Beating the letting agents

Brighton SolFed writes on lessons learned over the first year of its efforts to build up an anarchist housing union. After a string of successful cases largely against wage theft in the hospitality sector, Brighton Solidarity Federation launched our housing union in June 2017. Our experience in Brighton was of rents rocketing up, while conditions

We taught them a lesson: Beating a deposit deduction

Below is the write-up of a successful campaign organised by a tenant and Brighton SolFed against a deduction to that tenant’s deposit. The three month public campaign concluded in April 2018 with a £450 payment to the tenant, who had had £390 deducted from her deposit. Please note that the article contains brief discussion of

Manchester: A reality check for Corbynism

Cuddly Jeremy’s fight to turn the Labour Party into a red blooded socialist party has some way to go, if Manchester is anything to go by. The city is virtually a one party mini-state with Labour holding 95 of the 96 council seats, so the perfect place, you would have thought, to start the Labour

Brighton SolFed stands up to Youngs letting agency

Last weekend Brigthton Solidarity Federation organised a protest against Youngs letting agency and in support of tenant facing a revenge eviction. The emergency action follows recent decision of a landlord of one of the properties managed by Youngs to evict a tenant after he asked for essential repairs of his home, and to be remunerated

Brighton Solfed: Standing up to the landlords

The anarcho-syndicalist group rounds up its recent activities in the city, where it has been having a lot of success organising against mistreatment of tenants. Three groups of tenants organising with Brighton Solidarity Federation Housing Union over the past three months have each secured victories in their disputes. Working with our Housing Union, these tenants

Solfed: Rail firms are putting profit and power before people

In this short statement, first published at solfed.org.uk, Manchester Solidarity Federation are urging support for rail workers facing dangerous cuts to jobs. Rail guards on October 3rd took action to protect their jobs on Northern,‎ Southern, Merseyrail and Greater Anglia services. The strike is aimed at preventing rail companies from removing the guards from trains

Case study: Grassroots pressure over substandard housing in Brighton

The following article from Brighton SolFed looks at how even seemingly small amounts of pressure on council figures can shine enough light to panic them, and potentially force concessions. On Monday June 25th Brighton SolFed delivered leaflets to a number of high rise blocks in the city, offering our solidarity and support to any tenants

Case study: A campaign over insecure work

Liverpool Solfed writes about its campaign against as the firm attempts to ape companies like Deliveroo and Uber in casualising jobs into a self-employed “gig economy” model At Easter, Liverpool-SolFed made a call out to protest against working conditions at Sandemans, a company which offers “Free Tours” in Liverpool and across Europe. “Free Tour” does not mean