Where will you be on mayday

On the Autonomous Bloc in London?
43% (6 votes)
Celebrating with the police and space hijackers?
0% (0 votes)
At the hairdresser?
14% (2 votes)
on libcom
43% (6 votes)
Total votes: 14

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raw
Apr 5 2006 13:02

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raw
Apr 5 2006 13:02

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1 MAY 006 :: MAYDAY PARADE

Meet 12noon Clerkenwell Green to join the Autonomous Bloc

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This Mayday we invite all self-organised workers, migrant workers, non-unionised workers, agency workers, cash in hand workers, dole claimants, free-lancers, work rejecters and all of those who fall outside of traditional union organisation to join our autonomous bloc on the TUC march. To make Mayday a day where the invisible claim a common voice.

MAYDAY is International workers day, born out of the struggle for an 8 hour day in 1886. Over 100 years later our lives are still taken up by the world of work. Even more so now, as the work imposed by Capitalism has become more casualised (temporary contracts, flex time, part time, no time!) forcing us to adapt to the point where it's hard to tell when, where or even if we are working. This leaves us in a situation where our lives are always on hold, on call and at the mercy of the market. May 1st this year falls on a bank holiday, yet for many it will be just another day at work. Our leisure time too is filled with anxieties. The anxiety of not being able to have enough money to pay the rent, go to the cinema, a nice restaurant, shop for food, clothes, anything! In reality our work never finishes and when we're not at work we still end up making some other person even richer. Even looking forward to a nice retirement is set to become a thing of the past, with us soon to be working ‘til we drop and a pensions’ crisis leaving many of us in fear of an old age of poverty.

Around Europe people call this new working and living condition "precarity" and over the past few years the “EuroMayday” parades of casualised workers, temps, part-timers, immigrants and unemployed have marched through Europe's capitals to demand new social rights. The riots of marginalised suburban youth, and the rebellion against new contracts of insecurity for young workers in France; the massive strike over pensions by public sector workers, and the mobilisation of agency employed cleaners to fight for a living wage in the UK are all struggles against a life of insecurity.

This Mayday we call for freedom of movement across borders for everyone and the right to stay and work in the country of their choosing, with access to all the benefits and freedoms available to that population. We reject an immigration system which allows the movement of goods but not people, of the rich but not the poor; which forces migrants, refugees and asylum seekers into a choice between destitution and illegal, often dangerous work.

On May 1st we act in solidarity with the many Mayday actions against precarity and insecurity which are taking place around the world; and with the French workers refusal of a future where the only certainty is insecurity. We take action on May 1st because May Day is a celebration of the struggles won by workers for a better world. One less day of working and one day more for us.

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1 MAY 006 :: MAYDAY PARADE

Meet 12noon Clerkenwell Green to join the Autonomous Bloc

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ftony
Apr 5 2006 13:14

pretty sticker designs red n black star

raw
Apr 5 2006 13:16

and we have 15,000 of the buggers!

Jacques Roux
Apr 5 2006 13:24
raw wrote:

Whats the guy doing in this pic? On the top right?!

I may come along on mayday...

Steven.
Apr 5 2006 13:34
rkn wrote:
raw wrote:

Whats the guy doing in this pic? On the top right?!

He looks like he's about to do a diving board "bomb".

Thora
Apr 5 2006 13:36
revol68 wrote:
yes have to say the agitprop is great, now if only youse don't have some commando shennanigans planned it could be good.

Is raw getting the revol seal of approval? eek I'm shocked. Amazed. This could be the beginning of a beautiful new chapter in the history of anarchism. Don't fuck it up now raw black bloc

ftony
Apr 5 2006 13:36

the dude is pondering class struggle so hard that he is physically in pain.

go on, it will be a fun day out

i'd just better not get involved in shenannigans cos i've got essays to hand in the follwoing day.

raw- where are the 15,000 stickers? if they're at the square i might be dropping by on sunday or monday so i could help shift a few down to the murky east end

Ramona
Apr 5 2006 13:43
raw wrote:
and we have 15,000 of the buggers!

Uh oh grin

They are very pretty...

Caiman del Barrio
Apr 5 2006 15:59

I don't like the designs, but that probably means that everyone else will... tongue

What's the point in having an "autonomous bloc"?? All it means is that the poseurs get to, er, pose with their bandanas over their mouths while FIT and police photographers wind their way through the crowd taking pictures of everyone. And guess who the cops will keep an extra special eye on during the demo??

Sorry, not feeling this idea. Nothing to do with the fact that there's an absolutely 0% chance I can make it.

hotautumn
Apr 5 2006 16:03

The idea (as I understand it) was to have a visible presence for those outside union representation involved in social struggle (migrants/self organised workers etc).

I dont believe theres been much discussion among the posers to do any bandana posing, nor do I believe this is the desire of the people involved in organising the bloc.

Hope that clears up your misunderstandings. smile

red n black star

Ramona
Apr 5 2006 16:08

Yeah I don't see having a space for those not recognised by the unions (and those who are, and are sympathetic?) on the TU march as a bad thing. Yeah there may well be a bit of bandana/FIT action, but I think that's a side issue or at least I'd hope so.

I won't be able to make this sad

hotautumn
Apr 5 2006 16:16

go on. it will be a laugh. Although im not making any promises regarding said 'hilarity'. smile

Ramona
Apr 5 2006 16:18

Who me? No chance mate. There's absolutely no way I can come on may 1st sad

Caiman del Barrio
Apr 5 2006 16:29
zobag wrote:
Yeah I don't see having a space for those not recognised by the unions (and those who are, and are sympathetic?) on the TU march as a bad thing. Yeah there may well be a bit of bandana/FIT action, but I think that's a side issue or at least I'd hope so.

This to me is kinda the key point. It'd be great if I was proved wrong, but am I the only one who can see this "bloc" populated by anarcho scenesters rather than migrant/casual workers??

Ramona
Apr 5 2006 16:35

And anarcho "scenesters" are never migrants, or casual workers? I think you're underestimating the amount of casual workers and europunks there alan. And besides, it hasn't happened yet, so there's no need to start picking it apart if it's a good idea in theory.

ftony
Apr 5 2006 17:19

well said zoe

stick it to the man black bloc

Thora
Apr 5 2006 18:01
zobag wrote:
And anarcho "scenesters" are never migrants, or casual workers? I think you're underestimating the amount of casual workers and europunks there alan. And besides, it hasn't happened yet, so there's no need to start picking it apart if it's a good idea in theory.

Indeed, pretty much every 'scenester' I've ever met has been one of the below.

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self-organised workers, migrant workers, non-unionised workers, agency workers, cash in hand workers, dole claimants, free-lancers, work rejecters
Ramona
Apr 5 2006 18:06

You mean "work rejecters", right? wink grin

Thora
Apr 5 2006 18:24
zobag wrote:
You mean "work rejecters", right? wink grin

grin

It's a bit suprising how few work rejecters there are these days actually sad Poor show from the scenesters.

Thora
Apr 5 2006 18:25

'Scenester' is a brilliant word btw. I'm going to use it whenever possible black bloc

raw
Apr 5 2006 18:31

I think we will strongly discourage any scenesters to this bloc - especially those that get arrested for grafitti in empty buildings and who grass up shop lifters.

grin

Steven.
Apr 5 2006 18:35
raw wrote:
I think we will strongly discourage any scenesters to this bloc - especially those that get arrested for grafitti in empty buildings and who grass up shop lifters.

grin

Is that supposed to be a barbed comment aimed at someone? confused If so who?

Thora
Apr 5 2006 18:48
revol68 wrote:
raw wrote:
I think we will strongly discourage any scenesters to this bloc - especially those that get arrested for grafitti in empty buildings and who grass up shop lifters.

grin

did they get lifted for the grafitti and grass up the shop lifters as some sort of really unsexy plea bargain?

I did what I had to, ok? I'm too pretty for prison sad

raw
Apr 23 2006 21:47

bump.....vote mayday!

cantdocartwheels
Apr 23 2006 22:14

I'll probably be working since i don't think '''but the patients can do without food for a day'' is going to cut it, unless i develop a sudden bizarre longing to live on £45 a week again in the meantime. However i'm thouroughy glad to see that i'll be so strongly represented in my absense by all those organised autonomous workers.

I'm sort of invopved in arranging a social for the night before so people can drink more heavily, however, i expect the turn out will be awful, the night depressing and full of long boring discussions about how we could ''reclaim the labour party'', so i won't invite any mates and we'll go to a club afterwards and just celebrate the fact that we may or may not have to get up so early the next day without all the lefty cunts.

So i voted for none of them, as i'll probably be asleep or at work.

ftony
Apr 24 2006 08:42

mayday has been voted. although being a hijacker i might hitch up with them later on in the day. not too keen on the police party tbh. i wasn't there when they decided it

Jacques Roux
Apr 24 2006 10:30

Whats so bad about the police party? I genuinely know nothing about it...

ftony
Apr 24 2006 10:59

i love the space hijackers but it seems a bit too much like a 'we're so anti-art anti-politics dadaist post-ism' type of thing. dressing up as police and celerating the defeat of the anarchists while claiming to be anarchists is a little bit too much i think

that's a bit of a vague answer, but it just doesn't quite sit right on my stomach, don't really know why

oh, by the way, here's the link to the party: http://www.spacehijackers.org/html/projects/mayday06/invite.html

Jacques Roux
Apr 24 2006 11:01

But i thought thats the whole point of the SH!! You can't be down on that shit if you are down with them those crazy fuckers wink

ftony
Apr 24 2006 11:10

well, it's not really the 'whole point' of them.

from what i know of some of them, only a few are dada and post-left and stuff, and the majority are either quite pro-situ (and so pretty straight-up political) or are straightforward lefty folks (not all anarchist) who want to do something a bit more fun and naughty than marching or tieing yourself to a nuclear submarine.

the main guy normally manages to straddle all of those categories pretty well, but from their last meeting i went to, we were all struggling to think of something to do on mayday this year