Socialist Worker sellers have been pulling out all the stops to build Saturday's demonstration against the closure of Vauxhall's Luton plant. They set up a stall at the university on Wednesday last week and collected scores of signatures on the petition to save the plant. 28 copies of Socialist Worker were sold and 1 student joined the Socialist Workers Party. 5 students came to a meeting the next night at which 2 joined the SWP. On Saturday 83 copies of Socialist Worker were sold in the town centre and another 5 people joined the SWP. Elsewhere in the build-up to the demo 9 copies of the paper were sold outside Vauxhall Ellesmere Port and 8 at the ex-Rover Longbridge plant.
Socialist Worker workplace sales are increasing, reflecting a new mood of resistance on the shopfloor. 23 copies were sold at St James Hospital in Leeds, 19 at Riverside House council office in Greenwich, 10 at both the CIS Insurance HQ in Manchester and Britannia House council office in Bradford, 7 at Copperas Hill post office in Liverpool before it went on strike this week, and 5 at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
On Saturday 155 papers were sold in Manchester's Market Street, 76 in Holloway in north London, and 48 in Harrow, west London. Alongside the 8 people who joined the Socialist Workers Party in Luton last week, 5 joined in Manchester; 2 in Holloway and at the George Monbiot meeting in central London; and 1 in Harlesden, Sheffield, Bexley, Hoxton and Mare Street (both in east London), and Wester Hailes in Edinburgh.