ANNE, A civil servant on strike this week phoned to say how great it was to see Socialist Worker sellers at the picket line. 'We felt part of a wider movement and it was so good to see young people who had been active about the war and other issues coming down to support us. They brought their solidarity and also their knowledge. I hadn't heard about the postal strike last year or several other disputes that are happening at the moment. Your paper is a real service.'
All hail the taxi strikers
GAIL AND Joe from Coventry say that sales of the paper went well during the recent victorious strike at LTI taxicab makers (see report on here). 'The first week we sold six at the mass meeting and four at the picket line, with people interrupting each other to get their own quotes in for the strike report. The next week people were asking, 'Are we in? Are we in?' There was also a lot of discussion generated by the article about Land Rover, making comparisons between all-out strike action and one-day action. There was much passing round of the paper the following week, and at this week's mass meeting it was even better received. One striker had come to the previous night's Marxist Forum on the miners' strike and also said he would come to the Respect organising meeting in Coventry.
'He bought one Socialist Worker for himself and one for his mate who couldn't make it. Ten papers were sold this week.'
We're just signing in the rain
HELEN FROM Norwich writes, 'We had a great response petitioning in the city centre last Saturday. The public sale of Socialist Worker turned into a street meeting when young people from several of the schools in the area stood in the rain to listen to socialist ideas. They also discussed how they could they could coordinate activity in their schools in the run-up to the Stop the War Coalition demonstration in March. Representatives from seven different schools agreed to meet during half term to plan their action. We also spoke to a member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign who was refreshed to hear about the new Respect coalition and when we approached him he was only too pleased to come and address our launch rally.'