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Communities of resistance unite! The Edinburgh Unemployed Workers Centre (1980-1994)

This paper looks into the history of the Edinburgh Unemployed Workers Centre (EUWC) and the struggles of anti-authoritarian revolutionary groups in Edinburgh during the 1980s and early 1990s. Grassroots and direct action oriented groups started to organise together in the early 1980s against the various attacks on the working class. They were often based in the EUWC and developed highly sophisticated forms of community resistance which culminated in their crucial role in the Poll Tax rebellion.

Love & Rage Vol. 2 No. 1, January 1991

Vol 2, Issue 1 of Love & Rage.

Love & Rage Vol. 1 No. 2, May 1990

Issue 2 of Love & Rage, with letters including a resignation from the ISO, international news, a police attack on a squat in Berkely, a review of a film adaptation of the Handmaid's Tale, Earth Day action on Wall Street, ACT UP and the AIDS movement, the end of a miners' strike in Pittston, Virginia, action against McDonalds, prisoner news including John Perotti ending his hunger strike and the continuing hunger strike in Spain, Public Enemy, squatting and repression in Chicago, Lithuanian independence, the On Gogol Boulevard column of international news, the UK Poll Tax riot, and more.

Direct Action #63 (March/April 1990)

Issue #63 of Direct Action, with articles on the release of Nelson Mandela and legalisation of the ANC, different strategies for the anti-poll tax movement including a critique of Militant (now the Socialist Party), South Yorkshire Police advising women to close their curtains, a reprint of Andy Anderson's pamphlet on Hungary '56, the collapse of the soviet bloc, part 2 of the DAM's new industrial strategy, print workers organising after Wapping, the British Army in Ireland, more police frame-ups of Irish people, updates on prisoner Martin Foran, the CNT/CGT court case, police killing an anti-fascist in West Germany, an advert for the March 1990 poll tax demo, and more.

Direct Action #62 (January 1990)

Issue #62 of Direct Action, with articles on an ambulance workers dispute, Militant (now the Socialist Party) manipulation of the anti-poll tax campaign, poll tax resistance in Scotland and East Anglia, the exposure of dirty tricks by West Midlands Police in cases including the Birmingham Six, reports on Northern Ireland including raids on loyalists in the army, and the Guildford Four case, the DAM's new industrial strategy, an attempt at union-busting by Herald Juices, the risk of work-induced heart disease, an article from the USI about racism in Italy, the grim reality of "community care", antifascism in Edinburgh, water pollution and more.

Direct Action #60 (August-September 1989)

Issue #60 of Direct Action, with articles on the uselessness of the union leadership, a British Rail dispute, sabotage in food production, a poll tax demo in Manchester, a national strike by public sector union NALGO, gentrification by Lewisham's Labour-left council, a major docks strike, a victory for Andorran miners, a deportation struggle, a rank-and-file healthworkers' perspective, an article from the WSA about the ozone layer, a blockade against the Hinkley nuclear power plant, an update on prisoner Martin Foran, deaths in police custody, a thin-skinned former RUC chief, an advert for a pamphlet about the FORA, and more.

Direct Action #58 (June 1989)

Issue #58 of Direct Action, with articles on public sector disputes, poll tax resistance, union action against an AIDS prevention leaflet that didn't mention safe sex, Southwark's left Labour council enforcing the poll tax, a look at the use of poll taxes in British colonies, a local government pay claim, an interview with the CNT International Secretary about a general strike in Spain, the crumbling of the Soviet bloc, struggles in South Korea, South African militants being acquitted, the British army presence in Ireland, letters about nuclear power and rugby, Kurdish refugees in London, a victorious anti-deportation campaign, and more.

Direct Action #56 (March 1989)

Issue #56 of Direct Action, with articles on privatisation and water safety, poll tax resistance, religion and the Rushdie affair, the Channel Tunnel, prisoner Martin Foran, salmonella and food production, a report of an IWA conference, locked-out workers in Bombay making their own detergent, an incinerator in Doncaster, a report from the French CNT on a strike wave there, whether the working class still exists, loyalist murder gangs and the killing of Pat Finucane, a Bloody Sunday remembrance march, Runcorn rugby players striking, history teaching in schools, and more.

Direct Action #50 (July-August 1988)

Issue #50 of Direct Action, with articles on the threat of privatisation at the traditionally loyalist Harland & Wolff shipyard, British Rail disputes, miner's strike prisoner updates, the P&O Ferries dispute, football violence, the Burton's dispute, a racist prosecution in Leicester, an Orange Order march in Chesterfield, Clause/Section 28, the fight against library closures in Hackney, privatisation of steel and water, ID cards, the poll tax, a review of "A Very British Coup", an interview with a member of Brazil's COB, the FAU fighting steel closures, the CNT court case, a reply on Depo-Provera, and more.

Direct Action #49 (June-July 1988)

Issue #49 of Direct Action, with articles on the EEPTU being expelled from the TUC, the limits of a P&O Ferries dispute, closures of scabby UDM mines in Nottinghamshire, rail union ASLEF failing to support victimised members, poll tax resistance in Scotland, Norman Fowler in Bolton, the ozone layer, reports of recent anti-fascist activity, a media union calling for troops out of Ireland, library cuts and occupations, a struggle for reinstatement at Burton's, a report from an IWA congress, Solidarnosc and Polish workers' struggles, letters on animal liberation and anarcho-syndicalism, the contraceptive Depo-Provera, and more.