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 #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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Industrial Worker – Issue #1758, September 2013


* IWW Returns To The Railroad With ULP Strike

* Work People’s COllege: Building Life-Long Wobblies

* Sakuma Brothers Agricultural Strike In Washington


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

* Workers’ Power: Job Conditioning

* Jane LaTour: Empowerment For Union Women

You can view it here.

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Swindon Radical Bookfair – Saturday 21st September

On the 21st of September, Swindon will hold it’s first ever Radical Bookfair. As well as a host of campaign stalls from the likes of IWW, Swindon Feminists, local trades councils, campaign groups and some of your favourite TUC unions, there will also be a wide range of books and merch on sale from quality distros and publishers such as AK press, Just press, Bristol radical History Group and Kebele infoshop.

And to sweeten the deal, we’ve lined up some quality talks on Swindon’s Radical history, lining up as follows -

11.30-12.00 – Cllr Steve Wakefield on Jimmy Thomas, a prominent union leader and later Labour MP

12.10-12.40 – Local historian Mark Sutton on the Swindon peace day riots of 1919

12.50-1.20 – Will Simpson will be celebrating the history of the Easton Cowboys, a Bristol based radical, grassroots football team

1.30 – 2.00 – Graham Thompson will be talking about Percy Williams, an International Brigade volunteer from Swindon

2.10 – 2.40 – tbc

There will be a free afterparty from 6.30pm at the Beehive Pub featuring Efa Supertramp, Ash Victim and Kitchen Sink Dramas

The Bookfair will be held between 11-4 at Central Community Centre, Emlyn Square, a 5 minute walk from the train and bus stations. For more info, email -  SwindonTUC@gmail.com

See you there!

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Bridgwater postie strike update

On Monday 19th August a Wob from Bristol went down to Bridgwater, Somerset
to show support to the striking postal workers and to make a donation to the strike
fund on behalf of the branch. The strike is holding firm on the ninth day of action
with up to 60 posties on the picket.

Dave Chapple, Bristol CWU branch chair and shop steward at Bridgewater's
Friar St office said: " We especially welcome members of the Unite union to our
picket line. Up to 150 members of Unite Royal Mail mangers have been crossing
our picket lines during our strike days, and attempting to undertake our delivery
work: we now understand that Len McClusky himself has written to all these managers
instructing them not to come to Bridgewater to try and break the strike. That's great
news for us!"

If the dispute is not resolved during the interim there will be a week of action starting
on Monday September the second.
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Picket for sacked worker in Dorset

“The first action involved a picket and communications blockade by a powerful alliance of unionists and activists from Bristol General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), Dorset Socialists, Wessex Solidarity, Solent Solidarity Federation.


The picket was set up because a good and conscientious worker at Ulwell Cottage Caravan Park in Swanage had been sacked in October 2012 for drawing attention to health and safety concerns, was victimised for membership of the IWW and threatened with local blacklisting.

The picket was in place promptly at 10.00 in the morning and was a good natured, lawful and peaceful affair that did raise some curiosity amongst the holiday makers at the park.



It was wonderful to see holiday makers and activists getting along so well and a large number of leaflets were handed out explaining why we were there. The activists went to extraordinary lengths to reassure the holidaymakers that we weren’t there to spoil their holiday and that if they agreed with our contentions to express their concern to the management at the park who are notoriously bad employers in the Dorset area.

Several holidaymakers expressed their solidarity with our action before they went off to enjoy their day and we can only hope that they had a wonderful time.

Reaction from the management at the park proved to be a different story. One young man who we believe to be a junior (in status not age) member of the family that own the park was rather rude and not a little threatening to one of our female activists who had travelled all the way from the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. It gives me enormous pleasure to report that this solid comrade was well able to stand her ground and not be intimidated by this inappropriately butch moron.

The communications blockade which, we believe was being conducted from all over Europe, seems to have kicked in around this time and was proving extremely effective. We observed, with some pleasure, that a certain Mrs Karen Jackson, admin manager and daughter of the site owner appeared after about half an hour of setting up in a state of some agitation and with a massive amount of paper. Job done.”

from Wessex Solidarity

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Bridgwater post strike – picket report

This morning a few wobblies from Bristol travelled down to Bridgwater, Somerset to give support to striking postal workers and hand over a donation from members in our branch.

This was the posties’ seventh day of strike action since late June. Despite contradictory claims by management, the morale and support for the action among the workers remains strong. 109 out of a total of 122 at the depot are on strike, with over 50 gathered outside at one point this morning. Members of other unions have also been showing their support by visiting the picket lines and donating to the solidarity fund.

As we have also seen at previous strikes in Bristol, Royal Mail always manage to find the money to ship in scab management from elsewhere, put them up nearby and hire god knows how many minibuses to drive them in. This is happening against a backdrop of bullying and harrassment allegations against management, which has increased against CWU reps as the series of strikes has gone on. Far from detering workers from fighting against cuts to jobs and bullying managers working conditions, it seems to have only strengthed their resolve. There are two more days of strike action planned (Saturday 17th and Monday 19th), with the possibility of longer strike action in early September.

What’s happening in Bridgwater seems to be becoming common practise across the rest of the country. We saw a similar dispute in Bristol at the end of last year and it has recently been announced that the Communication Workers Union will ballot for national strike action next month in response to the proposed privitisation of Royal Mail. Next Saturday will also see postal workers in Weston-Super-Mare take strike action for the first time in 20 years.

We will be paying another visit to Bridgwater very soon and we wish the striking posties there and across the rest of the country the best of luck in their fight against the privatisation and casualisation of their work and cuts to their pay and working conditions.

The longer the picket line, the shorter the strike.

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