THIS WEEK Socialist Worker sellers in Sheffield realised what it means to sell a paper that is at the heart of the movement. They sent this report about how sales and campaigning and solidarity fitted together last week:
On Tuesday and Wednesday two of the striking Scottish nursery nurses came to the city on solidarity delegation work. Bucket collections were held at Moorfoot DWP (civil service) office and Redvers House council office.
The collections went well and while they were there Socialist Worker sellers sold the paper to people they know. Six papers were sold at Redvers House and four at Moorfoot.
Past solidarity is now repaid
ON WEDNESDAY morning Sheffield sellers found out that a PCS members' meeting was taking place at the Bailey Court office, which had had the strongest picket lines during the strike.
Socialist Worker has a good reputation at this office because Sharon, one of the sellers, did a £90 collection at her own workplace during the earlier civil service strikes. She took this down to their pickets, which made it much easier to establish a regular sale there and then bring along other strikers.
Last week's Bailey Court meeting was held in a car park at the back of the office and 65 people streamed out of the office to discuss plans for the forthcoming strike.
We returned to Bailey Court for our regular sale on Friday morning. Six copies of the paper were sold, mostly to people who had met the nursery nurses on Wednesday and wanted to read the brilliant articles in Socialist Worker. People recognised that we had helped organise the solidarity work and this meant that they immediately connected with the paper.
Respect has more than one meaning
MEANWHILE TEN Socialist Workers were sold at Hartshead Square DWP office, where Dan and Suzy have been selling for months. There is a lot to be said for consistency-it builds respect for the paper and Respect for the 10 June elections!
A similar experience was had at Sheffield mosques. Eleven papers were sold at Wolesley Road mosque in Sharrow while petitioning for the troops to be withdrawn from Iraq.
MICHAEL BRADLEY, Circulation Department email@example.com