SolFed Constitution

Solidarity Federation Constitution

(last amended, November 2020)

Section 1: Affiliation to the Solidarity Federation

1a) Conditions of Affiliation

Affiliation to the Solidarity Federation is conditional on agreement to abide by the Aims, Principles and Constitution and on the payment of all applicable subscriptions.

Certain workers have roles and interests that are incompatible with the aims and principles of anarcho-syndicalism and are barred from membership. These include:

  • police and prison officers

  • those who have the power to restrain or imprison in detention centres of all varieties

  • bailiffs and landlords

  • full-time trade union officials (see Appendix)

Victory at IKEA

The IKEA store in the city of Brescia sacked 7 store employees in September 2008 refusing to renew their contract with them. The company believed that employees should pay for the crisis. These people had worked at
IKEA for many years, working up to 200 hours per month for as little as 1000 Euros. So the workers decided to protest against this sacking and engaged in picketing at the IKEA store. They have were an established group of workers Senzatemponedenaro and were willing to fight a stubborn struggle. They also joined the USI, the Italian section of the International Workers Association. They conducted continous weekend pickets at IKEA with many people deciding to boycott the store.

Vote "yes" in the UCU ballot

The UCU, at a Special Higher Education Sector Conference, has now set out the terms of the continuing dispute centred on pensions and the Four Fights (casualization, workload, equal pay and conditions for women and BAME workers and the broader issue of pay).

Our small but growing Union, the Solidarity Federation Education Union, supports this ballot and argues that workers should vote in favour of strike action to defend our pensions and conditions. With inflation rising, furlough ending, and historic injustices over pay, pensions and conditions continuing to prevail, the only option left to us is downing tools and walking out. To have any chance of success, this action must be both local and national and must build on the gains, small though they were, of the last period of strike action.

ADHD, Capitalism, and Disability Activism

It seems like every couple months, the ADHD community on twitter has another phase debating capitalism and ADHD. How many of our problems are caused by capitalism, and how many are just a medical condition that will never go away? This tends to end badly, with polarisation and over-simplification on all sides. But if we step away from that for a second, there are some things  worth talking about. A lot of the things ADHDers experience aren't inherent to our condition, and our society could do a lot to make ADHD more livable. How can we make that happen, and what does it have to do with capitalism or disability activism?

An introduction to anarcho-syndicalism

start: 
Sat, 05/03/2022 - 10:00

Location

ST PAULS LEARNING AND FAMILY CENTRE,
94 Grosvenor Rd, St Paul's,
BS2 8XJ Bristol

Join Bristol SF to look at the historical influences of anarcho-syndicalism and how it continues to be a method of organising in our communities and workplaces. Using a of combination of strategies that are anti-hierarchical and based on working-class power to shape a world in which our needs are central.

local, network, collective: 
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STUDENTS DON’T CROSS THE PICKET LINE - STAY OUT OF UNI ON THE 28th FEB & 2nd MARCH !

WHAT IS GOING ON? 

The University and College Union (UCU) is on strike at your institution from Monday the 28th to Wednesday the 2nd. The National Union of Students (NUS) has also called a student strike on the 2nd.

The strikes need your support. The best way to help us win is to stay out of university today.

WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT THE STRIKE?

Teachers’ working conditions are your learning conditions. Many of us will go on to work in education too, so this is directly in our interests.

Lecturers’ pay has fallen by 20%.

One third of academic staff are on precarious, short-term contracts.

Women university workers are still paid less than men, and more likely to be on these precarious contracts.

Non-white staff are also paid less than their white counterparts, and face similar issues.

Workplace Organiser Training

Brighton Solidarity Federation will be holding a workplace organiser training day on Saturday March 12th. The training is based on a direct action approach to organising rather than looking to use employment law to resolve workplace issues. No experience of workplace organising is necessary and the training takes place in a fun and friendly atmosphere. If you’re interested in organising in your workplace, or just want to learn about the organising process, this course is a great way to make a start.

Support the Higher Education Workers Strike - Refuse to Cross Picket Lines!

The University and College Union (UCU) is continuing its action in defence of fair pensions and fair working conditions. Staff will be on strike in February and March in relation to both the pension dispute and the “Four Fights” (pay,  workload, casualization, structural inequality). 

The Solidarity Federation Education Union (SFEU) supports this action because… 

● University lecturers’ pay has fallen by 20%. 

● One third of academic staff are on precarious, short-term contracts. ● Women university workers are still paid less than men, and more likely to be on these precarious contracts. 

● BAME and staff who are People of Colour are also often paid less than their white counterparts. 

● Pensions are under threat.