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Newcastle SolFed May Day Bulletin

What we've been doing; May Day social & future events.

Newcastle SolFed May Day Bulletin

It's been a busy few months in Newcastle so here's a round-up of what we've been doing. There's also information on future campaigns and events to get involved with:

  • May Day Social: Saturday 3 May, 7pm. The Telegraph.
  • Workplace Organiser Training: Sat 14 June, 9am-4pm. Star & Shadow Cinema
  • Stuff Your Boss!

Transnational companies give in to demands following hotel picket

On Saturday March 22nd members of Brighton SolFed and Brighton Hospitality Workers (BHW) staged a well-attended picket of a local Travelodge hotel. This was an opening action in support of two of the hotel's former workers - both members of BHW - who were demanding full payment of owed holiday entitlement for annual leave they were prevented from taking. One of the workers had already had owed wages paid in full, following a demand letter from SolFed & BHW to the agency that held the staff contract at Travelodge. The agency - Jani-King GB - were an international recruitment exploiter based in the US with an appalling record of non-payment of wages & holiday pay.

Solidarity Federation Workplace Organiser Training in Edinburgh

There will be a Solidarity Federation Workplace Organiser Training Day on Saturday, 22nd March in Edinburgh, it's open to all workers, apart from managers, you do not have to be a SolFed member or an anarcho-syndicalist to attend.

If you would like to attend, please email training[AT]solfed.org.uk

The Solidarity Federation workplace organiser training programme is designed to give workers the tools and confidence to organise in their workplaces, whether or not there's an existing union. Even if you've had training from another union, you may find the direct action based approach we adopt offers a fresh perspective.

SolFed supports Boycott Workfare's Noise Demo

start: 
Mon, 02/12/2013 - 12:30
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On 2nd December, those driving forced labour for unemployed people on the government's workfare schemes are getting together for their annual conference at Senate House, Malet Street, London.

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SolFed workplace organiser training @ Immaterial Labour Isn't Working

Fri, 03/05/2013 - 12:00

Location

Auto Italia South East
3 York Way
King’s Cross Central, LondonN1C 4AE

SolFed workplace organiser training @ Immaterial Labour Isn't Working

start: 
Fri, 03/05/2013 - 12:00

Location

Auto Italia South East
3 York Way
N1C 4AE King’s Cross Central, London

How do we organise to defend our interests in a modern workplace? This workshop, facilitated by members of the Solidarity Federation (SolFed), aims to be a practical introduction to organising collectively in the workplace. Starting with the basics – how to talk with your colleagues about problems and grievances – the workshop will cover organising workplace committees, resisting management tactics of divide and rule, and how to organise direct action.

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http://iliw13.autoitaliasoutheast.org/schedule/

Combat Workfare: Wembley

start: 
Sat, 23/03/2013 - 13:00

Location

Poundland
492-500 High Road
HA9 7BH

North London Solidarity Federation will be going after businesses in Wembley and pushing them to stopping Workfare in their stores, in support of Boycott Workfare's Week of Action Against Workfare (18-24th March).

We're starting at Poundland on the High Road at 1pm. Bring banners, placards and bring some noise.

 

If you can't make it we're also holding pickets in Leytonstone with Feminist Fightback at the same time: https://www.facebook.com/events/575633962447411/

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National Delegate Council 24/01/13 report

At our national delegate council on 24/01/13, the Solidarity Federation officially recognised three new locals, in Calderdale, Hastings and the Solent. We also recognised a Belfast local as being in-formation prior to reaching a formal decision at national conference in April.

We also agreed to make regular donations to the Sparrow's Nest library in Nottingham which holds the collection of one of our members which stretches back to the Syndicalist Workers' Federation and is an important record of British anarcho-syndicalism. We will also be making a donation to the London anarchist bookfair collective and encourage others to do the same.

What is the National Delegate Council?

Endnotes

  1. IWA statutes, see: www.iwa-ait.org/?q=statutes
  2. Quoted in Abel Paz, Durruti – the people armed.
  3. Unit 24 of SelfEd – SolFed’s self-education course on anarcho-syndicalism. See: www.selfed.org.uk
  4. John Quail, The slow burning fuse, p. 246-247.

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