Anarchy by the Sea! Dorset Radical Bookfair 3rd June 2017

Callout now for stalls (£10 each) and meetings. Visit dorsetbookfair.wordpress.com or contact dorsetbookfair@riseup.net
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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.

Dorset IWW Wob Kitchen at Tolpuddle 15-17/07/2016.

wobkitchen1 The brief for the weekend was quite simple and that was to produce up to 225 vegan meals with running fruit, bread and preserves, in addition to hot and cold drinks over the course of the three day festival for a maximum cost of £125, to be given free to workers that wished to eat and drink.

After arriving at about 13:00 on the Friday a pit was scraped out so that the burner could be sited safely with a wind break set around it to help in fuel saving because of lessons learned from Tolpuddle 2015. A six-foot table was set up for vegetable prep as well as a small serving area, whilst the underneath was used for keeping recycled items separate: glass, tins and cardboard with a separate non-recyclable waste area set up away from the food preparation area. Two large containers of cold water were filled and carried back to the cooking area by workers.

Some advanced preparation of vegetables and Brown rice was done before leaving for Tolpuddle in order to make the first evening meal of Vegetable Chilli and Rice very quick and easy to produce.

When this was eaten workers replenished the cold water and washed up the equipment, water was boiled and left in two large Thermos flasks for people to make tea or coffee and a supper of instant soup and bread if they wanted it. After socialising, workers went about the business of enjoying the festival for the evening.

Saturday morning dawned and a breakfast of hot fresh fruit salad and or cereals with Tea, Coffee, squash, bread and preserves was produced and eaten. A delivery of shopping had been pre-arranged, and workers went to the roadside and carried the shopping for the rest of the weekend back and sorted in to the respective meals that it would be used for. Yet more hot water was boiled for the Thermos flasks, the cold was replenished for the running drinks, and vegetable preparation completed for the vegetable bolognaise for lunch, and curry with couscous for the evening meal.

As was normal the area was tidied up, the washing up done, the cold water replenished and water boiled after each meal for drinks, with waste and recyclables taken to their respective collection points. After this some home made pickled onions and grog (rum lime juice and water) were made available for workers to try if they wished, and water boiled for the packet soup and Tea and coffee.

Sunday morning we had baked beans with cooked fresh tomatoes and garlic mushrooms, as well as bread and preserves with tea coffee water and squash, and a BBQ for the use of workers to cook meat products they could cook for themselves after breakfast had finished.

Lunch was sweet and sour vegetables with vegan chow mein noodles with fresh fruit, before the IWW joined the Radical Workers Bloc for the march through Tolpuddle, that as always was a noisy and fun affair with many black and red flags, hunt saboteurs, IWW and anarchist flags as well as others flying.

After this the Wob kitchen was packed away, all left over food was left for workers to eat if they were staying over night, or to take away with them as a packed lunch if they wished.

A brilliant weekend, thanks must go to the FW that helped massively with the vegan menu, as well as the workers that helped out with the work that allowed the Wob kitchen to feed some 140 hot meals over the three days, as well as the running hot and cold drinks and suppers for the Friday and Saturday night safely and cleanly.

– Les.

Dorset IWW supports striking bus drivers in Weymouth.

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Report from a Bridport Wobbly.

On Saturday 13th August, members of Bridport UNITE Community Group, Labour Party and four striking local bus workers gave out about 400 leaflets (below) to the interested public in Bucky Doo Square. Bridport’s Cartoon Action Theatre performed a ‘Political Tug of War’ represented by a bus driver engaged in struggle with a First Bus capitalist. A collection was taken raising £253 in solidarity for the striking bus drivers and their families.14021601_1687611728230336_5952340225767159805_n

See you at Tolpuddle! 15th to 17th July 2016.

tolpDorset GMB will be on the IWW stall at the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival this coming weekend, why not stop by for a chat? We will also be supporting the Radical Workers’ Bloc on Sunday’s march. Check out FW Les’ Wob Kitchen next to the RWB tent on the campsite, free/donations, first come first served.