The Great Pause – Seven interviews on Covid with workers in India.

Angry Workers

“We were always told one must work to survive, but for the first time we witnessed a situation where to stay alive, one must stop working.”— A factory worker in Delhi (Our friend and comrade Anumeha Yadav interviewed male and female workers in different industries about their experiences during and after Covid.

We document these interviews here. We engaged in similar interviews here in the UK, if you haven’t read them yet, check out the summary) When the central government announced a lockdown with four hours-notice on March 24th, workers responded in multiple ways. Some queued up for hours to get food rations as relief, others walked or cycled over hundreds of kilometers, leaving slums and the work-sites they reside in, to return to villages for wheat harvest or paddy planting, or to be with their families during a health emergency. Most of these workers lacked any formal contracts and association. But they organised at work-sites to demand being allowed to return to their homes in villages. At many sites, the agitations even turned violent. The government was pressured to run special trains to labour-surplus regions in north and east India.

After June 2020, work steadily resumed at construction sites, commercial establishments including shops, malls, factories, workshops, offices, though with changes. The coronavirus pandemic strained international links in production, and the movement of people across the globe for daily business. The State as well as corporations recalibrated production. Firms cut back operations in some areas, but also expanded into new markets and opportunities, such as in bio-tech, or home deliveries.

Organizations used the flux created by Covid-19 to

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Fellow health workers – We have to take this struggle into our own hands – Leaflet

Health Workers United

(Picture: Recent rebellion of hospital workers in Argentina)

This is a longer version of a leaflet that we wrote for the current pay campaign in general and the day of action on the 3rd of July in concrete. If you want us to send you copies for your local protests, please contact us at: healthworkersunited@protonmail.com

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We don’t have to tell you anything new about the situation. We all lost 10% pay in real terms since 2010, the 1% or even 4% pay offer is a disgrace, inflation is rising. There is enough money floating about, but it ends up in the wrong pockets, of this or that CEO or investor or friend of No.10. Where the money ends up, whether in our or their pocket, is a question of power. How can we develop our power?

Power is different from appealing or lobbying. They won’t give us more money…

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Electricians win de-skilling dispute, and a few upcoming events for mid-June

Surprise picket at United World language school in support of disabled worker.

Mike is a language teacher with 20 years service at United World school of English in Bournemouth. Language schools are notorious for exploitation and poor employment practices, hence the need for a TEFL union within the IWW. Mike is now suing them for constructive dismissal on grounds of disability discrimination under the equalities act 2010.

Thanks to those Fellow Workers who turned out at short notice to support him, it was great fun. Arriving at 9:30 we made a placard on the spot and gave out many leaflets. Reception from the public was entirely positive and it’s good to chat with people about their own work problems.

The bosses’ pathetic blithering fell on deaf ears, had we heard their side? Save it for the tribunal, mush, it’s an adversarial process. You can complain to these types till you’re blue in the face but when you take action they act all hurt. One told us our picket was illegal, which it isn’t. It never ceases to amaze us how ignorant some managers are concerning the laws made on their behalf.


If you treat your workers with disrespect we will shut you down! Have a read of our leaflet and tell ’em what you think:

United World School of English, Brandon & Clifton House, 44 – 46 St Peter’s Rd. Bournemouth, BH1 2LT
Tel: +44 (0) 1202 315166
What’s App: +44(0) 7825
https://www.unitedworldschool.co.uk/contact-us

Press Release: Independent Medical Experts called at today’s Pre-Inquest Review

Justice For Gaia

  • Pre-Inquest Review Hearing on the disappearance and death of Dorset teenager Gaia Pope was held today at Bournemouth Town Hall.
  • Gaia’s family believe she died due to failings by police and mental health services following an incident of rape.
  • The Coroner has confirmed that she will now instruct two independent medical experts to provide opinions on Gaia’s care ahead of the full inquest in April 2022.

Wednesday 19 May: inquest proceedings into the death of 19-year-old Gaia Pope from Swanage resumed today with a Pre-Inquest Review hearing at Bournemouth Town Hall. Senior coroner for Dorset Rachael Griffin has confirmed that she will now be instructing two independent medical experts to provide opinions regarding the adequacy of the epilepsy care Gaia received as well as another expert to comment on the sufficiency of this care in light of Gaia’s mental health difficulties.

It was also confirmed that the family will be…

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TERFs: You are being conned

Anarchasteminist

A lot has been written on the relationship between TERFs, the broader Gender Critical (GC) movement and the right. There is increasingly obvious evidence of considerable practical collaboration and ideological crossover between ostensibly “feminist” transphobes and open fascists and religious fundamentalists. A great deal of money raised by GC causes has been raised under the banner of feminism and ended in the pockets of an anti-choice, anti-feminist activist solicitor. In this piece I want to focus on a particular example of GC/right-wing cooperation and the dynamic it exemplifies. I do this not to shame or berate anti-trans feminists, but to ask them – Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?

In February 2020, the Lords and Commons Family and Child Protection Group, a right wing all party parliamentary group (APPG) held a briefing chaired by homophobic DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson at which a number of anti-LGBTQ+ activists spoke against…

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The police “gathering intelligence” at #KillTheBill protest in Plymouth

Police Monitoring Group - Devon and Cornwall - Bagas Gorwolyas Kreslu

We all notice the police at protests. What many don’t realise, is that some police are there for surveillance – filming us, taking names, and recording it all in a database of “domestic extremists”. You don’t have to do anything to be on the database, just attending a protest is enough. With the G7 Summit in Cornwall fast approaching, we have seen Devon and Cornwall Police send more of these officers to protests. It’s important we learn to recognise them, not just for the sake of privacy, but because those they surveil can become the target for “harassment policing”. People on their database have found themselves followed at protests, had their car number plate flagged, and been targeted for preemptive arrest. We can stop this. Don’t talk to police, and make sure other protesters know what they’re up to. If noone speaks to them there is nothing they can…

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Two articles from Bristol about Porkie Pies

Notts Black Arrow

Update: 4pm today (Saturday) in Nottingham, Forest Fields – details in Tweet: https://twitter.com/open_nottingham/status/1375471612099710981

Here are links two new blog articles that should create resonance in Nottingham considering the past action of the police here, not least as this year it is the 10th anniversary of the ATOS 2 incident where police attempted to stifle protest against medical tests for disability benefits with an wideranging injunction and a dropped case against the two arrested. This was obviously largely politically motivated judging by a police officers’ remark on the arrest that there “had been too much of this sort of thing and we were told to crack down on it”, which echoed the earlier arrests of Nottingham Uncut activists.

It’s also nearly a decade since Nottingham played a part in the days of protests and riots in England following the death of Mark Duggan who was shot dead by police in…

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ACTION ALERT – Get Fellow Worker Kevan Out of Segregation

On 7th April Kevan Thakrar was moved to seg without authorisation. Kev has been placed in a dirty punishment cell with no electricity, no toilet seat or lid. Kev also has less access to the phone. He has been falsely accused of threatening officers and placed on “backwall unlock”. This means he has to stand at the back of the cell against the wall whilst 4 officers enter. This is triggering for his PTSD after being subject to racist abuse including being almost murdered last year.

HMP Full Sutton are failing to meet Kev’s basic entitlement and needs. Kev has no mental health support. No care plan in place. Kev’s disability is not being acknowledged.

Take action now to get Kevan moved out of segregation!   Includes sample letter.