Socialist Worker

Pickets plus politics produces popularity

Issue No. 1897

MANY SOCIALIST Worker sellers went to striking civil servants' picket lines this week. In Leeds they went to the Eastgate job centre on Tuesday. Sadie reports, "The pickets were all very friendly. Two of them bought the paper. We had a good discussion with a range of political views. One picket said he thought Respect could give civil service workers a new confidence to take on Labour. Another said he agreed with Respect but was sad that Labour Party members had not been able to change the party from within. All the pickets were grateful we had come to show our support. In the run-up to the strike we sold five papers at Quarry House office."

Teachers' lesson for New Labour

AROUND 150 copies of Socialist Worker were sold at the NUT teachers' union conference which began last weekend. "It was interest in stories of resistance in Iraq and also in Britain which drew people to the paper," says one of the sellers. "The paper fed into the arguments about what Labour is doing and whether there can be an alternative."

Posting a message about the struggle

DAVE, A postal worker in London, writes, "Thanks to Socialist Worker for letting us know about the Oxford walkout and the issues behind it. We really knew virtually nothing about what was going on until the paper, and then a back-up leaflet, arrived. I hope that you will continue to sell the paper at postal workplaces because there is a lot happening and it also feeds into discussions we are having about our political fund. I expect sometimes you wonder if those early morning sales are worth it! But this week, and many other weeks, you really have done something important."

Virgin on a new mood in Manchester

STRIKING VIRGIN catering workers were very happy to see Socialist Worker sellers on Thursday of last week.

Viv from Manchester says, "We sold ten papers at a lively picket on Thursday of last week. The strikers were also very interested in the new Respect coalition. "They invited Respect to come and speak at their RMT union grades conference on Friday of this week."

MICHAEL BRADLEY, Circulation Department

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Sat 17 Apr 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1897
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