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 organiser with 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.
Gaby – Editor
I’m Gaby and I am a master’s student at London School of Economics. I’m also an organizer for the IWW in London. I joined the Montreal IWW in 2017 when my workplace, a small café chain, needed help organizing. I continue to work with the IWW because I believe in democratic, worker-led organizing. I appreciate the union’s training curriculum and its focus on precarious workforces, but I also believe we have a long way to go and a lot to learn. I’m an editor for the New Syndicalist because I believe that organizers need a space where they can learn from each other, and that unionizing can be both accessible and rewarding with the right tools and information. I am most interested in collecting best practices for building intersectional and feminist rank and file movements, and hope the New Syndicalist can provide a reflective and inclusive space for workers to exchange ideas.
Liam – Editor
I’m Liam and I’m currently working in retail. I’m also an organiser and workplace representative for the IWW in South Wales. I joined the New Syndicalist team because I believe that unions are an essential component in organising working class power for social change. As the toll Capitalism takes on our planet and on the working class grows larger it is all the more important for us to work together and organise. New Syndicalist is able to be an important resource for labour activists and organisers to learn and share their experiences and strategies with others, so that we may take our movement forward. The ‘mainstream’ trade union movement is in need of more militant vision and direction, and we on the ground are the ones to make it happen!