We extend to you all the best wishes for 2011.
After a two month summer break, the Otautahi Local of Beyond Resistance is happy to announce that we are back together and looking forward to a busy and productive year. A couple of things to look out for.
In March we will be hosting a talk by American anarchist and Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs at the University of Illiinois, Ron Sakolsky http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Sakolsky
This year is also collective agreement negotiation time for many members of the Unite Union, with industrial action a possiblility. Beyond Resistance will be supporting Unite members as they struggle for better wages and conditions.
We will begin the year with the monthly Film and Discussion Evenings, which are the first Wednesday each month, the first one being Wednesday 2nd February. The film we are screening is:
The Big Flame (1969): dockers, class war and workers self-management.
Written by Jim Allen and directed by Ken Loach, The Big Flame was broadcast as the BBC’s Wednesday Play in 1969. It documents a fictional unofficial strike on Liverpool’s docks in which the workers, frustrated by the uselessness of their union officials, decide to take matters into their own hands (as we in Beyond Resistance advocate).
The actor Godfrey Quigley (who also played the prison chaplain in A Clockwork Orange) plays a veteran trade union militant (and a Trotskyist, so we are led to believe) called Jack Regan who advocates a worker-takeover of the docks, which the rank-and-file vote to put into practise. Workers’ self-management is usually an idea promoted by the libertarian communist wing of the anti-capitalist movement, while the Marxist wing tend to support centralised state-ownership. However playwright Jim Allen was a former member of the Socialist Labour League, the forerunner of Gerry Healey’s Workers’ Revolutionary Party, which probably explains why Jack Regan is described as a Trot rather than an anarcho-syndicalist, for example.
Nevertheless, The Big Flame is an excellent piece of film that explores the themes of class war, wildcat strikes and the history of the Liverpool dockers. Well worth watching!
So just to remind you all-
On the first Wednesday of every month we host anarchist discussion nights, films and readings. It’s a low key, open space to ponder ideas, discuss alternatives, make connections and share knowledge. Feel free to pop in: 7pm at the Workers Educational Association (59 Gloucester Street: for a map of the WEA click here).