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Surprise picket at United World language school in support of disabled worker.

Mike is a language teacher with 20 years service at United World school of English in Bournemouth. Language schools are notorious for exploitation and poor employment practices, hence the need for a TEFL union within the IWW. Mike is now suing them for constructive dismissal on grounds of disability…

Press Release: Independent Medical Experts called at today’s Pre-Inquest Review

Justice For Gaia Pre-Inquest Review Hearing on the disappearance and death of Dorset teenager Gaia Pope was held today at Bournemouth Town Hall.Gaia’s family believe she died due to failings by police and mental health services following an incident of rape.The Coroner has confirmed that she will…

ACTION ALERT – Get Fellow Worker Kevan Out of Segregation

On 7th April Kevan Thakrar was moved to seg without authorisation. Kev has been placed in a dirty punishment cell with no electricity, no toilet seat or lid. Kev also has less access to the phone. He has been falsely accused of threatening officers and placed on “backwall unlock”. This means he…

The police “gathering intelligence” at #KillTheBill protest in Plymouth

Police Monitoring Group - Devon and Cornwall - Bagas Gorwolyas Kreslu We all notice the police at protests. What many don’t realise, is that some police are there for surveillance – filming us, taking names, and recording it all in a database of “domestic extremists”. You don’t have to do…

Women Workers’ Day 1921

At 18:45 on 7th March 1921, the government batteries at Sestroretsk and Lissy Noss fired the first shots against the Rebel City of Kronstadt. It was the eve of the Women Workers’ Day and the fourth anniversary of the start of the Russian Revolution (February Revolution, old calendar). Radio Kronst…

Does working from home weaken the working class? By @bluebirdbeta

New Syndicalist This piece came about from conversations withinIWW Cymru, and we hope that it kicks off discussion in the wider labour movement. A quick note, while many forms of labour take place at home, such as unemployed and unpaid caring, in this piece “work from home” is used to refer to e…

Go Ahead strike going ahead: class struggle round-up for mid-February

Cautiously pessimistic A quick round up of class struggle news from the last week or so: In workplace news, bus drivers employed by Go Ahead in Manchester will be launching an all-out strike from February 28th against the “fire and rehire” attempt to tear up their contracts. There’s a petition…

Heathrow Workers’ Newsletter No.3

Heathrow Workers Power Heathrow suffered further strain over Christmas heading into the new year. First with the discovery of the new Covid variant in the lead up to Christmas, which caused countries to ban flights from the UK. Secondly, the government’s removal of safe travel corridors on the 18t…

Furious and exhausted NHS staff demand accountability and increased funding from Government

Talking Shop: Strike Map UK

New Syndicalist Lockdowns have prompted union organisers to look anew at technologies that help connect workers together in communication, solidarity and struggle. We have previously published, for example, reflections on how messenger and video conferencing tools can be adapted to make organising m…

Strikes not more Talks!

No Safety No Work With the pandemic out of control it has never been more important for workers to take action over unsafe working conditions, low wages and lack of proper sick pay. Throughout the pandemic, the mainstream unions have offered advice and talked with employers but strikes have been few…

Limping into the new year: class struggle round-up for mid-January

Cautiously pessimistic In workplace news, there’s been a lot going on over the past few weeks. Starting with the oldest stories first, in December outsourced staff at the University of Greenwich organised through the IWGB voted to strike for equality with directly employed staff, and the IWGB have…

Always Against Prison — From Hamilton to Minneapolis by Northshore Counter Info

It’s Going Down Report back on banner drop in solidarity with five people facing serious charges following a New Year’s Eve noise demonstration in so-called Minneapolis. This evening, we dropped a banner over highway 403 going towards Toronto in solidarity with the five people in Minneapolis fac…

The Red Joan of Arc — Elizabeth Gurley Flynn ( 1890- 1964)

Rebelbreeze By Geoff Cobb (Reading time: 3 mins.) Few Irish American women have led a more controversial life than Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. A fiery orator with a passionate dedication to social justice, Flynn dedicated her life to the working class. A militant’s militant, Flynn was arrested dozens…

Boycott chilean products! solidarity with imprisoned protesters!

Leeds SolFed We post below a statement from the Chilean Friends of the International Workers’ Association, Grupo Germinal, explaining the Neoliberal Government’s harsh repression of protests and asking that pressure be applied to relevant diplomatic institutions, businesses, and organisations wi…

Solidarity from the Overseas Teachers to Language House London staff

Industrial Workers of the World WISERA (Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England Regional Administration)Demonstrating the IWW’s commitment to solidarity within and across workplaces, the teachers at the Overseas Teachers – in the middle of their own dispute over bogus self-employment – have sent…

Repression/legal/prison news for mid-November, and other notes

Cautiously pessimistic On the legal/repression front in the UK, the big news in recent weeks has been the start of the undercover policing inquiry. On that note, I can’t really add anything to the work of the Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance, who’ve been doing a great job of providing indep…

Interview Series: Workers’ Power during the Lockdown

Time to have your say! Let's Get Rooted Dear friends, ‘Let’s get rooted’ invites you to take part in a series of interviews about the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the situation at work and how the current movements against police violence reverberate where we work. Interviews are at the ce…

Organising Versus Activism

Organizing work JS Richard describes the difference between activism and organizing, arguing that activism is politically ineffective and should be abandoned for an organizing approach. This is further afield than our usual workplace organizing pieces, but is relevant to debates within the IWW about…

Stuff Your Landlord – Housing Law Guides updated for Coronavirus Act

An injury to one is an injury to all Knowing the law is useful, because when landlords don’t follow it you can use it against them. But most of the time the law isn’t on our side, and we can’t rely on it to make sure we’re treated fairly. While it should be seen as the floor for basic human…

Ben Fletcher, Wobbly Organiser

Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) In the early twentieth century, the majority of US unions excluded Black and Asian workers. The IWW welcomed Black and Asian workers warmly with an emphasis on class solidarity with their motto “An injury to one is an injury to all”. Ben Fletcher is of one o…

Order ‘Class Power on Zero-Hours’

Angry Workers of the World Ammunition for the political autonomy of the working class Dear comrades, If you are based in the UK or US you can order the book here: [] Those of you who live in EU countries can now order our book ‘Class Power on Zero-Hours’ for 10 Euro plus 4,49 Euro postage. Outsi…





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