Monthly Archives: June 2011

Selma James of Global Women’s Strike joins Mutiny for Work on Trial

Selma James – one of the world’s leading socialist feminists and national co-ordinatior of the Global Women’s Strike – has confirmed she will join the debates at Mutiny’s Work on Trial.

Selma_James-mumia.jpgJames is co-author of the women’s movement classic The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community, founder of the International Wages for Housework Campaign, and was the first spokeswoman for the English Collective of Prostitutes. Her life is an incredible inspiration, and her Wikipedia page well worth a read.

Global Women’s Strike is a network of grassroots women which brings together actions and initiatives around the world. The Strike demands that society “Invest in Caring Not Killing”, and that military budgets be returned to the community starting with women, the main carers everywhere.

James is also the author of Sex, Race and Class; Women, the Unions and Work; Marx and Feminism; Hookers in the House of Lords and is currently editing a collection of works called Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners Vs the USA.

The world renowned activist will be speaking in the second Mutiny discussion which is titled Work Ethics and will be interrogating the nature of work within modern capitalist societies.

Mutiny announced today that tickets for the revolutionary event Work on Trial have gone on sale online – with buy-one-get-one-free on offer for a limited time.

The tickets are priced just £5 or £2.50 each if you book before the night. The price is exceptionally low and all the money goes towards publicity.

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Strikes me as great timing as tickets go on sale for Work on Trial

Mutiny announced today that tickets for the revolutionary event Work on Trial have gone on sale online – with buy-one-get-one-free on offer for a limited time.

The tickets are priced just £5 or £2.50 each if you book before the night. The price is exceptionally low and all the money goes towards publicity.

Work on Trial comes in the same week as what has now become “June 30” when a nationally co-ordinated day of strikes opposing public sector cuts will rock the country. The Guardian described June 30 as “the biggest backlash against the coalition’s deficit reduction plan.”

As many as 750,000 government workers could walk out with the PCS union, which has 250,000 members, voting in favour of joining the strike. PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka has been invited to Mutiny but appears to be a little busy!

Serwotka said: “This result shows that public servants, who provide vital services from the cradle to the grave, will not stand back while everything they have ever worked for is taken from them.

“The government admits that money cut from pensions will go straight to the Treasury to help pay off the deficit in what is nothing more than a tax on working in the public sector.”

Work on Trial is being held at the Resistance Gallery in Bethnal Green from 6pm on Monday July 4 and will be a celebration of the June 30 strikes – and also a time to reflect on why we work, why we work for other people and how can we transform work so it works for us.

Discussions include how we fight discrimination in the workplace, how the nature of work impacts on the shape of society and creating a fair and inclusive welfare benefits system.

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Commie Faggots return to Mutiny for Work on Trial

Whether by popular demand or central committee decree, I wouldn’t know, but the Commie Faggots are back performing at Mutiny for Work on Trial.

The duet caused a storm at Violence on Trial with their irreverent and unnervingly well informed cover of the Spice Girls’ Wannabe in which “zigazig ha” is replaced with revolutionary demands.

Work on Trial is taking place on Monday, July 4 – Independence Day – at the Resistance Gallery in Bethnal Green with key speakers Sian Berry, Anne-Marie O-Reilly and Nazek Ramadan speaking about workfare, fair work and migration.

Mutiny wanted a performance which would explore how work might look in a communistic utopian deep future – if there was no money, no state, no corporations and no bosses.

But failing that, the Commie Faggots could have a stab at explaining the labour theory of value in short verses backed by acoustic guitar – a song which will no doubt follow them all the way to Wembley Stadium stardom.

We know very well that in reality the Commie Faggots won’t be taking any commands on what subject matter to sing about from Mutiny’s loose collective of organisers. We’re just very pleased to have them back.

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Migrants voice anger at Work on Trial

Nazek Ramadan, the editor of Migrant Voice, will be speaking at Mutiny’s Work on Trial about the exploitation of people who come to the UK for jobs.

She will be taking part in the opening debate at the event which will focus on discrimination in the workplace, which is likely to range from sexism to racism and transphobia.

Migrants experience some of the most severe policing of work: the British points based system means that some workers are allowed into the country while others are effectively banned.

The Home Office decides which human beings are likely to turn a profit for employers. People who want to work in the UK in order to exploit human rights abuses or extreme poverty are locked out.

Despite such injustice, migrants are often blamed for unemployment with the government stoking up claims that workers entering the country are “stealing jobs”.

This racism often leads to violence against some of the most vulnerable in society.

Nazek is herself a migrant and a worker. Moreover, as editor of the Migrant Voice she has deep roots within migrant communities and has heard hundreds of real life stories.

We look forward to hearing some of those stories, and more about how the points based system reveals dramatically how people are valued on the basis of whether there is profit to be gained from their work.

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