Welcome to Bristol Industrial Workers of the World

Bristol IWW is a member led union for ALL workers (whatever your job, whether unemployed or not). We will help you take actions to sort out problems at work. Taking action on your own can leave you isolated and vulnerable so we can give you help and guidance organising your workplace. “An injury to one is an injury to all” means together we can:

•Get respect at work

•Fight to improve your wages and conditions

•Put a stop to abuses and exploitation
You can get in touch by email: bristol@iww.org.uk or phone: 07581440831

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Industrial Worker – Issue #1767, July/August 2014

* Work To Rule: Organizing The One Big Union At Starbucks
* Boston Wobblies Defend Harvard Workers And Local Bus Drivers
* Kentucky GMB Officially Chartered!

* History Of The IWW In Grand Rapids, Michigan
* The Disunited Food & Commercial Workers
* France: The Long Strike At La Poste

You can view and download it here

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Workers’ Power: An introduction to solidarity unionism and workplace organiser training

Bristol IWW is pleased to announce that we’ll be putting on a two-day workshop based on the IWW’s organiser training course in North America.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION APPRECIATED. Attendance for the full two days of the workshop is encouraged. Please register here: http://goo.gl/UBEZ0F

This is a two day course on building power in your workplace from the bottom up. It focuses on techniques for building a committee of workers who are confident and capable of addressing issues in the workplace, and for overcoming obstacles like worker apathy, anxiety, and the bosses’ counter-organizing efforts. The course is free/donation, and is open to everyone – so please forward to anyone who might be interested!

The skills built in this workshop are useful to anyone interested in building power in their workplace whether it is in the context of an IWW campaign, an independent union, a mainstream union or another formation.

The workshop runs from 12pm-4pm on Saturday July 12th and 12pm-4pm on Sunday July 13th. The venue is Kebele Social Centre, Robertson Road, Easton, Bristol. Coffee and snacks provided.

NOTE: The event is wheelchair accessible and there are disabled toilets available

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Industrial Worker – Issue #1765, May 2014

* May Day 2014: Reviving The General Strike
* Penny Pixler: Loving Sister, Daughter, Aunt, Friend And Fellow Worker
* College Football Players Are Workers Too!

* Gauging Organized Labor: An Interview With Staughton Lynd
* Elizabeth Gurley Flynn: More Than A Fellow Worker
* History Of A Workers’ Revolution In Catalonia

You can download it here.

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Bristol IWW at Bristol Anarchist Bookfair 2014

The annual Bristol Anarchist Bookfair is only days away! This year’s event will take place at the Trinity Centre, between 11am-6pm on Saturday 26th April.


We will be there with our Bristol IWW stall where you can come and chat to us, with information, sign-up forms and merchandise available.We will also have a drop-in between 5-6pm in ‘the Dressing Room’, where you can chat about problems you and your co-workers face in the workplace, and how to organise to deal with them.

See the workshop programme below, or follow the links for a full list of stalls and events, including the Bristol Radical History Zone at the Hydra Bookshop.

We hope to see you there!

Workshop Timetable 2014

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Industrial Worker – Issue #1763, March 2014

* Being A Woman Organizer Isn’t Easy
* Mobile Rail Workers Win, Wobblies Organize Worldwide
* International (Working) Women’s Day

* Staughton Lynd: A Tribute To Rosa Luxemburg
* Jane LaTour: Toward Equal Employment For Women
* Addressing Sexual Violence In The IWW

*Happy International Women’s Day & Women’s History Month!*

You can view and download this issue of the paper here.

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2014 Work People’s College – Europe

This Summer, the Work People’s College, our union’s summer academy and retreat, which has been revived since 2012, will, for the first time, also take place in Europe. We invite all IWW groups to come to Berlin from 24-27 July, to take part in this 4-day gathering, with trainings, workshops, and socialising for little and adult wobblies alike! The workshop programme and encounters are aimed to equip new members with the skills needed to build branches, organise and fight struggles to win, and for us all to plan how to build the One Big Union together.

We hope to bing together more than fellow workers from across Europe to learn what we need to build and contribute to a global revolutionary worker’s movement.

For suggestions, questions, or to help the work along (and we’d be really grateful for that!), please contact the planing committee: europe@workpeoplescollege.org

We hope to meet many of you next summer in Berlin!

We want the Work People’s College to be accessible for all fellow workers. For 4 days with rooms and camping on a lake, including catering and workshops we will need about 100 euros per person, and we’d also like to give travel stipends to those, who can’t come otherwise. To help pay for this, we’d like branches and members to help fundraise and also, when they can, to donate:

Bank: IWW | Verwendungszweck ‘WPC Europa’ | BLZ: 430 609 67 | Kt.Nr.: 600 966 8100
Online: https://www.betterplace.org/de/projects/14988-das-iww-work-people-s-college-europa-2014-in- berlin
More on the programme, on registration and on the history of Work People’s College: http://workpeoplescollege.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/workpeoplescollege

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Industrial Worker – Issue #1762, January/February 2014


  • Bakers Rising: NYC IWW Bakery Workers Fight For Better Jobs
  • Starbucks Workers Take Global Action
  • Police Brutality At IWW Picket In Boston


  • Special: Miners’ Struggles & British Syndicalism
  • Organizing: Life And Labor In The Day Labor Industry
  • Obituaries: Farewell FWs Justin Vitiello & Mick Renwick

Download a Free PDF of this issue.

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The Black Revolution – talks by veteran Black Panthers

Two Veterans of the Black Panther Party, JoNina Abron-Ervin and Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin, will be giving talks on Past and Present Struggles. Starting from 7pm on Wednesday the 16th of October at the Malcolm X Centre.

The Black Revolution
Date & Time: 7pm Wednesday 16th October (talk begins a 7.30pm)
Venue: The Malcom X Centre, 141 City Road, BS2 8YH
Ex US Black Panther JoNina Abron-Ervin, gives a grass roots perspective on the radical elements of the US black power movement, including the League of Revolutionary Black Workers and the Student Nonviolent Organising Committee and Black Panther Party itself. Another Panther veteran, Lorenzo Kom’Boa Ervin, introduces anarchism and the current black struggle; against racism, poverty, and mass imprisonment, for a free and equal society.

Driven by the Movement – Activists of the Black Power Era
Date & Time: 6pm, Thursday 17th October
Venue: Room 1L17, Frenchay Campus, University of the West of England
A talk from ex US Black Panther, community organiser and youth worker, JoNina Abron-Ervin about the Black Power Movement and her book: “Driven by the Movement: Activists of the Black Power Era”. JoNina is a journalist, author, retired educator, and was the last editor of the Black Panther newspaper

Antifascist struggle in the U.S. and solidarity cafe.
Date & Time: 6.30pm, food served. 7.30pm talk starts, Thursday 17th October.
Venue: Kebele Social Centre, 14 Robertson Road, Easton, BS5 6JY.
Black Panther veteran, Lorenzo Kom’Boa Ervin talks about the struggle against racism and fascism in the U.S. The Ku Klux Klan is beginning its new push to build a fascist and racist-based mass movement among the white population in the United States. After building and rebuilding itself for the 5th such time since it was created in the 1870′s, this racist terrorist organization is in the midst of its latest re-formation. Seizing upon the election of Barack Obama, the first Black U.S. president, and racial resentments around loss of housing, jobs, and other middle class gains which have effected the American working class with poverty, unemployment, and economic distress, the Klan has been at work scapegoating Blacks and rallying whites around the fascist agenda.
Memphis, Tennessee has been chosen as the first major city where the Klan feels they can take over. However, when they trooped out on March 30, 2013, they were met by over 1,500 anti-Klan protesters who stood for hours in a driving rain, and facing 500 riot police. Learn how the anti-fascist activists beat back the Klan in Tennessee, what they believe the Klan is up to, and how the fascists can be beaten back in every country.
Food from 6.30pm (£2.50 suggested donation per meal)

This is part of a UK wide speaking tour, which includes stops in Nottingham, Cardiff, Birmingham and at the London Anarchist Bookfair.

Entry is Free, Although we request that thoe who can afford to do so donate to help cover the costs.

The Bristol leg is supported by the Malcolm X Centre, Bristol Anarchist Federation, Solidarity Federation, Bristol IWW, Bristol Anti-Fascist Network and others.

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Industrial Worker – Issue #1759, October 2013


* Striking Workers At Insomnia Cookies Join The IWW

* Reports, Discussion Abound At The 2013 IWW General Convention

* Los Angeles IWW Honors Ricardo Flores Magón


* One Year Of Wobbly Organizing In Indiana

* The Parallels Between The Sisters’ Camelot & Jimmy John’s Anti-Union Campaigns: Part 2

* A Day In The Life Of An IWW General Headquarters Staffer

To view or download it – http://www.scribd.com/doc/172324682/Industrial-Worker-Issue-1759-October-2013

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