Early October round-up for workplace news and other social struggles

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Cardiff Pride: Queers Take the Streets | Pride Caerdydd: Cwiariaid yn Meddu’r Strydoedd

these queers bash back

On the 26th of August queer antifascists took to the streets of Cardiff. They and other LGBTQIA+ workers joined the IWW’s Radical Block at Pride, marching in the spirit of the Stonewall Riots and in solidarity with the Glasgow Five. Police attempted to remove placards, send the Block to the back and then stop it entirely, but the group marched on and held its place in the parade. Its presence was made clear, in banners, attitude and chants of “No Pride in police!”, “Free the Glasgow Five!”, and “These queers bash back!”. Despite IWW Cymru having an official place in the parade, at the end of the route further police reinforcements attempted to move the Block to a designated pen, apparently threatening a Section 14. Finished with marching, the Block ignored the police and left as a group for the park. There they enjoyed the Queer Picnic, a radical…

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The IWW supports the call out for a general strike in Catalonia

Update 29/09/2017: we now have confirmation the regional CNT of Catalonia and Balearic Islands has voted to join the call out for a general strike on Wednesday 3rd October. The other big radical union in the Iberian peninsula – the CGT – has also called out for a general strike, and various smaller alternative unions have joined.

The IWW supports the call out coming from sister unions that we have connections and have been working with. We invite ourmembers in the UK to support the general strike through solidarity actions in your own cities, wherever possible outside embassies and consulates (info below).

Spanish Embassy in the UK (London):  location and details here.

Spanish General Consulate in London: info here

Spanish Consulate in Edinburgh: info here

The International Solidarity Department has received and is happy to share this statement from the CNT Catalonia & Balearic Islands:

“The CNT local unions from Catalonia and the Balearic Islands publicly state our support for the self-determination of the Catalan people.

As anarcho-syndicalists, we don’t think that political reforms within a capitalist framework can reflect our desire for social transformation, a change that would place production and consumption means in workers’ hands. Because of this, our daily struggles do not focus on creating new states or backing parliamentary initiatives.

However, we can’t look the other way when regular people are being attacked and repressed by any state. A state that has, in this case, removed its mask and revealed itself as an authoritarian rule, the true heir of the Franco regime. This is something that could be glimpsed before through many instances, such as labour law reforms, bank bail-outs, cuts on health and education, mass evictions of out-of-work families…many of which were implemented by the Catalan government itself.

CNT Catalonia and the Balearic greet this spirit of disobedience against a dictatorial state, a discriminatory and fascist state, and want to assert our strongest denunciation of repression against workers and of those who carry it out.

The men and women in CNT will stand as one to defend their neighbours and townsfolks, as couldn´t be otherwise with an anarcho-syndicalist, and henceforth revolutionary, organisation.”

You can also view the original statement published here in Catalan, Spanish and English.

We have been working closely with the CNT for the last year or so and consider them fellow travellers in the radical unionism’ journey leading to the abolition of the wage system.

More news to follow on how to support the CNT internationally, keep posted.

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Some thoughts on the IWW union debate in the US

See previous post

Angry Workers of the World

images.jpegA friend of ours wrote a contribution to the current debate within the IWW in the US:

https://aintwhereyafrom.wordpress.com/2017/08/13/a-gigantic-network-of-narrow-streams-ditching-the-formal-iww-and-building-the-real/

One of us wrote down some thoughts:

I read your recent article on the IWW-caucus debates and want to share a few thoughts. We suggested discussing the article together with contributions from both WRUM and IUC at an informal smile meeting with, amongst others, comrades from IP (Workers’ Initiative, Poland) and El Salariado (Spain) in September – hopefully we can expand on the discussion after the meeting.

First of all, I share your criticism of IWW formalism based on my one year experience of being a member of the IWW in the UK. Too much time and effort is spent on keeping the structure going and re-shuffling it. Actual exchange of working class experiences is minimal, both because the exchange of, e.g. workplace reports or reports about local / town-wide proletarian experiences…

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A Gigantic Network of Narrow Streams: Ditching the Formal IWW and Building the Real

It ain't where ya from...

by Tyler Zee with contributions to conversation from Chino, Adela, Kei, and others

What is the IWW? Formal vs Real

On the surface, the IWW appears as a collection of bylaws, charters, branches, treasuries, members, and officers. Only a cursory glance underneath these formalities will reveal the deception of appearance, because the vast majority of these things have no relationship at all to popular struggles. Mass struggle at the point of production is obviously not erupting at the moment, but sadly the objective state of these struggles is not taken as the starting point for organizational efforts within the formal IWW. Rather, the formal IWW is seen as the precondition that future struggles are contingent upon.

The formal IWW, like the rest of the Left, presently has no roots at all in the class, but it imagines that the dues it collects, the branches it charters, and the resolutions it…

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Is Testogel available in Japan?

Trans in Japan

Is Testogel available in Japan? A question which has been causing me some confusion as of late, since I seem to get different answers depending on who I ask.

When I was first given my prescription for hormones it was suggested that I use Testogel as this would be easiest for me get hold of and self-administer during my travels. As in the UK Testogel is class C drug (ergo unavailable to purchase without a prescription) I assumed that I would need to find a clinic in Japan where I could receive a Japanese prescription. However, when I emailed the Nagumo clinic, a Japan-based gender identity clinic, to ask if I could see them in order to get a prescription I was surprised to be told that I didn’t actually need one.

“androgel is sold in pharmacies, but a prescription is unnecessary. There is the option of buying it yourself…

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