Steven Johns

10 reasons to support the firefighters' strikes

Firefighters in England today walked out on strike for 24 hours in the latest of a series of stoppages in a dispute over massive attacks by the government on their pensions: particularly increasing the retirement age from 55 to 60. Here are the top 10 reasons you should support the firefighters.

"Leave it to the professionals": on paid union organisers

A response to a blog criticising the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union for not making enough use of paid organisers and officials. With animated gifs.

The occupation of the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, 1979 - Steven Johns

A short account of a sit in at the Swedish health board by LGBT activists in 1979 which successfully pressured the government to remove the designation of homosexuality as a mental illness. It also sparked myths of a widespread "phoning in gay" protest.

The SS Columbia Eagle mutiny, 1970 - Steven Johns

A short history of the most spectacular American naval mutiny during the Vietnam war, where two sailors hijacked a ship full of napalm and sailed it to Cambodia.

Advice for workers suffering from repetitive strain injury (RSI)

Employment-related advice for workers who begin to suffer from a repetitive strain condition, from a union representative who has RSI.

Почему коммунизм победит: 10 причин

Десять главных причин для оптимизма, вне зависимости от того, насколько плохой кажется нынешняя ситуация.

Review: The deconstruction of professor Thrub - DD Johnston

The deconstruction of professor Thrub

Steven Johns reviews the ambitious second novel of DD Johnston which follows a young woman on a riproaring ride through 20th-century history from the Belfast outdoor relief agitation to Spain during the civil war and Budapest in 1956.

The British West Indies Regiment mutiny, 1918 - Steven Johns

A short history of the mutiny at Taranto in Italy by West Indian soldiers in the British army at the end of World War I, which had a significant impact subsequently on anti-colonial struggles in the Caribbean.

10 reasons communism will win

Ke$ha: communism will win.

The top ten reasons to be optimistic, politically, no matter how bad the situation seems at present.

Unison instructs its members to enforce the bedroom tax

The UK's largest public sector union, Unison, has issued guidance to its members advising them to enforce the hated bedroom tax.