Monthly Archives: November 2016

Shirley workers are serious: logistics workers strike on “Cyber Monday”

Workers at the Shirley, Solihull branch of “Spectrum for Arcadia”, a logistics depot that’s part of the DHL Logistics Supply Chain and supplies major brands such as Topshop and Burton’s, walked out on strike today as part of a pay … Continue reading


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Mid-November round-up for workplace and social struggles

Just a round-up of news across a few different areas: As well as the ongoing organising at Deliveroo, cleaners organising through the UVW union at John Lewis and the London School of Economics, and the determined all-out strike by cleaners … Continue reading

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Food for thought: new organising initiative and bulletin for Deliveroo staff

The growth of grassroots workers’ organisations at “gig economy” companies like Deliveroo and UberEats has been one of the few bright spots in the last few months, and this seems to be part of an international trend to judge by … Continue reading

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Updates on cleaners’ struggles in London and West Yorkshire

Down in London, cleaners organising through the grassroots UVW union are on the verge of striking at the London School of Economics – they’ve told management that they have until Friday 18th to put them on terms and conditions equal … Continue reading

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Against the Close Supervision Centre torture regime: Friday 18th November at HM Inspectorate of Prisons

It’s no secret that the UK prison system is in crisis: even if the situation hasn’t yet reached the levels of open conflict seen in US prisons, every day seems to bring new headlines like screws staging a mass unofficial … Continue reading

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Rotherham 12 trial: Self-defence is no offence – all defendants cleared!

The Rotherham 12 trial ended today in a huge victory for the ten defendants who choose to plead not guilty, as the jury accepted the legitimacy of self-defence against racist attacks and acquitted them all. You can read the official … Continue reading

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Solidarity against the fear: remember the Ferguson rebels

So, as you may have noticed, the USA has a new president. Quite a lot has been said about it, and I don’t really have anything to say about it that hasn’t been said better by others already. I don’t … Continue reading

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Brexit means the sky is falling: how Aufheben learned to stop worrying and love the EU

“In these circumstances… victory or defeat, in political as well as economic terms, comes down to a hopeless choice between two kinds of beatings for the European working classes.” – Rosa Luxemburg Aufheben, the long-running Brighton-based theoretical journal, recently published … Continue reading

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Notes on the material basis of racism, nationality and solidarity

The Angry Workers of the World collective (AWW) recently set out some thoughts on the legacy of the 1970s US-based group, Sojourner Truth Organisation (STO). I’d recommend reading their piece even if you don’t know the STO from a hole … Continue reading

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No exit: quick notes on the temptation to look for legal solutions to political problems

The aftermath of the Brexit vote has certainly been upsetting and ugly in many ways, so it’s understandable that some people have taken comfort from the recent High Court judgement that put an extra obstacle in the path to Article … Continue reading

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