Dorset IWW statement on the proposed Class Struggle Anarchist Conference to be held in the South West (U.K) in 2017.

Our November meeting voted to support this event, originally proposed by Ffederasiwn Anarchaidd Cymru. Should it go ahead, we pledge £200 from branch funds.

Rationale: effective Class struggle strategies are now vital to our collective survival. The model of revolutionary syndicalism developed within the IWW has proved most effective during the most lively periods of our history, e.g the great unrest, and had a formative influence on the 20th century anarchist and socialist tendencies.

We must hone and refine our industrial praxis for the modern wage-labour economy, taking into account:

  • The shifting balance of manufacturing and agriculture against the more alienated service, logistics, entertainment and affective labour sectors.
  • Precarity of employment – nothing new – in fact harks back to early 20th century practices on the docks and building trades. Along with this goes poverty wages, bad housing, homelessness, ill-health and intra-Class violence. Grassroots solidarity unionism has had some success among precarious trades such as office cleaning, hospitality and partly employed delivery drivers, indicating that it is still relevant.
  • The expansion of the prison-industrial complex and forced labour generally.
  • Increasingly repressive state – again, nothing new – this month is the 100th anniversary of the Everett massacre.
  • Distraction of the class by imperialist adventures, electoral shenanigans, fear of migrant labour – we’ve been here before, as well.
  • Diffusion of effort amongst activists into isolated struggles such as: animal rights, environmentalism, anti-militarism, identity and gender politics, solidarity with individual liberation struggles (Palestine, Kurdistan, Chiapas etc.) and so forth. There is nothing wrong with any of these positions but we must co-ordinate them to be effective.
  • The double-edged sword of technology – either we make it work for us or we’ll end up working for it. Some electronics are as pacifying and destructive to our Class consciousness as were gin and opium in former times.
  • The increasingly urgent threat to the environment.
  • The apparent contradiction to our Class between protecting the environment, animals etc, opposing the arms trade – and the material well-being of workers presently employed on those industries.
  • Dismantlement by the bourgeoisie and their collaborators of collective gains made by our Class during the last century (public health, welfare, housing, education, mass industrial action etc).

We urge other grassroots / solidarity union branches to be involved in this, to promote revolutionary syndicalism, check its relevance and integrate it with the praxis of other Class struggle organisations.

Cable street celebration 2016.

On the 09/10/2016 I went to London for the 80th anniversary of the battle of Cable street and was very pleased to see no signs of fascists as well as a very discreet police presence. Antifa were as always a very visible and noisy affair, letting off thunder flashes and smoke, marching through the streets of London to Cable street whilst chanting so as far as PR goes did themselves proud.

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I did not stay around for the rally as I had little interest in listening to the political class ranting so instead myself and a London Postal Comrade took the opportunity to go to the freedom bookshop and I would recommend anyone who has never been to try to go.

In Solidarity Les

Swindon Unites Protest. Sunday 10th of July 2016.

swindon unites posterOn Sunday 10th of July, there will be a protest in Swindon to stand in solidarity with migrant workers and refugees. The protest is being held with a backdrop of rapidly escalating violence and abuse towards migrant and refugee communities.

The march will be starting at 2pm from Wharf Green in town centre (see below) and will be ending with a picnic in the GWR park, 2 minutes from the train station. Any support you could give in publicising the event, attending of encouraging friends and members to attend would be appreciated. Spanish, Portuguese and Polish versions of the poster are also available on request (from Swindon TUC). Hope to see you next Saturday!

In Solidarity,
Swindon TUC swindontuc@gmail.com

station wharf green map

Call for Action against The Verne IRC – 7th May 2016!

Saturday 7th May marks the National Day of Action Against Detention Centres across the UK. Come and demonstrate at one of the UK’s most isolated detention centres, The Verne, on the Isle of Portland in Dorset. Previously a prison, The Verne was reclassified as an Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) in September 2014, however it remains under the jurisdiction of Her Majesty’s Prison Service. Aside from the its isolated location, which prevents many detainees from receiving visits, an HM Inspectorate of Prisons report in March 2015 reported high levels of violence within The Verne as well as considerable difficulty for detainees in obtaining legal representation. The inspectors found that just 30 minutes of free legal advice was available and many detainees “struggled to obtain representation to fight their cases”. The report also highlighted “excessive stays”, finding that 40 of The Verne’s 580 inmates had been in detention for over a year and one had been held for over five years.

This barbaric treatment of people seeking to remain in the UK must stop.Join us in support of those detained, and to call for an end to detention: SHUT DOWN THE VERNE! SHUT DOWN DETENTION CENTRES!

DEMONSTRATION 7th May 2016- 12.45 pm- 1.45 pm outside the Verne (bring things to make noise) 2.15 pm in the town.

TRANSPORT TO THE VERNE on the day or contact bristolclosetheverne@riseup.net.

For more information about the Close the Verne Campaign see https://www.facebook.com/closetheverne/?fref=ts

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