Class power on zero hours: new Angry Workers book and tour

If you’re interested in working-class organising efforts, you may well have encountered  West London’s dedicated crew, Angry Workers of the World. They’ve compiled the experiences of the last six years of living, working and fighting into a new book coming out in March, Class Power on Zero Hours, which looks like essential reading for anyone who shares their commitment to working-class self-organisation.

“AngryWorkers, a small political collective, have spent six years organising in London’s industrial backyard, mainly in the food manufacturing and logistics sector. This book is about their experiences as they try and find new ways of building class power in tough times. It is essential reading for anyone who is grappling with the question: ‘what next for working class politics and revolutionary strategy?’

From the introduction:
“In January 2014 some AngryWorkers chose to move to a working class neighbourhood on the fringes of west London. We felt an urgent need to break out of the cosmopolitan bubble and root our politics in working class jobs and lives. We wanted to pay more than just lip service to the classic slogan, ‘the emancipation of the working classes must be conquered by the working classes themselves.’ Over the next six years, comrades joined us and we worked in a dozen different warehouses and factories. We organised slowdowns on shop floors, rocked up on bosses’ and landlords’ doors with our solidarity network, and banged our heads against brick walls as shop stewards in the bigger unions. We wrote up all our experiences in our newspaper, WorkersWildWest, which we gave out to 2,000 local workers at warehouse gates at dawn. We tried to rebuild class power and create a small cell of a revolutionary organisation. This book documents our experiences. It is material for getting rooted. It is a call for an independent working class organisation.”

If you’d like to know more, you can read the full intro to the book here. If you’d like to talk things over with them in person, you may well be in luck, as they’ve got a big tour coming up – current dates are:

*** March 2020

Thursday, 26th March
6:30pm
Bookmarks, 1 Bloomsbury Street, London. WC1B 3QE https://www.facebook.com/events/217147816112001/

Friday, 27th March
6:00pm
MayDay Rooms
88 Fleet St, London. EC4Y 1DH

*** April 2020

Thursday, 2nd April
7.30pm
Cowley Club, Brighton
London Road. BN1 4JA.

Friday, 3rd April
7.30pm
The Four Horsemen Pub, Bournemouth. BH2 5RT
https://www.facebook.com/events/2672442809535477/

Saturday, 4th April
2:00pm to 5:00pm
17-25 Jamaica Street, Stokes Croft, Bristol. BS2 8JP
https://prsc.org.uk/event/class-power-on-zero-hours-book-presentation-by-angryworkers/

Monday, 6th April
Plymouth
Venue TBC

Saturday, 11th April
Liverpool
Venue TBC

Wednesday, 15th April
7pm
Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
Holme St, Hebden Bridge. HX7 8EE

Thursday, 16th April
Tangram Communal Rooms
Harehills, Leeds. LS8 5AD
https://www.facebook.com/events/188670762234774/

Saturday, 18th April
Sheffield
Venue TBC

Sunday, 19th April
Birmingham
Venue TBC

Tuesday, 21st April
Belfast
Venue TBC

Friday, 24th April
Dublin
Venue TBC

Wednesday, 29th April
Glasgow Autonomous Space
53 Kilbirnie St. Glasgow. G5 8JD

*** May 2020

Saturday, 2nd May
Aberdeen
Venue TBC

4th/5th May
Edinburgh
Venue TBC

Wednesday, 6th May
7.30pm
Leicester Secular Hall
75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester. LE1 1WB
https://www.anarchistcommunism.org/2019/11/01/forthcoming-leicester-acg-meetings/

If your area isn’t on that list, and you’d like it to be, get in touch with them at angryworkersworld@gmail.com and start making plans.

About nothingiseverlost

"The impulse to fight against work and management is immediately collective. As we fight against the conditions of our own lives, we see that other people are doing the same. To get anywhere we have to fight side by side. We begin to break down the divisions between us and prejudices, hierarchies, and nationalisms begin to be undermined. As we build trust and solidarity, we grow more daring and combative. More becomes possible. We get more organized, more confident, more disruptive and more powerful."
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