LATER THIS month Socialist Worker is producing a special 12-page newspaper in addition to its usual weekly issue. It will mark 20 years since the Great Miners' Strike of 1984-5. It will be full of analysis, interviews and pictures of the year when the state took on the miners. It will be printed on special high quality paper and be distributed along with Socialist Worker on 25 February.
It's worth thinking now of how to use what will undoubtedly be a sought-after special.
Socialist Worker goes into over 50 WH Smith's and Menzies campus shops this week.
Selling outside and organising inside
'WE SELL Socialist Worker each week at Oldham Road Post Office in Manchester and usually sell between five and eight copies,' says Amy. 'What we've found is that being consistent and going regularly each week is really important. Most of the copies of Socialist Worker we sell are to regular buyers. Although people are driving into work we get to have a quick chat with them.
A postal worker joined the SWP. Because we're outside his workplace each week we can catch up with him and discuss what's going on with the post office, his branch of the CWU and politics in general. As a result of this he went to his AGM meeting this week with a motion seconded by a number of other people about how they could start building the union in their office and make it more accessible for members at a rank and file level.'
Important weapon in our armoury
BRIAN FAGAN from Newmarket writes, 'Recently I attended my Amicus union branch meeting where I raised the issue recently published in Socialist Worker regarding Paul Turnbull, the sacked Cambridge CWU union official, and asked those present to sign a petition supporting him.
As our branch was always supportive of Blairite leader Ken Jackson in the past and still remains wedded to New Labour it came as no surprise when our treasurer said he would not sign the petition as he regarded what I had stated was only hearsay. I immediately produced a recent copy of Socialist Worker highlighting Paul's case and asked that he read it out. Having done this everyone present signed the petition, including himself.'