Lydia – Editor, Contributor and Presenter on ‘Talking Shop’
I’m Lydia and I work as a project coordinator in the furniture industry. I’m also a rep for the IWW in London. I joined the IWW because it’s one of very few unions interested in organising precarious private sector workers. I also wanted to learn practical skills for fighting back and building power at work. I’m an editor for New Syndicalist because I believe we need to demystify workplace organising and learn from each other’s experiences if we want to build a confident, grassroots movement. I’m particularly interested in forms of feminised labour, like care work and sex work, and in increasing participation by women and non-binary people in our organising.
Chris – Writer, Editor and Presenter on ‘Talking Shop’
I’m Chris and I’m currently working as a secondary school teacher. I’m an education organiser within the IWW and also a workplace representative for NEU (so I’m what is referred to as a “dual-carder” within the IWW). I’m an editor for New Syndicalist because I think fighting (and winning) unions are built by reflective and self-critical organisers. I’d like New Syndicalist to be a space within the wider trade union movement where organisers of all stripes can talk to each other, share strategies and tactics and better transform the lives of working people. I also believe it’s important for New Syndicalist to give voice to those workers who are often marginalised or left behind by the mainstream trade unions because of the industry they work in, their status or identity.
Andy – Editor and Contributor
I’m Andy, and I’m currently working in the voluntary sector supporting grassroots community groups. I’m an organiser for the IWW, a grassroots trade union for all workers, with a main focus on workers in hospitality and the “gig” economy. I’m an editor for New Syndicalist because I believe that unions are a necessary part of social change, although need serious improvement to say the least. I believe that a focus on the everyday lives of working class people is vital to understanding the current issues facing trade unions, and needs to be understood before we can work to change these unions. I’m interested in rank and file work in trade unions, grassroots and alternative unions as well as labour history.
Dave – Writer, Editor and Presenter on ‘Talking Shop’
I am Dave, I joined the IWW about 10 years ago to organise in the fast food sector, and have gone on to become an activist for Unite, and an official for the National Education Union (Europe’s biggest educators’ union). The Trade Union movement globally is in desperate need of its own space to discuss ideas, not run by academics, but by activists. We need an Economist for the radical trade union movement, and at New Syndicalist we aim to work towards that. I am focused on discussions around making unions stronger, through making them inclusive spaces, and by improving the skills of our activists, such as negotiation and organising skills.
Jim – Editor
I’m Jim and I’m working as a cleaner in the hospitality industry. I’m a member of the IWW and Unite (so I’m also what is referred to as a “dual carder”). I joined the IWW because society requires a radical readjustment and the IWW is absolutely committed to carrying that out in a concrete, practical way. Of course, I also want to see the everyday conditions for my community, co-workers and comrades change and the IWW makes that happen. I’m an editor for New Syndicalist because communication, strategising and theorising is key to holding your boss to account and getting the wins workers deserve. I’m interested in precarious work, work as a lever for social change and lessons from history.