Direct Action Movement

Against the grain: the British far left from 1956

A general history of the post-1956 British far-left. Its contents cover a range of organisations beyond the Labour Party, bringing together leading experts to examine issues of class, race and gender from 1956 to the present day. The essays collected here are designed to highlight the impact made by the far left on British politics and society.

Strike action - Direct Action Movement

Strike action pamphlet cover

Pamphlet on strike action, its uses and how to make it effective, published by the South and East London groups of the anarcho-syndicalist Direct Action Movement in 1984.

The sans culottes in the French Revolution, 1793-1797 - Edinburgh DAM

A short pamphlet produced by the Direct Action Movement about the sans culottes: the revolutionary, urban poor in the French Revolution.

English language discussion bulletin - DAM, WSA and ASF

Partial online archive of issues of a bulletin produced by the UK, US and Australian sections of the anarcho-syndicalist International Workers Association, the Direct Action Movement, Workers Solidarity Alliance and Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation respectively, from 1988.

English language discussion bulletin #01

The english language discussion bulletin of the IWA for the year 1988. Courtesy of the WSA archives.

Anarcho-syndicalism: history and action

A pamplet by DAM about the organisation, the history of syndicalism in the UK and the rebirth of anarcho-syndicalism. Scanned by and gratefully taken from The Sparrows' Nest.

DAM and the trade unions

A DAM pamphlet from the 1980's outlining what is wrong with trade unionism, then a mass movement, and the anarcho-syndicalist alternative. Scanned by and gratefully taken from The Sparrows' Nest.

The IWA today - South London DAM, 1985

International Workers Association logo

A short pamphlet about the International Workers Association (IWA) and its sections published by the South London group of the Direct Action Movement in 1985.

Winning the class war - An anarcho-syndicalist strategy

The Direct Action Movement's 1991 pamphlet on strategy, setting out a vision of networks of militant workers seeking to create explicitly revolutionary workplace and community based groups capable of initiating collective direct action - revolutionary unions. The DAM became Solidarity Federation in 1994.