By Paul Mason
The area is dealing with a wave of uprisings, protests and revolutions: Arab dictators swept away, public areas occupied, slum-dwellers in insurrection, our on-line world humming with utopian goals. occasions we have been advised have been consigned to history—democratic rebel and social revolution—are being lived via thousands of people.
In this compelling new booklet, Paul Mason explores the reasons and results of this nice unrest. From Cairo to Athens, Wall road and Westminster to Manila, Mason is going looking for the adjustments in society, know-how and human behaviour that experience propelled a new release onto the streets looking for social justice. In a story that blends historic perception with first-person reportage, Mason shines a gentle on those new sorts of activism, from the tremendous, agile networks of cyberprotest to the tradition wars and tent camps of the #occupy circulation. The occasions, says Mason, mirror the increasing strength of the person and speak to for brand spanking new political choices to elite rule and international poverty.
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74 But in the port, in addition to those who were regularly employed there were perhaps up to , others who consistently competed for the extra casual jobs, including both a smaller number of other ‘professional’ dock and wharf labourers, and a large number of ‘general labourers’. In addition to these, there were the seasonally unemployed artisans and others, who came at various times to swell these numbers. It is amongst these groups, then, that we do have the classic ‘crush at the dock gate’, and, as both Booth and Potter suggested, it is here that it is quite possible to study the ‘core’ of East End casual labour, and indeed to apply what we ﬁnd across the area.
78 Certainly these underemployed artisans had little ongoing contact with those who remained attached to casual dock work throughout the year. This can be shown particularly by the results of a survey of casually employed East End riverside workers applying to Mansion House for relief in . All of these men were, or had been, members of a trade union (they were part of a total of applicants). The survey showed that only had at any point previously been members of unions representing artisans.
This is the ﬁgure used in the table above. 59 COS, Unskilled Labour, . P. XLIX, App. No. XXI(D), . 61 See Dearle, Problems of Unemployment, . 62 See E. Aves in Booth, Life, nd series, vol. , pp. –. 63 Booth MSS B, . See also the evidence of Alexander Horn, directing manager of Clarke, Nickolls & Coombs, confectioners, COS, Unskilled Labour, q. . Artisans and Dossers London gasworks fell from , in winter to , in summer, a great many of those displaced went straight to work in repair work on the gas buildings.