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bandu
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Nov 7 2004 13:25
anarcho-syndicalism

The Glasgow Anarchist Dayshool was good with a lot of interesting discussions. I hope there is more of them.

If there are any Glaswegians reading this, or anybody with an interest, I have a suggestion about how to broaden our activities.

Speaking to a few folk at the meeting I was aware that they are being hassled by a organisation called Working Links, which now deals with dole claims. I have been aware of this organisation since when I was a volunteer at Citizens' Advice Bureau.

This is all part of a campaign by the government to privitise the dole.

Glasgow is a designated 'Employment Zone', this means that because of the high employment rates in the city, the government can contract unemployment claims to private companies, like Working Links, Wiseman, and others.

If a person has been unemployed for 18 months he is automatically referred to one of these companies. These companies can then provide training, or set up job interviews. They normally work from a list of supermarket, call centre and other low paid jobs which a claimant can practically walk into with no experience. The aim of these companies is to provide cheap labour for sweatshops, and to fiddle the figures by tackling long-term unemployment by putting people into short-term work.

The first stage with Working Links is more informal, but when a claimant reaches the second stage the company can become more aggressive and bullying in their methods of trying to push people into work. They actually have the power to sanction people and stop their money if a claimant refuses a interview, or refuses any other type of help. The advisers are also under pressure to put a quota of people into work.

Glasgow is the only place in Scotland that is a employment zone, but they have them in Brighton and Middlesborough. I know of people through CAB who actually approached the SSP about this issue but they were not interested.

What we have is a large body of people in Glasgow who are being attacked by private companies and have nobody to support them.

Would it be possible to set up some kind of organization along Anarcho-syndicalist lines which provides a resource and support centre for workers and unemployed alike, where anybody can be a member?

This would give us the excuse to leaflet outside jobcentres, Working Links offices, offering info for claimants on their benefit rights. And also doing direct action against dole privatisation.

What would be needed is some knowledge of benefits which can be picked up anywhere. Anybody, with or without welfare training, can representant a claimant at a benefit appeal. A centre and a phone would also help.

nuclearcivvy
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Nov 12 2004 01:15

I wonder if anyone at SSP headquarters reads this forum? Politics tonight just described the current SSP consensus leadership arrangement as "Anarcho-syndicalism." Perhaps they are the organisation you envisage. embarrassed eek neutral

Weather they are or not; ANARCHO-SYNDICALISM. It's our word of the week.

bandu
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Nov 12 2004 11:22

I agree Anarcho-syndicalism is a fantastic word. I don't know what it means but it sounds great. I think you can safely call yourself a anarcho-syndicalist, if you can say anarcho-syndicalism after four pints of heavy and four whiskies.

It would be great to go up to some folk outside a call centre having a ciggy during their break, and ask them if they want represented by anarcho-syndicalism, dedicated to abolishing all state and private investment. Wonder what response I'd get?

Anonymous
Nov 13 2004 19:39

Anarcho-syndicalism? Let's not limit ourselves (and baffle folk)

bandu
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Nov 14 2004 12:32

Okay I'm fine about getting rid of labels.

Let's start off with a loose group of people willing to support workers, non-workers and unwaged. A bunch of people who are willing to challenge the capitalist state, and not compromise. I don't care what we call ourselves, or how it is structured, just as long as we are democratic and are prepared to use direct action.

Apart from offering help to those that are being hassled by the dole, we could also offer assistance to those involved in industrial dispute. There are plenty little skirmishes happening all over the place which are hardly publised except in local papers.

I have no idea how to start it off but I am willing to give it a go.

Currently I am involved in some anti-war stuff, plus I have a job, but I am serious about this. I am hoping that more folk can become interested.

nuclearcivvy
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Nov 16 2004 13:05

STOP PRESS!

Details are emerging this afternoon of SSP plans to have a collective leadership. Anarcho-syndicalism comes to Scottish politics. They will take turns to tackle the 1st minister.

All six MSP's will appear at a press conference shortly.

(Bet Rosie speaks first.)

Anonymous
Nov 17 2004 22:43

With Tommy as the sole backbencher? This whole thing is weird. Don't want to submit my views to this public forum but this is all a bit odd.

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Nov 19 2004 19:05
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Let's start off with a loose group of people willing to support workers, non-workers and unwaged. A bunch of people who are willing to challenge the capitalist state, and not compromise. I don't care what we call ourselves, or how it is structured, just as long as we are democratic and are prepared to use direct action

Is this not the SSP you speak of Comrade

Anonymous
Nov 19 2004 20:52

I don't think so. There are many people who could fit into this description in and not in parties. Historically, the SSP was born from Militant, then teamed up with SWP and various others.

I am not a trotskyist, but agree with many of the sentiments espoused in this forum.

And anyway, from recent events, the SSP is not averse to icepicks itself from the looks of things. Bloody hell this would never have happened in the CP - SSP wtf are you doing? (Alan?)

JH

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Nov 19 2004 22:42
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There are many people who could fit into this description in and not in parties

I agree but the only place for the comrades described is surely the SSP.

Your comments regarding recent events are misguided. It is all very simple, Comrade Sheridan has, after many years, decided to put himself & his family before the party (HE IS ON A BREAK).

His wife, as reported everywhere, is having a rough pregnancy & needs to see more of him, it's that simple. The events following his resignation are merely the fantasies of the corrupt capitalist press and of course is fed by his political enemies in vain attempts to discredit him and the SSP.

Anonymous
Nov 20 2004 22:02

And good luck to him and his family. No-one will ever support Murdoch's press against him.