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

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Help find FW Gaia 18/11/17 at 12:00

Comrades,

Please come to Swanage tomorrow 18/11/17 at 12:00, there is going to be a line search of the area.

People are being asked to self-organise as much as possible.

Meeting points.

1) Durlston Country Park car park: BH19 2JL (South Swanage)

2) King George’s Playing Field car park (main beach car park): BH19 1PW (Swanage town centre)

3) Day’s Park car park: BH 19 1NN (North Swanage)

From the organisers:

“There will be at least one central organiser at each of these sites. We will have maps with a rough grid system. From there, we will be asking you to form long lines with approximately two feet between each person. We will then comb the area looking for any and every sign, clue, or piece of information we can find.”

We have every hope that Gaia is still with us, for the sake of her family and friends, we need to eliminate the alternatives.

AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL.

Missing! F.W. Gaia Pope

A search is underway for Gaia Pope who went missing on 7/11/17 from Argyle Road, Swanage. She is a 19-year-old female with long blonde hair, blue eyes, medium build and 5ft 7 inches tall. Last seen wearing white shirt with red details, grey leggings, white trainers. Gaia suffers from severe epilepsy so she may in distress.

Please help if you can.

Timeline of Gaia’s movements:
3:35 Gaia left her aunt’s house on Argyle Road, Swanage
3:39- 3:40 CCTV footage shows Gaia running towards Manor Gardens
4:00 Gaia left the address in Manor Gardens on Morrison Road


Download flyer
Obtain printed copies from:

  • The Purbeck Gazette 17b Commercial Road Swanage Dorset BH19 1DF. (9am – 5pm)
  • The Flirt Cafe 21 The Triangle, Bournemouth BH2 5RG
  • Rivera Hotel and Apartments Reception Burnaby Road, Alum Chine, Bournemouth, BH148JF
  • Poole central library, Dolphin Centre, Poole, BH15 1 QE
  • The Lord Wimeborne Pub 59 Lagland Street Poole BH15 1QD
  • 20 South Street, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4LT

Co-ordinate searches and other activity here

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DONATE: https://www.gofundme.com/findgaia

Cynical Commissioning Group: tell ’em to back out!

grimreaperThe public consultation on Dorset’s Clinical Services Review is underway. The proposed cuts will devastate our healthcare. In short, 25% fewer hospital beds, 50% fewer G.P. surgeries, parts of the county left without accessible emergency trauma, paediatric or maternity services

Here’s their survey: the questions are deliberately leading, and vague.

If they get a positive response they will take it as carte blanche to do whatever they like. We therefore ask you to “strongly disagree” with everything, and where you choose “Another option”, demand that services are retained as they are and properly funded. We already have the lowest per capita spending on health services in the industrialised world

You’ll need to include your Dorset Postcode to prove you live in Dorset. Ooh Arr!

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.