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Join The Get Up Stand Up Bloc At The Trades March And Help Organise The Unorganised

category national | worker & community struggles and protests | news report author Wednesday April 20, 2005 16:14author by James R - The Mayday Get Up Stand Up Block Report this post to the editors

From fast food outlets, to assembly lines, from corner shops to hyper markets there is one common relationship. That is the relationship between boss and worker. Those of us that have to sell our time as workers enabling us to pay rent, buy food and engage in leisure activities have nothing in common with those who buy our time. Those of us that sell our time are the employee class. Those that buy our labour are the employing class. These two classes have nothing in common.
One of the posters to build for the block
One of the posters to build for the block

Yet ideologues on all sides of the spectrum tell us that class is no longer an issue, history is closed and with it all debates on how society should be run. On one hand we are told we no longer need trade unions and workers’ organizations. Now the unions sit around the table of social partnership as if the bosses, state and workers shared a common interest. The class war is over they say.

Yet the employing class come together under the banner of organizations like the Irish Business and Employers Confederation, Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association, local chambers of commerce and others. In these organizations the employing class safeguard and organize for their interests, using their powers to place pressure on government. Traditionally, we the employee class came together in trade unions to defend our interests. The existence of these two separate forms of organization are testament to the fact that these two classes have nothing in common. The class war is still being waged. However now it is being waged by the bosses, and the state against us, the employee class. It’s time the tables were turned. It’s time we organized for our rights and to win more.

This Mayday weekend, the Get Up Stand Up Campaign will be organizing a block on the Trades Council March In Dublin. After the march we will be returning to the roots of Mayday and parading through the city to distribute leaflets on basic workers’ rights to people working in casualised labour. Join us in building the labour movement.

Download the leaflett to build for the block:
http://www.ucdsu.net/attachments/apr2005/mayday.pdf

Download some posters and help build for the block:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v652/antrophe/precarity/bendover.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v652/antrophe/precarity/wathcing.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v652/antrophe/precarity/prayingforaraise.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v652/antrophe/precarity/mcjob.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v652/antrophe/precarity/EMPLOYYEECLASS.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v652/antrophe/precarity/chainstoremanagers.jpg


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Come Along To The Film "Precarity" and Banner Making Workshop For The Bloc On Wednesday April 27th

The venue comes thanks to Seoidin's "Open Invitation to use a small space " see http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=69116

Related Link: http://www.getupstandup.tk
author by Georgepublication date Wed Apr 20, 2005 17:52author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The jpgs are black and white - any chance of color ones

author by Jamespublication date Wed Apr 20, 2005 18:03author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Just the top jpeg is black and white, the rest are colour, but sure here's a colour version of the first anyway.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v652/antrophe/precarity/bendingover.jpg

author by Georgepublication date Thu Apr 21, 2005 11:23author address author phone Report this post to the editors

got it now

author by :-) - I wonder @ the creativity and smile & thinkthank on!publication date Thu Apr 21, 2005 20:20author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Amsterdam rts! collective!
whose wonderful psychedelic image of precarity has been accepted and used all over the place.
here it is again-
http://barcelona.indymedia.org/newswire/display/172082/index.php
first appeared here (imc eire)-
http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=69039&condense_comments
find the Mayday 2005 near you if you don't actually live in ireland. or if you're loaded you could go to 2.

http://www.euromayday.org/

author by Gregor Kerr - WSM - 1st May branch - pers. cap.publication date Sat Apr 23, 2005 13:22author email kerrgregor at yahoo dot co dot ukauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Stand Up For Your Rights
Minutes of meeting held in WSM office on Thurs. 21st April
Present:- Gregor (WSM), James (WSM), Oisin (WSM), Stephen (ISN), Pepe (WSM), Andrew (WSM), Pat, Finbar (WSM), Dave
Apologies:- Ray (IWU), Emma (WSM)
Minutes taken by Gregor

· The text of the leaflet for distribution on Mayday was agreed. It was agreed to include the paragraph drafted by Oisin. James to make necessary changes.
· IWU and ATGWU have both agreed to be included. MANDATE and SIPTU want to see the leaflet before agreeing. Stephen to get leaflet to them for approval. It was agreed that we would have to have an answer by Wednesday in order to give us enough time to get leaflets copied, folded etc. by Sat.
· It was agreed to make 5,000 leaflets. Gregor to make arrangements with Ray to get this done.
· Leaflet for distribution on Mayday march and at other events calling on people to get involved was agreed. James to look after layout of this. Gregor to copy. It will be distributed at Dissent meeting on Sat. (James), Convergence (Oisin), Labour party meeting, Liberty Hall Mon. (Oisin & Stephen), Red Ink (Gregor)
· The tactics and route for Sat. 30th were discussed and agreed. It was agreed that we want a bright and noisy protest but the most important thing is to get the leaflet into the hands of as many unorganised workers as possible. We will form a block on the Mayday march and go back through town after the march. Stephen, Oisin and Dave were given responsibility for deciding when we should leave.
· It was agreed that we would have a short street meeting at the end of our activity. At that meeting we will propose a 2nd leafleting session for sat. 14th May, meeting at St. Stephens Green (Grafton St. end) at 2pm, followed by a campaign meeting. The campaign will continue to meet fortnightly.
· Meet in Teachers’ Club at 1pm on sat. 30th April for leaflet folding before march.

 
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