Blogs

Black Circle Records: Reflections on the consequences of conflict in light of the ongoing Israeli offensive in Gaza

Black Circle Records have released a compilation of underground noise/electronic/abstract/weirdo sounds reflecting on the Israeli states current offensive in Gaza.

NHS agency spend: the hidden truth

In 1997 the NHS spent over £700 million on agency nurses. This year the figure will have risen to over £2.5 billion. Why pay outrageous amounts of money to agencies when it is clearly cheaper to employ permanent staff? I will show that in actual fact it is not cheaper to employ permanent staff, and that increasing agency use is just more laying of ground work in preparation for the privatisation of the NHS.

libcom.org launches new working class history Facebook page

Today, 30 July, anniversary of the first recorded strike in North American history, we are launching a new working class history page on Facebook to celebrate our history: people's history.

On workers' organisations: general thoughts for debate

General thoughts on relation between capitalist development, class struggle and communist organisation

The new strikes in China

prd strike

An article by "friends of gongchao" describes the development of strikes in China in recent years as well as the strike at Yue Yuen shoe factories in Dongguan, South China, in April 2014.

Reflections on a rowdy picket line: The July 20th Ritzy strike

Cinema workers have been some of the leading lights of the class struggle in London. A primarily young workforce, they've been active in forming unions and going on strike. How are we, as radicals, to relate to this new wave of struggle that encompasses both self-organisation and trade unionism?

Remember 1934!

Announcement and list of events in Minneapolis for 80th Anniversary commemoration of 1934 Teamsters strike.

"We would no longer show up for classes until payment was made..."

Late wages no more: an account of fighting back and getting paid in the language teaching industry.

Rock bottom or GTFO

On Big Issues and Big Society.

Haden, Charlie, 1937-2014

A short obituary of the seminal jazz bassist and anti-war activist Charlie Haden, who died last week.

Authoritarianism, work and therapy

Reaction to the news that the UK Government have been discussing linking employment support payments to undergoing mental health assessments among the psychiatric population. This short article has a particular focus on the authoritarianism behind this move.

A day in the life of an anxious non-native TEFL teacher

A comic strip on the daily anxieties faced by an overly anxious non native TEFL teacher.

The call centre diaries, part 1

The Call Centre Diaries will be a semi regular series detailing my experiences as a precarious worker. To kick things off I’m going to share my experiences of working at Manpower, a major UK recruitment agency. Hopefully this won’t just touch on my experiences as a worker but also how the environment fostered in the kind of companies that thrive in economies structured around temporary contracts is adversely affecting the lives of both their own workers and the unemployed they are supposed to be finding work for.

Meanwhile, in Gaza

As Gaza experiences another spike in Israeli attacks the corporate media wheels out the same tired story, with the same tired propaganda.

Migrant workers: Between Polish and English nationalism - Thoughts after the Markfield Park attack, June 2014

The struggle against nationalism is - now more than ever - linked to the struggle against exploitation, argues this analysis looking at Poland and Polish migration to the UK.

The 10 July public sector strike and going beyond formula

Tomorrow's coordinated strike by public sector workers looks set to be larger than the one on 30 Novermber 2011 that was billed as a public sector 'general strike.' But what does that mean, and are we in any better position now, industrially, than we were then?

"Not worried about rocking the boat": An interview with a striking Ritzy worker

A short ten question interview conducted, via email, with one of the striking Ritzy cinema workers on the day of their latest strike. I

Fear of a red and black planet: Rap Militante Internazionale

DJ Malatesta at Köpi 137, Berlin.

DJ Malatesta has been active in political rap circles since 1999, and as one half of DDM (Drowning Dog & Malatesta), has played hundreds of shows in over a hundred cities in 16 countries and on two continents. In recent years, he's moved to Milan and seen the development, as a central figure in Rap Militante Internazionale, of an actively anti-authoritarian political hip hop scene in Europe with dozens of acts and venues spreading throughout the continent.

Workers' struggles in East Asia (June 2014)

Striking workers outside the Li Kyant Footwear Factory in Yangon, Myanmar

Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around East Asia during June 2014 and related resources. The most important stories appear on my Twitter feed as soon as I find them: http://twitter.com/spartacusnews.

Dear Granny Smith - TEFL lesson plan

A lesson plan adapted from the first chapter of the highly recommended book Dear Granny Smith: A Letter from your Postman about strikes, privatisation, and unions at Royal Mail.