Socialist Worker

Driving bosses off the road

Issue No. 1885

'IT WAS a treat to be on the Land Rover picket last weekend,' says Louise, one of the Socialist Worker sellers who went to offer solidarity with the workers battling for higher pay.

'In general people were very open and wanted to discuss what was happening. They wanted to talk about what was happening inside the plant but also about New Labour and issues such as the Respect initiative and the war.'

Fifteen papers were sold at the plant last week.

Celebration – and ready for next fight

'CAMDEN TENANTS and workers have been celebrating this week after the massive tenants' vote against the part-privatisation of council housing in the borough,' says Phoebe.

'At the full council executive meeting on Wednesday last week downcast councillors had to endure cheers from the Camden Defend Council Housing campaigners when the leader proposed not going for the ALMO scheme.

'After the meeting campaigners celebrated and were already involved in planning the next stage of the housing campaign. Altogether we sold 23 Socialist Workers to campaigners.'

Positive voice at council tax demo

'IT WAS very important that Socialist Worker sellers were at the demonstration against the council tax last Saturday,' says Angela, one of the protesters.

Everyone there (report page 14) hated Tony Blair, but there were raging arguments about what should replace him. Socialist Worker sellers argued for the Respect meeting this weekend and for a socialist alternative to New Labour.

We found a ready audience and put forward a message of hope and unity-so vital when there were right wing and BNP people trying to con the crowd into supporting them.

The fact that we sold 80 copies of Socialist Worker was a sign of the mood.

Student fees grab attention

REBECCA FROM Faversham in Kent writes, 'Student top-up fees proved to be an attention-grabber last Saturday morning.

'As an SWP member for two weeks, I was thrilled and reassured by the enthusiasm I encountered when speaking to the scores of people who signed the anti top-up fees petition. As a result of this, I sold 16 papers and a total of 28 papers were sold.'

MICHAEL BRADLEY, Circulation Department

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Sat 24 Jan 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1885
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