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Pulling over for Socialist Worker

Issue No. 1898

Socialist Worker sellers are finding a real audience when they campaign for Respect in the workplaces. Keith from Hackney told me how Socialist Worker was going down with local bus workers: "Our sale at Clapton bus garage last Friday saw an upturn in interest. "Bus workers were approaching our table and asking for information about Respect. They were wondering why they had not heard of Respect. This gave us ample opportunity to sell the only paper that informs-Socialist Worker. As a result 15 papers were sold, and many people took Respect literature."

Guinness cuts are hard to swallow

Guinness workers in north west London responded with anger to the announcement of the closure of the Park Royal brewery, but wanted to discuss the issue with Socialist Worker sellers. Simon reports, "Because we have been selling at the brewery regularly every week, the day after the announcement of the job losses, far more people than normal stopped their cars and wanted to talk about what was happening. The workers recognise the paper. We sold eight papers."

The best buy at Sainsbury's

Dave Davies reports to me, "Three of us went down to the TGWU Sainsbury's workers' demonstration on Tuesday to support their campaign against a pay freeze. There were about 500 workers there and we got a brilliant reception. People were more than happy to have pictures taken for Socialist Worker as well as give quotes. We also sold 21 copies of the paper with one delegation from Kent buying five."

Now's the time to visit new places

Selling Socialist Worker and campaigning for Respect works really well, even where we start in new places. Hanna from Hackney tells me, "We got a very positive response at the Dalston mosque in Hackney. Even though it was our first time people were very eager to buy Socialist Worker and talk about Respect. Two Turkish Respect members were so pleased with the response they emphasised the importance of us being there every week. One of them brought Socialist Worker and we sold 11 in total."

MICHAEL BRADLEY, Circulation Department

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Sat 24 Apr 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1898
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