Monthly Archives: May 2012

Something to be proud of? A look at Pride’s journey from protest to profit-machine

This weekend sees the start of Pride season, with Sheffield and Birmingham Pride events happening this weekend. Interestingly, both festivals are changing this year – both have traditionally been free, but Birmingham’s just started selling tickets giving access to some … Continue reading


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Sparks, SPUC, pasties and parties – late May round-up

A few recent items of interest: first off, the big news is that, having taken a well-deserved break after the defeat of the BESNA contracts, the sparks’ rank-and-file network is back in action today with a walk-out at Ratcliffe-on-Soar power … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Black Scare

To start off with, a brief look at the big picture: on the whole, we’re losing. There’s nothing new or unusual about this – after all, the history of all existing society is the history of our failure to get … Continue reading

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A Vita-l Victory

As the “official” union-led fightback against austerity slowly falls to pieces, it’s good to take a look at some more successful struggles, as a reminder that we don’t always lose. Ireland’s seen an encouraging amount of workplace occupations recently, with … Continue reading

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May Day and beyond: Late April/early May round-up

So, the strike yesterday wasn’t the only thing to happen in the last few weeks, a fair few other things have happened that I didn’t get around to covering. A fortnight ago, anti-abortion campaigners held protests up and down the … Continue reading

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A slow, quiet death – reflections on the May 10th strikes.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I found that today was a pretty emotionally affecting day, and not in a good way. The pensions dispute’s probably been effectively over for a while, ever since the union tops killed it … Continue reading

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