Socialist Worker

Early morning wake-up call

by MICHAEL BRADLEY Circulation Department
Issue No. 1874

READERS OF Socialist Worker were out early in the morning across London on Thursday of last week. Over 160 postal workers bought copies of the paper on picket lines.

Activists from east London went to the sorting office in Romford, where they sold five copies. According to Ursla, 'After we had visited picket lines in Romford and Barking we went back to Romford for a CWU union meeting. 'There were 50 postal workers there. We talked to people about George Bush's visit and got a brilliant response-some of the workers said they wanted to go on strike if he came to town. We sold papers to 12 of the people at the meeting.'

Warm reception on picket line

MARK FROM St Albans, Hertfordshire, also went down to his local sorting office. He says, 'We weren't sure what sort of reception we would get as we hadn't been there for a while. When he saw us, the local union rep's eyes lit up. He told us that that the mood among workers was even better than during the last strike. Then he pulled out a ten pound note, saying, 'I'll take ten of those,' and pointing at Socialist Worker. He handed them out to workers. He really identified with Socialist Worker as a fighting paper-it was all very spontaneous and natural! We now plan to go back to the sorting office each week.'

On the street to stop Bush

ANGER IS growing around Bush's planned visit. I spoke to Sharon who organises sales in Sheffield:

'We had a great time on Saturday. Our sale had a very agitational feel-it was like the build-up to the 15 February demonstration, when two million marched. We started by calling on people to demonstrate against Bush. People kept coming over and asking for posters. We were swamped by people wanting to sign the Stop the War Coalition petition. We sold 112 papers. I think everyone should get out on the streets in the run up to the Bush visit.'

Get ready to hit the estates

SOCIALIST WORKER will be hitting estates around the country this Sunday. Readers from around the country are organising to go door to door with petitions against the Bush visit and copies of the paper. Why not organise a sale where you live?

Raising the bar in the colleges

DAN, A student at Cambridge university, was amazed at how easy it was to sell papers in his college bar: 'I was sitting there with a bundle of papers to distribute to readers and I saw someone I recognised. So I sold him a paper. Then three other people came over and bought copies. Altogether I sold 13 copies without leaving the bar!'

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Sat 25 Oct 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1874
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