About
What is Notes from Below?

Published online by the Notes from Below Collective in the UK: ISSN 2631-9284 (Online). All of our editors are volunteers. Privacy Notice.

Notes from Below is a publication that is committed to socialism, by which we mean the self-emancipation of the working class from capitalism and the state. To this end we use the method of workers’ inquiry.

Written contributions are divided into three types: “Inquiry” which involves original research into class composition; “Bulletins” written for and by workers and militants; “Theory”, perspectives on working class struggle from the most advanced and relevant parts of theoretical debate, or pieces about the historical co-development of class struggle and capitalist exploitation.

Contribute

We’re always looking for pitches, even if they’re unrelated to the topic of the upcoming issue. Contact us. We are flexible about the form contributions take. For example, they can involve original research, interviews, reporting, or new perspectives. Similarly, we can also host podcasts and videos on the website if this form is more suitable for the content. We would recommend reading pieces in previous issues to get a sense of what we’re looking for.

We draw our methods and theory from the class composition tradition, which seeks to understand and change the world from the worker’s point of view. We want to ground revolutionary politics in the perspective of the working class, help circulate and develop struggles, and build workers’ confidence to take action by and for themselves.

We argue that an understanding of ‘class composition’, that is to say, how the classes within society are formed and operate, is an essential task for contemporary socialist militants if we are to develop strategies adequate to our moment without relying solely upon the past for guidance. We divide our inquiries and our interventions over three interrelated categories of analysis. These are:

Technical

We understand ‘technical composition’ to be the knowledge of how workers are organised, that is to say ‘technically arranged’ within any given work; how our time is managed or dictated, what we must produce and in what conditions, what talents or skills we must use and what managerial or technological mechanisms mediate our work. By extension ‘technical composition’ also explains where workers may sit in a larger ‘production cycle’ or ‘distribution circuit’. These arrangements are in part informed by the ‘social’ composition of workers and the political power we are able to exert over these conditions.

Social

We understand ‘social composition’ to be the knowledge of how workers are composed in society; where we live and in what conditions, what familial relationships we hold, what our cultures are like, what access to support (such as the welfare state or citizenship) we are afforded and how these factors impact upon our technical and political composition.

Political

We understand ‘political composition’ to be the knowledge of how workers are organised politically; what forms of political organisation we engage with, create or attempt to influence in order to exert demands drawing from our own knowledge of our technical and social compositions.

‘Meaningful action, for revolutionaries, is whatever increases the confidence, the autonomy, the initiative, the participation, the solidarity, the equalitarian tendencies and the self-activity of the masses and whatever assists in their demystification. Sterile and harmful action is whatever reinforces the passivity of the masses, their apathy, their cynicism, their differentiation through hierarchy, their alienation, their reliance on others to do things for them and the degree to which they can therefore be manipulated by others - even by those allegedly acting on their behalf.’

As We See It’, The Solidarity Group.


Editors

Callum Cant (@CallumCant1)

Callum Cant is the author of Working for Deliveroo and a postdoctoral researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute. His research focuses on Artificial Intelligence in the workplace, and how technological change interacts with worker self-organisation.

Charan

Charan is a tech worker.

Clark McAllister

Clark McAllister is a writer and researcher.

Dante Philp

Dante Philp is a library worker.

George Briley (@GeoSBriles)

George Briley is a researcher and organiser focusing on service work, leadership and worker power.

Jamie Woodcock (@jamie_woodcock)

Jamie Woodcock works as a researcher.

Laura

Laura is a researcher.

Lorenza Monaco

Lorenza is a researcher working on casual labour and unions in India for about 10 years. While in South Africa, she has collaborated as an activist and researcher with the Casual Workers Advice Office, Johannesburg.

Lydia Hughes (@lydiakathleenh)

Lydia Hughes is a trade union organiser.

Matthew

Matthew is a library worker and shop steward.

Roberto Mozzachiodi

Roberto Mozzachiodi is a casualised academic, a workplace organiser, and a translator.

Sai Englert

Sai Englert is a researcher.

Wendy Liu (@dellsystem)

Wendy Liu is the author of Abolish Silicon Valley (Repeater, 2020). She built the website you are looking at right now.


Contributors

A University of Brighton worker

A worker from the university of Brighton

A group of NEU reps

A group of independent NEU reps.

A train engineer

a union activist within the train sector

Aaron Benanav (@abenanav)

Aaron is a researcher at Humboldt University of Berlin and the author of Automation and the Future of Work.

Achille Marotta

Achille was a founding editor of Notes from Below.

Adam Barr (@Adambaa13)

Adam is a writer on work, housing and mental health. He has previously written for Freedom News and is currently looking for a job.

Alberto Battaggia

Alberto Battaggia was a coordinator of the Italian workerist magazine Primo Maggio, which ran from 1973 to 1988.

Alessandro Delfanti (@adelfanti)

Alessandro Delfanti teaches at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology at the University of Toronto. He publishes his writing at delfanti.org.

Alessandro Gandini

Alessandro is a sociologist and a senior researcher at the Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Milan. He is the author of The Reputation Economy, co-author with Alessandro Caliandro of Qualitative Research in Digital Environments, and a co-editor of Unboxing the Sharing Economy.

Alex Brent

Alex Brent is the GMB South London Universities Branch Secretary.

Alex Marshall

Alex has been a courier for the last 8 years and have gone from not knowing much about trade unions to becoming the chair of the couriers branch of the IWGB.

Alice Barker

Alice is a bicycle courier in Edinburgh.

Allt åt alla Göteborg (@alltatallagbg)

Förbundet Allt åt alla (the Association Everything For Everyone) is a Swedish radical left organization committed to the goal of a classless society. Allt åt alla is currently active in Uppsala, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.

Amardeep Singh Dhillon (@amardeepsinghd)

Amardeep works at The Ivy House and branch secretary of the union. He is a freelance journalist and editor at Ruthless Magazine.

Amrita Franco

Amrita Franco is a teacher for l’Education Nationale, based in Paris.

An Anonymous Farmworker

has worked as a seasonal farmworker

An Anonymous Nurse

A nurse who has recently been on strike

An App User

is a pseudonym.

An Italian nurse

A nurse working in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.

An anonymous Amazon worker

An anonymous author who works at an Amazon warehouse.

An anonymous Amazon worker in Coventry

An anonymous author who works at the Amazon warehouse in Coventry.

An anonymous Dark Kitchen Worker

worked at a dark kitchen recently.

An anonymous Supermarket Worker

works in a large supermarket chain

Andrew Lee

Andrew is a researcher and restaurant worker.

Andrew Rothstein

Andrew Rothstein was a founding member of the Communist Party of Great Britain.

Andy Battle

Andy Battle is a historian, editor, and teacher living in New York City and a member of ACT-UAW 7902.

Andy Wade

is a pseudonym.

Angry Workers (@workersangry)

Angry Workers are a political collective involved in encouraging working-class self-organisation. They were formed in and around the Park Royal industrial estate in West London, and now are based between various cities.

Anonymous HE worker

Anonymous higher education workers involved in various HE strikes.

Anonymous Starbucks Worker

An anonymous Starbucks workerin Buffalo, New York

Anonymous USDAW Worker

An anonymous USDAW worker, who is a member of GMB.

Anonymous hospital workers

Written by three Clinical Support Workers from the Wirral University Teaching Hospital.

Anonymous library worker

a library worker who has recently been on strike

Anonymous postal worker

Reports from postal workers on their organising and strike actions

Arianna Tassinari (@Ari_Tassinari)

is a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (Cologne, Germany), specialised in political economy and industrial relations, and an activist on labour issues.

Arif Novianto (@arifnovianto_id)

is a junior Researcher at Institute of Governance and Public Affairs, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. He is one of the editors of the book “Questioning Decent and Fair Work in the Gig Economy in Indonesia” (2021) and has written various articles on gig workers as well as labor studies and social movements.

Art Workers Forum

Art Workers Forum is a network of activists and trade unionists in the culture sector.

Arthur Hay

Arthur Hay is a rider from Bordeaux and member of the Syndicat de Coursiers a Velo de Gironde and the CGT.

Asad Haider

Asad Haider is an editor of Viewpoint and author of Mistaken Identity: Anti-Racism and the Struggle Against White Supremacy (Verso, Spring 2018).

Austin Kelmore (@AustinKelmore)

Austin is a game programmer, former Chair and current member of IWGB Game Workers.

Aviah Sarah Day

Aviah Sarah Day is a Black community organiser with Sisters Uncut and Hackney Cop Watch. She recently published a book called ‘Abolition Revolution’, which is a historical, theoretical and practical guide to revolutionary abolitionist politics in Britain. The rest of her time is spent lecturing in Criminology at Birkbeck, University of London, organising in her trade union branch, and reflecting on how to build workers’ power through anarcho-syndicalism.

Balaji

Balaji is an IT worker and organises with FITE in India.

Ben Tippet (@BenTippet)

Ben Tippet is a researcher on secular stagnation and QE. Cofounder of London Learning Cooperative.

Bethany Kosmicki

Bethany Kosmicki is a graduate worker, union organizer, and doctoral student at Temple University in Philadelphia. She previously served as TUGSA President and was a member of the bargaining team during the recent strike and negotiations.

Bill Nugent

Bill Nugent has been a rep for UCATT and then Unite since 2013. He works as a Senior Liaison Officer for Manchester Working Limited and is now the workplace health and safety rep.

Bill Watson

Bill Watson is a published author in Radical America, Volume 5, Number 3: “Labor’s Mayday,” May-June 1971.

Bl1x

Bl1x makes games on Itch.

Bob Elliott

Bob is a call centre worker.

Brendan Donegan

Brendan Donegan is an academic researcher who has focused on social inequality, community health, industrialisation and environmentalism in India. Brendan undertook the organising described in this article in 2012-13, while working as a lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths.

Brian Garvey

Brian Garvey is from Armagh in the north of Ireland and now works as a Lecturer at University of Strathclyde, Scotland, in the Department of Work and Organisation. He was previously an organiser for the Independent Workers Union in Ireland and has been involved with a range of community and labour organisations in Ireland, Scotland and Brazil. He currently represents his branch of the University and Colleges Union.

C MacDonald

C MacDonald is a hospitality worker, labour member, cartoonist and sign painter.

CINÉTICA

CINÉTICA is a Brazilian online magazine dedicated to film criticism, founded in 2006. The magazine publishes articles, interviews, notes, conversations, collective writing, experimental texts, podcasts and video essays.

Cailean Gallagher

Cailean Gallagher is a campaigns and communications officer with the STUC (Scottish Trades Union Congress), a PhD student in eighteenth century political economy at St Andrews university, and co-author in 2016 of Roch Winds: a Treacherous Guide to the State of Scotland.

Carrie Benjamin

Carrie was a fractional representative for SOAS UCU from 2016-2018, and is a research assistant for the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies. She is a member of FFFP. Her research looks at racism, gentrification and public space in France.

Chan Ka Wai

Chan Ka Wai is the exectuive director of Labour Action China

Charlie Macnamara (@c_macnamara)

is a staff organiser at a trade union.

Chris Carlsson

Chris Carlsson co-director of the “history from below” project Shaping San Francisco, is a writer, publisher, editor, adjunct professor, and frequent public speaker. Carlsson was one of the founders in 1981 of the seminal underground San Francisco magazine Processed World. More here.

Chris Ealham

Chris Ealham is a historian and author of Anarchism and the City: Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Barcelona, 1898-1937 (2010) and Living Anarchism: Jose Peirats and the Spanish Anarcho-syndicalist Movement (2015).

Chris Fear

Chris Fear is the lead organiser for the IWW Couriers Network. You can contact the network at: [email protected].

Chris McLachlan (@c_mclachlan89)

Chris McLachlan is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, researching industrial relations, restructuring, deindustrialisation, trade unions, and the steel industry.

Clara Marticorena

Sociologist. Researcher at the Center for Research and Labor Studies of the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CEIL-CONICET) and Assistant Professor at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA)

Clara Mogno

Clara Mogno is a phd doctor in political philosophy, currently working on gig economy, gamefication and platform capitalism. Feminist, antiracist, anticapitalist, rider and cartoonist.

Colestia (@colestia3)

Colestia is an indie gamedev making far-left games.

Comitati autonomi operai di Roma

The Autonomous Workers Committee of Rome.

Communist Caucus

A US-based caucus of communist organisers in the Democratic Socialists of America

Conrad Moriarty-Cole

Worker at the Ivy House for the past four years, currently doing a PhD at Goldsmiths College, University of London where he is also employed as an associate lecturer.

Couriers and Logistics Branch IWGB

The Couriers and Logistics Branch of the IWGB.

Cultural Workers

We are workers from across the arts and cultural industry

Dan C. Parkes (@dancparkes)

Dan C. Parkes has been working in the games industry for 5 and a half years, across multiple disciplines. Currently working as an audio engineer, Dan’s original passion is music. He recently did all the sound and music for the incredibly cute and innovative catformer, Bubbles The Cat. His most recent passion has been getting involved with the Game Workers Unite movement and he looks forward to seeing GWU UK expand across the country.

Daniel Gutiérrez (@_dierrez_)

Daniel has been organizing with Solidarity City Berlin, a migrant’s right to the city organization, since 2015 and is a founding member of the Berlin movement school, Werkstatt für Bewegungsbildung.

Daniel Randall

Daniel Randall is a railway worker and a rep for the National Union of Rail, Maritime, and Transport workers (RMT). He writes in a personal capacity.

Dave Stamp

Dave Stamp is a qualified social worker, an OISC regulated immigration advisor, and a trade unionist, with over 20 years’ experience working in the voluntary and community sector.

Declan

Declan is the lead organiser of Game Workers Unite UK.

Derivas

Dervias makes games on Itch.

Douglas Sepulchre

Douglas Sepulchre is a member of the Brussels Collective de Coursiers who was fired by Deliveroo in early 2018.

Ed Emery

Ed Emery was as an activist around the motor industry [Ford and FIAT], translator of the theoretical writings of the Italian revolutionary movement and was the editor of Red Notes. He is currently working on a major project of the musics of the Kurdish migrant communities in France and elsewhere; with a special interest in establishing Music Rooms in all places where migrants and refugees are aggregated -“The Music Room Project”. He is a member of the Class Inquiry Group.

Eleri Fowler

Eleri is a service worker.

Enda Brophy (@enda_b)

Enda Brophy teaches in the School of Communication and the Labour Studies program at Simon Fraser University. He is the author of Language Put to Work: The Making of the Global Call Centre Workforce (2017). With Greig de Peuter, Nicole Cohen, Kate Oakley and Marisol Sandoval he collaborates on culturalworkersorganize.org.

Enzo

Enzo is a pseudonym

Eric Jeffers

Eric Jeffers works as a chef and is a part-time PhD student in London. He previously ran a vegan pop up in South London.

Erin McElroy

Erin McElroy co-founded the AEMP in 2013 and has since been involved in housing organizing in the Bay Area and in Romania. Erin received a doctoral degree in Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz, and is now a postdoctoral researcher at NYU.

Evan Zilber

Evan is a school student from New Jersey.

Evelyn Ting (@evelynting610)

Evelyn Ting is a software engineer at Civis Analytics. She is also a member of a Chicago-wide CBA group organizing for workers rights and preservation of affordable housing in the city. In her free time, she practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

FX Hutteau

is a militant and researcher based in Paris.

Fabricio Barili

Fabricio makes games on Itch.

Felix Holtwell (@AutomatedFully)

In real life, Felix is a tech journalist. After dark, however, he edits the Fully Automated Luxury Communism newsletter, a newsletter about the interactions between technology and the left. You can follow him on Twitter at @AutomatedFully.

Fiadh Tubridy

Fiadh is a researcher and organiser with the Community Action Tenants Union Ireland and Trans Harm Reduction.

Francesco Maria Pezzulli

Francesco Maria Pezzulli is a sociologist and independent researcher. Coordinator of “Sudcomune” magazine. Biopolitics inquiry subjectivations (DeriveApprodi [publisher]).

Francesco Piobbichi

Francesco Piobbichi is a political illustrator. In 2011, he actively participated in the struggle of seasonal workers in Nardò while co-managing a reception camp with Brigate della Solidarietà Attiva and associazione Finis Terrae.

Francisco Miguez

Francisco studied cinema in ECA/UP (2014-2018) and works in film making and criticism, working in various formats. His short film Ronda (2019, written and directed with Mauricio Battistuci) was shown in more than 10 national and international festivals.

Friedrich Engels

Friedrich Engels

Game Workers Unite (@gameworkers)

Game Workers Unite is an organization that connects pro-union activists, exploited workers, and allies in building a unionized game industry.

Gavin Mueller

Gavin is a lecturer in New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam and a member of the editorial collective of Viewpoint Magazine.

Gifford Hartman

Gifford Hartman is an adult educator, labor trainer, and working class historian. He participates in educational events with the Tech Workers Coalition.

Goldsmiths Workers' Action

An organisation of Goldsmiths staff and students aimed towards building the unity and struggle of precarious workers all across campus.

Good Praxis

Good Praxis is a worker owned digital and design cooperative in London

Greig de Peuter

Greig de Peuter is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. He collaborates on culturalworkersorganize.org.

Health Workers United (@@healthworkersu)

Health Workers United are a group of militants in the health sector.

Heathrow Solidarity Network (@heathrowworkers)

A group of workers building a Heathrow-focused solidarity network.

Hector Uniacke

Hector Uniacke is a writer and Master’s student living in Paris.

Helen Mackreath

Helen Mackreath is a writer and researcher based in Istanbul.

Hettie O’Brien (@hettieveronica)

Hettie O’Brien is a researcher at Rethinking Economics and writes about political economies and cities for Jacobin, CityLab, the London Review of Books and New Socialist. Before returning to South London she lived in Washington D.C. as a reporter covering monopolies and corporate capitalism.

Hilda Weiss

Hilda Weiss was a German sociologist, trade unionist and socialist.

Ian Allinson

Ian Allinson is a victimised union rep from Fujitsu Manchester and in 2017 was a rank-and-file candidate for Unite general secretary.

Ian Wright

Ian Wright worked for various startups in Silicon Valley for fifteen years. He writes an occasional blog at https://ianwrightsite.wordpress.com

Igor Burtan

Igor works at a call centre.

Imogen Woods

Imogen Woods is a union organiser and housing activist living in Manchester.

Insorgiamo

a collective organising support with ex-GKN workers currently in permanent assembly at their factory in Italy.

Invisíveis

A network of university workers in Brazil, they publish a bulletin which can be found on their website.

Isabel Roque

Isabel is a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies and a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Economics of Coimbra University, Portugal.

J. Malco

J. Malco is a construction worker and an active member of the IWW.

J.T. Murphy

J.T. Murphy was a communist and trade unionist, active in the shop stewards movement in the early 20th Century.

Jacek Żebrowski

Jacek worked as a chef in London.

Jack Campbell (@jackcampjack)

Jack is an organiser with the Wolt Workers Group and a researcher on precarity in the Danish labour market.

Jack Davies

Jack Davies is a grad worker in the History of Consciousness department at UC Santa Cruz, and Unit Chair of UAW 2865 on that campus. He served on the bargaining term during the last contract campaign.

James Eastwood

Co-Chair of the Queen Mary UCU Branch

James Halliday (@substack)

James Halliday is a programmer with hundreds of open source modules and a member of bits.coop.

Jamila Squire (@jamsqu)

is a writer and activist. She is part of the militant research collective Pagliacci Rossi.

Jane Chelioudaki

Jane works in a call centre in Cyprus.

Jason Prado (@jasonpjason)

Jason is a software engineer with a decade of experience building communication platforms at large tech companies. He is also a volunteer with Tech Workers Coalition.

Jeremy Large (@JeremyEBSLarge)

Jeremy Large is a freelance writer working and living in Toronto. He’s written fiction, entertainment journalism, screenplays and much more. He was radicalized by Twitter.

Jessica Thorne (@th0rnenotes)

Jessica Thorne is a Masters research student in History at Royal Holloway, University of London, addressing the histories of Spanish Anarchism and anti-francoist resistance movements in Europe. She tweets in a personal capacity @th0rnenotes and helps to run the Base Union Coordination twitter account @BaseUnion.

Jim Benfield

Jim Benfield is a food-delivery courier and a health care assistant. He is also an organiser and member of the IWGB.

Joe Buckley

Joe Buckley is a PhD candidate in International Development at SOAS, researching changing working conditions and labour militancy in Vietnam’s garment and textile industry.

Joe Hayns (@JoeHayns)

Joe Hayns is a student (UCU), and works in the arts industry (IWGB). He writes about the Maghreb, and trade unions.

Joe Kearsey

Joe Kearsey is a hospitality worker and trade union activist.

Joe Newman

Joe Newman is an academic worker and departmental UCU rep at Goldsmiths University.

John Evans

John Evans is a philosopher, software developer and anarchist with incredible vision and poor eyesight.

John Holland

John works at an Amazon Distribution Warehouse.

John Lynch

John is a Unite senior shop steward at Port of Liverpool about the importance of support for anti-racist causes as part of a process of rebuilding workplace politics.

Josh Schoolar

Josh was a close comrade of members of the Notes from Below editorial collective. Taken from us far too early in life, he will be remembered for his kindness, his friendship, and his tireless dedication to the class struggle.

Joshua Virasami

Joshua Virasami is an anti-racist activist and tenant union organiser. He is the author of ‘How to Change it: Make a Difference’, a handbook for young activists, published with Stormzy and Penguin’s #Merky Books. He has also written for the Guardian, Independent and Novara Media, and contributed a chapter on anti-racism to ‘Futures of Socialism’. He has been involved with many grassroots initiatives, including London Black Revolutionaries, Black Dissidents and Black Lives Matter UK, climate justice collective Wretched of the Earth, and is currently head of organising and training at the London Renters Union.

Joy Lam

Joy Lam is a pseudonym for an activist researcher in Hong Kong.

Julia Soul

Anthropologist. Researcher at the Center for Research and Labor Studies of the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CEIL- CONICET). Member of Taller de Estudios Laborales (Labour Studies Workshop) an organisation advocating for the expansion of labour rights, and the training and education of rank-and-file activists and organisers.

Julian Posada

Julian Posada is a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Information of the University of Toronto and a Junior Fellow of Massey College.

Kai Heron (@KaiHeron)

is a Lecturer in Political Ecology at Lancaster University. He is also involved in various climate campaigns and labour organising in the UK’s agricultural sector.

Karl Marx

Karl Marx was the founder of communism.

Ken Lawrence

Ken Lawrence was a communist militant and member of the Sojourner Truth Organisation.

Kenarik Boujikian

is a retired Judge of the Court of Justice of São Paulo.

Kolinko collective

kolinko collective existed in the second half of the 1990s and the first half of the 2000s. Their hotlines inquiry was documented in a book that can be read online.

Kristy Milland

Kristy Milland is community manager of Turker-Nation.com. She has been a crowd worker for more than a decade. She currently attends law school at the University of Toronto.

Kyle

Kyle is a Deliveroo worker from Gent.

Lewisham Residents

Residents of Lewisham.

Lilly Irani

Lilly Irani is an Associate Professor of Communication & Science Studies at University of California, San Diego. She is author of Chasing Innovation: Making Entrepreneurial Citizens in Modern India and a co-founder and maintainer of digital labor activism tool Turkopticon.

Living Rent (@Living_Rent)

Living Rent is a Scottish renters’ union, with branches in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Perth.

Logan E. Mann

Logan Mann is a graduate student worker in engineering at Dartmouth College, studying mountain glaciers and Antarctic ice sheets. Logan is a member of the GOLD-UE
Bargaining Committee.

London IWW (@LondonIWW)

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) is a revolutionary global union fighting for for better conditions today and economic democracy tomorrow. The London branch is currently engaged in organising campaigns among couriers, logistics and manufacturing workers, and teachers.

Lorena Gazzotti

Lorena Gazzotti is a Junior Research Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College and CRASSH, University of Cambridge. She has been active in the supervision campaign since 2018 and was, until recently, the Vice President of the Cambridge branch of UCU.

Lorenzo

Lorenzo is a member of Riders Union Bologna.

Lorenzo Cini

is a researcher at the Scuola Normale Superiore (Florence, Italy), specialised in the study of social movements, and an activist in a social centre in Florence.

Lucy Peterson

Lucy Peterson is a graduate student worker and PhD candidate in Political Theory at the University of Michigan. She is co-chair of the Organizing Committee of UM’s Graduate Employees’ Organization.

Manon Vergerio

Manon Vergerio situates her work at the intersection of organizing, research, and design, drawing from her experience as a tenant organizer and housing activist in Brooklyn and San Francisco. She has been a member of AEMP since 2014 and co-founded the NYC chapter in 2017.

Marcus Nicolson

Marcus is studying a PhD at Glasgow Caledonian University on the subject of sports volunteering as a tool for the integration of refugees and works part-time as a bike messenger in Helsinki. He’s a member of the Justice for Couriers campaign.

Marcus Orione

is a Professor at University of São Paulo Law School.

Marijam Didžgalvytė (@marijamdid)

Marijam is a writer on video games / technology and politics whose work has been published on GamesIndustry.biz, Kotaku, Novara Media, Waypoint and many others.

Marked Absent

Marked Absent is a rank-and-file bulletin produced by school workers, for school workers. It was initiated during the 2023 national school strikes.

Marvin Harvey

Marvin Harvey works in an Amazon fulfillment center and is a Geography PhD candidate. His work focuses on class composition in the technology industry, with an applied effort to foster working class political formations centered in strategic economic sectors.

Matt Ford

Matt Ford is a staff organizer with TUGSA and a doctoral student at Temple University in Philadelphia. He previously served as TUGSA Director of Organizing and was the lead negotiator for the union during its recent strike and negotiations.

Matt Hurry (@seeknoise)

Matt Hurry is the regional chair of the Game Workers Unite UK London & South East group. He’s spent 15 years in the games industry, working in QA at several outsourcing companies and studios. In his own words: “I still love this industry, despite the challenges and hurdles we often face as employees, and I think it’s worth fighting to improve conditions for everyone”.

Max O’Donnell Savage

Max O’Donnell Savage is a part time MA student with a history of working retail, currently employed by an academic library and a student support service department. He is active within ACORN Tenants Union and a member of the Labour Party.

Maximilien Rubel

Maximilien Rubel was a Marxist historian and council communist.

Michael Lowy

is an Emeritus Director of Research of the “Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique” (CNRS).

Michael Mueller

Michael Mueller is a PhD student in mathematics at the University of Michigan, and was a co-chair of the Organizing Committee of UM’s Graduate Employees’ Organization through the past year’s contract campaign.

Michel Jungwirth

Michel Jungwirth studied Political Science at the University of Vienna. He lives and oganizes in Berlin around issues of migrant and refugee solidarity. He is also part of Solidarity City Berlin and a founding member of the Berlin movement school, Werkstatt für Bewegungsbildung.

Michelle Gorman

Michelle works at the Ivy House and chairperson of the union branch. Currently training as a psychodynamic counsellor at Goldsmith’s College, University of London.

Mike Cook (@mtrc)

Mike Cook is an AI researcher studying creativity, generative software, and game design. He currently works at the University of Falmouth’s Metamakers Institute.

Morgan Rhys Powell (@MRhysPowell)

Morgan is a former call centre worker and current PhD student, researching the emergence and endurance of organised labour in precarious work in the UK.

NHS Workers Say No

A cross-union group campaigning for a pay rise for NHS Workers.

Nabarde Kargar

Nabarde Kargar (Workers’ Struggle) was an Iranian socialist group.

Navid Somani

Navid is currently a senior evaluator at a global human rights charity based in the UK. He has spent the past ten years working in the international development sector, working on a range of issues throughout the global south.

Neil Gray

Neil Gray is a writer, researcher and Living Rent tenant union member based in Glasgow. He is the editor of Rent and its Discontents: A Century of Housing Struggle (2018). Rowman and Littlefield: London.

New International

The New International was the magazine of the Socialist Workers Party in the United States.

Nick Chavez (@DFManufracture)

Nick Chavez is a mechanical engineer and communist based in the United States. He runs the blog Design for Manufracture.

Nick Christian (@nickchr1stian)

Nick is a cyclist and cycling journalist from South London

Nick Clare

Nick Clare is a currently based at the University of Nottingham. He is interested in the intersections between autonomism and geography, and has carried out research in Latin America and the UK.

Nick Dyer-Witheford

Nick Dyer-Witheford is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario. His most recent books are Cyberwar and Revolution: Digital Subterfuge in Global Capitalism, co-authored with Svitlana Matviyenko, and Inhuman Power: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Capitalism, with Atle Mikkola Kjøsen and James Steinhoff.

Nick Francis

Nick works as a door supervisor.

Nicole Cohen

Nicole Cohen is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto and the author of Writers’ Rights: Freelance Journalism in a Digital Age (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016). She collaborates on culturalworkersorganize.org.

Niels van Doorn

Niels van Doorn is an Assistant Professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam. He is also the Principal Investigator of the Platform Labor research project (2018-2023), funded by the European Research Council.

Nithya Natarajan

Nithya is a former UCU Executive member at SOAS, University of London, having held the position of Fractional staff representative from 2015-2017. She is also a member of the Fractionals for Fair Play campaign. Alongside this, Nithya is an early career researcher, working on agrarian change, debt bonded labour and ecology. Her research is focused on South India and Cambodia.

Notes from Below (@NotesFrom_Below)

The Editorial collective of Notes from Below.

Notts University Worker

Nottingham based cross-university campaign group and bulletin - made up of workers and students - for ALL workers and students!

Officina Primo Maggio

Officina Primo Maggio is a partisan cultural and political project based in Italy.

Patrick Prax (@praxp)

Patrick Prax is an Assistant Professor of Game Design at Uppsala University where his work centers around the co-creation of digital games as participatory, alternative media. He is interested in how players can change the games they are playing to reflect an alternative perspective to a hegemonic capitalist worldview. You can see his TEDx Uppsala University talk about this topic here.

Paul Salgado

Paul Salgado is a Union Organiser at United Voices of the World.

Paul Stewart

Paul Stewart was until recently Professor of Sociology of Work and Employment at the Strathclyde University and coordinated the Marie Curie “ChangingEmployment” programme (2012-2016). He has published on the impact of sectarianism on Polish and Lithuanian migrant workers in the north of Ireland. He is a member of UNITE and the IWU, and a non-executive director of CAIRDE Teo, an Irish language community association in Armagh City. He is co-author of “We Sell Our Time No More”, and was editor of the British Sociological Association’s journal Work, Employment and Society (2001-4). He is on the editorial committee of Capital and Class.

Plateforme d'Enquêtes Militantes

A French militant inquiry platform based in Paris. Formed in the wake of the 2016 Nuit debout protests, they seek to recast the frameworks of workers’ inquiry and co-research in the present conjuncture.

Przedświt

Przedświt was a radical socialist Polish journal, edited by Stanisław Mendelson in Geneva.

R.K. Upadhya

R.K. Upadhya is a control systems engineer in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a member of the Tech Workers Coalition and the Industrial Workers of the World.

Rachel Knaebel

Rachel Knaebel is a journalist based in Berlin.

Raniero Panzieri

Raniero Panzieri was an Italian Marxist who founded the journal Quaderni Rossi, from which the tendency of operaismo first emerged.

Ray

Ray is a Unite rep who helped organise the Liverpool dockers support group in Edinburgh during the 28 month dispute in the 90s.

Rebel Roo

A bulletin produced by food couriers and their supporters to spread workers’ struggles.

Recht Voor Allen

Recht Voor Allen (‘Justice for All’) was a Dutch radical newspaper.

Rianka Singh

Rianka Singh is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information.

Ricardo Antunes

is a Professor of Sociology at State University of Campinas (Unicamp).

Richard Hames (@richardjhames)

Richard is a composer and writer, whose work engages with the orthogonal rationality of computational systems.

Riya Al’Sanah

Riya is a research coordinator at Who Profits from the occupation economy research center and a Palestinian activist based in Haifa.

Rohan Kon (@rohankon)

Rohan Kon is a Students’ Union campaigns staffer and member of community union ACORN.

Rona Lorimer

Rona Lorimer is a writer who lives in Paris.

Rosa Moussaoui (@Rosamoussaoui)

Reporter for L’Humanité.

Royal Holloway Early Career Academics

A group of early career academics at Royal Holloway.

Ruy Braga

is a Professor of Sociology University of São Paulo (USP).

Równość

Równość was a radical socialist Polish journal, edited by Stanisław Mendelson.

Salar Mohandesi (@smohandesi)

Salar Mohandesi is a founding editor of Viewpoint and a postdoctoral fellow in History at Bowdoin College.

Sam Dee

Sam works as a subeditor.

Sam Raby

Sam Raby is a cartographer and web tool developer based in New York. With a background in math, data science, and journalism, he builds technology alongside the housing justice movement, and has been a member of AEMP since 2016.

Sara Marano

is a militant and researcher based between Paris and Turin

Sarah Collins

Sarah Collins is a policy officer with the STUC, has been active as a lay union rep since 2010, and has been involved in initiating wider social movement campaigns such as the Radical Independence Campaign. Sarah is also a Masters student in labour law at Strathclyde university.

Sarah Mason

Sarah Mason is a grad worker in the Sociology department at UC Santa Cruz, and a head steward of UAW 2865. She served as an alternate on the bargaining term during the last contract campaign.

Sarah Sharma (@sarahrsharma)

Sarah is an associate professor at the University of Toronto, where she teaches at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology and directs the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology.

Scott Surette (@scottsurette)

Scott Surette is a software developer and a socialist organizer with Boston DSA.

Seamus Bright Grayer

Seamus Bright Grayer is an MA student, teaching assistant, and research assistant at Simon Fraser University. He is also a steward and member of the Teaching Support Staff Union.

Seth Wheeler (@sethnotes)

Seth Wheeler is a writer and activist. He is the contributing editor of ‘In and Against the State’ (2021 Pluto Books). He is part of the militant research collective Pagliacci Rossi.

Sheffield Healthworker

We are a network of health workers in Sheffield associated with the ‘NHS Workers Say No to Public Sector Pay Inequality’ campaign. We are members of different health unions including GMB, Unison, Unite and RCN employed across different Trusts locally.

Sherry

Sherry works on Amazon Mechanical Turk.

Shirley Wang

Shirley Wang is a Unite call centre organiser in Auckland.

Socialist Alternative members in UCU

Members of Socialist Alternative in UCU

Sol Gamsu

Sol Gamsu is the branch president of Durham University UCU and a sociologist of education

South London Bartenders Network

South London Bartenders Network grew out of the experiences of hospitality workers in Peckham and Nunhead.

Stan Mills

Stan Mills is a Glasgow based bike courier, and a member of Couriers network Glasgow and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). When not risking his life to deliver your McNuggets, he’s plotting how to bring the platform economy under direct workers control.

Steve Wright

Steve Wright teaches at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He is the Author of ‘Storming Heaven: Class Composition and Struggle in Italian Autonomist Marxism‘ recently reissued (2017) by Pluto Press. In the anglophone world he is considered to be the leading historian of Operaismo.

Steven Bouvier

Steven Bouvier a rider from Paris and a member of the Collectif des Livreurs Autonomes de Paris and Sud Solidaries.

Strike Map UK

Mapping workers taking action across the UK. Powered by workers.

Suddhabrata Deb Roy

Suddhabrata Deb Roy is a casual academic worker, author and researcher based in India. His latest book is ‘Singing to Liberation: Songs of Freedom and Nights of Resistance on Indian Campuses’ (Daraja Press, 2023).

Sølvi Goard

Sølvi Goard was the education officer at Goldsmiths Students’ Union at the time of writing, providing support, resources, and design skills to the campaign.

T.B. Bottomore

T.B. Bottomore was a British Marxist sociologist.

Tamara Kneese

Tamara Kneese is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Director of Gender and Sexualities Studies at the University of San Francisco.

Tanzil Chowdhury

Tanzil is a Senior Lecturer in Public Law at Queen Mary University of London and the Co-Director for the Centre of Law and Society in a Global Context.

Tech Workers Coalition (@techworkersco)

The Tech Workers Coalition is a coalition of workers, labor organizers, community organizers, and friends organizing to build worker power in the tech industry.

Ted Anderson

Ted is a member of the worker-owned cooperative Pixel Pushers Union 512.

The ELT Worker

The ELT worker is a bulletin aiming to form an international network of English language teachers, build power from the grassroots, and change ELT!

The Riders' Rights Concern Group

The Riders’ Rights Concern Group is a labour rights group under Hong Kong Christian Industrial Committee. It is dedicated to Hong Kong food delivery workers’ rights and their work includes casework, advocacy, and action.

The University Worker

Bulletin written for, and by, University Workers. Back issues here

Thomas Litterick

Thomas Litterick is the pseudonym of a writer, content creator and project manager who sometimes still works in the university sector.

Tom White

Tom White is a further education worker and writer.

Tommy McKearney

Tommy McKearney is a former member of the IRA, a political ex-prisoner and hunger striker. Remaining interested in contemporary politics he regularly contributes to media debates on Irish republican politics. He is the author of The Provisional IRA, from insurrection to parliament events and writes a regular column for the monthly Socialist Voice. An active trade unionist he is on the National Executive of the Independent Workers Union. He is involved in the Peadar O’Donnell Socialist Republican Congress which is building a united socialist movement in Ireland. Originally from Co. Tyrone, he lives in County Monaghan in the Irish Republic.

Trash Talk

A rank-and-file bulletin in Unite

Treta no Trampo

Treta no Trampo is a channel that investigates and participates in contemporary working class struggles in São Paulo, Brazil.

Tuomas Tammisto

Tuomas is a Helsinki bike courier, postdoc researcher, and former Foodora courier.

Two anonymous Teaching Assistants

Two anonymous authors who both work as agency Teaching Assistants.

UEL workers (@EastLondonUCU)

A campaign, led by workers at UEL, fighting against sackings and the victimisation of trade unionists

UNISON University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham UNISON branch.

Umut-Sen (@Umut_Sendikasi)

Umut-Sen is a collective that aims to strengthen the union struggle of the class in Turkey.

V.I. Lenin

V.I. Lenin was a Russian revolutionary and first chairman of the Soviet Union.

Veda Popovici

Veda Popovici works as a political artist, engaged theorist and local activist. Her political work develops on housing struggles and communitarian organizing as part of Macaz cooperative, the Common Front for Housing Rights and the Gazette of Political Art. After finishing her PhD on nationalism in Romanian art of the 1980s, she has taught classes on decolonial thought, nationalism and feminist theory at the National University of Arts in Bucharest and at the University of California Santa Cruz. She is based in Bucharest.

Victor Guimarães

Victor is a film critic and programmer based in Belo
Horizonte, Brazil. He writes regularly for Cinética (Brazil) and Con los
ojos abiertos (Argentina).

Victor Silva

is based in Brazil.

Victoria O’Meara

Victoria O’Meara is a PhD Candidate in Media Studies in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University. Her dissertation focuses on professional content creators on Instagram as a way to think about emergent forms of labour and resistance in platform capitalism.

Vik Chechi-Ribeiro

School teacher and NEU workplace rep

Wilson Fisk

is the pseudonym of an anonymous postal worker

Yulanda Ward

The author Yulanda Ward was murdered under mysterious circumstances shortly after originally publishing this article. Although local police attributed Ward’s murder to an armed robbery and arrested the suspect, the other people with her at the time of the robbery were robbed but not harmed.

Zara Dinnen

Co-Chair of the Queen Mary UCU Branch

authornoai

authornoai is an indie game-developer, marxist, poet.

bornovalov

bornovalov makes games on Itch.

perebite

perebite makes games.