Resources for organising

Join the AWL!

Submitted by AWL on 15 April, 2006 - 8:19

Welcome! If you want to put consistent time and energy into fighting for solidarity and workers' liberty, and are willing to put effort into studying and discussing socialist ideas, then it is easy to join. Contact us with your name, address, email address, and phone numbers, and we will arrange for an AWL organiser to meet you to discuss the details.

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AWL branch organisers' pack

Submitted by AWL on 7 July, 2013 - 7:59

Local meetings
Organising comrades to do activities
Public and open meetings
Organising sales
National events, drives, etc.

The branch is the basic unit of AWL organisation. It is normally based on a geographical area. A few branches are organised around workplaces.

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Workplace activist skills training from Workers' Liberty

Submitted by AWL on 2 March, 2013 - 8:56

Trade union activists in AWL have developed a short series of workshops to help develop workplace activist skills.

The workshops are:

- Beyond "organising": has "the organising agenda" replaced "partnership" as the orthodoxy of the trade union bureaucracy? What are the positive aspects of "the organising agenda", and what are its limits? Can socialists argue for and build a radical model of organising? Click here to download workshop notes as a PDF.

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Activities schedule form for AWL branches

Submitted by AWL on 31 May, 2011 - 9:03

AWL branch organisers can use this form for branch meetings to sign up AWL members for the week's activities.

Download the form and print it out.

In the first column, write details of the week's activities - paper sales, meetings, demonstrations, educationals, etc. - in order of date and time.

Write your own name in the second column opposite the activities you yourself will do.

Pass the form round the meeting. Ask people to write their names in the second column opposite the activities they will do.

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Training sessions

Submitted by martin on 18 January, 2011 - 10:35

AIMS: will vary from exercise to exercise. But generally the broad aims are to:
a) reinforce abilities and develop them;
b) help overcome chronic weaknesses, e.g. fear of speaking;
c) teach new political ideas through exercises.
Essentially training is about building up people's confidence and equipping them to deal with everyday situations.

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Winning the battle of ideas: methods of contact work in Lutte Ouvriere

Submitted by martin on 7 April, 2010 - 5:14 Author: Martin Thomas

These notes were written for an Internal Bulletin in 1977. Many passages make me wince on re-reading: they are "very 1970s", sometimes downright ponderous and pompous,

I should also record that LO people who read the account of their contact work methods given at the end winced at the time. They thought it made far too much of the formalities and buried the essentials under that.

A lot of the references to the Labour Party Young Socialists and the Labour Party are out of date today - referring to a political world very different from today's.

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How to post audio files to this website

Submitted by martin on 24 February, 2010 - 1:01 Author: Martin Thomas

The audio files are hosted and played from the Podomatic website, with a button or a link on our website pointing to them.

To put up audio files in this way:

1. Record what you want put up, with a digital recorder.

2. If you're recording a meeting or a discussion with several speakers, record each speaker as a separate file. (I.e. press the Stop button after each speaker, and the Record button when the next speaker starts).

3. Transfer the audio files to a computer.

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Posting articles from back issues of the magazine to the website

Submitted by martin on 30 September, 2009 - 4:44

Electronic files for some articles from some back issues will be accessible at

E.g. the article on the Blitz in WL 18 is at

There is a subfolder entitled wl19to24, so you will find articles from those issues at addresses like

The attached pdfs show the directory structure.

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