time and motion"-style work study scheme.

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Direct Action (SWF): Vol 5, #01 (31, January 1964)

Volume 5, Issue 1 of Direct Action, with articles on Committee of 100 members being imprisoned, a strike by construction workers at St. Paul's Cathedral, direct action against a dam in Italy, the right-wing anti-union Freedom Group, a review of a book about Franco's Spain, a review of an IWMA (now IWA) conference, the JFK assassination, the Lincoln myth, and the civil rights movement, Bolivian miners, housing direct action in Tunbridge Wells, a Goya exhibition, repression in Morocco, medical care in Alberta, industrial news including London bus drivers and more.

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Direct Action (SWF): Vol 5, #02 (32, February 1964)

Volume 5, Issue 2 of Direct Action, with articles on a Labour-backed unemployment demo, construction disputes at St Paul's cathedral, direct action against an eviction in Kent, the Panama canal, an ITV documentary about Franco's Spain, the Bolivian miners, repression against Irish farmers, class definitions and "white collar" workers, a book on the historical Jesus, a call for women's liberation from exiled members of the Mujeres Libres, fascists in Southall, industrial news including a steel dispute in Port Talbot, the Post Office exploiting Christmas temps, the anti-union Freedom Group plotting to break bus strikes, and more.

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