Empty supermarkets: The food supply-chain from a workers’ perspective

Angry Workers of the World

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Everyone is complaining about empty supermarket shelves. Lots of people are now asking themselves how they get filled in the first place. But hoarding and panic buying is a relatively minor issue – with highly calibrated ‘just-in-time’ production, shelves can be bare with only take a £6-10 increase in the normal shopping spend per household. Even if people are buying much more than this, it’s not just ‘selfish individuals’ who are to blame. We have to look at the political issues around the individualisation of working class communities over the last few decades, as well as rational responses to a government recommending self-isolation for 14 days if a family member has symptoms. More importantly though, we have to look at the structural constraints of the food supply-chain. Below you can find a few thoughts about this in particular.

AngryWorkers’ comrades have worked in food processing factories and distribution centres for…

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Upcoming online events and new base union support groups: Russian anarchists, the poll tax and more

Class Power! – Book discussion and call to arms

Angry Workers of the World

51158069_303Dear comrades,

These are tough times in which collective responses from the working class – strikes, rent boycott, mutual aid – rather than appeals towards the political class become essential for survival.

Groups are now popping up to help the most vulnerable. Crises like this spur many into action. But how could we use similar groups to build a political force to actually enforce things, rather than just be charitable and spontaneous? In the longer-term, we think we need local solidarity structures and roots in larger workplaces as well as the wider ‘community’.

During the last six years, this is what we’ve tried to do. We’ve tried to get rooted in the essential industries like food production and distribution in west London and organised a political tendency for workers self-emancipation.

We’ve written a book about our experiences over the last six years. We see the book as a modest, but…

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The Factories, The Fields, and the Firearms to Defend Them.

Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee

“The working class is able, once it so desires, to take control of industry and thus establish a much more efficient and satisfactory society .”

(from the pamphlet: “One Big Union,“ by The Industrial Workers of the World)

You, me and our entire class of society’s underprivileged who produces everything with very little or nothing at all to show for it have – once effectively organized – the potential within us to free ourselves from the stresses that come with the struggle for survival of material needs.

While the study below is based on research conducted in 2020, the final analysis will be found to resonate up to the hour the bell of the social revolution is sounded. It’s of the deepest importance for the masses – the have-nots who’ve been no strangers to struggling since we were born – to firmly grasp the magnificence of our Worth, and our potential and power. Our potential for freeing ourselves from being taken advantage of by the government system is overwhelmingly greater than that of the government system taking advantage of us all!

This has been a very fortunate truth for the less-fortunate of the world ever since societies have allowed governments to exist, and our social contract with the State has proven to be nothing less than a taxing, hostile machine worth defying and reducing to irreparable ashes.

The more the righteous seeds of becoming free from social & economic oppression be planted richly in the minds of the poor and oppressed who are governed, the greater the potential becomes to overthrowing the government with overwhelming resistance; especially when the rational alternative of governing ourselves (exercising autonomy) is given the necessary attention it deserves deep in the roots of our ethical nature.

“The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people, and the few, who make up the employing class have all the good things in life.”

– From the Preamble to The IWW Constitution.

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How to set up a stairwell / neighbourhood Covid-19 Whatsapp support group

IWW Scotland Blog

Equipment: Pens, paper, phone, Whats

app, internet connection

It’s likely you’re going through some panic right now, or have done, or will around the drastic changes happening to our society over the next couple of month

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s. We’re in the midst of an outbreak of Covid-19 and it’s on everyone’s minds. It’s ok to feel like this is overwhelming, it’s a scary and dramatic thing that we’ve all most likely not gone through before.

As the days roll by we see there’s increasing numbers of people nee

ding to self-isolate, work from home or be confined into quarantine. We do this because we want to ‘Flatten the Curve’, i.e. reduce the number of critically ill people needing intensive medical treatment in hospitals at any one point.

What can we do to help this?

Increasing social connections and reducing physical contact!

Immediate actions

Start making a plan now about how you…

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‘Flamme Rouge’: Reflections on the Industrial Workers of the World (UK) Couriers Network – Pete Davies

New Syndicalist

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Couriers Network was formed in January 2018 to support precarious workers in the gig economy. The thinking behind the network was that it would be a loose structure that could unite couriers as workers without them having to formally join the IWW and pay union dues. As these workers were classed as “self-employed” and would not get the normal benefits of union membership – such as individual representation or legal support to defend employment rights – this seemed to us to be quite reasonable.

Obviously any courier was free to become a dues paying member should they choose but this was not a precondition for them to be involved. We did however encourage the leading rider-organisers to join the IWW which would enable them to build relationships with experienced organisers beyond the Couriers Network, take up training opportunities, claim back their organising expenses…

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Mutual aid, isolation and the crisis: a few links

Discussing the Covid-19 regime from a revolutionary working class perspective in seven steps

Angry Workers of the World

italy-coronaCorona has taken over. Despite the fear and panic (or even denial) that has taken hold, one thing is for sure: the cracks of the system are emerging for all to see. How can the left respond in a way that dodges the minefield of strengthening the state, at the same time as ensuring that people are being put before profits? How can self-organised activity, like the community groups that are popping up to help vulnerable people, be facilitated and crucially, be used as vehicles to get our demands met? It’s all very well to reiterate demands, such as for a universal basic income, as well as push for new ones, such as full-waged sick pay from day one. But the question always is: how do we enforce it?

We could simply rely on the fact that a crisis means extraordinary measures are implemeted from the top. We can only…

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Pfeffle Pulls Plug on Angry Workers!

Anarchy in the Sticks!

As you’ve probably heard by now, your least-favourite comedy toff has just announced the closure of all licensed premises until further notice. We are unable to proceed with the Angry Workers/T-Bitch/UGH! event on the 3rd April, but we hope to host them all as soon as these sanctions are lifted.

The Angry Workers are self-funding and these cancellations are likely to leave them out of pocket, you can support them by ordering the book.

There are also two online meetings you can join in with, see here. Give it a look and we’ll have something to talk about later in the year.

Rest assured there will be further Love, Anarchy and Solidarity shenanigans at the Four Horsemen pub when it re-opens. Meanwhile we all need to practice the real thing. It should be obvious by now that politicians and bosses can’t get us out of this mess, that, as always…

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E-mail gal-dem: Stop using kickstarter.

The kickstarter US internet funding company is notorious for its anti-union attitude and open hostility to Working Class self-organisation, so we are dismayed to find that the gal-dem media outlet has gone into partnership with it.

With its magazine format, gal-dem combines popular culture and other ephemera with some incisive political, social and historical content.

The Kickstarter United union was initially formed not just to haggle over wages but to hold the company to account over its politics, in particular failure to support an anti-Nazi publication and poor handling of sexual harassment.

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/kickstarter-votes-to-form-union-will-other-tech-employees-follow-suit

The management’s response has been patronising and arrogant, they call themselves “the leadership” and claim to know better than their Workers! They fired union organisers Taylor Moore and Clarissa Redwine and tried to bribe them into signing non-disclosure agreements – which they refused, other sackings followed.

www.currentaffairs.org/2019/09/we-stand-with-the-kickstarter-union

In a leaked memo they bleat:

“The effort to unionize Kickstarter hasn’t felt transparent or fair.” and: “Furthermore, we feel we’re owed more detail from the union organizers as to what their specific demands are and how a union will address them.”

Bosses are not leaders, they are a class who purchase our time and a pretence of deference, as cheaply as possible and use it to increase their capital, an abstract quantity that represents their power over us and their ability to restrict our access to the things we produce. They trade our needs and abilities on the market and reward us with a fraction of the social product they expropriated from us and our Fellow Workers the day before. This isn’t “transparent or fair” and the Working Class owes them nothing.

It’s been the experience of the IWW that some charitable and ‘third sector’ enterprises make the worst employers. They are often extremely hierarchical, run by unaccountable self-important cliques who expect their employees to work for love. In fact every Worker needs a union and has an absolute right to organise on the job, this is not negotiable.

Most radical and progressive causes have disengaged with kickstarter and will boycott their clients. This is from the facebook page of the musician and activist Robb Johnson:

“I have just cancelled – I hope – the current Kickstarter. In response to questions about union membership Kickstarter support responded:

Currently no employees at Kickstarter are unionized. We’re not in a position to speak to this at length, but we can tell you that Aziz Hasan, Kickstarter’s CEO, spoke with the staff earlier this year and shared the leadership team’s position, which is that the company is better set up to achieve its mission without the framework of a union. He also said that leadership would not voluntarily recognize the union if asked.

I don’t want to work with or make money for a “leadership” that is anti-union.

– Robb Johnson.

If like us, you have enjoyed gal-dem in the past, please e-mail them at info@gal-dem.com and urge them to make up their minds which side they’re on in the Class War. Or comment on their Facebook page