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Mar 11 2006 20:05
Expertise topics

POLITICAL

Army

Pilgrim

Banking and finance

Benefits

Saii (contacts)

Crime

Education

JDMF, Sorry, Knightrose, .flux

Environment

Saii (contacts)

Facism

Gav? Larry O'H?

Housing/gentrification

Martin H

ID cards

Immigration

rkn

NHS

RPG

Party politics

Pensions (public)

Saii, kind of (Ie. I've done a fair few articles but in-depth reading I haven't had time for)

Pensions (private)

Saii, kind of

Queer/Gender (depending on whether you regard the two as divisible or not I guess)

Tumbleweed

Racism

Religion

Media

Saii

Prison

Mark Barnsley

Taxation

Transport

Saii (contacts)

Utilities

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Industries:

Agriculture

Aerospace

Saii (contact)

Banking and finance

Chemical

Childcare

Constuction

Communications

Education

ftony

JDMF

John.

ticking_fool

xConorx

catch

Jeff Costello

rochelle

.flux

GenerationTerrorist

Magnifico

--- Students---

BB

dara

Sorry.

Tumbleweed

Wetheyouth

Jess

sam05

Electricity

Emergency services

Leisure/entertainment

Jess (ex-2006)

Food production

Martin H

Gas

aketus

IT

martinh

revol68

NHS

RPG

Catch - Mental health

Manufacture (eg. gas maintentance pipes etc, V long list)

Media (marketing)

Media (publishing)

Saii, Libcom crew...

Oil

Aketus

Pharmecuticals

Aketus

Retail (specialist - eg. shoes, food - it'd be a v long list)

Wetheyouth

BB

cantdocartwheels

dara

madjag - booze

revolutionrugger - lndustrial lighting

'Third sector'

Steve

the button

rkn (voluntary - asylum)

Transport

Water

Unemplyed

Lazy Riser

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Hah, knew there was something I was missing!

UNIONS

Amicus

the button

ATL

AUT

JDMF

Bectu

kalabine

Bwafu

CWU

Community

EIS

Equity

FBU

GMB

madjag (ex-member)

Natfhe

NUJ

Saii

NUT

knightrose

xConorx

PCS

PaulMarsh

Prospect

RMT

T&G

Steve

madashell

TSSA

UCATT

Unison

John.

gawkrodger

gav

Catch

creepyoller (retired)

USDAW

WeTheYouth

madjag

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Mar 11 2006 20:16

I'd be game for having a go at 'Army', although military stuff generally is an interest of mine. I've been a student of military history/theory/tactics and so on since I was a lad and I'd like to try being Freedom's defence bod if that's OK. I'm also from a military family and learned a lot from relatives who were in the forces.

I'm closely involved in conventional lobbying/protest and direct action against the nuclear facilities down here in Plymouth, and have contacts among the peace movement that might be of use. I'd be happy to broaden my focus to include military issues generally when writing for Freedom.

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Mar 11 2006 20:29

CIVIL SERVICE

Local

- council tax collection

- council tax and housing benefit administration

- social services (incl meals on wheels and home helps)

- education

- libraries

- rubbish collection and street sweeping

- parks and grounds maintenance

- housing

- homelessness

- planning and land registry

- "regeneration"

- street lighting

- roads and pathway maintenance

- parking enforcement

- cemetaries/crematoria

- environmental health

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-Policing and crime

-Fire services

-Ambulance

-NHS (Gawd may need another split for that one neutral)

Transport

Saii(contact)

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Mar 11 2006 22:17

NHS

I work in the health service, will need to be anon tho'

What about the arts/culture?

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Mar 11 2006 22:22

Arts/culture is a matter of opinion rather than expertise i would have thought, but if it was done that way would be an area in itself eek

Edit: Though having said that, some of the reviews of anarchist literature require a fair bit of background...

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Mar 11 2006 22:29

education... sort of

nhs mental health ... a bit out of date but still.

martinh
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Mar 12 2006 00:12

A few more issues to add etc. I did say "Food" BTW (pretty important IMO but you may have noticed I think that from my column smile )

Policing and crime

Children / childcare (it's not just about education, y'know)

Transport (as an issue and an industry) smile

Communications (industry - post and telecoms - plus it has one of the few unions with any fight in it)

Utilities (gas, electricity and water supply - again regular issues related to this)

Taxation

Banking and finance (industry)

Environment (issue - possibly too big - needs splitting)

On another point, I don't think you can have Local civil service. People work for local govt or the civil service, and have a different relationship to the two. Most civil servants are involved in benefits, pensions or tax credits administration. Local govt covers pretty much all the services you get from your council, except education which is generally seen as separate. While a lot of things are best left to local correspondents where they exist, an understanding of how councils work and what services they are obliged to provide is useful, I think. Council services can be broken down broadly as (though it does depend on the tier):

- council tax collection

- council tax and housing benefit administration

- social services (incl meals on wheels and home helps)

- education

- libraries

- rubbish collection and street sweeping

- parks and grounds maintenance

- housing

- homelessness

- planning and land registry

- "regeneration"

- street lighting

- roads and pathway maintenance

- parking enforcement

- cemetaries/crematoria

- environmental health

There may be some I've missed (it's late and I live in London). And I'm sure others will be able to add more.

Regards,

Martin

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Mar 12 2006 00:57

K will try and incorporate at some point in the near future, too late in the evening now tho.

RPG
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Mar 12 2006 13:21

Gosh...have been inspired and just sent Freedom something on the NHS!!

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Mar 12 2006 13:52

8)

Tain't come through yet, account's been doing that a lot for some reason.

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Mar 13 2006 13:16

K Martin's bit are in.

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Sep 11 2006 17:03

check out all the experts in education tongue

you could put me down for banking & finance

i came into the shop today and took away a whole load of stuff for the accounts and stuff, will take a wee while to plough through everything and get a hang of what goes on there, once that's done can look at putting in place a system/process for keeping on top of things going ahead

as there's a fair bit of activity, paper, bookshop sales, donations, subs, distribution etc. etc.., i'd suggest looking at getting an accounting software system put in place to keep track of everything in one system (bookkeeping, invoicing, stock control etc..) , it all seems a wee bit fragmented manual, and all over the place at the momement, it could be made a lot easier without too much effort, i'm happy to do it and keep on doing the accounts going ahead to take some of the pressure of jayne

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Sep 11 2006 17:58

Fantastic cheers oisleep grin

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Sep 13 2006 10:03

alright saii

here's what i can do

- environment
- party politics
- media
- fascism
- benefits
- racism
- education
- ID cards (contacts)
- gender

- NUJ (particularly student issues) and general union stuff

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Sep 16 2006 17:32

hiya, yeah I'll give you a call in the next couple of days hopefully (been on deadline up til now). For some reason my mod privileges don\t work on this either so might need to ask about that for editing the top couple of posts etc.

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Oct 11 2006 18:19

i've not done much yet on your accounts (apart from plough thrugh about 3 years of correspondence and put it all into nice neat piles), not had much time, will try and get onto it in the next week or so

petey
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Oct 11 2006 18:49

the IWW isn't a union?

PS: i can be put under 'education' and 'religion'

PPS: is this UK only?

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Oct 12 2006 08:16

K cheers for the update oisleep.

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the IWW isn't a union?

PS: i can be put under 'education' and 'religion'

PPS: is this UK only?

That list only counts normal unions of 25k people or over. IWW would count as a syndicalist union so fits into an entirely different category (and we're not so strapped for potential correspondents either wink)

You could, but I can't mod the upper threads unfortunately. Will have to sort something else out for the list...

Well the list is but having a US labour correspondent would be cool smile.

petey
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Oct 12 2006 15:33
Saii wrote:
having a US labour correspondent would be cool smile.

would i get a press card?

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Oct 13 2006 08:30

You can make your own out of cardboard if you like wink.