Blogs

On holding your nose to vote Labour

Ed Miliband being hit in the back of the head with an egg

As the 2015 General Election looms ever closer, more and more media commentary is going to be dedicated to who people should vote for. Rather than talking generally about the problems and limitations of representative democracy, this is the first of several posts looking at and debunking specific 'tactical voting' strategies from an anti-electoral perspective.

Snake March - Phinneas Gage

Concluding Phinneas Gage’s three-part series on struggles at the Canada Post during 2011, we present ‘Snake march’. In this final installment, he describes the moral as the lockout drags on. Parliamentary filibusters and symbolic occupations fail to turn the tide on contract negotiations. The postal workers return to work, determined to not let management bulldoze them in the shopfloor.

Buffalo Jump - Phinneas Gage

The second in a three part series about a strike at Canada Post. Phinneas Gage describes how the strike rolled on as the workers faced a common challenge of workplace battles. The government, employers, and national union began making moves to diffuse the situation and try to control the actions of the workers.

Turning up the Heat - Phinneas Gage

The first of a three part series that detail a set of organizing actions by postal workers in Canada during 2011. It is written by fellow Recomposition editor Phinneas Gage who expounds on the actions that led up to the CUPW strike, the predicaments that workers faced challenging management, and the indelible memory of seeing management flee an angry mob of strikers.

Ready to fight: Developing a 21st century community syndicalism

As we develop new strategies to work on community organizing campaigns, what ideas and strategies can we port over from the history of syndicalist workplace struggles?

Quick look at the Greek election results

Electoral map of Greece: Red=SYRIZA Blue=ND

The Greek election results have come in and it seems far-left party SYRIZA has won a significant victory on an anti-austerity platform.

Wage-stealing bosses can't hide: The struggle at the Leicester Square School of English marches on

Monday the 26th will see the workers at the Leicester School of English organise a mass email campaign as the next step in their effort to bring their wage-stealing boss, Craig Tallents, to the negotiating table.

Government union busting and the PCS response

The PCS union is facing concerted union busting activity from the government. However, despite its rhetoric it has fallen into a retreat that helps nobody

Tenants rising: PDXSol makes its demands

The Portland Solidarity Network supports two tenants as they make demands on their exploitative former property management company, and the video captures their moment of community power.

When interventions die: wobbling towards 'old beardism'

A response to some of the articles written by 'Wobbling Towards Communism', an informal group of left communists in the IWW.

Picket at the Leicester Square School of English

Pay Up Craig Tallents

A re-blog from our friends at the Trade Onion detailing a joint IWW/ALB picket that occurred at the Leicester Square School of English last Saturday.

Turin’s ExMoi occupation: the story so far

The story of the ExMoi occupation in Turin, a solution by radicals and refugees to the problems of homelessness amongst migrants in a city full of empty buildings, and the reaction of racist organisations to the project.

Political activist in coma after fascist violence in Cremona, Italy

On Sunday 28 January, around 6pm, a group of about 50 fascists (mostly from CasaPound) attacked activists from Cremona’s Dordoni social centre. The attack on seven or eight activists was launched by around ten people, and very soon bolstered by 40 more.

What the Evening Standard's definition of London tells us about the capital

Some thoughts on the Evening Standard's coverage of this week's bus workers' strike.

The struggle at Leicester Square School of English: The story so far

Having already occupied their school, staff at the Leicester Square School of English are organising a picket this Saturday, 17th of January. Here's why.

Angry Language Brigade on front cover of the EL Gazette

As part of a successful campaign to help a fellow EFL teacher recover thousands in stolen wages, the Angry Language Brigade appears on the front page of this month's English Language Gazette!

Are our communities strong enough for police to be obsolete?

Cindy Milstein considers the possibility of society without a police force.

Charlie Hebdo

A  candle light vigil at the Place de la République, in Paris

Earlier this week, gunmen attacked the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and murdered several of its cartoonists. Some thoughts on the various issues that have arisen out of this event.

Klein vs Klein

Klein vs Klein

This Changes Everything is a book capacious enough to allow Naomi Klein two positions at once. But a real climate-justice movement will at some point have to make choices.

Resistance Between Neighbors: Reflections and Ideas from the 2014 Howard Zinn Bookfair

Report back from the 2014 Howard Zinn Bookfair, with a special look at the housing movements present and release of Housing Not Handcuffs.