F.W. Peter Ridpath, 1948 – 2018.

Peter Ridpath (centre) at home on the picket line.

When I heard last week that London Wobbly Peter Ridpath had passed away I wanted to write something for the blog but didn’t have enough biographical info to do him justice.

Here’s a proper obituary from his London Branch

and one from the Anarchist Communist Group

Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of Peter’s company on numerous actions, demo’s, union events and bookfairs, and I liked him a lot.

I found him to be jolly, kind-hearted, interesting to talk to and militant as fuck. A dyed-in-the-wool revolutionary syndicalist and anarchist, he was a familiar face on picket lines across the capital, and argued quietly but persuasively against bureaucratic and centralising tendencies.

So long Peter, we’re going to miss you.

– Felix Sabot, Dorset IWW.

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Update: Dorset Wobs at Boscombe Community Earth Day Festival, Sunday 22nd April

Dorset GMB had a great time over the weekend getting out there and explaining who we are and what it is we do alongside people who are dedicated to making the world a better place to live.

If you didn’t get a chance to speak to us you can do so via the ‘Get in touch!’ section above, or drop us a line at dorset@iww.org.uk

We plan to host more stalls across Dorset in the coming months… So watch this space!

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dorsetiww, (April 21, 2018 @ 13:07:32):

Dorset IWW will have a stall at Boscombe sovereign centre tomorrow (Sunday) come and say hello. facebook event

Kevan Thakrar- Important Update

IWW member Kevan has been kept in solitary confinement for over 8 years. You can read more about his case here. The majority has been inside the UK’s Close Supervision Centres– prisons within prisons. He has now been moved to a segregation unit at HMP Long Lartin that has even worse conditions.

Since being moved to HMP Long Lartin, with no explanation or justification, FW Kevan has been kept in solitary confinement in the segregation wing. He has been given no indication as to when he will be moved to general population, as segregation is not meant to be used indefinitely. All this, in spite of recommendations from a psychologist that he should be moved to general population.

As well as being deprived of human contact, FW Kevan’s visits have been unofficially restricted to a closed visit behind a screen. He has no hot water in his cell, and no toilet seat, lid or privacy screen.

Please write to the governor at HMP Long Lartin the Independent Monitoring Board and HMIPS asking FW Kevan to be moved to general population.

The contact details you can use are as follows:

  • Write to the the Governor of HMP Long Lartin
    • Governor Clare Pearson, South Littleton, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 8TZ
    • Or email them at: Clare.Pearson@hmps.gsi.gov.uk
    • Or call: 01386 295 100
    • Or Fax: 01386 295 101
  • Write to the Independent Monitoring Board and ask them to investigate FW Kevan’s treatment. Their contact details are:
    • 020 3334 3265 – If they ask, FW Kevan has submitted a form in his prison but needs more support and action.
  • Write to FW Kevan! He needs your support and solidarity. Send letters to:
    • Kevan Thakrar, A4907AE, HMP Long Lartin, South Littleton, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 8TZ
    • You can also use emailaprisoner.com

Example letter template to adapt:

Re: Kevan Thakrar A4907AE

To whom it may concern,
I am writing to you urgently, regarding the aforementioned inmate, Kevan Thakrar. I am asking you to make immediate plans for Kevan to be transferred to general population.

I am concerned about the ongoing treatment of Kevan, who has been kept in solitary confinement for over 8 years. The majority has been inside the UK’s Close Supervision Centres – prisons within prisons. He has now been moved to a segregation unit at HMP Long Lartin that has even worse conditions.

Since being moved to HMP Long Lartin, with no explanation or justification, Kevan has been kept in solitary confinement. He has been given no indication as to when he will be moved to general population, as segregation is not meant to be used indefinitely. All this, in spite of recommendations from a psychologist that he should be moved to general population.

As well as being deprived of human contact, Kevan’s visits have been unofficially restricted to a closed visit behind a screen. He has no hot water in his cell, and no toilet seat, lid or privacy screen.

I look forward to your response,

NAME

WorkersWildWest no.7 – A west-London workers’ paper

Angry Workers of the World

www7Click here for PDF: WWW7

Issue no.7 of our local workers’ newspaper – find two articles below, for remaining articles see PDF above.

MANY FACES! – SNAPSHOTS FROM DISTRIBUTING WORKERSWILDWEST

Sainsbury’s Superstore, Ladbroke Grove, Nightshift worker
“The guys on the older contracts were called in by management and it was announced that they will cut our break time during nightshift. People were angry, but then also scared to do something. Some weeks later the Sainsbury’s higher-up management announced that they will reduce the number of store managers by more than half.”

Brakes, Premier Park, Park Royal, Warehouse worker
“I work on night-shift. Workers do voice- controlled pick in ambient, chiller and freezer. You have to wear a head-set and a computer voice tells you what to pick. The pick-rate has been increased from 160 to 170 pieces per hour recently. We are paid around £11 for nights.”

24-hour Asda supermarket…

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MAYDAY EVENTS FOR 2018

IWW Scotland

MAY DAY START TO MAY DAY WEEK

TUESDAY, MAY 1ST…
 

A Local Event Celebrating an International Holiday for Working Class Solidarity

PARADE  Gathering at the cenotaph in George Square at 11.30 am, the heading up Buchanan Street with a Radical Scotland banner and placards to Dewar’s statue.  Songs, chants, and noise makers welcomed.

RALLY at the concert hall steps, Buchanan Street, 12 noon- 2pm; street stalls, musicians, sing-a-long, open mic; bring songs to sing and things to say about workers’ rights and human rights in this age of austerity, precarity, and surveillance.

Website for more May Day events co-sponsored by the Clydeside Branch of the IWW: mayday.link

SPREAD THE WORD!

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Selling possessions to survive – another stall report

scottish unemployed workers' network

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John had been signing on fortnightly, but when he went into the jobcentre on 29th March he was told he couldn’t sign or get his payment because he had missed an appointment on 21st. Not only was this date outside his regular pattern of interviews, he had never received any information about it. When we met him, John had just succeeded in demonstrating, with the aid of his phone message records and written appointment book, and with the help of a welfare rights worker, that he had never been told about the ‘missed’ appointment. This was just another DWP error – but he had already had to resort to selling possessions on Gumtree in order to live.

Frankie had been sanctioned twice. He had had no benefits since November, when he missed an appointment, and he had been sanctioned again in February for not completing a form…

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