Last week, I posted about how a former employee of the Hartley pub in South London had managed to successfully organise against wage theft with the help of South London SolFed, as well as a successful eviction resistance organised by Sheffield Industrial Workers of the World, and suggested that if people want to help to help turn this string of victories into a hat-trick, they might want to email Brunel University to help pressure them about a dispute with their cleaners. Well, the Brunel University cleaners have now won the full written contracts they were demanding. Of course, a contract alone guarantees nothing, but still, three clear-cut victories in a single week – let alone the week leading up to the biggest strike in a generation – is certainly something to be proud of. There still doesn’t seem to be much information in the public domain about the eviction resistance in Sheffield, but South London SolFed have now written up a full report of the pub campaign, and the Snipe also have a good article on the subject.
When we take direct action together, we can win. That’s not a vague ideological belief, it’s a simple fact that’s been proven three times over in the last week alone. Now get out on them picket lines tomorrow and spread the word.
EDIT: Oh, and that’s not all: looking at the bigger picture, John E. Jacobson of the excellent Seattle Solidarity Network discusses the American Occupy movement’s success in forcing banks to back down on their plans to introduce new charges.