Socialist Worker

A civil response to supporters

by MICHAEL BRADLEY, Circulation Department
Issue No. 1911

CIVIL SERVANTS are gearing up for a big fight against over 100,000 job cuts—and Socialist Worker’s backing for their campaign is proving a hit.

Paul, a Socialist Worker supporter, says, “Some of us went down to the PCS union’s lobby of parliament on Wednesday of last week.

“Everybody was really welcoming and happy to see us there. There were delegations of civil servants from around the country, and virtually every delegation bought one or two copies of Socialist Worker.

“A number of civil servants arrived early and joined the Stop the War Coalition protest about the Butler report. They know where the attacks are coming from over Iraq and the job cuts. People were talking about the money being there for war but not jobs.

“It was really encouraging. Socialist Worker was an integral part of the protest and the campaign against the job cuts. We sold over 50 papers as a result.

“I’m sure civil servants across the Department for Work and Pensions will give Socialist Worker supporters a similar response when they strike over low pay on Thursday and Friday of next week.”

Socialist Worker supporters should ensure they get down to their local benefit office, job centre or pensions centre.

An audience at Tolpuddle

PARTICIPANTS IN the Tolpuddle Martyrs festival last weekend also gave Socialist Worker sellers a great response.

Richard says, “I was the first seller to arrive. Even as I was getting papers out of my bag someone came up and asked me for a copy.

“It was the easiest sale I’ve done in years. People were stopping and chatting. In the end we sold over 90 copies. There is an audience. We have to go out and find it.”

Linda told us that she took a bag full of Socialist Worker Miners’ Strike specials and T-shirts, sold out of all of them, and even took orders for more.

Socialist Worker gets Respect

SOCIALIST Worker supporters campaigned over the police’s racist stop and search policies at the Respect anti-racist festival in Victoria Park, east London, last Saturday.

Despite some rain, thousands of festival-goers stopped to sign the petition, and 350 people bought Socialist Worker.

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Sat 24 Jul 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1911
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