subway solidarity

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kuro
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Jan 19 2010 05:08
subway solidarity

I've just read about the national day of action against subway Solfed organised (on the website) . A lot of the time when these happen (enviro actions against KFC etc) the pickets tend to blame the workers rather than seeing them as allies so I was really impressed with what I read. The picket sounded amazing and to me was a perfect example of solidarity in action. Is there any news yet of the outcome? Was the worker reinstated? I'm interested in the letter passed out to management too if its available.
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Jan 19 2010 05:57

my understanding is the worker withdrew the action for her own reasons (i'm not sure if she got a quiet settlement or just had other priorities with the pregnancy etc). belfast people will probably be better appraised of the details...

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Jan 19 2010 12:16

The national day was called by Organise! in support of the ongoing campaign 'led' by the Belfast & District Trades Councils.
The campaign in Belfast had at its height resulted in weekly Friday lunchtime protests for about 4mths, which Organise and B&D had been at every week as well as friends of the sacked worker and other supporters.

The pickets were having an impact, apparently costing the manager a lot in losy business, and resulting in some ludicrous allegations being made against protestors.

The sacked worker had in the beginning gone to B&D for support and it was her struggle initially so we simply supported as we could, as it went on, it became clear that tactics would need to change but those 'in charge' of the campaign were reluctant to do so. Legal threats from the managers put some individuals under serious threats and successfully put a stranglehold on protests.

I found this aspect particularly depressing as the threats and accusations were absurd but really put the shits up a lot of people. At this stage the issue really became one of 'right to protest' - this was all chronicled in Leveller issue 1 (online at SolFed site I think? cos I only posted some of those articles here)

Organise and one of SolFed/libcom ran the Belfast Marathon last year and raised £100 for a support fund for the sacked worker, nothing much, just a token of solidarity really.

I'm not sure what the Kuro means with 'normally blame the workers', I've not seen this in other struggles, but any pickets I've been to on similar issues have always blamed management, and in this specific instance it was over the sacking of a pregnant migrant worker for spurious reasons, so the comment just seemed odd really.

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Jan 19 2010 15:18

Hey Choccy,

Thanks for the update; ill try and find the leveller. Was more just a general comment saying how well things were done; letting my mind wander, not necessarily dealing with similar issues - the protests ive seen against KFC etc in my area for example have targeted all employees as supporters of KFC's policies (there's a lack of class struggle orientated stuff here).

Was the harassment and accusations around picketing or other actions?

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Jan 19 2010 18:26

Ah no probs, yeah allegations were around completely unsubstantiated shit like someone 'harrassing' the manager and his partner - no evidence was ever forthcoming, at all, and crap like customers being intimidated - again completely baseless.

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Mar 13 2010 01:13

Tried to join Solfed, don't want me, disappointed. I have 2 more people with me, thats your loss. Things are changing fast and people want to join, and if Solfed is supposed to be an organisation with hopes of becoming a mass organisation of the working-class, why cant I join?

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Mar 13 2010 09:33

how did you try to join?

and fwiw we don't say we want to become a mass organsiation of the working class, membership is based on acceptance of a set of revolutionary aims and principles. while it would be great if masses of workers accepted them, that is nowhere near the case at the moment or in the forseeable future.

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Mar 15 2010 00:30

I sent an application form and emailed manchester and my local 'local'. I am a libsoc who wants to join a libsoc organisation and if solfed is not or does not want to be an institution of the mass working class why the fuck does it exist? I have 2 friends also who want to join in a small town..Should I just join the AF?. Do you realise that people want to get involved? Do you realise I am and friends are working class? Do you realise how pissed off people are. If Solfed is to be a revolutionary union of the working class it had better organise things and understand what is happening in the world and resond to them. What do you have 300 members at most and you want to tell a worker about rules. Go fuck yourself and get a life. I tried to join and I aint no boss and your solfed is disorganised and it would seem elite. I ticked the fucking boxes didn't I, agreeing to the consitution but I didn't get anything back. Was the CNT an elite organisation? I want to be a member of an organisation that belongs to workers and has a goal of revolutionary socialism. I would like to think Solfed fits that bill but as you allude to I must have written something in that small pathetic application form that somene didn't like or you are all just incompetent. I have recently been made unemployed and it seems like what should be a positve institution of the working-class is just another job interview.Thanks for nothing.

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Mar 15 2010 08:02
rottweiler wrote:
I sent an application form and emailed manchester and my local 'local'... but as you allude to I must have written something in that small pathetic application form that somene didn't like or you are all just incompetent.

Or maybe that small local missed it due to being understaffed, or you made a typo writing the email or putting in your contact information, or a host of other problems. Have you bothered checking any of that out before starting to rant about how Sol Fed is "disorganized", "seems elite" or "is just another job interview"? If anything you're coming off as a disgruntled customer. You could easily just try and check up on them to see what went on with your application, something like: "hey, I sent an application x weeks back, what's happened to it?" It's not too late for you to do that and save some of your dignity. I'm sure they won't hold it against you. Being unemployed sucks and brings out the worst in you, sometimes.

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Mar 15 2010 09:25

I know the Manchester group has been having problems with their email address - we've had difficulty contacting them on it recently. I'm sure someone can chase it up internally, but I don't see how a mistake like this amounts to 'elitism'.

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Mar 15 2010 13:32

I will be seeing someone from Manchester SolFed tonight and will pass on your details if you personal message them to me. I am sure that this is an administrative error rather than you being rejected off hand. We are a small, completely volunteer organisation, so please be a bit paitient and understanding. As to- "if Solfed is supposed to be an organisation with hopes of becoming a mass organisation of the working-class, why cant I join?" and "if solfed is not or does not want to be an institution of the mass working class why the fuck does it exist? " Jo Kay was stating despite our desire to be mass organisation, it is unlikely to happen in the current climate of low class consciousness (which could all change with the growing combativity of our class and the savage cuts that are coming) without SolFed diluting it revolutionary understanding and practice. The prospects for meaningful growth are bound to the class struggle and although by acting on the terrain of the class conflict we change the conditions of the fight, we do not determine them.

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Mar 15 2010 19:07

...the tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living.....

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Mar 16 2010 01:28

When I applied to join SF I didn't get a reply (although I think I emailed the national address, rather than my local), so I just used some initiative and approached them at an anarchist bookfair rather than giving up. After that it was all plain sailing. We definitely need to be more efficient/proactive when it comes to getting new recruits on board though.

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Mar 18 2010 02:21

Sorry I was pissed and pissed off. Sorry to highjack this thread. My own problems are not Solfeds or anyone elses here fault. I have a talent for fucking things up. I apologise

Solidarity

Rott

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Mar 18 2010 10:12

Cool, no problem. If you want me to follow up, what's happened to your application, PM me your details.