WE WANT Socialist Worker to be part of every strike and every campaign. Socialist Worker sellers in Leeds told me about meeting a worker from the Hydro Aluminium Motorcast factory:
‘While we were selling the paper on Saturday, a rep from the Amicus union came to our stall and told us that his workplace was threatened with closure. He asked if we could help. Socialist Worker readers helped to launch a statement of support which is being circulated around workplaces across Leeds. The rep wrote a report on the dispute to go in this week’s paper. We sold eight copies at the factory last week and we are planning to go back with the new paper.’
AFTER THE Brent by-election, Socialist Worker sellers involved with the campaign tell me that they are keen to maintain the political relationships they established in the area:
‘The day after the by-election 35 people came together for a drink to relax after the work of the campaign. It turned into a really positive meeting. People discussed the result and where next for the Socialist Alliance. They agreed to make a banner for the anti-war demonstration. When the Socialist Workers came out there was a brilliant response. Two people who had come from the mosque bought the paper straight away, as did the ex Labour Party people present. The first person to buy the paper was someone who had been concerned about us selling Socialist Worker at a Socialist Alliance event. Altogether we sold 14 papers.’
THERE HAVE been a number of strikes around Heathrow airport in London recently. An activist who works there has been selling Socialist Worker to union reps involved in the check-in dispute. He says that he used to be hesitant about being seen as pushing a political agenda.
But, as one of his colleagues told him, ‘If you’re not pursuing a political agenda, you must be pursuing a personal one.’ He says, ‘The Pilger and Mike Davis articles, together with a strong front page, made it easy to sell. Out of 18 union reps at a meeting, nine bought a copy.’
FERGUS IS a student in Manchester. He told me about a stall they ran on the city’s Market Street to build the Stop the War Coalition demonstration and sell Socialist Worker.
He says that sales of the paper are at their highest since the 15 February demonstration, reaching 195 papers last Saturday. He adds, ‘We had an interesting stall with books, pamphlets, flags, leaflets, placards and a megaphone. One thing people noticed was that some people with military connections came and signed the petition to get the troops out of Iraq.’
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