SHARON FROM Sheffield has news of a great response to the paper at a local civil service office.
'The office we sell at is not a huge workplace but this week we sold 15 papers,' she reports. 'We petitioned over the top-up fees plan and also showed people the paper's back page about the civil service strike ballot. People are spitting feathers about the scheme to dock your pay if you have to look after sick children or go to a funeral. We have only sold at this office a few times but it's clear there's a mood for a paper like Socialist Worker.'
Around 150 copies of Socialist Worker were sold in Sheffield city centre last Saturday. One seller had a Blair mask and a placard saying 'I got my degree for free, yours will cost £30,000.' It really helped to boost the sale.
Flowering in Covent Garden
I MET up with Socialist Worker sellers in London's Covent Garden last Saturday. We were campaigning against Tony Blair's fees plan.
Four young students from an FE college, carrying their skateboards, came to the stall to sign up against fees. Mums and dads also signed up and asked if their children could sign too. We sold 120 copies of Socialist Worker in 90 minutes between the four of us.
Timetable for the paper
'HELLO. WE'RE going to be on strike this weekend and it would be good to get a piece in Socialist Worker.'
That was the encouraging call to the Socialist Worker journalists this week from a group of bus workers in Worthing, Sussex. The result is the story on page 14 this week.
The phone call shows that many workers far beyond the present readership see Socialist Worker as the place to read about other people's struggles and get their own battles publicised. It shows the potential for greatly widening the sales of the paper.
Using articles to win readers
A HOSPITAL worker from east London tells me how she found two extra sales at work by pointing out articles to her workmates.
'One medical secretary was really interested in what had happened on the Bush protest and I used the special issue of the paper as a 'taster' of what Socialist Worker is like. Now she is one of my regular readers and simply devours the paper. Then there was a hospital porter who is always angry about being made to work beyond his hours. I showed him the article about unpaid overtime and he was glad that someone was reporting what it is really like to live in Britain. Now he has bought the paper again.'