'THE MOOD against student fees was electric in Newcastle last Saturday,' says Kevin Connolly.
'Hundreds of people signed petitions against the government's proposals. One school student alone gathered 100 signatures! The back page of last week's Socialist Worker, which outlined the demands of the new left challenge to Blair, was very popular.
'A factory worker said that his workmates had been talking about the need for such an organisation for some time. He bought two copies of Socialist Worker-one for himself, the other so he could pin the back page up in the rest room at work.
'A total of 136 Socialist Workers were sold in Newcastle last Saturday, the biggest sale for some considerable time.'
New roots after Worthing bus strike
A BRILLIANT follow-up from Worthing to last week's story about bus strikers. A seller who visited the picket line last weekend says, 'SWP members from Worthing and Brighton went along to the picket to support the workers, and 13 copies of Socialist Worker were sold.
'One of the striking drivers had contacted the paper last week after buying it on and off recently and enjoying the paper's coverage of the post and other industrial disputes. He now wants to take a number of copies each week to sell at Worthing garage.'
Stamping on winter blues
THE GREENFORD postal workers were at the centre of the recent postal strikes. Iqbal tells me that Socialist Worker sellers went there recently and were initially depressed by the cold and wet weather.
But they were warmed by the response-with 13 copies of Socialist Worker sold: 'One postal worker who said he had voted Labour all his life told us that he had just paid his subs but he was really fed up with the party and was interested in the new electoral coalition.'
Women and children first!
KAREN FROM Cardiff reports, 'We discussed the pay campaign at our recent PCS civil servants' union branch meeting. Some people argued that some members, especially women, would not be willing to strike.
'I used the example in the paper about the Heathrow strikers, many of whom were women with children, to say that people could fight and win. I also talked about the need to confront the press barons, based on the article in last week's paper. At the end of the meeting four people, a third of those present, wanted a copy of the paper.'