Strike at Hackney Picturehouse on Thursday 14th, and national call for action that weekend

Cautiously pessimistic

In the latest news from the long-running Picturehouse Living Wage dispute, workers at five cinemas across London will be striking on Thursday 14th, the day the new Star Wars film comes out, and will be joining forces for a mass demo to turn away punters at the Hackney Picturehouse. Following on from that, the various community support campaigns have put a call out for people to turn up to Picturehouse/Cineworld cinemas across the country that weekend to let customers know how Picturehouse treats their staff and show bosses that we support the strike. Full details should be announced soon, but if there’s nothing currently organised in your area, this is the sort of thing where it’s easy for just a few people to print off some leaflets and have a visible presence, so if you have even a small crew of like-minded folks around you might want to…

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We Shall Overcome Bournemouth homeless benefit.

Wessex Solidarity

Last night’s event went really well, a good time was had and we received £300 in donations, which will be used to provide necessities such as clothing and toiletries direct to homeless people in the Bournemouth area, mainly over the holiday period. If you are reading this and you are, or soon to be homeless, please get in touch.

Thanks are due to Iain, D.J. Geeza, W.D.A., the bands: Kickin’ Bambi, Gutter Rats, Trickster, The Meat Sweats, the folks at the Riviera Bar, Shaun, Pawel, Dorset Wobs, and everyone who showed up.

We’ve got only four copies left of the brand new 12 track vinyl album, byDiscordance – crust punk/hardcore band from Patras, Greece, kindly donated by Food Waste Records, retails at 8 quid, if you would like one, send us a realistic* donation by paypal to forevertrevorknits [at] gmail [dot] com with your name and address…

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Benefit Gig for Bournemouth’s Homeless 9th December 2017

Wessex Solidarity

We intend to raise money to provide direct practical help to homeless people in Bournemouth this winter. Clothing, rucksacks, sleeping bags, female sanitation, such essentials as they may request

No charities, no mailshots, no directors with six figure salaries, comfy chairs, lunch accounts or company cars.

Four great local punk bands and reggae D.J. are doing what they do for free. Entry by donation.
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New venue required for 2018!

Anarchy by the Sea!

Owing to the extraordinary mendacity and corrupt behaviour of the trustees of Portfield Community Hall we won’t be going back there.

We’re looking for a suitable venue in Dorset with good public transport, disabled access, and ideally room for the afterparty at the same location, as it will be the same handful of people setting up both events.

Please let us know if you’ve got any ideas. We’re looking at Dorchester, whi is served by rail but not so easy by road (and the bus service is pitiful) so we’d appreciate people’s views before we make plans.

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Brighton Deliveroo wildcat: a full report

Cautiously pessimistic

The Transnational Social Strike site has just posted up a report and analysis of the weekend’s wildcat strike by Brighton Deliveroo riders. The same author also wrote a piece looking at how Deliveroo struggles have spread across Europe, which I’d not seen until now. As previously mentioned, you can help people in your town and city make contact with these struggles by printing or ordering a few copies of the Rebel Roo bulletin and passing them to Deliveroo riders on your way home.

On Saturday night, over fifty Deliveroo workers in Brighton stopped work. The wildcat strike was organised through rank and file networks and led by migrant workers. They are demanding stable, decent wages – and using new tactics to increase their leverage. ‘We have to fight or else they f** us’, one striking rider said. ‘There is no other option’.

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Amazon workers are fighting back

Amazon workers blocking the street in Berlin on Black Friday

Striking Amazon workers outside a distribution facility in Leipzig

Our previous post: Dark, Satanic warehouses…https://southessexstirrer.wordpress.com/2017/11/27/dark-satanic-warehouses/ looked at the appalling working conditions staff at the Amazon distribution facility in Tilbury have to endure. The question is, do they have to suffer these conditions or can they fight back? On Black Friday, in Germany and Italy, workers at Amazon distribution facilities took strike action against the company as part of their fight for better pay and conditions: Amazon German, Italian workers protest on Black Friday, dubbed ‘Strike Friday’https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/24/amazon-german-italian-workers-protest-on-black-friday-dubbed-strike-friday/

Unlike the UK, it would seem that the unions in continental Europe still have a reasonable understanding of what their function is, namely fighting for the interests of their workers. The problem about the mainstream unions here in the UK is that they don’t want to rock the boat as…

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