WE HAVE been posting Socialist Worker direct to a seller in the Welsh town of Cardigan. On Saturday she and a friend decided to set up a stall in the town centre and use the “Get the troops out of Iraq” petition.
She reports, “Exactly 110 signed our petition. There was a lot of interest in Respect. As a result, we are setting up a Respect meeting locally. Also, 22 people bought Socialist Worker and two people wanted the paper delivered every week.”
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ADE IS a council worker in south east London. He told me about building support for Respect at work: “I’ve taken around Respect leaflets to some of my mates in work. Some of them had heard of Respect but a few hadn’t. People were pleased to see those who are against the war, the Nazis and privatisation coming together to give us a voice in the elections. I’ve done a collection for Respect in work and got £108. Since January a couple of us have collected over £300 against for Unite Against Fascism, over £50 for the striking Scottish nursery workers and £25 for a May Day greeting in Socialist Worker. I now have between 17 and 23 people who buy Socialist Worker every week at work.”
ELANE FROM east London writes, “We sold 28 papers to strikers at Newham council this week. Sales started at 5.30am as pickets gathered at the dust depot, moved around the schools and offices and continued into the angry strike rally. Pickets know the way Socialist Worker sellers have argued in union meetings for a strategy that puts political as well as industrial pressure on the council and many trust what we argue. The paper plays an important role for union members who are starting to think about the alternative to New Labour, by arguing the case for Respect. Many of those who bought Socialist Worker also took away Respect leaflets and several more workers have signed up to support Respect in the June elections.”
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