May 15, 2023
The collective dives deep into the family lives of working class people in West London, with a special focus on women's overlooked role in production and reproduction. Their focus is on material reality: the ways that expensive housing, low wages, and oppressive border regimes fuel the subjugation of women "in an era of legal equality." For those of us in education, this is especially necessary to think about. Educators outside of support staff are overwhelmingly women. Many are mothers or have other family or social obligations. We need to find ways to meet our own needs as workers and as human beings!
This is an audio recording of a reading of the book Class Power on Zero-Hours. The Angry Education Workers, a collective directly inspired by the book, is undertaking this effort. We are a political art collective of radical education workers who want to make and distribute art that can help counter the capitalist drive to destroy public education.
From the introduction: "In January 2014 some AngryWorkers chose to move to a working class neighbourhood on the fringes of west London. We felt an urgent need to break out of the cosmopolitan bubble and root our politics in working class jobs and lives. We wanted to pay more than just lip service to the classic slogan, ‘the emancipation of the working classes must be conquered by the working classes themselves.’ Over the next six years, comrades joined us and we worked in a dozen different warehouses and factories. We organised slowdowns on shop floors, rocked up on bosses’ and landlords’ doors with our solidarity network, and banged our heads against brick walls as shop stewards in the bigger unions. We wrote up all our experiences in our newspaper, WorkersWildWest, which we gave out to 2,000 local workers at warehouse gates at dawn. We tried to rebuild class power and create a small cell of a revolutionary organisation. This book documents our experiences. It is material for getting rooted. It is a call for an independent working class organisation."