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

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