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Beyond Thatcher : militant testimonies on miners’ struggles and British syndicalism from yesterday and today

This year, Margaret Thatcher’s death reminded us of the economic policies she initiated in Britain and her anti-social and anti-union fights. In the last months, Autre Futur [French syndicalist website and association] wished to go further and to conduct a series of interviews with different British unionists and syndicalists, about these past struggles but also about the present, in order to get a better grasp of issues which have emerged in recent decades.

Edinburgh Muckraker 4

Front page image of Edinburgh Muckraker 4

The Edinburgh Muckraker was produced by an independent group in solidarity with council workers, to inform the people of Edinburgh what is really going on behind the lies, mis-information and threats.
This issue is from mid-2010 and deals mostly with the Council's 'equalising' pay scheme. The text is below and the print version attached as PDF.

Edinburgh Muckraker 3

Front page image of Edinburgh Muckraker 3

The Edinburgh Muckraker was produced by an independent group in solidarity with council workers, to inform the people of Edinburgh what is really going on behind the lies, mis-information and threats.
This issue is from early 2010. The text is below and the print version attached as PDF.

Doctors take welcome step towards protecting health of own union's cleaning staff

Doctors at the recent British Medical Association (BMA) national conference have taken a welcome step towards protecting the health of the cleaning staff employed by their own union.

IWW call to support motions to BMA conference for london living wage for cleaners at BMA House

The British Medical Association, the national trade union for doctors, pays its workers who clean BMA House the minimum wage of £6.19/hour. The cleaners are demanding the London Living Wage, £8.55/hour. BMA Tower Hamlets Division and the BMA London Regional Council which have both submitted motions to the BMA Annual Representatives Meeting supporting the cleaners demand for the London Living Wage. On Friday (21st June) London IWW leafleted outside BMA House to urge BMA members and passes by to help get motions 482 and 483 on the Table. You too can help right now. Please email the BMA in Scotland and demand that these motions are heard.

Lionesses of Cisanello: workers’ victory in times of austerity

Cleaners at the Cisanello hospital in Pisa picketed their workplace for over three months, from October 2012 to January 2013. They were protesting the proposed cancellation of 78 jobs to comply with the cutbacks to healthcare spending. Their determination earned them the nickname of "lionesses," several tensions with local high ranking members of their union, and, eventually, victory against the contracting firm. Their resistance and solidarity shows that workers can still win in times of austerity.

Women in the cleaning sector and hotel-restaurant industry: syndicalist conversations

The purpose of these interviews is to provide an insight into the situation and the struggles of female workers in the cleaning sector and the hotel-restaurant industry. To this end, we have met cleaning and catering trade union members of the CNT-Solidarité Ouvrière in the Paris region.

IWW lobby BMA council for a London living wage for BMA house cleaning staff

On Wednesday 28th November members of the London General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) organised a lobby of the British Medical Association (BMA) Council to demand a London Living Wage for the IWW unionised cleaning staff of BMA House, London.

Bravery and creativity in the crisis - a Wobbly organiser's thoughts on the struggle

Some reflections on the recent resurgence of the Wobblies, their current campaigns, and their role in radicaly renewing the labour movement and reviving the working class' struggle against capitalist exploitation.

IWW victory! John Lewis cleaners win pay rise

The industrial Workers of the World are proud to announce their victory in their latest John Lewis cleaners' campaign. On Friday 16 November, the IWW-unionised John Lewis cleaning staff employed by contractor Integrated Cleaning Management won a 9% pay rise as a result of their campaign.