Unite Hotel Workers Branch (London) – Graphic Novel

Unite Hotel

Unite’s Hotel Workers Branch in London continue to set the standard in our union for organising precarious workers. Check out their excellent and quite moving, graphic novel serialisation about workers in the hotel industry. We will update as they become available so keep an eye out here or on the UNITE live website.

*UPDATE* Now complete

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Blue Scholars: The Vanguard of Left-Wing Hip Hop

This article isn’t completely politically correct but you’ll learn some tunes. We’ve already dispatched the author to a political re-education camp north of the border so save your complaints and plug in your headphones.

Striking back with tunes that would make Eminem crawl into a ball and die if only he had the taste to listen to them; Blue Scholars are the tip of the spear when it comes to progressive hip hop. Sadly Marshall Mathers is probably too busy writing songs about murdering his ex-wife for this to happen but thankfully Seattle hip hop is there to help us forget he exists.

geologic__of_blue_scholars___sabzi_by_tehnoochness-d54if0lHip hop and rap music has a poor reputation when it comes to sexism, violence, the romanisation of drug use and many other things people frown at. If not taken too seriously, this type of music can still be quite enjoyable but its understandable that a lot of people just turn it off and walk away. Continue reading “Blue Scholars: The Vanguard of Left-Wing Hip Hop”

Book Review: The Year of The Badgers

“Too right things could be better, that’s my whole point. My going to work for the badge will not change that, will it?” Joanna said, “And pride? There is absolutely no pride in being used and cast aside every twelve-weeks for someone equally replaceable. Do you see pride on the faces of people on Workplace? I don’t. […] you know what else I never see? Any fucking hope.”

Paul Howsley, The Year of the Badgers

The Year Of The Badgers is Paul Howsley’s, self published, first book and you can read about his motivation behind writing it on his site. Scroll directly to the end of this page for a list of shops in which to buy the book if you want to read it first, this review will have spoilers.

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Documentary Review: The True Cost

the true cost

This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

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